The lame duck quacked Tuesday when the Boise City Council considered the mess with the skinny houses being moved onto lots on Euclid St. and the rest of the flock followed his call.
Councilor Jerome Mapp weighed in and cut to the heart of the entire debate–which ran into the waning minutes of the day. “The fact is you put these houses on lots without proper permits,” declared Mapp.
Mapp lost his bid for re-election in November, but he won on this one. Councilor Alan Shealy quickly acknowledged Mapp’s insight and the council acted decisively, passing a resolution to “abate the nuisance” of the houses which were moved without permits.
An attorney for the developers jousted with the City planning director over technicalities of the permitting process, but in the end the lame duck councilor put it all in perspective.
If all goes according to plan, the houses will be “outta there” in 10 working days or the City will smash, burn, or tow them.
The GUARDIAN figures there may be some more wrangling over deadlines and permits, but the council is clearly fed up along with neighbors in the area. The gray houses which were parked at Federal Way and Protest for several months have found homes on proper lots as previously reported by the GUARDIAN.
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