The Ada County Assessor's Office is cautioning citizens to be wary of a current mailer being sent to Ada County property owners. It's a scam.
The mailer promises that for a "mere" $83, it will obtain a property assessment profile and complimentary grant deed for the property owner. But Ada County officials say they're worried that property owners are shelling out the $83 for documents they may already have, may not need, or that they can get from the county recorder's office for just a couple of dollars.
"We see these types of targeted scams out there from time to time, and my office really encourages people to please contact the county before you ever pay for any property assessment or deed-related fees such as these," said Ada County Assessor Bob McQuade.
County officials add that if a resident needs a certified copy of their deed, they can pay $1 for each page of the deed and another $1 to have it certified at the Ada County Recorder's Office on the first floor of the Ada County Courthouse on Front Street in Boise.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a male inmate, being held on federal charges on a U.S. Marshal's hold, who died of an apparent drug overdose.
The incident began in the late afternoon hours of March 10, when an Ada County Jail deputy said he had received an anonymous note saying the inmate had illegal drugs in his possession.
A K-9 drug detection dog was brought in to search the inmate's cell but no drugs were found.
Several hours later, in the early morning of March 11, the inmate was reported to be sweating profusely and shaking. Authorities said the inmate initially refused cooperation with medical staff and refused to be taken to the hospital, but nurses determined that he had a dangerously high temperature and he was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
Hospital staff reported that the inmate lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest before being pronounced dead at 4:05 a.m.
The Ada County Coroner's medical examiner performed an autopsy and found what appeared to be a foreign substance in the inmate's stomach, which has still not been identified.
The inmate, identified as 29-year-old Danny Ryan, tested positive for marijuana and amphetamines.
The inmate had been in custody at the Ada County Jail since March 7.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office released its annual "Report to Our Citizens" today, revealing that while Ada County's population continues to grow (406,850 in 2013 compared to 2012's 399,850), the average daily jail population at the county lockup actually dropped (787 in 2013 compared to 2012's 865).
The ACSO also reported that in Fiscal Year 2013:
- 94 percent of 911 calls were answered within 10 seconds
- 20 percent of low risk offenders waited for court in jail more than three days
- 39 percent of inmates were rearrested within one year of their release
- the average patrol response time for critical emergencies was 5 minutes, 27 seconds
- there were 956 traffic crashes within the ACSO jurisdiction
Additionally, the sheriff's department reported that the average customer wait time for driver's licensing was 6 minutes in 2013, about the same as 2012, but a dramatic improvement from 2011, when the wait time was 16 minutes, 22 seconds.
You can read the full report here:Annual_Report_2013.pdf
Following months of finger-pointing between officials with Ada County and the city of Eagle, Ada County commissioners voted 2-to-1 this morning to sell 35 acres of the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex so that Eagle can move forward with its plans to build an all-weather terrain park, which would include a sled hill, snow-making equipment, water retention pond and wake board cable park.
The city of Eagle has had a 99-year lease for use of a public park on approximately 85 acres of Ada County-owned land, which sits a half-mile north of East Floating Feather Road off of North Horseshoe Bend Road. In particular, Eagle had its eye on some of those acres at the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex for its proposed outdoor sports park.
But Ada County commissioners balked at Eagle's plans, saying a commercial snow park wasn't allowed under the lease agreement.
Ultimately, the Eagle City Council voted to make an offer to Ada County to buy 35 of the acres at $4,000 per acre.
This morning, Ada County Commissioners Rick Yzaguirre and Jim Tibbs voted to sell the land for $4,000 per acre to Eagle. Commissioner Dave Case voted against the sale.
The next go-round between the City of Eagle and Ada County over a proposed snow terrain park will be Thursday, Dec. 12. And after two months of finger-pointing, there appears to be some daylight in the dispute over Eagle's effort to construct what it says will be a world class facility that would include a terrain park, sled hill, snow-making equipment, water retention pond and wake board cable park.
The City of Eagle has a 99 year lease for use of a public park on approximately 85 acres of Ada County-owned land which a half-mile north of East Floating Feather Road off of North Horseshoe Bend Road. In particular, Eagle has its eye on seven of those acres at the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex for its snow terrain facility.
KTVB-7 reports that a Nov. 20 meeting, Eagle officials discussed several options, including purchasing the footprint for the terrain park, buying the area already annexed by the City of Eagle, buying the entire park area, or renegotiating the lease with the county.
