WEEDS, FIREWORKS, WEB SECURITY, OLD BILLS, NO TROLLEY, BAD BUDGET
City’s Website Security: I’m calling because last Tuesday I signed up for a class in the Parks
and Recreation Department online. You guys have an unsecure website so when I put my
credit card number in there something on your web page grabbed it, used my credit card for a
$400 charge on careerbuilder.com and I’ve had to cancel my credit card. I just thought you
guys need to be aware that if you’re offering online payments that you need a little more security
than what you’re providing.
IT, Parks & Rec
N. 24th St.
Fire Hazard: I’m calling in regard to the property at 2412 W. Smith, off the corner of 24th and
Smith. I called on this property once before. It is a fire hazard; it has been a fire hazard. I was
told when I spoke to the young lady before that a compliance officer would be sent out to take a
look at it. I have never heard anything back and it has been nearly a month. This property has
weeds that are waist high and a fairly large dead tree. It has been on the real estate market for
some time; the property is vacant. I don’t know who owns it but I do know that it is indeed a fire
hazard, especially with the hotter weather coming on. Please have someone call me and
advise me what the city is going to do. Thank you.
Illegal Fireworks: Just so you don’t think the Fourth of July went off without a hitch, I want you
to know I was kept awake until 2:30 this morning by the sounds of dynamite, also know as
M80’s, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, loud drunk adults and kids. You get it, I was kept awake
by illegal acts. I have been listening to these sounds for the past couple of weeks but nothing
like last night and this morning. But you’ve gotta sell those fireworks, right? It’s all about the
almighty dollar. I would have called the police, but as in the past it wouldn’t have done any
good. They don’t take these acts seriously; in fact in past years when I have called, I have been
made to feel like I am the one breaking the law. I have been told I have to locate the
perpetrators; the police don’t have time to do so. I have also been told that those breaking the
law will be given my name. I consider this a threat like I have committed some sort of crime. In
my neighborhood, and I live on the bench, it was pretty obvious that thing were out of control.
All you had to do was look up in the sky and watch the fireworks explode and listen to what
sounded like bombs and gun shots. Nope, it was not a safe, sane night.
Unable to contact
Canyon County Road Issue: I have called the Mayor’s Office three days in a row and a Susan
continues to put me and everybody else on the answering machine. We can’t get to talk to
them. It’s very, very rude that she’s doing this. We’re the taxpayers and we have concerns
about our city and a real big one here is that I am frequently on the road to the ponds along the
dirt road at the first ponds in Caldwell off of Chicago Park, Centennial Way, down that paved
road and take the first left on that very dusty dirt road. That road needs to be oiled and they’re
not doing it. There are a lot of people who want to know why we can’t get that road oiled with
our tax money that we pay for. It’s a health issue for many people; it’s a recreational area;
people are walking their dogs; they’re walking; they are fishing. They’re over there at the
recreational area and it’s a very dusty, serious health issue. That road has to be oiled; would
you please tend to this. Susan does not answer calls, she just puts everything on the answering
machine and does not call back. Would you please help us on this; it would be most
appreciated by a lot of people.
Action Taken: Contacted, gave him phone # of Canyon County
S. Pond St.
Boise, ID 83705
Opposition to streetcar study: I was reading the story about the study that was done for the
streetcar that costs roughly $63,000. I am in opposition of that; I do not agree with it and I feel
that our tax dollars can be used for betterment of the city instead of just doing a study for a
streetcar. I am opposed to the idea of a streetcar; please do not put that in our city.
Action Taken: Letter sent
W. Hillway Dr.
Budget Concerns: After reading the Statesman article about the Boise Budget on Sunday, I’m
very concerned that the city is going to try to go for the maximum allowable of 3%. I’m currently
retired on a fixed income and I did not receive a cost of living this year; State employees did not
receive raises for the last couple of years, so it’s very much a concern to see that the city is
trying to get city employees a 2% raise when everyone else is trying to hold the line or even
being asked to take a loss or being furloughed. So, again no cost of living for me but utilities
have gone up, my health insurance premium has gone up and I just don’t believe the city should
be adding to the tax burden at this time. I have a neighbor who can’t make his payment; their
home is in foreclosure and is going to auction next month. So, I think the city needs to take a
real hard look at their budget and rather than going for the maximum allowable, they should be
trying to reduce the budget and not increase the tax burden. There’s a sense of fair play here
and I don’t feel like the city is doing their share to help people out during these difficult times. I
also think that $750,000 for a white water park, that’s unnecessary at this time. If we had a
surplus and we had extra, then that would be fine, but we don’t. So, these extras need to be cut
out and do what needs to be done, but don’t do all the things that would be nice. Everyone’s
cutting back in their personal budget and the city needs to do the same. Thank you.
Action Taken: Letter sent
I would like to speak to the Mayor’s Office to get an answer to my question, not the hotline. I
mean you people, I don’t know why I’m paying my taxes to the city; it’s just unbelievably stupid.
No action taken
Utility Bill from 2 years ago: I just received a bill from Boise City Utility Billing for a residence
that I haven’t lived in for over two years. All of a sudden they’re coming back and saying I owe
them $15.71 for a utility bill from two years ago and they’ve never tried to contact me until now.
I’m getting a bill with no dates of service, no billing, no nothing, just an amount to pay. I have a
problem with this and would like someone to get back with me.
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