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Coeur d'Alene - A city of excellence

| June 7, 2010 9:00 PM

Each year, municipalities are asked to participate in the Association of Idaho Cities City Achievement Award Program. In selecting winners for this competition, judges ask whether the nominated program improves quality of life, if it reduces the costs of resources, or solves a community problem.

This month, the city of Coeur d'Alene will receive three City Achievement Awards when they are presented at the AIC Annual Meeting, June 16-18, in Idaho Falls. The following projects and programs are award-winners:

Fallen Heroes Plaza

Cd'A Police and Fire Departments together created a memorial - the only one in Idaho honoring both police & fire - named the "Fallen Heroes Plaza." It's a memorial to the tragedy of 9/11, as well as Idaho's fallen heroes. The site of five 12-foot rebar statues - two firefighters and three police officers - designed and created by regional artist Brian M. Schmid, the entire project was funded with private donations and built with volunteer labor. Fallen Heroes Plaza is a place of honor and reverence for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Brine De-Icer Facility

To address cost and supply challenges, the city's Street Department completed construction of a brine de-icer solution facility in spring 2009. In three years, the savings will more than return to the city the $80,000 construction cost. In 2012, it will save the city about $25,000 per year in what the city would have spent on winter de-icing products.

In addition, the facility will give the department the ability to have de-icer on hand throughout the winter. Furthermore, the city will be able to offer the driving community a product that will be less corrosive and environmentally friendly.

Mudgy & Millie

"Mudgy & Millie" are bronze statues distributed throughout downtown Coeur d'Alene. They give "life" to the story of a moose and mouse, taken from a book written by Susan Nipp, and illustrator Charles Reasoner, who have assigned all royalties from the sale of the book to the Cd'A Library Foundation (as well as royalties for any merchandising based on the project). Along with funding future generations of readers, the project provides interactive public art, promotes literacy, acquaints children, parents, and visitors with the downtown Coeur d'Alene area, and encourages physical activity via a walking trail.

For more information about these or other city projects and programs, please call 769-2204.

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