If you are a Meridian dog owner, we have some good news for you – the Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward with a 2-acre dog park in Storey Park along Watertower Lane.
“Dog owners have wanted, and needed, a larger place to take their dogs to run around in our community,” said Meridian Parks Superintendent Mike Barton. “We are happy we’ve finally found the perfect location to make that happen.”
Right now, the project is in the design and development phase. The dog park will include separate areas for big and little dogs, picnic shelters, agility equipment and doggy drinking fountains. After the design phase is complete, the city will be able to start construction and determine an opening date.
Since 2009, the community has been using the Meridian Police Department’s K9 training area as a temporary dog park. But starting January 2, it will be closed when construction starts on the new Public Safety Training Center. The center will be used by first responders throughout the community, including police officers, firefighters and public works officials. The training center will be a place where agencies can come together to prepare for different large-scale emergencies and improve the skills necessary for their jobs. Preparation for construction on the Public Safety Training Center is set to start in January.
Through the end of March, dog owners can take their pets to designated areas in Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park to run off-leash. To view a map of the designated areas, visit meridiancity.org/parks_rec.
For updates on the new dog park, please visit meridiancity.org or call 888-3579.
The cold weather that is sweeping across the Treasure Valley is cold enough to make us want to bundle up with an extra layer and stay inside, cause frost to cover our windows and unfortunately it is even cold enough to freeze your pipes.
Last year’s severe cold weather caused hundreds of water lines and water meters to freeze in the City of Meridian. This year, to help minimize the chance of your pipes from freezing we have a few easy tips to share:
- Keep garage doors closed during freezing weather.
- Close crawl space vents and access doors.
- Turn off water to outside hose bibs. Disconnect hoses.
- Ensure your sprinkler system is winterized and shut-off.
- Consider installing water pipe insulation to exposed pipes.
- If you’re going away keep heat in the house. If you plan on turning the heat off, drain the water lines, toilets and water heater.
- In extreme cold conditions open inside cabinets that contain water lines and leave a small trickle of water running at faucets.
- If you see the City Water meter lid is not installed securely contact the City.
If you experience frozen pipes in your home, check your water pipes in the garage. Even keeping the garage door slightly open for pets can cause the pipes to freeze. You should also check your outside faucet, if you can get the water to run out there, it is likely the frozen water lines are in the garage near a water softener or hot water heater. If you still do not have water after checking these areas, contact the City of Meridian Water Division, call 888-5242 during normal business hours or 489-6302 after hours, and the city will send out a crew to see if the water meter is frozen.
The 2014 Meridian Parks and Recreation Winter Activity Guide will be released on December 14th. The guide will feature some of our most popular activities, including music, art, fitness, dance and martial arts classes and wonderful preschool classes for your little ones! Featured winter sports will include women’s spring volleyball and updates on next year’s softball leagues. Registration for all winter classes begins on December 16th. The Winter Activity Guide will be mailed to those on our mailing list and be available at the Meridian Parks and Recreation Office at Meridian City Hall.
To be added to the mailing list or if you have questions, please call 888-3579 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meridian is an amazing community made up of a variety of talented individuals, many who use their talents to benefit our community in a number of ways. Often referred to as “silent leaders,” these individuals are the faces you see countless times in our community at a variety of projects and events, serving not for recognition, but rather to make their home a better place. It is rare that these people are recognized for their services, so when they are it is certainly cause for celebration.
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter presented their 11th Annual Governor’s Brightest Star Awards at the Egyptian Theater on November 13th. The annual awards ceremony hosted by Serve Idaho had over 500 in attendance in an effort to honors Idaho volunteers who selflessly provide outstanding public service within their communities. Individuals and groups throughout Idaho were recognized for their volunteer efforts, in categories which included corporation, small business, organization, school, student, senior and individual.
Several dedicated Meridian volunteers shined brightly in this awards program. Among those honored from Meridian were Pastor Mark Thornton of Capital Christian Center; Mary Pridmore of Be Kind Idaho; Spencer Martin, a Meridian Police & Fire volunteer; nine-year-old Angelyn Wade; Scentsy; Creative Balloons of Idaho; and the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.
Pastor Thornton, Creative Balloons, and Scentsy were honored on stage as top-three winners in their respective categories, and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council took home one of the afternoon’s top volunteer awards –“First Lady’s Choice” winner. This dynamic group of students in grades 9 -12 is dedicated to serving their community. Through events, volunteerism, and advocacy, MYAC is working to tackle issues impacting our youth and adults alike such as texting while driving, bullying, and serving those in need.
Governor Otter said he appreciated the opportunity to give some well-deserved credit to the folks who make a real difference in our communities, and in our lives, and I couldn’t agree more. In fact, I encourage and challenge each of you to emulate these local volunteers by becoming more involved in Meridian. Find your passion and use it to make a difference in our community.
Congratulations to all the individuals, organizations, and businesses honored as Idaho’s Brightest Stars. You set a shining example for us all!
The holiday season is upon us! This is a magical time of year in Meridian – a time to spend with family and friends, to celebrate all we are grateful for and help those around us who need an extra hand. There are many events to help spread the holiday cheer, including a few hosted by the City of Meridian.
