The Kuna City Council met last Tuesday, August 5, to work on the annual city budget. The long session began at 6 p.m. instead of the regular 7 p.m. start time and lasted until after midnight.
First item of business was unanimous approval of a fee waiver of park fees for a Kuna High School senior project to host a fundraiser for Stanton Healthcare. Stanton Healthcare is a pro-life, pregnancy health care facility founded and headed by anti-abortion activist Brandi Swindell. They received national media attention for being the first of its kind and having set up their offices next to Planned Parenthood in Boise in 2011. They have stated their goal of replacing Planned Parenthood across the nation.
Next up was a long discussion regarding a resolution to establish step and grade policies for the city clerk’s office. These step and grades would establish pay scales and clear levels of promotion. After a lengthy discussion, the resolution was tabled to work out some language.
Two public hearings were shifted ahead of the budget discussion on the agenda to get those items cleared as people were waiting to testify. Both public hearing passed with some adjustments to the items; an annexation of 28.5 acres south of Lake Hazel and Black Cat Roads and a plat re-approval of a 211 lot subdivision.