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So much snow we can't wait for spring activities! 
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Eagle is HOME!

I would like to personally thank all residents who were able to help their fellow citizens, the fire department, ACHD, Wright Brothers and the many city employees who left their desk jobs behind to deice street drains, shovel sidewalks and clear berms throughout this severe winter weather aptly nicknamed ‘snowmageddon.’ 

The City, Eagle Fire District, and Eagle Police worked hand-in-hand on a daily basis to address snow and ice problems in our city. We were also very fortunate that a local contractor, Wright Brothers Construction, volunteered equipment and employees to assist us in this process. While the compacted snow and ice made our equipment often ineffective, I can say that ACHD and our emergency responders did everything in their power to address and assess emergency and/or potential emergency situations.

Early in January, I made an emergency declaration in response to the snow. Idaho law dictates the Mayor can only issue the order for seven days. Eagle City Council followed up with a state of emergency declaration that will last for several months. 

There is confusion on just what a state of emergency does, 1) it allows government entities to bypass purchasing regulations to hire or issue contracts without competitive bidding, 2) it sets the wheels in motion to notify county, and state agencies of the declaration, 3) if the State of Idaho later declares a state of emergency then the City of Eagle will be eligible to apply for federal (FEMA) funding to cover a portion of the cost associated with the disaster.

Feel assured that the City has done what is necessary to ensure that we are in line for any financial assistance that might be available to cover the City’s expenditures associated with our response.

Residents of Ada County have a very unique Highway Department. By vote of the citizens in 1971, Ada County residents voted to establish the Ada County Highway District (ACHD).  ACHD, not the County or Cities in Ada County, have the responsibility to build and maintain streets. In fact, without ACHD approval it is illegal to clear or maintain streets, however, to contribute to removing snow, ACHD made permitting free for those willing to assist.

The weather forecast for the next 10 days is a mixture of snow turning to rain and warm temperatures. Please keep an eye on your neighbors, your neighborhood and especially kids on their way to school. It is so important that we as neighbors work together as we have in these weather situations because for all of us, Eagle is HOME.
Stan Ridgeway, Mayor
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February Calendar
Feb 15 - Eagle is HOME Open House
Feb 20 - City Hall CLOSED
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Employment Opportunities
  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • RFP - Landscape maintenance parks, facilities and entry sites
  • RFP - Traffic signal wrap project
  • RFP - Trails Master Plan Consultant
For complete details, click here
http://www.cityofeagle.org/jobsandrfps
Open Boards, Committees, and Commissions
  • Parks, Pathways and Recreation Commission
  • Transportation Committee
For complete details, click here: 
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The activity guide for Winter/Spring 2017 is out! Click below to browse classes, camps and activities in Eagle! 
http://www.cityofeagle.org/recreation 
The City of Eagle recognizes the importance of volunteerism and is taking a moment to thank those who selflessly give of themselves to the community.
Volunteer of the Month
Mark and Cami Jones
The City of Eagle would like to recognize Santa & Mrs. Claus (aka Mark & Cami Jones) as the January Volunteers of the month! Mark & Cami have volunteered at the 2015 and 2016 Eagle Country Christmas events to portray Mr. and Mrs. Claus. They patiently sit outside and greet excited children (and adults) and converse about Christmas. Mark & Cami truly embody the spirit of the season and are wonderful, reliable volunteers.
Eagle Historical Museum
67 E. State St.
Eagle, Idaho
(208) 939-2669

http://www.cityofeagle.org/museum 
A BERRY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
 
As Valentine’s Day approaches, romance often takes on the appearance of sweets for our loved ones. However, nothing says “I love you” like chocolate-covered strawberries; and nothing says strawberries in Eagle like the Quong strawberry farm.  Although now gone, it’s not far from memory for many in the community that remember their first jobs picking strawberries at the farm. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we turn out attention to the history of the Quong strawberry farm.  
 
The Quong farm says more about Eagle’s role as an agricultural community than just about any other small farm.  The story starts in 1897, when Louie Quong and his brothers arrived in Boise from a small village in southern China.  Instead of mining or working for the railroad, it was the common for the Chinese immigrants to go into vegetable farming.  Unfortunately, Chinese were not allowed to buy property at that time, so the Quong brothers rented land in Garden City from a local family.  After a few years of farming in Garden City, Louie Quong brought his wife over from China and together the family continued to work the rented land, selling vegetables door to door in Boise.
 
By 1936, the property ownership ban had been lifted and the family was able to purchase acreage in Eagle.  Although the Quongs’ background was originally in farming, they quickly realized that they needed to diversify to be successful, so the operation branched out to include milk cows, chickens and, finally, strawberries.  Strawberries ended up being the most lucrative crop for the Quongs and their family name soon become synonymous with the little red berry. 
 
