The operator of Eagle’s Snow Park on Old Highway 55 is facing a meltdown of sorts.
Ryan Neptune is facing a lawsuit claiming he has not repaid loans from Scott and Amelia Carter amounting to $226,000 in principal and interest.
Neptune also purchased the old Lazy J tavern property next to the Gateway Park (snow park and bike trails). The park was purchased from Ada County last year by the City of Eagle, but the trashy area next door remains in Ada County’s jurisdiction, privately owned by Neptune.
Both Ada County officials and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have launched investigations of Neptune’s activities relating to code violations and removal of asbestos. He missed a March 31 cleanup deadline with the county.
Two years ago Ada Commishes and Eagle City Councilors were at odds over a lease agreement which allowed Eagle to use the county land for $1 a year for a park. When the city decided to allow Neptune to operate a for-profit venture on the land, the county balked, prompting Eagle to pay $200,000 essentially for the benefit of Neptune. At this point it looks like the Commishes were justified in their doubts.
Based on reports in the Independent News, a newspaper serving Eagle, Neptune’s snow park fell far short of financial predictions during the past winter. The city got only $4,500 and the operator still owes other debts.
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