What were once minor terrorist attacks between Boise City and Ada County Highway District have become all out war over the size of Ustick Road. City wants three lanes and the district wants five.
ACHD launched a surprise attack on the legally crippled Boise City government with a lawsuit on Tuesday. First it was the Attorney General opining that ACHD had total rule over the roads, despite Boise`s MASTER PLAN and now legal action.
Boise changed the comp plan and now wants to make nice with the highway boys who have all the high tech weapons (the law) on their side.
Like the situation with Israel and Lebanon, it appears their are no winners and whatever the court rules will not bring peace to the warring factions. Meanwhile the refugees living along Ustick will suffer collateral damage and blame it all on ACHD.
In the ACHD press release they said the narrow road plan of the city was just more of the mindset that caused the fiasco over Curtis Road extension. ACHD is not about to be victim of another surprise attack from Boise City.
Boise is responding to neighbors desire to keep the east-west route small, slow, and quiet. It is too late because all the previous growthophiles approved subdivisions along the road and now Meridian is gushing about the new Kohl`s Department store at UStick and Eagle Road.
Boise`s Team Dave legal department hasn`t won many battles so here is what leader Dave Bieter said: “It matters less who’s right on the legal technicalities. What really matters is that we work things out, solve problems, and serve citizens by protecting neighborhood livability.” That`s a lawyer way of trying to get a plea bargain because he has a bad case!
ACHD no doubt will continue bombing raids to prevent Boise City from re-arming during any lull in the action.
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