As we near the end of summer we are excited about the good things happening in our city and need to catch everyone up to date.
The Southwest entrance project is almost completed and we finally have a nice looking entrance, good walkways, safety crossings, green belt improvements and will be adding decorative lights on the bridge to finish the project. We want to thank ACHD for a job well done and especially thank Commissioner Mitch Jaurena for all of his help in making this project happen.
Falcon Ridge Charter School had their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on August 14, 2014. We all should make a point to visit this beautiful school and look at the innovation and classroom appeal of this great learning institution.
The city council is considering lighting the greenbelt (from Bridge Street to Swan Falls Road) so that this section of the town will be open for enjoyment later at night. Caldwell has done this on their greenbelt through downtown and is having no problems with safety issues.
McDonalds has picked up their permits and will begin construction out by the new Ridley’s Market. We have 10 new construction projects starting, we have new businesses considering locating here, and we are improving the bike path grid in and out of the city. We are working on creating our new industrial zone at Cloverdale Road and along the Railroad out by the old Tyson Meat Plant.
We expect to make a decision this month on the sports complex which includes the indoor swimming pool, Boys & Girls Club and YMCA. Once we pick the site, town hall meetings and petitions will begin in earnest to design the facility and include what our community wants. We expect that the bond issue and Recreation district election will take place in May of 2015. Begin planning to help us provide something for our kids so that this Year of the Kuna Kids will be a pivotal point in development of our city. Anyone wanting to help in carrying petitions, gathering signatures or spreading the word can call Chris Engels or Brenda Bingham at 922-5546 and sign up to assist. We expect to go to bond and election in May of 2015.
Our Summer Recreation program was very successful and will be continued next year; our Community Garden was again successful and will be expanded next year. We will be working with BLM to start a Friends of the Snake River Birds of Prey which will be the support group for our kids as we teach them about raptors and involve them in restoring habitat in those severely burned off areas close to Kuna. We will be moving our Historical Museum into the old city hall on Main Street and improving the displays so that we can better capture our history and happenings for the past 150 years.
Please plan on joining us at the Bernie Fisher Park on September 13th for our 150th Birthday party. It will be fun day.
In closing we would like to ask for your help in having our people (especially kids) take better care of our parks and greenbelts. There is way too much vandalism and littering and we will all have to work on making Kuna a better place to enjoy and appreciate the good things we are trying to provide like walking trails with trees identified, kiosks, signs, directions, Frisbee golf baskets, picnic tables etc. Let’s try to prevent having everything new torn up.
Kuna is on the move and good things happening. Thank you all.
Greg Nelson, Mayor