Looks like the GUARDIAN is forced to take back all the NICE THINGS we said about Boise Parks. See Swimming Upstream.
Last week we chided the Statesman a bit for the play they gave a story about a fallen tree blocking the Boise River, but not doing anything about getting signs posted to warn cold weather, high water river users of the danger.
We called the parks folks, worked our way down the chain of command and landed at Paul Woods. Nice guy, understood the problem, and promised to get something up next day to warn floaters. He even sent a foreman to check it out.
Next morning Woods called to apologize for possibly giving us the “wrong impression” and said #2 Guy Tom Governale had jurisdiction over river issues.
Governale called Monday to let us know they decided NOT to place warning signs upstream of the downed tree blocking the channel between the footbridge and Municipal Park behind Fish & Game headquarters. HE had gotten advice from “risk management people.”
Reason: “If we told people to go to the left and a tree fell on that side we could create a legal liability.”
We don’t know who advised Governale, but it would seem that since the city spent last summer asserting its AUTHORITY over the river for purposes of arresting people, they should accept RESPONSIBILITY for a danger when notified by the media and seeing it first hand.
They don’t argue the danger. In fact Governale said the Fire Department will try to remove the hazard once water levels are safer and Parks will offer assistance. They will accept responsibility to remove the tree because it is DANGEROUS, but they won’t warn people of the danger!!
The Statesman warns of the danger, the GUARDIAN warns of the danger and need for signs, but the city says they won’t install signs. However they will use resources of the city to remove the tree. Sorry, it makes no sense.
Explaining the reasons for not erecting signs, Governale also told us, “There are inherent dangers floating the river and people need to take some responsibility on their own.”
These are the same people who place signs at city ponds warning “DANGER, unsafe ice.” They will warn of thin ice, but not trees in the river?!
This is a good one for Mayor Bieter and his “Team Dave” crew to show some leadership and ORDER a couple of common sense signs be placed along the river.
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