As recognition of the Quong strawberries grew, the family increased their acreage.  After World War II, they added another 100 acres by renting adjacent land.  During the picking season they also hired many of the local kids to help with the harvest.  Although back-breaking and sweaty, the money was good for a summer job and many kids would return year after year.
 
After almost 70 years, Quong’s strawberry farm was sold out of the family and is now awaiting a new fate.  But for the family and the local kids who worked the land, this is a piece of history that will not soon be forgot.
 
The Eagle Historical Museum is proud to announce that we have formed a new historical book club!  The book club focuses on non-fiction and historical fiction, national best sellers, and local authors. We meet the first Thursday of every month at Rembrandt’s Coffee House between 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. For more information and updates on the current book we are reading, follow the museum on Facebook or call us at 939-2669. We hope you will join us for some good company and a great discussion on history!

Eagle Public Library
100 N. Stierman Way
Eagle, Idaho 83616
 (208) 939-6814
http://www.cityofeagle.org/
 
 
Over the past few years, your Eagle Public Library introduced a number of services that bring the library to you.  Ebooks, emagazines, streaming movies, music to download or stream -- all bring library resources to your home. 
There’s yet another way that the Library comes to you.  Through the HouseCalls program, library resources are delivered to homebound City of Eagle residents.  The service is available to City of Eagle residents who are unable to use the library because they are generally confined to their residence either temporarily, due to illness or accident, or permanently due to age, disability or other mobility issues.  Participants in the program may reside in private homes, retirement residences, and assisted living facilities.  Caregivers to a person requiring continuous care are also eligible.  All you need is to reside in the City of Eagle and have an Eagle Public Library account in good standing.  If you don’t have a library account, it’s easy to get one.  To enroll in the service, call the Library at 939-6814 or complete the application at eaglepubliclibrary.org.
There’s a lot going on at the Library in February.  Highlights include:
  • Monday, February 6, 6:00 pm, 3D Printing Basics – Curious about 3D printing?  Learn the basics and then schedule your own creation.                                                       
  • Thursday, February 16, 5:30 pm, Happy Anti-Valentine’s Day (teens) – Valentine’s Day is over, but you can still celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day with sweets, music, and viral videos.
  • Tuesday, February 21, 4:30 pm, Mardi Gras Fun  (elementary school age) – Make your own Mardi Gras mask and decorate your own “crab cakes.”
These are just a few of the many programs during February at your Eagle Public Library.  For a complete listing, see the Library’s calendar or the Library’s website (eaglepubliclibrary.org).
Are you interested in the City of Eagle's recreation programs? Are you passionate about parks and trails? Join the City of Eagle Parks, Pathways and Recreation Commission! The City of Eagle is seeking interested citizens to fill two (2) potential openings on the Eagle Parks, Pathways and Recreation Commission. The Commission meets monthly on the third Thursday at 5:30 PM in City Hall. This is a volunteer position.
Those who wish to serve on the Commission are required to submit a “Request for Consideration of Appointment” form, found at www.cityofeagle.org, with a letter of interest and list of qualifications/resume to the City of Eagle Parks and Recreation Department, 660 E Civic Lane, Eagle, ID 83616 or eaglecity@cityofeagle.org.
The deadline for submittals will be Thursday, February 23, 2017.
Nominate Your Neighbor!
The city of Eagle would like to express our appreciation to the exceptional people in our community that make our city a great place to live and work. Do you know someone that enhances our quality of life? Helps those in need? Performs good deeds or acts of kindness? Please take the time to nominate your neighbors, friends, teachers, and volunteers in our community for one of our awards!
All nominations are accepted year-round. To nominate someone you know, please fill out the Nomination Form located on our websitehttp://bit.ly/eaglenominations and return it to: City Hall, C/O Tammy Gordon, 660 E Civic Ln, Eagle, ID 83616 OR tgordon@cityofeagle.org.  
Getting involved:
The public is encouraged to attend any and all meetings. Agendas are posted on our website calendar or can be sent to you directly by opting-into our Email Notifications or requesting a fax to (208) 939-6827.
Visit our site often for updates and the Latest News on our Home Page. Weekly meetings are also posted to our Facebook account here: https://www.facebook.com/cityofeagleidaho 
Public Comment: 
Your input and engagement is encouraged. If you cannot attend the meetings and have an opinion, please submit your comments via email to eaglecity@cityofeagle.org. All comments will be entered into public record and reviewed by the Mayor and Council.
*Please note Public Hearing testimony must be submitted 5 days prior to the hearing date. (Ord 1-8-3)






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