Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Garden City Council Upends Voters' Wishes

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

The Garden City Council thumbed its respective noses at its constituents Monday night by repealing a Greenbelt initiative that was passed by voters on Nov. 6.

The so-called "Initiative B," which passed 52-48 percent, ordered the city to stop imposing any restrictions on nonmotorized travel on the Greenbelt without voter approval at a special or general election. A second measure, "Initiative A," would have lifted the ban on bikes on the Garden City Nature Trail but was defeated 57-43 percent.

But Monday night, the Garden City Council decided that the measures were "in conflict with the city's ability to provide for the health and safety of residents." Lawmakers pointed to a rule crafted by the Idaho State Land Board that says the city has ultimate authority on the best uses for the Greenbelt.

Garden City Council members said their vote, repealing the city codes that were enacted by the voters, was effective immediately.

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