DMV celebrates new home in Bonner Mall

Print Article

Bonner County and Ponderay officials join the staff of the Bonner County Department of Motor Vehicles to commemorate its new location. (Photo by CAMERON RASMUSSON)

PONDERAY — After years of preparation, the DMV has a new home, and everyone involved couldn’t be happier.

After several days of moving, the staff of the Bonner County Department of Motor Vehicles set up shop in Bonner Mall, officially opening for business Monday morning. Bonner County commissioners Lewis Rich, Cornel Rasor and Mike Nielsen, commissioner-elect Cary Kelly and Ponderay Mayor Carol Kunzeman stopped by the new location to participate in the ribbon-cutting and inspect the new office.

“This looks super, and I think consumers will enjoy it extremely well,” Rich said.

The change will provide a better facility for DMV employees, better parking and a stable presence for a tricky location in Bonner Mall.

However, the move was a long time in coming. According to county assessor Jerry Clemons, department officials realized that they would need a new location several years ago. For one thing, the original facility, located along First Avenue in downtown, had very little parking available.

“There wasn’t even enough for the staff,” Clemons said.

That proved to be problematic for an office that routinely requires the physical presence of a vehicle to verify identification numbers. Furthermore, those wishing to register oversized vehicles like RVs had to find a spot deeper downtown, often requiring staff to walk long distances to help customers. The back parking lot had also shown signs of sinking.

DMV officials began the search for a new location about four years ago after realizing they needed to address the situation, according to Clemons. That’s when they began considering Bonner Mall as a potential location. However, they weren’t able to secure any mall space at that time.

“There were lots of ups and downs over the years — a lot of times where we thought, ‘It’s over. It’s not going to happen,’” Clemons said.

They renewed their efforts in April of this year and found a more receptive situation. The DMV was able to secure a lease in a location that was less desirable for visibility and foot traffic — it had hosted several restaurants that subsequently shut down — but worked perfectly fine for a place people have to visit when they need its services.

“The folks at Bonner Mall have been great to deal with throughout this process,” Clemons said.

At the opening of the new office, county officials praised the DMV staff, particularly department head Darlene Spade, for their persistence and hard work in making the move a reality.

“You moved the mountains necessary to make the commissioners do what was right,” Rasor said.

Print Article

Read More News

Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

AP

April 21, 2018 at 10:44 pm | SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bill Clinton offered oil and reactors. George W. Bush mixed threats and aid. Barack Obama stopped trying after a rocket launch. While Seoul and Washington welcomed Pyong...

Comments

Read More

Spaghetti dinner to aid AL baseball

April 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — American Legion baseball is on the horizon. Post 15 invites the public to enjoy a spaghetti dinner today, April 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. The dinner is $7 a plate and includes a vegetable, be...

Comments

Read More

Memorial salutes fallen Cd’A police officer

April 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press By RALPH BARTHOLDT Hagadone News Network COEUR d’ALENE — Three years after his death at the hands of a gunman, Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore will have a dedicated space, a physical space, ...

Comments

Read More

Poem in Your Pocket Day fun on tap

April 21, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — The Academy of American Poets claimed April as National Poetry Month in 1996, and there are a lot of ways for lovers of literature to celebrate. One way is through Poem in Your Pocket Da...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2018 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X