Sunday, September 21, 2014

Boise, ACHD Officials To Hold Joint Session Tuesday

Posted By on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Even a citizen with only passing interest in civics would acknowledge that there is no love lost between officials with the city of Boise and the Ada County Highway District. The awkward division of authority allows the city to manage public properties within its borders yet concurrently allows the ACHD to lord over the city's roadways. The relationship has been prickly at best; and in the past 12 months, derision and legal actions further pounded the wedge between the two publicly elected entities.

2014 has seen particular tension surrounding several issues:

- The appearance and disappearance of a buffered bike lane on Capitol Boulevard, which city officials said was "set up to fail."
- The continued scuffle over the placement of so-called "smart meters" on Boise streets that remains unresolved.
- City officials' concerns over "a number of unexpected changes in priority" that create a "domino effect" in ACHD's new five-year plan of projects.
- Disagreements over where roundabouts should be implemented in Boise's downtown.
- Debates over bike lane configurations on Main and Idaho streets.

So it will be of particular interest when the Boise City Council and the ACHD Commission will hold a rare joint meeting at noon this coming Tuesday, Sept. 23. The public session will be held at Boise City Hall.

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