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Graffiti: I just noticed that there’s graffiti on an Idaho Power super pole, those large steel poles or whatever, on Ustick Road just west of Dalton. It’s up and down the side of the pole.

Graffiti Team

Dave Chavez

Boise, ID

Foothills Dog Policy: I enthusiastically support a ban on off leash dogs in all areas of the foothills in the city. Being a mountain biker, I have many times been nearly knocked off my bike by unattended, unruly dogs. I don’t hate dogs, but I have a real problem with irresponsible dog owners. Again, I fully support a ban on unleashed dogs. Thank you.

BPR

Ann Greenberg, MD

Boise, ID 83716

Foothills Dog Policy: I am calling about my concern for the dog policy that is now roaring in conflict in the northern foothills. I am not fortunate enough to be able to live close by there, but as a physician, I have worked with families (I am now retired, I worked as a pediatrician, and also as a child and adolescent psychiatrist with many families), and one of the things that seems to be important, is important, is that families have a chance to play together and be together and spend time when they’re out of work and when they’re home. One of those times is in the evening. This community has this wonderful treasure of that part of the foothills where they can play and be together. It’s a place for the family, including their pet, to be together and to meet other families as well. From my 40 years of experience, this is how we’re going to keep families, to give them a chance to be together; but they also need to be responsible and this is why I’m calling you. My recommendation would be a probation time, a period in which any of the dogs and their families would be responsible; it’s all on the behavior of their pet, the results of which would be examined in three months, with the families knowing that after that time, both sides would decide. If the families are not able to be responsible for their pet’s behavior, then that freedom would automatically be taken away and they would have to know that. The compromise would be to give both sides, especially the families, a chance to be more responsible than perhaps they have been, and to know exactly what the consequences would be after the evaluation in three months, and the meaning of those consequences would be clear to everyone. I don’t see any value tearing the community apart over this, nor do I see any advantage to taking this wonderful treasure away if the people who are able to use it can show that they can be responsible. That’s the reason that I am calling you and I do hope that something can be worked out, whether it’s a probation period, a test period, where both side, especially the families, can know that the result of those actions which they may have been lax in the past, that it’s up to them if they’re going to keep having the freedom by being responsible for their dogs. Thank you. BPR Action Taken: left msj

Mrs. Telander Whitewing

Boise, ID 83702

Misc: Hi, happy Mothers Day to the mothers of Boise, Idaho. This has been a most fulfilling place to be a mother; I’ve enjoyed Boise; I’ve enjoyed the quality of the high school here that my son attends, Capital High School, and the kindness and the quality of the teachers, and the respect in the community towards motherhood, and I feel that it’s a place where kids can reach their potential and adults can celebrate being parents. It’s also a city where there’s a tremendous amount of kindness and good behavior towards others. I’m delighted to live here and I’m delighted that my son’s going to be graduating from high school here. It’s an honor. If I can do anything to make the city better, I’ll write a note; I’ll write a letter; I’ll write an article, or I’ll pray about it. God Bless Boise. Thank you and have a beautiful Sunday.

Cindy Maher

Boise, ID 83706

Appeal: We have an appeal coming before the Mayor and City Council on June 10, next month. It appears as though the city and the City Council have already made their decision, as marked by the placement of the announcing of the meeting. It has been placed in our back yards, the same that the city did for our meeting with the Commissioners. I would like to talk to somebody about the placement of this sign, and I want to know by whose authority it has been placed in our back yard twice. Please call me. PDS

