The Kuna City Council meetings for May were business as usual. During the May meetings the council approved purchasing 2,500 commemorative 150th anniversary pins for Kuna’s sesquicentennial celebration. A discussion was held regarding charging a fee for community education programs. The goal was for the classes to eventually pay for themselves. A $3 fee was proposed.
It was discussed that the West Avalon/Bridge Street construction was to be completed by July 31 prior to Kuna Days. City Attorney Richard Roats reported that the new paperless tablets for use by councilmembers were being set up.
A discussion was held regarding ACHD’s need to have an agreement permitting the placement of pressurized irrigation equipment in ACHD’s right of ways. This item was carried forward to the next council meeting where a lively discussion regarding ACHD’s insistence on getting this pushed through quickly was held. At the next meeting on June 3 the topic came back up and there was some question and concern that Kuna was being singled out for this agreement. Some councilmembers expressed concern that if they did not agree to it, then upcoming construction projects would be pushed back several years.
The next item on the agenda did not make council any happier. ACHD’s Rodney Ashby asked the council to fill out a questionnaire giving feedback to ACHD regarding their values and what they would like to see the department’s priorities should be. It was asked that they complete it during or just after the meeting. Again, councilmembers expressed concern of pushiness coming from ACHD. This was a surprise to the Mayor and council because they felt they had been developing stronger ties and communication with ACHD during the past year.
“We expect this from the EPA, not ACHD,” said Mayor Greg Nelson.
“This was created on May 14,” said Councilwoman Briana Buban-Vonder Haar. “We didn’t get it until now?” She added that a thoughtful, detailed response to ACHD could not be given when under a deadline of just an hour.
After texts to Ashby’s boss at ACHD it was determined that the Council would craft their responses to the questionnaire and return them quickly in the next few days.
Tim Morgan, Superintendent of Cloverdale Maintenance with ACHD presented details regarding the chip sealing that will begin next week. (More details on chip sealing plans in next week’s issue or online at www.KunaMelba.com.)
Council approved several fee waivers for use of the city park and other facilities.