Meridian Allocates $50,000 to Grant Program for Meridian Neighborhoods
A grant program for residents and organizations interested in improving public property within the city limits will fund projects aimed at updating features, adding elements, or beautifying neighborhoods. A total of $50,000 is available per project. The program has funded projects including a pollinator garden at Heroes Park and a universal design upgrade at Bear Creek playground. The application deadline is March 6, 2023. Information and grant applications can be found on the city's website. MeridianCity.org
A TRANSITIONAL YEAR FOR THE MARKET
The housing market in Ada County, Idaho faced challenges and opportunities in 2022. The pandemic led to a peak in demand for housing, with too many buyers chasing too few homes, resulting in bidding wars and a highly competitive market. However, the Federal Reserve's efforts to reset the market and slow price appreciation made 2022 a transitional year. Mortgage rates increased due to Federal Reserve rate hikes in the second half of 2022, leading to a decrease in demand for housing, resulting in lower home sales and downward pressure on home prices. Ada County ended the year with 20.8% fewer total sales than in 2021. The higher mortgage interest rates and swift home price appreciation impacted buyers' purchasing power, some made budget adjustments, and others put their home search on hold. The Boise Regional REALTORS® will be closely monitoring the market in the coming months to help guide buyers and sellers through the changes. BoiRealtors.com
New Year, New Look for Meridian Police Officers
Meridian Police Department is celebrating 120 years of service to the community by changing their uniforms. To commemorate this event, officers will be allowed to change out their existing patch and badge with ones paying homage to the department’s early years. The new patch and badge designs are a flash to the past, bringing back the six-point star badge and a blue version of the original Meridian cow police patches. The badge will be affixed to the front of officer’s uniforms while the patch will be visible on both sleeves. With 143 sworn officers and 43 professional staff, the department is dedicated to making Meridian a great place to live, work and raise a family.