Boise’s Team Dave has a history of bad relations with various cities as well as Ada County and the recent “Parking War” is just another example of not playing nice.
The Wednesday vote by the Ada County Highway District to deny the city permission to embed “hocky puck” sensors into streets to track vehicle use of parking meters is nothing more than payback for political DIRTY TRICKS the city played on ACHD by spreading nasty printed statements to legislators prior a tour of ACHD facilities last winter.
Mayor Dave Bieter has publicly advocated the abolition of ACHD in favor of each city running its own street department–a move not likely to create friends at ACHD. Boise’s city council has also failed in its duty to keep the mayor and staff in line. The result is bickering and costly use of staff time and talent at both local governments. Insiders tell us the worker bees get along just fine and aren’t particularly proud of the king and queen bees.
All Boise needs to do is be polite and say, “We were wrong about not needing permission. We will not rattle our saber threatening to sue. May we please put hockey pucks in the street to zero the meters so we can make more money?” To its credit, ACHD is also sending a message to the city regarding proposed increases in parking rates which seem to be opposed by everyone except the city council and mayor.
State law gives the city authority over parking and meters while ACHD has authority over the streets. The sensors, while linked to the meters were planted without permission or notification of the ACHD board. When they were discovered, the city–according to ACHD–mislead the the highway district regarding the number of sensors that had been installed.
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