But an attorney for Ada County, Jana Gomez, said Ada County Commissioners were more inclined to do away with city's annexed land, or sell the annexed land to the city and do away with lease.
Both sides to agree to discuss the issue further on Dec. 12.
Citizens packed an Oct. 23 hearing at the Ada County Courthouse and listened to nearly four hours of public testimony on a proposed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints temple on North Linder Road, near Chinden Boulevard in Meridian.
Ultimately, two of three Ada County commissioners voted to green-light the temple project. Commissioner Jim Tibbs was absent.
More than 50 citizens testified at the special hearing, the overwhelming majority of which were in support of the temple.
Ada County's Planning and Zoning Commission had approved the application for the 56-foot tall temple to be built, but a neighboring landowner challenged the ruling, prompting the special hearing before the Ada County Commission.
When complete, the temple will be the fifth of its kind in Idaho. The 65,960 square-foot structure will sit on nearly 21 acres.
There's a bit of a thaw in the frosty relations between Ada County and the city of Eagle.
In the late afternoon hours of Oct. 4, Ada County commissioners lifted a stop-work order at the site of mountain bike trail improvements on county-owned land leased by the city of Eagle.
Earlier in the week, the cease-and-desist order appeared at the site after Ada County engineers said they had "some questions and concerns regarding the slope of one of the ridges where the bike trail would be built."
"This work stoppage sign has nothing to do with the proposed snow park. It should be noted that the land is completely owned by Ada County, not the city of Eagle," Larry Maneely, chief of staff to the Ada County commissioners, told Boise Weekly.
But commissioners back-peddled Oct. 4 after what they called "a collaborative conversation involving the Ada County engineer and Parks and Waterways director with Eagle officials and a representative of the bike trail project, Gravity Logic."
County officials said Eagle city officials "have assured the county that proper bonding and insurance obligations have been met by the contractor."
The site plan also established that no native plants should by disturbed by the project and reflects that a bridge will be constructed mid-trail to separate high-speed mountain bikers from those riding at slower speeds, as well as hikers, joggers and horseback riders.
"With this action, Ada County Commissioners have reaffirmed their interest in working cooperatively with the City of Eagle to develop the sports complex into a wonderful asset," commissioners said in their statement.
Meanwhile, county officials are still scheduled to sit down Wednesday, Oct. 9 with the city of Eagle regarding a proposed snow park at an adjacent site.
Ada County commissioners have indicated that they're reluctant to let the park plans move forward because it would would be a for-profit enterprise on public land. Maneely added that the city of Eagle had not secured approval for construction on the land.
Proponents of the snow park argue that Ada County already supports recreational for-profit arrangements, including Epley's Rental at Barber Park, Les Bois horse racing operation at the fairgrounds and professional baseball at Hawks Stadium. But Maneely says those operations were approved through a "public/private for-profit partnership" that required a special contractual arrangement with Ada County.
"If we need to renegotiate the agreement with the city of Eagle for such a partnership, so be it, but until then we want to sit down and discuss the plans and that's what we'll do next Wednesday afternoon," said Maneely.
Ada County has posted a sign, ordering work stoppage at an Eagle Site, where City of Eagle officials had hoped to develop new bike trails. But the County's order says that any grading, filling, clearing or excavating "is hereby ordered to stop."
The City of Eagle has a 99 year lease for use of a public park on approximately 85 acres of Ada County-owned land which a half-mile north of East Floating Feather Road off of North Horseshoe Bend Road. In particular, Eagle has its eye on seven of those acres at the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex. The proposed park, designed by world class sports park architect and Boise native Ryan Neptune, would include a terrain park, sled hill, snow-making equipment, water retention pond and wake board cable park. Additionally, Eagle has contracted with a company called Gravity Logic to construct new bike trails on land that is part of the remaining 85 acres.
"Our [Ada County] engineers have some questions and concerns regarding the slope on the back-slope of the ridge where that bike trail would be built," Ada County Commissioners' Chief of Staff Larry Maneely told Boise Weekly."This work stoppage sign has nothing to do with the proposed snow park. It should be noted that the land is completely owned by Ada County, not the City of Eagle."
Meanwhile, Maneely said Ada County Commissioners were scheduled to sit down with officials from the City of Eagle regarding the proposed snow park in an information-gathering meeting on Wednesday, October 9.
