TEN COMMANDMENTS, NO TO TRANSIT PLAN, IDLE FLEET CARS, IDLE VAGRANTS, LONGER AND MORE INTERESTING THAN MANY HOTLINES
Ida Belle Fernau
Fleet Vehicle: Hello, this is just a question. We were out of town this last weekend and when we got ready to leave, there was a City of Boise vehicle in the parking lot at Cactus Pete’s. If it’s a city vehicle, what’s it doing in Jackpot? I can give you the plate. It’s a white Escape the number is C15594. The number that’s also on it is 08W598. This was on March 2nd.
Action Taken: unsuccessful
5404 N. Mendelson Ave.
Meridian, ID 83646
10 Commandments: My family and I moved to the Treasure Valley years ago and we came
here because of our belief in the 10 Commandments and value of family. We want to urge
Mayor Bieter and the City Council to reconsider the removing of the 10 Commandments from
Julia Davis Park and to place a new monument there that the city wouldn’t pay for, but private
donors would pay for it. We don’t understand why it was removed and we think it is an unjust
decision which was forced upon us and the public and those who really do want it was not taken into account. Please reconsider and listen to the voice of your citizens, not just some of them but all of them, that includes me and my family.
Owners of Michaels Furniture Showplace
623 Americana Blvd.
Vagrants: We just called the police department in regards to two men that are vagrants who are
walking through our parking lot taking things and stealing out of cars in our parking lot. The
police department has told us every time we have called them that we are supposed to be
calling the Mayor’s Hotline so they have an idea of what’s going on in this neighborhood in
regards to the homeless. Just wanted to let you know what is going on in this neighborhood.
Action Taken: contacted
Transit Center: I am a resident of Boise and Ada County. My last address was in Eagle, but
I’m in the process of moving now. At any rate, I’m calling about the10th St. versus 11th St.
Transit station. I would just like to say 10th St. is one of the few two-way streets downtown; it
would be a real pity to see it closed. The photos I’ve seen of the in-street transit station site had
much wider areas to work with; on the 11th St. site, there appears to be a lot more room. From
an outsider stepping in, it looks like bits and pieces of information, though sometimes that can
provide a fresh outlook. It looks like people with a lot of money have a lot of influence, so this
owner of three city blocks can speak louder than the owners of smaller areas such as the
people along 10th St. It doesn’t look good; it looks really bad. So what if they want to build it;
they haven’t done it yet. There are operating businesses on 10th St. that they feel this transit
station will damage. The bus gets almost no business and until that gets fixed, rather than
being an addition to the 10th St. site, it will be a hindrance to all of the businesses along there. It
will reduce parking; it will reduce traffic, and so on and so forth. Now if the bus system worked,
and if the bus system had tons and tons of people, it might be a boon to those businesses, but
it’s not fixed. The transit station might help it, but you’ve been saying for years that it was going
to be better, and it would be wonderful if it was, but it’s just not. I guess that’s everything I have
to say, and I’m sorry I can’t do better on the address.
Action Taken: left msj
February 28 – March 6, 2009
10461 Wildrose Ct.
Boise, ID 83704
Best of Boise: I am interested in getting a list of the Best of Boise; I think that’s the name of it.
It’s businesses that have been voted by the people, I don’t know how many months ago that
they liked and had good results with, and I don’t know if you mailed it out; it would be nice if you
did. Thank you.
Action Taken: contacted
Ann Morrison Park: I’m a concerned citizen; over here in Ann Morrison Park on Ann Morrison
Drive. It seems that every year when the college starts up, they’re parking more and more into
the park itself. As of today, I’ve been out counting vehicles and right now I’m up to 64 vehicles
that are parking in there, that I believe are college students walking to class. I just think it’s
become a real problem with them all parking over there. We would appreciate it if you would
please take a look at it and see what can be done. Thanks.
512 S. Hemmingway Ave.
Boise, ID 83709
Transit Center: I am calling from the Masonic Building in downtown Boise; I am looking at the
newspaper display on your choices on downtown transit that’s in the Statesman. It’s an artists
drawing on both 11th and 10th Streets. It gives false impressions; it’s totally mis-advertised. I
certainly hope the Mayor and Council and the County Commissioners would look at these things
and see that it is not right, because it’s simply not right. It shows a way too wide of a street on
10th St.; there is no building on the other street site as it shows, and it will give the public a false
impression. It’s a terrible way to go about doing business. Thank you.
Michael’s Furniture Showplace
Vagrants: We just called the police today; it is about 10:00 and we have a vagrant teen on our
doors, our office glass doors, in front of our customers. So, I just thought I would call you to let
you know again that a vagrant in our area is destroying or maiming some part of our business.
If you would like to give me a call, we can discuss it.
February 28 – March 6, 2009
Parks & Recreation: This is a concerned citizen. I’m just wondering with all the city budget
woes – I read $9 million shortfall for the Parks Department in the paper, why you have two city
employees driving down Chinden Blvd. at 10:30 in the morning in a 10-wheel Mac dump truck
with Boise Parks & Rec. on the side of it. It looks like they could be spending my tax dollars
doing something besides two of them driving a truck that I know only one of them can drive.
815 W Barrymore Dr.
Meridian ID 83646
Budget Savings: I have a great idea to help with the city of Boise budget. They’ve been talking
on the news lately about the budget shortfall. How many days of the week are the city offices
cleaned? Me being in the cleaning business I know that most of my customers who are private
businesses, they do fine having offices cleaned just once or twice a week. They don’t need to
have them cleaned five days a week. I’m sure that would be a tremendous savings to the city of
Boise and all the government offices.