Mark Clark

Boise, ID 83706

Foothills Dog Policy: I just wanted to call and give my opinion on the controversy over the dogs on the Foothill trails. I think that I would like to see a lot of the recommendations that the group has put together implemented; in other words, let’s show some teeth on this thing. I know right now there is a big outcry from the dog owners about these proposed changes; however, they’ve had plenty of ample warning; this has been going on for a long time and there doesn’t seem to be any self-enforcement. So, I believe that rather than get scared away, let’s continue to move ahead on this. We’ve done a lot of work on this so far and created a lot of comment, question, answer sessions, and I think we have a direction we’re going now. Also, the number of dogs is increasing all the time, so we need to get a handle on this right away, or else we’re going to end up burning a lot of our resources up trying to enforce something later on down the road. Let’s don’t back down on the dog enforcement on the foothills trails and so on. I agree with what the panel has put together so far, and have had input on such. Let’s listen to the dog owners and be fair, but they’ve had their chance, and I think that we may be able to compromise on some issues, but really let’s keep the teeth in this bill and get this thing under control. I live near a dog park here and it’s basically overwhelmed all the time; it’s unbelievable the amount of resources that are going into this and the amount of usage by the public; a lot of dogs out there, that’s for sure, so there again, we can’t ban them by any means, but there again we can’t ban them by any means, but we are going to have to have a good plan to handle all this dog usage in this area. It’s obviously a popular issue and more dog parks would be great, but we also need to keep control of this thing.

BPR

Action Taken: left msj

Phil Toomey

Boise, ID

Graffiti: I’m calling to report graffiti up on Table Rock; the bench there and the pole supporting the cross both have been tagged heavily. We were up there Saturday, and it was really messy, plus there were some young Hispanics taking pictures of the graffiti, so it would be a good idea to get this stuff off. Thank you.

Graffiti Team

Sara Harris

Boise, ID 83703

Plano Lane Development: I’m calling to oppose the new development that’s going above around Hill Rd. and Collister on Plano (I think it’s called the AC Canyon Development). I oppose it because of the increased traffic and the effect of the way of life and safety among the residents around there. Also I don’t see why a couple of people should profit and destruct one of the gems of Boise—our Foothills. Only a couple of people are going to live up there and everybody has to look at it. It just destroys something beautiful, much like what Quail Ridge across the street does. That land can go to better use. I thank you.

PDS

Action Taken: left msj

Lisa Scales

Boise, ID 83712

Eco: I’m starting a non-profit called EM-Spectrum; I’m looking at green collar job training and I would like some perspective from the Mayor and Council or anybody I can chat with to see how we might partner to make this come to be. Thanks so much for your consideration.

MZ

Action Taken: contacted

Ann Marie Martin

Abandoned Vehicle: I, my husband and family are all City of Boise citizens and we have just learned that we have a spot near our house near our fence that seems to be particularly attractive to abandoned vehicles. We have just now learned that instead of calling the police department and having to wait a couple of days to get the really ugly vehicles hauled away from our nice non-trashed yard, it can be two weeks and we have to submit it online. I think that’s really not acceptable; we have internet access, but I know a lot of people who live on the bench here who are not as well off and perhaps might have abandoned vehicles there and they may not have it. It would be much better if they would take the reports the way they used to. We will be submitting it online and we hope it will be gone in less than two weeks because the back looks burned out and the back window is broken and it has duct tape and stripes and it’s really ugly. It’s not a happy thing.

BPD

Connie Dye

Resident of Boise

Appeal Item: I have a very big concern over what’s going on with the City Council and the property of Tony and Cindy Maher at 1111 E. Pennsylvania Lane. At that property there was a house that sat there for 50 years facing Pennsylvania Lane; they bought the property and used the pad of the property to build a new home facing Pennsylvania Lane as the house had for 50 years before them with all appropriate building permits. They are now being asked to change their front yard to their back yard and their back yard to their front yard after the house has been completely finished. This poses a very big danger for their little dog and also their own privacy. It is a ridiculous situation that the City Council needs to take action on in favor of the Maher’s and get over the complaints of the neighbors. This has been going on for a long, long time and nobody from the City Council has even gone out and looked at their property, so now we are banding together as friends and neighbors of theirs to come out and say, “If you can do this to them, you can do this to anybody.” So the City Council needs to step in and put a stop to this ridiculousness. I would appreciate very much, Mr. Mayor, if you would take this under consideration and take this up with the City Council and become personally involved in an issue of life-long residence in Boise. Thank you.

PDS

Ann Marie Martin

Abandoned Car: I’m a Boise citizen; we live on Hervey Street. I called earlier this week because I was upset because there was this very ugly black and yellow striped car with a broken window that had mysteriously parked itself against our fence. They said it could be two weeks when I called the police number before they would get around to moving it. They are here this morning and they are going to move it, and I’m so thankful. So thank you very, very much; I really appreciate it. I just wanted to say many thanks because I was really worried somebody was going to do something awful.

