Called to order promptly at 7 p.m. the city council quickly adopted the consent agenda which included a resolution authorizing Mayor Nelson to execute a lease agreement with Henry Vanderstelt to lease 80 farmable acres the city owns. Vanderstelt will be growing corn.
Former Kuna Police Chief Kody Aldrich was in attendance to give a report on his status. After explaining his medical situation involving a negative reaction to an anti-biotic which forced him to take a medical leave, he wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and support for him and his family.
He has taken a new position at the sheriff’s department as Jail Captain and says that he will miss Kuna and all the friendships he has made during his seven years as Chief of Police.
Aldritch also presented the April crime report (see next week’s issue for details) before introducing Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney who presented the Kuna Police Athletic League with a check for $5,000 from the Ada County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.
The Mayor then read a proclamation for National Kids to Parks Day that promotes kids get out and play in the Federal, State and city parks available to them. City Councilman Richard Cardoza jokingly reminded the mayor that these kids need to be out of the parks by dark.
Under old business, and after some discussion of the details, a lot split request was adopted for the Falcaon Ridge Public Charter School’s property.
New business adopted a final plat for the Deserthawk Subdivision No. 1 that proposes 41 residential lots and 6 common lots to be used as parks and public spaces. Finally, there was discussion among council and the city Attorney Richard Roats regarding how to move forward with dealing with the discrepancy between the subsidized water rate at 34 cents per 1,000 gallons and the cost to the city of $1.54 per 1,000 gallons. The city subsidizes the water rates for residents who pay for an irrigation water right but have to access to irrigation water to the amount of about $50,000 per year. Currently, the city and other residents who pay the full rate are subsidizing those who receive the discount.