While we are not as exercised as a GUARDIAN reader about former city councilor Jerome Mapp remaining on the board of the urban renewal agency (CCDC), we fail to understand why only council members are appointed to a pair of seats, but they keep their CCDC positions after being voted out of office.
Former Councilor Paula Forney remained on the board of the powerful taxpayer funded Capital City Development Corp. for two years after she lost a runoff election to Councilor David Eberle who only recently was appointed to the board. She said she was appointed as a citizen–not as a councilor.
We posed the issue to city councilors and at the moment no one has an answer to the question of whether or not there should be two city councilors on the CCDC board. The agency has a board of unelected members who have authority to spend millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars without citizen-taxpayer scrutiny.
The mayor and council appoint all of the members to the board and two seats have always been held by incumbent (elected) councilors. Certainly, whenever there is a vacancy to be filled due to departure of a councilor, it is NEVER filled by a mere citizen.
Without regard to Mapp’s ability or devotion to duty, we feel he should leave ALL city positions–even the unpaid CCDC post once he leaves the council. After all, he was appointed BECAUSE he was a councilor, it is only right that he be replaced by a councilor. We feel CCDC NEEDS representation of elected officials who answer to the voters.
The weak explanation we have heard is that CCDC is “different” than the airport, parks, or public works commissions which all have councilors assigned as liaison duties. In researching the Idaho Code, the GUARDIAN has found the law provides for the city council to DISBAND the urban renewal agency board and have the council perform those duties with the simple passage of an ordinance.
We feel this would be more honest than hiding behind another level of bureaucracy and dividing the public ownership of our town between CCDC, Boise City, and Ada County Highway District.
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