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City of Coeur d’Alene looks ahead now that McEuen Field design has been approved

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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:47 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

COEUR d'ALENE - Back to the drawing board.

The next move for the McEuen Field designers will be to transform the downtown park's conceptual design into detailed construction documents.

That task, which could take six to eight months, will likely be assigned to the conceptual team designers, Team McEuen.

"We're a ways off," Parks Director Doug Eastwood said on Wednesday, the day after the park's conceptual plan was adopted 5-1 by the Coeur d'Alene City Council. "It will probably take the remainder of this year to come up with design documents once we get to that stage."

For the first time in half a year, the McEuen Field project isn't scheduled for a public meeting.

Financial talk, however, could be next in line.

The city's urban renewal agency - Lake City Development Corp. - will discuss during its June meeting lending offers several banks proposed after the agency inquired about borrowing money to help fund the McEuen Field project.

The agency said several weeks ago it could be comfortable borrowing up to $11.7 million for its Lake District.

As far as the conceptual plan, that part is done.

Tuesday's council approval completed Team McEuen's $125,000 contract to craft that vision. But a contract clause allows the agreement to be extended to begin work on construction documents since the City Council adopted the plan.

Those talks will start next week, Eastwood said.

How many of the amenities those documents would include is yet to be determined, but it could go to bid next spring.

Meantime, the city could begin to look deeper into funding sources for the replacement baseball and boat launch facilities included, Mayor Sandi Bloem said.

Bloem was emotional after Tuesday night's council vote, her eyes tearing up as people congratulated her. At times, the audience cheered, booed or heckled.

"Now I feel like, hey, we do have a road map," she said after the meeting.

"I certainly like differences of opinion," she added. "But I don't like it when people are disrespectful. There was some of that."

On Wednesday, she said more work needs to be done, including figuring out how many phases the project could require.

Team McEuen recommended the first phase represent the project's footprint. That would be the bulk of the infrastructure. For about $15 to $17 million, it would cover the west side of the park, including Fourth Street and Front Avenue improvements, underground parking, while removing the boat launch and putting in grass, grand plaza and veterans memorial down to the water.

But replacement facilities have to be intact before they are removed from McEuen Field, the City Council said.

Ron Edinger, the lone councilman to oppose the plan, said he likely wouldn't support the plan moving forward as long as the boat launch and baseball fields are not a part of the park. He said he could make a motion again to the City Council for a public vote. That motion died twice Tuesday.

"Who knows, like I say, I'll just have to wait and see," Edinger said. "There is time yet, you can bring it up."

City staff and the Tubbs Hill Foundation will meet in the coming months to discuss accessibility and connectivity issues regarding Tubbs Hill.

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  • Ziggy posted at 9:48 pm on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    Ziggy Posts: 1053

    Can any Old Timers answer the question: who owns the city parking lot? The downtown merchants bought and paid for it years ago. Did the city buy it from them? If not, how does the city collect parking fees on it if they don't own it? Is public money going to be used yet again for a private venture?

  • Ziggy posted at 5:31 pm on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    Ziggy Posts: 1053

    True, Old Faithful. We never lacked for parking until Dewey Hagadone built his hotel and his employees started parking in city parking lot, which, by the way, was owned by the downtown merchants, not the city. I think they may have shot themselves in the foot. I worked downtown for years. The boaters from Spokane did buy drinks, dinner, supplies, etc,. on their way into town down NW Blvd, or in town, sometimes at Dewey's hotel. You're right. Who is going to want to parking to play "Bocca Ball?" Ridiculous.

  • digitalCDA posted at 11:47 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    digitalCDA Posts: 16

    I reccomend that "Mayor" Bloem and the rest of the council not show their faces in public for a while. I heard that sales on cartons of eggs have gone up.

  • posted at 11:35 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.


    This is not a Park plan, it is a PARKING LOT PLAN. Remove the ball fields and the boat launch and who is this parking lot for? I hope all the little kids get their learners permits so they can enjoy the new lakefront parking lot. The highest and best use of our tax dollars for the most people according to our community values. We have a for profit, out of state firm to manage the parking lot . After we build it with our tax dollars, we can pay to use it too. Mayor Bloem...did you pick some mushrooms from your garden, and have the City Council over for dinner while Ron Edinger was home recuperating?

  • chouli posted at 11:33 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    chouli Posts: 1254

    As far as the mayor and council members, respect can be achieved by representing your constituents and actually looking at them while they use their free time to attend an evening council meeting and speak to you from their hearts.

    Our mayor didn't even bother to look up at the speakers. How many notes can you be writing and for what purpose (other than to avoid & ignore us)?

    the construction drawings need to out to bid !! the corruption continues...

  • Jullee posted at 11:18 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    Jullee Posts: 534

    Rude and disrespectful ? Was she describing herself and the council ? (exception Ron Edinger)
    Borrow MORE money ? and who pays that back ? No tax money ? I just keeps getting more interesting doesn't it !

  • cdaterry1 posted at 10:49 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    cdaterry1 Posts: 56

    Hurt feelings from the Mayor??....maybe if she had the "Guts" to put this process to a vote of the people she was elected to serve there might have been a different reaction....Council men and Mayor: we can understand that the people can't vote on everything - BUT - this is a large dollar proposal!! that will be paid for by the people....where is the money going to come from??

    The architects and mayor are not "independant" as they own property next to the large dollar proposal....Unbelievable and bass ackwards to talk about moving ball fields and a boat ramp without having done the research on all seems very unfair to the people to not get a vote

  • RadRevD posted at 9:50 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    The Queen of Noble Cause Corruption desires respect
    ...despite refusal to apply KY prior to giving property owners the shaft!

  • Mac posted at 7:42 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    Mac Posts: 75

    Disrespectful?? Disrespectful??? That's the pot calling the kettle black if I ever saw it.

    Isn't cramming the whole park and the resulting million$ in expenses down the throats of Coeur d'Alene, disrespectful?

    How about the stealing of our tax dollars without our approval or public vote, isn't that disrespectful?

    Come on Ms. Bloem and the rest of your minions, its time to resign your dictatorship.

  • mister d posted at 7:40 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    If people are unhappy with the council, I sure hope they get off their duffs and vote in the next election. I see change for all but one. It's a shame when you don't feel represented time after time.

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:22 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1107

    Where is the bidding process for the construction drawings? Is this one in the bag for Miller-Stauffer? Sure looks like it to me. Cronyism all the way.

  • DeNiles posted at 5:46 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Now what? For starters you can actually title an article with its principal subject.

    Methinx the Mayor and her cohorts should start looking for new work.

  • uncle fester posted at 5:09 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    uncle fester Posts: 831

    The mayor (the Queen) seems to be upset with some of (a large majority) her subjects for being "disrespectful. " Well Mayor you earned it.!

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