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Edinger Motion Likely To Get A 2nd

Councilman Ron Edinger's motion will receive a second. Then whether the McEuen Field project should be put to a public advisory vote will be up for the City Council to decide Tuesday, Jan. 17, the first full meeting for new councilmen and vote-supporters Dan Gookin and Steve Adams. Councilman Ron Edinger's motion will receive a second. Then whether the McEuen Field project should be put to a public advisory vote will be up for the City Council to decide Tuesday, Jan. 17, the first full meeting for new councilmen and vote-supporters Dan Gookin and Steve Adams. With the election of Adams and Gookin, who were seated Tuesday, that's expected to change/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you expect a 4-3 vote against Councilman Ron Edinger's motion when he gets a second (from either Gookin or Adams), with Mayor Sandi Bloem casting the tie-breaker?

Reed: Public Vote On McEuen Illegal

The McEuen Park Plan was blessed, cussed, dissected and otherwise commented upon in a continuous and lengthy packed hearing before the Coeur d’Alene City Council on May 24th. Many attending held signs and testified demanding a public vote upon the plan. As a matter of law in Idaho, the city council could not order a public vote. There is no provision in the Coeur d’Alene city ordinances nor in Idaho Code Title 34 “Elections” nor in Title 50, Chapter 4 “Municipal Elections” for a public vote/attorney Scott Reed, Coeur d'Alene Press online. More here.

Question: What do you think of attorney Scott Reed's contention that a public vote on McEuen Field would be illegal (if the City Council had bent to pressure at a recent hearing to call for one)?

Council: Still No To McEuen Vote

Item: McEuen vote supporters try again/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: A week after a subcommittee killed the request of a public vote regarding the McEuen Field redesign project from reaching the Coeur d’Alene City Council’s desk, around 100 vote supporters attended the council’s Tuesday meeting to ask that the topic come forward anyway. It didn’t. “You heard tonight a lot of questions, and that’s where we’re at, too,” Mayor Sandi Bloem told The Press after the council listened to an hour-plus of public testimony, but didn’t motion for the topic to be added to a future council agenda item. A final design, cost estimates, and funding sources all need to be figured out before the council could make any decisions on the plan.

Question: Do you expect to see a ticket of candidates running on the McEuen Field issue this fall in the Coeur d'Alene City Council elections? Would you support such a ticket?

Reed: Law Prohibits McEuen Vote

In a 9-page report presented to the General Services Committee Tuesday, attorney Scott Reed argues that state law prohibits the City Council for asking for a public vote on proposed McEuen Field changes. Writes Reed: “The McEuen Park Plan is an administrative action, not legislative, and cannot be under any circumstance or future revision be subject of a city election for a public vote.” You can read Scott's entire opinion here. After a public discussion on the matter Tuesday, Councilman Ron Edinger made a motion to hold a public vote on McEuen Field changes. The motion died for a lack of a second from Councilmen John Bruning and Mike Kennedy, who chaired the meeting.

Question: Do you agree with Scott Reed's opinion?

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.

Kennedy Panel Studies McEuen Vote

A Berry Picker tells Huckleberries that approximately 60 people are attending a General Services Committee meeting re: a possible public vote on proposed McEuen Field changes that began at noon at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. The three-member committee is chaired by Councilman Mike Kennedy. In a Coeur d'Alene Press article this morning, reporter Tom Hasslinger quoted Friends of McEuen member Rita Sims-Snyder as saying: “We want them to give us an agenda item at the City Council.” More here.

Question: Do you think Mayor Sandi Bloem and the City Council will opt for a public vote on McEuen Field changes?

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