More Debate at County? 

While you were shopping, the Ada County Commission approved The Cliffs development outside Boise, rewrote the county's emergency services ordinance, and established a new policy making it easier to fire county employees. The latter policy won't take effect until the county rewrites its employee handbook, by March 1.

All of which has bothered incoming county commissioner Paul Woods. He'll take Judy Peavey-Derr's seat on January 8. He told BW to expect that he'll be pushing for a familiar cause: more open space in the Foothills, as recommended by the Blueprint for Good Growth plan.

"That's something I'm going to push for right away," Woods said.

Woods said he would have voted against The Cliffs based on open space concerns.

Woods also would likely have voted against the new at-will employee policy that means the county is free to fire employees at any time without first providing advance notice. Commissioners have said the new policy puts the county in synch with human-resources policies that are in use around the country and by the state of Idaho, said Rich Wright, spokesman for Ada County.

Woods said the ordinance's adoption could have a chilling effect on employees who might otherwise have criticims of county commissioners and their policies.

"To have that deliberation taking place over the holidays is certainly frustrating," Woods said.

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