According to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, the mayors of cities in the county, as well as Ada County Commissioner Paul Woods, got a chance for a little show-and-tell, with each taking a turn presenting the problems their respective communities face.
"Each city is in a different evolutionary time, and all have different challenges," Bieter said.
While the area faces many shared issues, each community has its own, unique problems, some of which, Bieter said, he wasn't fully aware of prior to the meeting.
This closed-door, no-media-allowed gathering was prompted by an opinion column published in the Idaho Statesman, in which Star Mayor Nate Mitchell referred to Bieter's "dirty political tactics and regional cooperation blunders."
Merrill, who has announced she will not run for re-election, decided to play peacemaker and invited her peers to get their issues out on the table.
"It was probably the most incredible experience," Merrill said in an interview with BW. "We could look across the table at each other and say, 'What are your obstacles, mayors?'"