Boise Mayor Dave Bieter traditionally likes to open his State of the City address with a humorous anecdote, usually at his own expense. This morning, he relayed a story of how one of his staffers was getting a haircut from a 20-something stylist when the staffer mentioned he worked for the mayor.
"No way," said the stylist. "You work for Butch Otter?"
The staffer assured the stylist that not only was Bieter the mayor but he had been re-elected to a third term recently.
"But what about Ron Paul?" asked the stylist.
"Ladies and gentleman," said the mayor as he began his address, sans notes, "let's kill that rumor right away. To the best of my knowledge, Ron Paul doesn't want to be mayor."
Bieter spent the better part of 45 minutes recapping the city's accomplishments over the last 12 months, revisiting familiar territory such as the the Zions Bank project, JUMP, Concordia School of Law, Biomark, and what he called a "historic agreement" with Boise firefighters and police officers to forego contractually guaranteed payments.
"But I also have some exciting news to share," said Bieter.
The mayor then unveiled plans for a $68 million retirement community, dubbed "The Terraces," to be built in Harris Ranch. The community would include 150 senior residences and health care services on the campus of the community.
"This should create 150 new full-time jobs, in addition to approximately 200 construction jobs," said Bieter.
Bieter also announced that the J&M Land company would soon complete a deal to purchase and renovate the old Boise Armory on Reserve Street, long abandoned and dilapidated.
"They have already begun meeting with neighbors," said Bieter. "They would be working on their zoning approval in the next couple of weeks and construction could begin in the next couple of months."