Ada County Commissioners have indicated that they're reluctant to let the park plans move forward because it would would be a for-profit enterprise on public land. Maneely added that the City of Eagle had not secured approval for construction on the land.
Proponents of the snow park argue that Ada County already supports recreational for-profit arrangements including Epley's Rental at Barbar Park, Les Bois horse racing operation at the fairgrounds and professional baseball at Hawks Stadium. But Maneely says those operations were approved through a "public/private for-profit partnership" that required a special contractual arrangement with Ada County.
"If we need to renegotiate the agreement with the City of Eagle for such a partnership, so be it, but until then we want to sit down and discuss the plans and that's what we'll do next Wednesday afternoon," said Maneely.
Late Wednesday, Ada County Commissioners released a copy of a letter that they sent to Eagle Mayor Jim Reynolds regarding the cease and desist sign:
Mayor Jim Reynolds
P.O. Box 1520
Eagle, Idaho 83616
RE:Cease and Desist Request
Dear Mayor Reynolds:
It recently came to the attention of the Board of Ada County Commissioners that Gravity Logic, a company based out of Whistler, British Columbia, is currently in the process of constructing a new bike trail, specifically a “flow trail.” Ada County confirmed that the new flow trail is located on the land leased to the City of Eagle for the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex.
Pursuant to Article I, Section 18 of the “Lease Agreement between Ada County and the City of Eagle for Ada-Eagle Sports Complex” (“Lease Agreement”), the City of Eagle is prohibited from changing the contour or condition of the leased property, unless authorized by Ada County. Ada County has not been involved in any aspect of the planning process for the new flow trail. In fact, until just a few days ago, Ada County was unaware that a new trail was even being considered. Further, despite repeated attempts of Ada County’s legal counsel to find out more information, counsel for the City of Eagle has failed to respond to Ada County’s inquiries about the new trail. Accordingly, the Board of Ada County Commissioners has practically no knowledge about the flow trail, and it has not authorized construction of such trail, as required by the Lease Agreement.
Ada County is, therefore, requesting that the City of Eagle and Gravity Logic immediately cease and desist with any construction of a new bike trail on the leased property. Ada County considers any construction on the leased property that changes the contour or condition of the land and that is not pre-authorized by Ada County as a breach of the Lease Agreement, which agreement can be terminated by Ada County upon six months written notice.
Given the recent issues with the proposed Eagle Terrain Park and the new flow trail, it is evident that Ada County and the City of Eagle have conflicting interpretations of the Lease Agreement. As such, Ada County believes that the Lease Agreement needs to be re-negotiated in order to clarify the County and City’s respective expectations.
The leased property, in Ada County’s view, was a government-to-government donation of land to be used by the public free of charge. The original proposed uses for the land included things such as softball and soccer fields, a fitness trail, a Frisbee golf course, picnic areas, a dog park, horseshoe pits, volleyball and basketball courts, and an amphitheater. A seven-acre, pay-to-play terrain park was not the type of use contemplated by Ada County when it entered into the Lease Agreement.
Additionally, the proposed “concessionaire” agreement with Ryan Neptune is unlike other Ada County concessionaire agreements, such as Epley’s, in that those concessionaire agreements were procured through competitive processes in which multiple vendors were given the opportunity to bid for the County contracts. Further, Ada County’s agreement with Epley’s, for example, does not require the public to pay for use of County land. Instead, County residents may rent equipment from Epley’s, if they so choose, but they do not have to pay to float the Boise River. The floating access points are designed so that the public may float the Boise River free of charge.
In stark contrast, the terrain park proposed by Mr. Neptune contemplates charging the public to use seven acres of land that was previously designated as land to be used by the general public for recreational purposes, free of charge. Pursuant to Mr. Neptune’s proposal, in the wintertime, Ada County residents would not be allowed to access the proposed seven-acre park unless they paid an admission fee. In the summertime, the public would have to pay an admission fee to use the proposed wakeboard park. It is unclear if the remaining portion of the proposed terrain park would be open to the public free of charge in the summertime.
Use of public property for profit-making activities may be appropriate. However, a comprehensive discussion of these types of uses on the leased property between the City of Eagle’s elected representatives and the Ada County Commissioners, in whose care the property has been placed, has yet to occur. It is customary for a tenant to seek permission from a landlord prior to using leased property for purposes that the landlord may find inappropriate and especially prior to entering into an agreement with a third party for such inappropriate uses.