This Wednesday, November 27, Real Life Ministries Treasure Valley, Meridian Elementary School and the Meridian Food Bank are hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner will be held at Meridian Elementary School and anyone is welcome to attend. Food will be served starting at 6 p.m.
This year, for the first time ever, Meridian will host Christmas in Meridian, a weeklong celebration in downtown. It will kick-off on December 2 with a downtown business decorating contest sponsored by Idaho Independent Bank. Businesses will compete to see who can do the best job of transforming their shops into winter wonderlands. After you walk around and see the businesses downtown, you can vote for your favorite business online at meridiancity.org/Christmas. Winners will be announced at the annual Christmas tree lighting.
This year, before Meridian lights up its Christmas tree, there will be a Winter Lights Parade. The parade, presented by Borton-Lakey Law and Policy, will illuminate downtown starting at 6:30 p.m. The parade route goes down Main Street from Franklin Rd. to Fairview Ave. As soon as the parade ends, everyone is invited to gather in Generations Plaza to light Meridian’s Christmas tree.
The following day, the community is invited to the Children’s Winterland Festival at City Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by All American Insurance. Children will be able to meet Santa Claus, build toys, decorate cookies and much more. It is free to attend with a canned food donation for the Meridian Food Bank. Last year, Meridian collected more than 1,500 pounds of food for the Food Bank through the event.
The City of Meridian is also raising money for the Meridian Hope Tree, which helps buys Christmas gifts for children in need, by hosting its annual Holiday Classic Volleyball Tournament on December 7. If you would like to sign-up call the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department at 888-3579. Team registration costs $85.
If you want to know more about events taking place over the next month, please visit Meridiancity.org.
ovember is a very special time a year. It is a time where families and friends come together to reflect on the past year and a reminder to be grateful for the blessings in our lives. As a community, we also have a lot to be thankful for.
We live in a community where police officers and firefighters keep a watchful and protective eye on our city. Because of their unwavering service, Meridian was named the 42nd safest city in the country by CQ Press. We are extremely lucky to have police officers who work tirelessly to make sure our schools are as safe as they can possibly be for our children; who do their best in patrolling our streets so we all arrive home safely; and who go above and beyond the call of duty to help anyone in need. The same is said of our firefighters. They work around the clock so when we have an emergency, help is only minutes away.
In Meridian, we are not just grateful to live in a safe community, we are grateful to live in a community with lots of things to do and wonderful parks for all to visit. Throughout the year, our Parks and Recreation Department make sure every child and adult has something to do. Whether that’s an adventure camp in the summer, an art class in the fall or a Zumba class this winter; they work hard to make sure no one feels left out. We are also fortunate to have so many amazing parks in our city. Thousands of families visit our award winning Settlers and Julius M. Kleiner Park each year. We have grown accustomed to having these wonderful places in our community but we still should be appreciative of all the value they add to our homes.
We must not forget the work of our Public Works employees - we never have to worry about having clean water and don’t have to give a second thought to where water goes when it leaves our house. They work hard so you don’t worry about these important utilities, as well, to protect our environmental assets we all enjoy.
This year, we’ve also seen new homes build and businesses move into Meridian. Our Community Development Department makes sure homes and businesses are built safely, that they bring value to the diverse community we service, and they work to minimize the impact to the neighboring properties.
I applaud all the staff that work behind the scenes to support these primary departments in transparency, hiring, keeping our city budget in the black, public outreach and other duties. And, finally, I thank the many volunteers that donate their time, talent, and passion for the community they live and work in to keep it a great place to live, work, and raise a family!
I could go on, but as you can see Meridian has so much to be thankful for. If you have something you are thankful for here in Meridian, I want to know about it! Please tell us on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MeridianCity). I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
At first there were 17 candidates. Now, there are four Councilmembers. Meridian elected a few new faces, Luke Cavener and Genesis Milam, but there are two faces, Keith Bird and Joe Borton, that may be familiar to the community.
“I’m incredibly honored and proud that I was selected to represent our community,” said Luke Cavener, who was elected to Seat 6. Cavener is married and has a 6-year-old son. He hopes to use his voice on the Council to represent Meridian’s many young families.
Cavener will be the youngest member on the Council. He hopes to help the Councilmembers attract more career-wage jobs to the community and plans to work to make Meridian’s government more accessible to the people.
Seat 5 was a very close race but ultimately Milam came out on top. “My top priority is to listen – listen to other council members, department heads and city staff, and their hopes and dreams for Meridian,” said Milam, who plans to bring her experience as a small business owner to the Council. “Another top agenda of mine is to explore and implement new ways to foster business development in Meridian, especially among small and home-based businesses. I take my campaign promises very seriously, and this is one I intend to passionately, relentlessly pursue.”
Borton was elected to Seat 2. He previously served one term on Meridian City Council from 2005 to 2008. Borton says he feels blessed to be serving his community once again. Borton lives in Meridian with his wife and two sons. Like Milam he plans to start his new term by listening, “listen, listen, learn, and listen; always a good way to start.”
Bird has served on the Meridian City Council for 16 years. When he starts his fifth term in January, he will be the longest serving Councilmember in Meridian’s history.
The Councilmembers will start their new terms in January. If you have any questions for the new Councilmembers please feel free to attend a Tuesday City Council meeting in the New Year or call 489-0529.