Mayor Dave Bieter and Councilor Maryanne Jordan acted without the knowledge of at least half the City Council when they caused an anonymous letter to be delivered to legislators claiming ACHD had a bad relationship with other Ada County cities and other allegations.
The GUARDIAN sought responses from the entire council so citizens would know how the anti-Ada County Highway Distric memo came about. Not a single member of the council would go on record to explain the issue.
The GUARDIAN obtained documents through the Public Records Law which indicate Councilors Ben Quintana, Loren Mclean, and TJ Thomson were not part of the attempted political sabotage.
ACHD President Sara Baker wrote the three Councilors saying in part, “We might suggest to you that if the City of Boise, or you as individuals, ever has an issue with ACHD, that you bring it directly to us in an open and transparent manner so that we might deal with it in the same spirit of cooperation as we do with all the other cities. In this way, we can do the best for all our constituents, who as you know, we share.”
In another document sent February 15 by ACHD commissioner Jim Hansen to his colleagues we learned, “…saw Mayor Bieter. I pulled him aside to share my chagrin at the distribution of the flyer yesterday. Like Council member Jordan’s response that Sara describes below, Mayor Bieter was very apologetic and said that while he did distribute it, as Mayor he took responsibility.” (Editor note: the record shows “while he DID distribute…” Hansen may have intended to write “DIDN’T”)
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