Monthly Archives: February 2009

In response to my recent update on Les Bois Park, someone wrote: “Way to go… The Green group was willing to pay the same lease rate as Capitol racing. Now that it will be out to an RFP, and what if the highest bid is way less than that lease […]

THE Way to Go!

My Commission colleagues and I have discussed the possibility of adopting a uniform countywide policy with regard to charges for public records. For example, we could establish a policy under which the County would not charge for the cost of the records or staff time in locating or preparing those […]

Addressing Public Records Access

The people who donate their time to serve Ada County on the Western Idaho Fair Board, as well as on our other volunteer boards, are very much appreciated. The evening of Tuesday, February 10, the Fair Board met at Les Bois Park. The Fair Board gathers information and makes recommendations […]

Fair Prices

Now that Capitol Racing has let the County know they plan to terminate their lease at midnight on March 31, my colleagues and I all agree that putting out a Request for Proposals to solicit bids for leasing the facility is necessary to ensure an open, competitive process that is […]

Les Bois Park Update

We have now heard from four credible trash hauling companies, in addition to Allied Waste, interested in submitting proposals to Ada County to provide this service in the unincorporated areas. I am pleased that there will be stiff competition for the contract. Ratepayers will benefit by having the County go […]

Trash Update

A reporter from a local publication asked me some questions. For the record, here are my responses: 1. Why do you feel so strongly about the Allied contract going out for rebid? I have now heard from three trash haulers, not including Allied Waste, who are interested in submitting proposals […]

More Responses

Dear Kevin, Thank you for your interest in my blog. In response to the questions you posted on my previous blog entry: 1) I will answer questions from reporters in unedited live interviews (i.e. talk radio, long-format public affairs programs, live on-the-scene interviews, in studio, in recorded Commission meetings and […]

Dear Kevin,

Idaho Statesman editorial page Editor, Kevin Richert, is about to give this little blog a major publicity boost. He picked up on a piece in the Boise Weekly about my media policy of communicating directly with you, my constituents, rather than through the spin of the media. Where did it […]

Thank you, Kevin Richert!

Rumors are flying but only today, for the first time, my Commission colleagues and I saw something in writing from Capitol Racing about their intention not to run live horse racing this year at Les Bois Park, an Ada County facility at the fairgrounds. We are waiting to hear when […]

Horsey Hearsay

The media is catching on! Last week, Idaho Statesman reporter Cynthia Sewell requested a copy of the recording of a meeting we (the Board of Commissioners) had with Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) representatives regarding courthouse parking fees. (As stated in my previous blog entry, CCDC now claims parking revenues […]

Town Hall Meetings are in the Works!