For starters the GUARDIAN thinks it would be neat to have a historic steam locomotive parked at the Boise Depot. It would also be neat to open the Depot to the public.
That said, we can only hope the info from a reader is not true about the financal plan to move “Big Mike” –the steam engine–from Julia Davis Park to the Depot.
We would submit it is a gross misuse of $309,000 in Federal Highway funds to move the 86 year old iron horse to the Depot –especially since the public is locked out of the Spanish mission-style landmark. It is owned by Boise Citizens, but closed to the general public and rented only to private parties able to shell out $1,000.
Total cost is estimated to be $323,000 for the move, and Boise City will provide $13,000 “in-kind services” and $14,000 in private donations. It was donations that helped purchase the Depot which we can no longer share with visitors or children thanks to City Policy…can they be trusted now?
There is some sort of meeting scheduled July 12 at the Depot to explain the deal which sounds like a scam at first blush. We think it is fraudulent to use highway funds for moving expenses. The plan is to use a heavy duty tractor trailer to haul the locomotive to the Depot–perhaps the “highway” connection is the fact it will travel on a truck.
We flat miss the significance of moving Big Mike out of Julia Davis Park to coincide with the 100th anniversary. “We are going to celebrate the birthday and remove the steam engine?”
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