NEWS RELEASE


June 25, 2009
For Additional Information:
Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office
(208) 888-4433



CITY OF MERIDIAN RECOGNIZED BY AIC
FOR INNOVATIVE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS


Meridian, ID – (June 25, 2009) – The Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) has recognized two City of Meridian programs with 2009 City Achievement Awards and one program with an honorable mention. These honors were recently announced during the group’s 62nd Annual Conference in Boise. The awards recognize Idaho cities for programs and projects that improve quality of life, solve community problems, reduce costs of government, and increase municipal services with minimal additional dollar outlay.


Accepting the award on behalf of the City, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd said, “It’s always nice to see our City staff recognized for the innovative projects and programs they pioneer. Knowing that other Idaho cities can benefit from the challenges we’ve faced, the information we’ve gathered, and the lessons we’ve learned along the way, is especially gratifying.”  


The Meridian Fire Department was recognized with a 2009 City Achievement Award for its Carbon Monoxide Oximetry Program which allows EMTs and paramedics to test patients on-site for the presence of carbon monoxide (CO) in their bloodstream. When the Meridian Fire Department purchased its first RAD75 CO detection system in 2007, it was the first agency in Idaho to incorporate the groundbreaking device into pre-hospital medical care protocols. After achieving success with the program, the Meridian Fire Department now shares information and outcomes with other agencies and serves as a model and resource for emergency responders in other communities who wish to learn more about on-site CO detection.


The Meridian Mayor’s Anti-Drug Coalition (MADC) was also honored with a City Achievement Award for its Recognize Youth Anti-Drug Education Program. For this program, the MADC teamed up with the Meridian Police Activities League (PAL) to educate youngsters about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Approximately 40 PAL footballs coaches received specialized training and materials to prepare them to lead discussions with their players about the risks of drug and alcohol use and how these substances can impact athletic performance. Young athletes who completed the program and pledged to remain drug-free were presented by Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd with military-style dog tags which entitle them to discounts or small rewards from local merchants.


The City of Meridian’s Design Review Guidelines received honorable mention in the AIC City Achievement Awards competition. These design guidelines, applied citywide, encourage developers and their design teams to create consistently attractive, livable and vibrant neighborhoods, business districts, and public spaces throughout the community. The guidelines focus on practices that meet design objectives for enhancing the site and architectural character of developments and support creative and innovative projects.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded as a farming community in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. For more information about Meridian, visit
www.meridiancity.org.


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