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McEuen Field Public Vote Try Dies

Mike Kennedy, chairman of the General Services Committee, told Huckleberries after today's meeting that the public vote issue for McEuen Field is dead. He said he discussed the matter with the city attorney's office. Unless Councilman Ron Edinger can prove that the matter wasn't properly vetted at the GSC meeting, he can't bring it to the full board. Also, Kennedy said that the audience opposed the public vote by a count of 26-14. Read Alison Boggs meeting story here.

  • 1:29 p.m. Ron Edinger's motion for a public vote on McEuen Field changes dies for a lack of a second. (Mike Kennedy & John Bruning are other council members on subcommittee)
  • 1:17 p.m. Ron Edinger said the city can do whatever it wants with the area beyond the left field fence of American Legion park (to City Hall). But he wants AL park & boat launch left alone.
  • 1:13 p.m. Ron Edinger great respect for Scott Reed, but … great cost involved, against scarring of Tubbs Hill. Sez “I went thru hell to try and save that hill, the boat launch should stay.”
  • 1:10 p.m. Guy from post falls is pounding podium and vehemently defending boat launch but doesn't want a public vote.
  • 1:06 p.m. Gary Ingram supports public vote. Jack Riggs and Sandy Patano are opposed. Terry Harris of KEA is saying call for vote is premature
  • 1:02 p.m. More people opposed to public vote. Scott Reed is making a case against public vote. Nothing in Idaho constitution allows for public vote. Can't vote on administrative matters.
  • 1 p.m. Rita Sims-Snyder, of Friends of McEuen Field, reiterates support for public vote re: proposed changes to McEuen Field, stating its the wrong time to spend money in a sour economy.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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