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Flashback: The Night I Guessed Right

The Coeur d'Alene City Council's 4-3 vote against Councilman Ron Edinger's motion for an advisory vote on the proposed McEuen Field changes reminds me of another tie-breaker decided by the mayor, more than 26 years ago. In fall 1985. Only that time Edinger was on the side fighting an advisory vote. At issue that time was the call for an advisory vote on Duane Hagadone's controversial proposal to return hydroplane races to Lake Coeur d'Alene. Hagadone threatened that he would pull the proposal before he would allow it to be put on the ballot. The council was split down the middle — with Steve McCrea, Jim Michaud, and Bob Brown for the vote and Edinger, Dixie Reid, and one other (whom I can't recall) against. Edinger was wearing a pro-hydroplane button. I was in my first year of reporting on local government. Before the meeting, then Mayor Jim Fromm told me he planned to vote for the advisory vote. Based on that statement, I submitted my story that the motion for an advisory vote had passed 4-3 with Fromm casting the tiebreaker — 15 minutes before the council voted, to meet my deadline. And then crossed my fingers that Fromm was good for his word. He was. And that's why I'm still earning my supper with the SR rather than being fired that night for guessing on the outcome of a front-page story. (BTW, the matter was placed on the ballot and the public overwhelmingly rejected the hydroplanes) — DFO.

Council Axes McEuen Advisory Vote 4-3

A controversial plan to redesign McEuen Park won’t be put to a public vote, the Coeur d’Alene City Council decided Tuesday night. The City Council voted 4-3 not to hold an advisory vote on the plan, following two hours of passionate testimony from citizens on the plan to redesign the popular green space on the city’s waterfront. Mayor Sandi Bloem cast the tie-breaking vote. “I don’t think that good planning can take place in a public vote,” she said. The redesign is still a work in progress, Bloem said. Council members Deanna Goodlander, Mike Kennedy and Woody McEvers joined Bloem in voting against the public advisory vote. Council members Ron Edinger, Steve Adams and Dan Gookin favored an advisory vote/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Any surprises here?

My 2 Cents: Compromise On McEuen

Councilman Ron Edinger now has two seconds to an expected motion at the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting to put proposed changes to McEuen Field to a discussion and vote Jan. 17. I suspect that the vote will be 4-3 against an advisory vote with the council splitting Edinger/Gookin/Adams in favor and Kennedy/McEvers/Goodlander against — with Mayor Sandi Bloem breaking the time. I'm not sure that would be the end of the matter either. I can see the motion coming up again and again. I'd rather see the council find areas in which they can compromise re: changes to McEuen Field than see this issue continue to split the community. Two things are obvious. A McEuen Field upgrade is supported by most residents. But the size and expense of the Team McEuen proposal adopted by the council is opposed by a solid minority if not a majority of the town. Maybe it's time to consider keeping the boat launch, moving the American Legion field, and putting parking on the other side of Sherman Avenue. Or at least something different from the plan now in play — DFO.

Question: Would you rather see the City Council reach a compromise on McEuen Field? Or do you want the slim majority of the new council to push ahead with plans for a pricey overhaul?

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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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