Boise’s legal department continued its losing record Friday when Judge Thomas Neville ruled the City once again overstepped its bounds in an attempt to stop the widening of Ustick Road.
Last July the City amended its comprehensive plan in an attempt to exercise veto power over the Ada County Highway District project.
In his ruling Neville noted the city attempted to “Invade the ACHD’s authority and jurisdiction.” His decision echoes an Idaho Attorney General’s opinion issued in June.
Both say ACHD is the supreme commander when it comes to streats, roads, and highways.
This is the culmination of a long standing battle between Boise and the ACHD. Residents in the area don’t like the idea of a 5-lane road in front of the houses and ACHD claims city-approved development has jammed the road with too many cars.
We can’t blame the legal department for all the losses–part of the problem is the opponents and causes the City Councilors and Mayor Dave Bieter choose to battle. It does seem like voters should question the persistant losing record.
Team Dave Spokeswoman Elizabeth Duncan said in a press release, “The most important issue in all of this is doing what’s right for the citizens of Boise.
“Traffic concerns are growing each day, and we will be responsive to our citizens. We must balance moving cars with preserving neighborhood livability. This ruling did not tell us anything we didn’t already know. This is not about who has jurisdiction — it’s about doing what’s right for the citizens of Boise.”
Apparently following the Idaho Code as interpreted by the Attorney General and a Fourth District Judge doesn’t qualify as the “right thing” for Boise City.
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