Three activist groups opposed to a mountain bike park in the Military Reserve are represented by Boise attorney Bruce Bistline who delivered a letter to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office calling for a probe into both the process Boise City Council used to approve the project and an alleged open meetings law violation.
It all boils down to the City Council and Parks Department agreeing to accept about $2 million from the Albertson Foundation and keeping it quiet until the deal had been approved by the councilors.
The IDAHO PRESS reported, Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway defended the process, saying although that is a duty of the commission, because the Albertson Foundation did not want the public to know about the donation until it was approved by council, going before the commission was not possible.
Opponents of the bike park have made public record requests to look at memos and other documents related to the project, but 248 of those were considered exempt because of “attorney/client privilege,” according to the packet included with Bistline’s letter to the prosecutor.
“We believe from this record and the Council’s decision (last week) it is now reasonable to conclude the Council was engaging in a private deliberative process ‘via’ a stunningly large number of internally circulated ‘memos’ for the express purpose of concealing that deliberative process,” Bistline’s letter said.
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