Happy New Year from the City of Sandpoint! Here is a recap the City’s accomplishments of 2014 and goals for 2015.
The City of Sandpoint’s budget for 2014- 2015 is $32 million dollars. Approximately $6 million will be spent on salaries and benefits, $9 million on maintenance and operations, and $12 million on capital projects.
Our revenues of approximately $32 million come from beginning cash, property taxes and other income in the form of state payments, enterprise funds (water, sewer, garbage and street lights), fees, debt service funds, trust and agency funds and special revenue funds.
Following is just a glimpse into our many accomplishments and goals:
• Completion of the Water Treatment and Transmission Project. Five years and $20 million later, Sandpoint has a new membrane filtration water treatment plant capable of treating ten million gallons per day, a new transmission main beneath Sand Creek, and a new transmission main serving Ponderay.
• Continued implementation of Downtown Streets Plan with completion of three blocks of 3rd and 4th Avenues.
• Trenchless rehabilitation of 1.25 miles of clay tile sewer using cured in place pipe.
• Awarded a contract for the Selkirk Loop Interpretive Center that is under construction.
• Overlay and widening of Baldy.
• The City secured grants in support of infrastructure installation along Industrial Way.
• Prepared and facilitated an emergency response plan for the Coldwater Creek bankruptcy.
• Assisted in the restructuring of the Business Improvement District.
• Completed the final land use regulation amendments of the 2009 Comprehensive Plan.
• Amended the Sandpoint Sign Code for buildings facing the By-way.
• The City now offers utility bill E-statement, and payment by credit card or debit card.
• Current rebranding of the City of Sandpoint and developing a new website.
• We partnered with Bonner County road department this year on use of equipment and crews. We are also partnering with Bonner County Fairgrounds to provide a new home for the equipment from the Bonner Business Center.
• Local development includes the construction on the Bonner General Health facility, Belwoods/Pend d’Oreille Winery, the Amtrak Depot, and the Heartwood/Catholic Church and Hive redevelopment.
• The City is concerned for an inevitable accident involving oil. We are aggressively seeking funding for additional emergency response supplies, equipment and training. We are working with Bonner, Kootenai and Boundary Counties on an updated and complete geographic response plan, equipment grants and training opportunities. We have completed a citywide evacuation plan and will continue to communicate with the NTSB and state and federal legislators regarding tanker safety, mitigation and pre-disaster safety.
• We are finalizing efforts to make 5th Ave. between Pine and Cedar a two-way operation to return downtown streets to local control.
The record low in degrees for Sandpoint in January. -31
Average annual snowfall in inches at Schweitzer Mountain. 300
The number of surface acres covered by Lake Pend Oreille. 85,960