Thursday, November 11, 2010

GBAD to Consider Expansion of Boise Centre

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 12:31 PM

The Greater Boise Auditorium District board will meet in special session Monday, Nov. 15 to consider possible expansion of the Boise Centre.

The board will decide whether to move forward with an architectural and structural analysis of the building. Architect Neil Hosford has indicated that adding another story to the downtown convention center is doable. An add-on would be an alternative to building a new center on five acres on Front Street between 11th and 13th streets. GBAD has failed twice to win voter approval for a bond sale that would allow for the construction of a new center. The current layout of the Boise Centre has 85,000 square feet, and a recent study, commissioned by GBAD, indicated that the center could use an additional 78,000 square feet.

At its last formal session on Nov. 8, GBAD's board voted 3-2 to approve a new spending plan for Fiscal Year 2011, which includes $1 million to market the Boise Centre. This comes in the wake of GBAD deciding to end funding for the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau to do the marketing. In 2010, GBAD paid the bureau $1.3 million for the marketing tasks.

GBAD board member Mike Fitzgerald told Citydesk he voted against the 2011 spending plan because it contained questionable expenses for travel and promotion.

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Re-Count Officially Ordered for District 18 House A

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

It's official: Not the count, but the re-count effort. Ada County Election officials told Citydesk that the Idaho Attorney General's Office has officially ordered that the razor-thin margin for the District 18 House A election will trigger a re-canvass of votes.

Unofficial votes showed Republican Julie Ellsworth winning by nine votes over Democrat Janie Ward-Engelking. The unofficial tally: 6,429-6,420.

State law mandates a recount when the margin is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of total votes cast. The initial canvass will not be certified until Wednesday, Nov. 17, and a re-count cannot begin until that happens.

The two were running for the seat vacated by Democrat Rep. Branden Durst, who lost a race for District 18 Senate, won by Republican Mitch Toryanksi.

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