Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cycling Task Force Open to Public Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Boise's cycling safety task force will hold an open house tonight to share its recommendations and take public comment.

The open house is from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in the City Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall. A second open house is planned for Thursday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall West in the Sawtooth Room (333 N. Sailfish Place, off Emerald Street between Maple Grove and Five Mile roads).

There is also a City Council meeting at noon today. The council will be briefed on several transportation plans, including an update on the streetcar issue. The council will also consider a series of city code updates that may or may not include some controversial changes. One resolution makes "Senior Managers and Command Staff, other than Police Lieutenants" at will employees. Another, scrutinized at the Boise Guardian, appears to give the Fire Chief managerial authority over hospital transport, i.e., ambulance services.

City spokesman Adam Park said the chief already has managerial authority over transport and that it does not change anything.

“That was something they added to memorialize the authority of the chief regarding EMS - to put it on the record,” Park said. “We still have the same budget process that applies to everything else.”

In other words, purchases like ambulances still require City Council approval.

Just to make it that much more exciting, the council is also reaffirming its crackdown on the Torch 2 at lunch today.

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