Bret Sullivan

Boise, ID 83709

Appeal Item: My question is regarding the building permit that was issued to the Maher family at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. and now you’re saying that their front yard is ... you’re trying to put it at their back yard; you’re trying to turn it around, when their building permit was issued for Pennsylvania Avenue. I’m trying to find out how that can possibly happen. If you would let me know, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

PDS

Jacki McKlveen

Boise, ID 83705

Appeal Item: My call is in regards to the decision regarding back yard versus front yard at 1111 E. Pennsylvania Lane owned by Tony and Cindy Maher. My concern and issue is the decision to make the Maher’s back yard their front yard and a request from the city that their fences be lowered. It is my understanding that the city and P&Z approved their plans as submitted, and issued a permit, then subsequently decided to redefine the back yard to the front yard, asking the Maher’s to lower their fences which take away their privacy, security, and protection. I believe this should be reviewed, and I am of the opinion that the city’s and P&Z’s approval of their plan ... recording cut her off.

PDS

Anonymous

Allied: There needs to be a solution for landscape rocks or small pieces of cement to be picked up with a small dumpster or some other community projects during the summer time. My problem is—in order for maybe 300 or 400 lbs. of cement to be picked up; I have to rent a 20 cubic yard container which is 21 ft. long x 8 ft. x 4 ft. high. It runs $338 to dump it and about $44.29 to deliver it. I only have a small amount of concrete and there is no way I can get rid of it without spending close to $375 or more. That is absolutely ridiculous; no wonder this stuff sits around Boise. I wish you would come up with a solution because BFI does not have one. Thank you.

Leona

Recycling: I didn’t know who to call. I live at Collister and State Street. The Jaycee’s and Junior Achievement people had big dumpsters for us to put cans and newspaper in; they’re remodeling the parking where they were at the little mall and we don’t know where they took them to so we can recycle our cans. I just don’t know who to call, so I called the Mayor’s office. I would sure appreciate somebody finding out where they moved those to and let me know. Thank you very much.

PW

Milt Coffman

Boise, ID

Plano Lane: The developers are planning a subdivision called Plano; ACHD has decided that Collister above Hill Road needs to have more traffic. This is unacceptable because the thru-road will turn our cul-de-sac into a busy thoroughfare. The traffic patterns at Collister and Hill Rd., Plano and Hill Rd., and Collister and State St. have not been addressed by ACHD and they appear not to care about it. They are simply going to put a stop light at Collister and Hill Rd. and let it go. This is not acceptable. Thank you.

PDS

Susan

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

Graffiti: I would like to report some graffiti, if it hasn’t already been reported. It’s between Front St. and Grove St. in the old Camille Beckman building that is being torn down. I’m not exactly sure of the street number, but it’s between the C.W. Moore Building and the Court House on an old concrete wall that is being deconstructed as we speak.

Graffiti Team

Kenneth Irons

Boise, ID

Voter District Map: I’m trying to find a map showing District 16 here so I can vote for our state representative. Where can I find a map; does the state provide maps for District 15 and 16; 16 is what I want, and how do I go about getting one? Thank you.

Action Taken: contacted

Jim Lodge

Transit: I was just watching the oil futures approaching $130 a barrel. There was a calculator on line showing what the average person’s expendable income will be impacted if gasoline at the pump hits $5.00 per gallon. My concern is this—we’ve been jawboning about commuter rail from Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian to Boise for quite some time, and I think it’s really past time that we get past the talk phase and get that developed in conjunction with buses so that the lower income people who are forced to move out to find a home, and can’t live in Boise are not completely strangled with energy costs. I think this is a very urgent need; I live in the North End so it doesn’t impact me but I have a great concern for the younger people in our community. Thanks for your attention.

Action Taken: left msj

Anonymous

Graffiti: The stop sign at the corner of Haines and E. Washington St. needs to have the graffiti taken off. Graffiti Team