Action Taken: contacted
Parking: I have an office downtown. I’m calling about a parking ticket I received on Feb. 4,
2009. I called the parking department on the fifth about that and did not receive a response. I
wrote a letter on the 13th of February. I have never received a response. I called and let a
message with the parking department and have yet to receive a response. I’m concerned. The
violation number is 61725186. I’ve wrote a written protest to it because I didn’t think it was a fair
ticket. I can’t seem to get anyone to talk to me.
Action Taken: contacted
Fleet Vehicle: Hello, I have a message for the mayor and possibly the police department and
some of the city services I’m not entirely sure. Please don’t record the phone number or my
name on the message as I don’t want it released to the media. Its 7:45 on Wed evening and I’m
at the Fred Meyer on Overland and Five Mile. In front of the Starbucks Coffee Shop is a Boise
city vehicle, no one in it, it is idling. The license number is P1131 and it is a community service
vehicle of some sort. I’m trying to figure out why it’s sitting in the parking lot idling. It seems to
be just keeping itself warm and spending my money. Have a good day.
(no name or number was left)
10675 W Hickory 83713
Trash Service: I was calling concerning the recent increase in trash rates and what I need to do to opt out of the trash pick up service. I talked to Anna at the utility billing services and what she believes I can not opt out and that it’s like an ordinance. If I can get somebody to call me back
and chat with them a little bit I’d appreciate it. Thank you.
Masonic Temple Building
Transit Center: This is the second time I’ve called the mayors hotline on the issue of the transit
center and um this message is more specifically for mayor Bieter himself. Your honor, I was at
the presentation of the two alternatives yesterday and it became really obvious to me that there
is a profound irregularity in the process that led to Site H, the preferred site, ostensibly being
presented as equal to this new option. Site H has gone through a bidding process of sorts,
through a profound investigation process. It came out ahead of 6 other locations as a result of
that process. It is very, very, very clear that this site they are proposing to put directly in front of
our building hasn’t gone through that process. All the businesses that are most directly impacted
by this site were never consulted. In fact it looks like there were efforts to kind of keep us out of
the loop until the last minute. That just may be an appearance, but there are some profound
irregularities that lead to these two, to a reading of the rules that these two could and should be
presented as equals. Finally, the new site, this was really an unveiling of their new proposal,
which is to put the transit center directly in front of the Masonic Temple building and it wasn’t
presented as equal to the other one. Within that format the 10th St. option was preferred
because there were traffic studies and illustrations of traffic studies that had been done. The
people who were commissioned to do those studies and create those graphics were really
asked a very loaded question of how this could work and yet that site never enjoyed the bidding
process that the preferred site enjoyed. I’m beginning to suspect the entire process, and I
wonder if we don’t need to ask the FDA for a delay so we can redo this process. We would like
far greater inclusion in the process. I’m a little concerned personally that Jim Tomlinson’s name
comes up on these committees over and over and over again. The empire building is right next
door to us. He owns the parking lot right behind us. His business stands to gain from either
location. So my question for you your honor is, in regards to this process, how can we work
together to make it far more inclusive. The Masonic Temple business in particular and the
businesses on 10th St. in general. I believe you are the kind of mayor who believes in an
inclusive process and you’ve inherited processes that are not inclusive. This is a great
opportunity for many of us to work together and to make the process of selecting transit centers
more inclusive to the public in general and the businesses impacted in particular. Its interesting
to me that the particular site they are pushing, none of us have been involved in or even asked
about the location until yesterday and yet a block away is the Record Exchange and yet neither
one of these sites are either directly in front of or behind our building. The Record Exchange
was flown up to Bellevue and included in the process and we haven’t been invited into the
process nor have any of the business on 10th St except for Jim Tomlinson who is deeply
imbedded in every stage of the process. Perhaps we could get together and look for ways to be
more inclusive your honor. My name is Matt Lawrence.
(spoke to him last week)
Signage: Hi I am strongly suggesting that the mayor’s office handle a rewrite to the city
ordinances that deal with what a business can and can not be named. Specifically, change the
ordinance to disallow businesses the ability to have an offensive name. Case in point is the new
bar/restrauant on Ustick Rd. called Boobies. It is right down the street from Ustick Elementary
and our young children our subjected to seeing this facility twice a day every day when their bus route takes them directly past it. If the cities ordinances had been more prohibited, this disgrace never would have happened. I am STRONGLY STRONGLY suggesting that this city ordinance be changed. Thank you.
Registration Increase: I had a question concerning the Department of Transportation and
taxes already going up. Last year, if I’m not mistaken, the taxes on our vehicle registration
increased around $20, depending on what kind of vehicle you have. They were talking about
increasing the fund taxes again this year. Well if everybody has already been taxed $20, why do
you need to raise it again? I will call tomorrow and try to talk to someone and see if that’s the
plan. I think that’s too much. Thanks bye.
Stimulus Money: I’m a downtown local business owner and I’m hoping that some of the
stimulus money will go towards the new downtown library project that’s on Capitol Blvd. This
library is totally inadequate and hopefully some of this stimulus money can go towards building
a new adequate library for all citizens of Boise. Thank you very much. Bye.
Carpenter Picketers: I have a concern with the picketers, Carpenter fellows striking St. Luke’s
Hospital I have a concern they are bothering people who are sick and the elderly people that are
trying to get well and come back to our society as good people that they are instead of hearing
people harass them I have problems with a union putting picket lines up and having only about
10% of their employees are union people and the rest are paid Mission people and the Mission
people are the one s that are getting $12 an hour probably without benefits. I feel this is wrong I
need to get some action with this. I am going to do more action with this. This isn’t right to do it
this way in a Right to Work state and a fair and good state.
Lady from Sacramento called: 2/28/09 pm, 3/1/09 am, 3/2/09 am, 3/3/09pm, 3/4/09am,
3/5/09pm 3/5/09 pm 3/6/09 am
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