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Letter: Guns on Citylink

In a letter in today's Cda Press, Adam Gregory writes:

I wanted to talk about a matter which I feel needs some attention. The Citylink Rider Policies and Regulations, available at http://www.idahocitylink.com/policies.php, state that: No firearms or weapons are allowed on the bus.

I feel this policy is in direct violation of Idaho Code 18-3302J: PREEMPTION OF FIREARMS REGULATION. In section 2 of the above code it states, “Except as expressly authorized by state statute, no county, city, agency, board or any other political subdivision of this state may adopt or enforce any law, rule, regulation, or ordinance which regulates in any manner the sale, acquisition, transfer, ownership, possession, transportation, carrying or storage of firearms or any element relating to firearms and components thereof, including ammunition.”

The Idaho code specifies that no government subdivision may make any policy which regulates, in this case, possession, transportation or carrying of firearms. As the Citylink program is a partnership of local and state government agencies, it falls under this code. Full letter here.

Agree or disagree?

CityLink Transit Center Plans Advance

Martin Burke, of Coeur d'Alene steps off a Citylink bus Monday as it drops off passengers at the transit center in Riverstone. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Land for the first phase of a permanent public transit center in Riverstone is expected to be acquired by September and construction is pegged to start next year, a county official said. “There's renewed enthusiasm in the project,” said Christine Fueston, the county's Federal Transit Administration grant administrator. Kootenai County commissioners today are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with The Coeur d'Alene Tribe to cooperatively work on the project. The site for the permanent center will be where the existing temporary center is at the southwest corner of Seltice Way and Riverstone Drive in Riverstone/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you ridden CityLink?

Riverstone Wants $20K For Lot Lease

Riverstone West, LLC is asking Kootenai County to pay more than $20,000 a year to use a parking lot for community busing services, after the company has provided the lot for free for several years. The county can hardly be bitter, said Commissioner Dan Green. “I guess it's always nice getting it for free, we'll be disappointed we have to pay, but it's the gentleman's property,” Green acknowledged. For roughly five years, developer John Stone has allowed vacant lots at the Riverstone development to be used for Citylink buses to pick up and deposit passengers. Riders have also parked their cars there. Those activities have been situated for about four years at a 1.4-acre dirt lot at East Seltice Way and West Riverstone Drive/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Question: Seems like a small price to pay for a good service. What do you think?

NIBlogs: Bad Move To Limit CityLink

Top Post: At Bay Views, Herb isn't impressed by the unanimous decision by Kootenai County commissioners to cut CityLink funding: “It would appear that the sitting County Commission hasn't shown much leadership in the unanimous decision to cut funding. The simple choice of charging a modest bus fare should have been the obvious alternative. Leave the subsidized runs to Worley alone, but charge a buck a ride elsewhere. With the added income,  the service could actually expand.” More here.

HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday): 11,299/6229, and (for Monday): 10,417/5807

JohnA: One & Done For Steve Adams

RE: Steve Adams: No on all federal funding/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

JohnA: Adams’ vote against the city matching federal funds for CityLink is very shortsighted. Does he really think without that match the federal government will simply save the million dollars a year they send to the county? That million per year is use-it-or-lose-it money; the feds give you three years to spend your allocation or IT GOES TO SOMEONE ELSE. The county opts to work with the Tribe and KMC to match the funds and 600,000 rides are the result. Meanwhile, it is grant money from the highway user tax on each gallon of gasoline we all buy. What better way to spend those user fees than encouraging people to take the bus instead? Adams’ stand is absolutely undefensible and his actions do nothing to further his community or the needs of his constituents. One and done, I hope.

Question: Is Steve Adams a man of principle re: his anti-federal government stand or extremely shortsighted?

Tribe Wants Help Funding CityLink

Item: The rising cost of Citylink's success: Coeur d'Alene Tribe asks other agencies to get on board with transit funding/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Citylink's major contributor, says it is time for local agencies to get on the bus to develop alternative funding sources before the popular free transit service is affected. The Tribe recently delivered the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization board a stern letter signed by Coeur d'Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan asking area agencies, including the cities, the county, chambers of commerce and North Idaho College, to look for “outside the box” funding solutions. The Tribe has been the largest contributor to the popular Citylink service, spending $1.2 million in 2010. The service also received $850,000 in federal grants in 2010, compared to $900,000 in 2009.

Questions: Should local governments join the Coeur d'Alene Tribe in funding CityLink?

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