In the midst of questions about whether or not he lives in Idaho Senate District 18, Senator Branden Durst has weighed in on Boise’s proposed bond for parks–AGAINST!
Turns out he’s pissed about puppies potentially pooping on private property possessed by people on the perimeter of the park.
Durst wrote a comment on the GUARDIAN’s STORY about the bond saying, “At this point I’ll be supporting the public safety bond measure, but not the park bond measure.
Providing safety is a primary role of government and I think this is an extension of that fact. We can debate whether or not this should have been prioritized differently in the budget to avoid the need for a levy. That is fair game, but its not the current situation.
As to the park bond measure, I think that given some recent decisions by the park commission, I can not support the measure. They have ignored citizens and done as they please. One situation had a direct impact in my district. Until the issue is corrected, I’ll be opposing the park bond and hope others do the same.”
Here’s his explanation for the non-support message:
“The issue is specifically dealing with the Parks Commission’s decision to create a dog park at the entirety of Williams Park. The neighbors at Williams Park are all opposed to the change. This will become the only dog park in Boise that doesn’t require the dog park to be fenced in. Residents who live on the perimeter have reasons to be concerned as many homes do not have a fence dividing their properties from the park, thus making it likely that dogs will be entering their property.
The neighborhood association president asked me to support their request to modify the park plan, which I gladly did. The efforts were futile and the Park Commission proceeded as planned. If the Mayor and Council choose to overrule the Parks Commission, I will reconsider my position on the park bond measure, if they don’t I won’t and I’ll also actively oppose it.”
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