Finally, in preparation for the October 9, 2013 meeting, Ada County has been conducting its own research about the feasibility of the proposed terrain park. The Board would like to discuss several issues with you and your staff at that meeting. According to the Ada County Highway District (“ACHD”), an application in regards to the proposed terrain park has not been submitted. Accordingly, we invited a representative from ACHD to the meeting to discuss ACHD’s concerns with the project.
Further, according to the director of the Eagle Planning and Zoning Department, Mr. Neptune is required to submit a design review application for the proposed park; however, to date, none has been submitted. We would also like to discuss this aspect of the project.
Additionally, Ada County’s engineer reviewed the Eagle Terrain Snow Park Water Study conducted by SPF Water Engineering and expressed several concerns with the study. Her concerns include, but are not limited to, the rate of recapture, the estimated amount of water and snow needed, and the high potential for damage to the land due to erosion. Ada County’s engineer will also be present at the meeting to express her concerns. An agenda of items to be discussed at the October 9, 2013 meeting will be circulated prior to the meeting.
In the meantime, please cease and desist all construction work for the new flow trail. Before the City of Eagle and/or Gravity Logic may proceed with such work, Ada County needs to receive information about the project so that it can consider whether to authorize the project.
David L. Case, Commissioner
Jim Tibbs, Commissioner
Rick Yzaguirre, Commissioner
The word "historic" was bandied about several times Wednesday morning at the Ada County Courthouse.
Elected officials from Ada County, Boise, Meridian joined fire chiefs, and first responders today to sign a new emergency management system joint powers agreement, thus creating a pact to create a unified approach to emergency services.
"I do wish we had some more speakers though," joked Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, looking at the long line of officials. "Come to think of it, nine is quite enough."
The nine included Bieter's counterparts Meridian Mayor Tammy DeWeerd, Ada County Commissioners David Case and Jim Tibbs, Ada County Paramedics Director Darby Weston, Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan and fire chiefs representing Eagle, Kuna, and North Ada County.
"We're always trying to make things better, faster and cheaper. It's very rare that you can get all three; normally you have to pick one or two," said Bieter. This is monumental. When you or your relative is in need, you want the most qualified people there as soon as we can get them there. And this is a huge step toward that."
Previously, the map of Ada County was splashed with different colors, each representing a different responding agency. But now, the County will be primarily covered through a joint operating agreement, allowing agencies to assist on each other's turf.
"This has been an effort that has been a long time coming," said Rick Yzaguirre, a former fire chief, Eagle City Council member and mayor and, for the last 10 years, Ada County Commissioner. "This is something I've been involved with for a good 25 years. It has always been fire versus EMS, or city vs. county; and it has been political at times. But at the end of the day, everybody has to come together."
The agreement, which is also expected to soon include the Star Fire District, calls for the creation of a Joint Powers Board and two medical directors, one each from the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and St. Luke's health systems.
The fate of a Boise recycling company hangs in the balance tonight as Ada County officials will allow the public to weigh in on whether Tree Top Recycling, Inc., should be allowed to operate in the City of Trees.
Following an April 11 cease and desist order, the Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission will garner public opinion this evening at 6 p.m. at the Ada County Courthouse to address Tree Top Recycling on Banner Street.
The final decision rests in the hands of Ada County Commissioners, but one long-time customer of the recycling company tells Boise Weekly he is anxious to come to Tree Top’s defense.
Fritz Keifer told BW he's satisfied with the service Tree Top provides, adding tonight’s subject might be "a conflict of interest," claiming that the county "simply doesn’t want to compete with another recycler."
“It seems wrong that one entity in competition could shut down a private enterprise,” Keifer said, “I’m as left-wing as you can get, but it doesn’t seem right to me that the government should be able to shut down that competition.”
Ada County Planning and Zoning reported what it called multiple infractions and instances of noncompliance. P and Z staffers claimed Tree Top accepted more than just wood, sod, leaves, and grass, was negligent of composting wood chips causing an strong odor, and built up dust in the surrounding neighborhood.
But Keifer pushed back against the negative report.
“[Tree Top] has been such a good facility and good business in terms of recycling organic waste,” he said, “If you have weeds in mixed loads, they’re really good about composting it—no big deal. It’s so much more approachable than the county in terms of getting rid of all these materials we as gardeners and landscapers have to deal with. We frequently end up with mixed loads the county won’t take, or if they do take, just end up burying somewhere.”