Looks like Boise City officials are playing fast and loose with the law. Public hearings and legal notices are required with details of proposed sales and exchanges of land to trade Citizen owned parcels at 25th and Fairview for a police shooting range..
The city followed the rules FOUR YEARS AGO! IT wasn’t even the same council that passed the declaration of excess property and the resolution of four years ago made NO MENTION of the current deal which was to have been closed Monday September 22. Here is the law the city knowingly and blatantly violated:
“50-1402. DECLARATION OF VALUE OF PROPERTY. Whenever the city council
proposes to convey, exchange or offer for sale any real property, it shall
first declare the value or minimum price, if any, it intends to receive as a
result of such conveyance or exchange. The city council may contract for or
provide that the property be appraised under such terms and conditions as may
be deemed appropriate by the city council. The declaration, either in the form
of a minimum dollar value, or an explanation of an intended exchange or
conveyance for other than monetary consideration shall be made on the record
at a public meeting of the council. The city council may also declare that the
subject property will be offered for sale without establishing a minimum
Following a declaration of intent to sell or exchange real property, the
clerk of the city shall publish a summary of the action taken by the city
council in the official newspaper of the city and provide notice of a public
hearing before the city council. Notice of the public hearing concerning the
proposed exchange or conveyance shall be published in the official newspaper
of the city at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the hearing.”
The City violated the law by hiding the details of the exchange until it was a “done deal” and they relied on a 4 year old resolution as authority to conduct their secret deal which they kept under wraps, never discussing it in public and burying the details in a “consent agenda” along with 15 other items.
The deal was illegal, plain and simple.
The GUARDIAN did a little checking on the land Boise City will acquire for a police shooting range in the foothills in exchange for the parcels owned by the citizens of Boise at 25th and Fairview.
While the City will acquire land behind Ft. Boise and the Veteran’s Administration, the people who own it are NOT the group of Docs who want to build the private hospital…it is owned by the Boise Police Association. Seems the deal should be with the Association, not a third party that doesn’t even own the property.
A Third parcel at 950 Citation off Gowen Road is part of the deal to apparently make up the difference between the value of the shooting range land and the 25th and Fairview City land. The docs don’t own that either. Someone out of New York owns that property and there seems to be no justification for the city to acquire it other than future land speculation.
This deal would be a lot cleaner if the City simply did their deal direct with the Police Association and made up the difference–either way–with cash.
Here is a link to the FULL AGREEMENT.
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