The City’s drainage management guidelines were created in 1997. It is standard practice for communities and environmental agencies to review and revise stormwater regulations routinely. Our McCall City Engineer has prepared a Memorandum that thoroughly discusses this issue and provides staff recommendations for alternative design criteria for the Council’s consideration. This item will be addressed via a work session, on February 25, 2016 at 5:30pm in Legion Hall, which will allow for the Council to hear public comment regarding this issue and staff’s proposed recommendations. Join us to learn more or make a public comment.
Why do we need stormwater management?
Stormwater management helps prevent flooding from neighboring properties during storm and snow melt events. It also prevents the transportation of pollutants into adjacent water bodies like streams, lakes and Rivers.
The City of McCall has always been a 4th of July destination. In recent years, the community has noticed a switch in the overall feel of the 4th and how our locals fit in. Throughout January, the City of McCall asked for additional information from our citizens aiming to find their vision, outline their concerns and ask for improvement ideas. The response was overwhelming. Whether it’s the beauty of our water, the history in our trees or the spirit of our people, our local community has great pride in what we offer visitors.
In an effort to inspire a celebration worthy of McCall’s history, secure health and safety and in response to feedback received from the community, the McCall City Council has decided to support the McCall Parks and Recreation Department’s initiative to bring local non-profit and business groups together to redefine our celebration and move forward on the proposal to ban alcohol in McCall City Parks on days surrounding the 4th of July.
The resolution for the ban of alcohol in City Parks on the days surrounding the 4th of July will be presented to Council on March 10, 2016.
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In February, the City of McCall began the process to update the McCall Area Comprehensive Plan and develop the first Transportation Master Plan. The Comprehensive Plan Update and Transportation Master Plan are two distinct planning efforts with intersecting goals. The Comprehensive Plan serves as a tool for development policy; project priority, funding and implementation; and public-private partnerships. The Transportation Master Plan provides policy guidance for decisions regarding the implementation of McCall’s transportation system. It identifies priority projects and services to meet short-term transportation needs while working toward long-range goals. Both plans will be driven by consensus-building processes to develop community-supported visions to help strengthen McCall.
The public is invited to participate in upcoming events and to take the survey located online. The purpose of the survey is to collect the vision of the future from the citizens of McCall. This is a call for residents to define the future of where they live and share that with us.
Participate in the conversation online by visiting
Thank you to Sgt. Pete Rittenger of the McCall Police Department for your continued service assisting the City of McCall Human Resources Department. Sgt. Rittenger along with our HR Manager, Traci Malvich and Coordinator, Brooke Osborne worked together to train more than 70 employees on safe driving practices saving the City thousands of dollars on insurance premiums. Thank you for making it both informative and entertaining. Pull over when the Sandman makes a visit and arrive alive!
Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.
To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission.
Learn more with online courses.
Homeowner Course: Landscaping
The Firewise Landscaping course is designed for people living in wildland areas who make decisions about landscaping their homes. The course considers the issues of appropriate landscape designs, specific planting and pruning alternatives, and appropriate planting materials for interface/intermix fire environments. It has three parts: an Overview, Design/Installation and Maintenance. It also includes a virtual Firewise landscaping model you can use to visualize design alternatives. The course takes approximately three hours to complete.
Homeowners/Civic Leaders/Firefighters Course: Community Assessment
Conducting a Community Assessment in the Wildland/Urban Interface: Beginning the Firewise Process is a course for fire and forestry professionals and others who want to help residents of areas at risk from wildfire to make their homes safer. Taking this course provides you with a thorough understanding of how homes ignite during wildfires, how simple actions can greatly reduce home ignitions, and how community behavior change can create Firewise homes and communities. This course is broken into eight lessons; each takes 30 and 45 minutes to complete.
Valley County, Cascade, Donnelly, McCall, and Meadows Valley are Semi-Finalists for $3,000,000 Cash Prize
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This is a news article in Fortune Magazine on January 16…
Conceived by Frontier, the America’s Best Communities (ABC) contest provides financial incentives to encourage participating communities to put together long-term economic development proposals that promise to grow and sustain their local economies. The contest will provide $4million in seed money and other support to assist participating communities as they draw up revitalization plans. Three communities will receive a total of $6 million in prize money to implement winning proposals when the contest concludes in 2017.
The multi-stage contest is open to communities with populations between 9,500 and 80,000 and located within 27 states that Frontier serves. Communities with populations under 9,500 are encouraged to join forces and collaborate with adjacent communities to become eligible.To qualify, communities must submit economic development proposals in early 2015. Over the
course of 2015 and 2016, the pool of participating communities will gradually be narrowed in stages, and selected communities will receive financial support to refine and implement their plans. Up to 50 communities will be awarded $35,000 to further develop plans, and eight communities will be selected to receive $100,000 to initiate their proposals.
Ultimately, three communities will be designated winners of the contest and receive cash prizes of $3 million for first place, $2 million for second and $1 million for third. This prize money will help ensure winning communities have the resources necessary to turn the visions outlined in their proposals into reality.
“I encourage the citizens of McCall and our visitors alike to take part in Saturday’s ornament event. It’s a wonderful and unique way to share the spirit of McCall with the rest of the country,” said Mayor Aymon.
Senator Crapo, Supervisor Lannom, Mayor Aymon, students plan announcement
Washington, D.C. – Idaho will supply the nation’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this year and, with, that honor comes thousands of hand-made ornaments that will decorate not only the national tree, but offices for Congress in Washington, D.C.
Idahoans from students to retirees can assist in the ornament effort. The U.S. Forest Service will select this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree from the Payette National Forest later this year. To celebrate Idaho’s recognition and kickoff the Christmas effort, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Payette National Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom, McCall Mayor Jackie Aymon, other elected leaders and officials from McCall and Valley County and students will gather following the McCall Winter Carnival Parade to announce and demonstrate the ornament effort.
“It is fitting that we kick off Idaho’s role in the national ornament effort at the McCall Winter Carnival,” Crapo said. “I hope all Idahoans will help contribute an ornament so we can give our state a strong showing in Washington, D.C.”
“It’s a great honor to be chosen as the Forest to provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, said Lannom. “This is truly a gift from all of Idaho to our nation, and the ornaments will highlight the wonderful things about our state by mimicking our state symbols such as the Mountain Blue Bird, Monarch Butterfly, Appaloosa horse, the Syringa and many others.”