A debate over Coeur d'Alene wastewater has become rather nasty, with one city councilman claiming that he was the victim of threats from the mayor and a city attorney.
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the issue concerns the city's wastewater treatment plant and its need for $33 million in upgrades to be in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency. The majority of the Coeur d'Alene Council wants to request a so-called "judicial confirmation" on the matter, meaning city officials wouldn't have to turn to voters to approve the necessary debt.
But Steve Adams, a second-year councilman, told the Press that when he opposed the request for judicial confirmation, the city attorney "verbally assaulted me, twice now, with inflammatory and derogatory comments." Adams said City Attorney Mike Gridley told him to "(bleep) off" and called him a "moron." Adams said he approached Mayor Sandi Bloem but, according to Adams, Bloem raised her fist and said she had "half a mind to punch his nose off his face."
Gridley told the Press that he thought Adams was "unstable" and "confused," and the mayor said the contentious behavior is the worst she's ever seen.
"The only comment I have is that my frustration level ... is probably as great as it's ever been," said Bloem.