Joan Johnston lives near the proposed winter terrain park off Horseshoe Bend Rd. and opposes it. The GUARDIAN will gladly offer space to any interested party who supports the park on Ada County land.
By Joan Johnston
There is more to the snow terrain park proposal issue than just water and the other concerns like traffic, noise, etc., the public has brought to the Eagle City Council. Its about providing free tax-exempt land for Ryan Neptune to operate his business on.
Because the City of Eagle is attempting to circumvent the proper processes for the snow terrain park proposal and has not applied for the proper permits to develop this proposal, they’re now attempting to purchase land from Ada County, and in essence, give it to Ryan Neptune to develop and operate his snow terrain park for the next 20 years.
The only reason for them to purchase this land off Old Horseshoe Bend Rd. at this time is for Neptune’s for-profit business. This land was originally purchased as a buffer to the landfill and was never intended to be developed. Now the City of Eagle wants to develop it by allowing a for-profit private business to come in and have exclusive use of the land and facilities. The existing bike and foot trails could become secondary to the private business.
Therefore,existing bike and foot trails in the path of the proposed slopes may be moved. Even if the City of Eagle purchases only a small portion of the land, Eagle has zoning which allows a private business to operate on public land.
The type of business t proposed for the park is really immaterial — no commercial/for-profit business should ever be allowed to have exclusive use of any public land or public facilities for 20 years. The only way to keep any for-profit business from operating on this public land is to give the Ada County Commissioners a reason not to sell the land to the City of Eagle.
The Ada County Commissioners want to hear from Ada County residents about what they envision and/or their desired use of the land. You can help by getting the word out to others, and testifying at the upcoming public informational meeting on December 18, 2013 at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W Front Street, 1st Floor at 6 pm in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room.
If you can’t make this public meeting, you can e-mail the Commissioners at [email protected] or write them at Ada County Board of Commissioners, Ada County Courthouse, 200 W Front Street, 3rd Floor, Boise, ID 83702 with your comments about how you would like to see the land be used.
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