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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 2:07 am


COEUR d’ALENE — After more than five hours of testimony and debate on an anti-discrimination ordinance, the Coeur d’Alene City Council considered two other ongoing issues late Tuesday night (and early Wednesday morning):

• An easement agreement with Blackridge Properties LLC for a Front Avenue pedestrian tunnel was approved 4-2.

The company will pay to build the tunnel connecting the underground parking facility at McEuen Park to its property at 401 Front Ave., site of the Bank of America building.

Chris Meyer, representing Blackridge Properties, said the easement gives his company a chance for a below-grade link to the parking garage before its north wall is completed.

“It’s an opportunity cost that presents itself now,” Meyer said, noting that only one parking space would be lost to provide access to the underground doorway.

Council members Dan Gookin and Steve Adams were opposed to the easement.

• Council members voted 5-1 to reject the Idaho Transportation Department’s offer to transfer ownership of Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive to the city. Deanna Goodlander cast the lone vote in favor of ITD’s offer, which would have included a one-time, $3 million payment to the city.

Council members Steve Adams and Ron Edinger — along with several residents of Silver Beach Road — questioned the costs of maintaining the road, let alone adding amenities such as a boat launch or a public beach along the five-mile stretch.

“Why does the city of Coeur d’Alene want to take on a burden of this magnitude? I can’t figure it out,” Edinger said, adding that ITD officials should offer the road to the East Side Highway District.

Goodlander disagreed, saying the city should keep open its options to improve trails and other public access amenities by working on a long-term plan for the roadway with the ITD, East Side Highway District, Idaho Parks Department and private property owners.

To that end, Mike Kennedy proposed asking city staff to work with ITD officials and other stakeholders along Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive on a master plan for the road and adjacent amenities.

Kennedy’s motion passed 4-3, with Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mayor Sandi Bloem in favor. At that point — 1:12 a.m. — the marathon meeting finally was recessed until Thursday’s strategic planning workshop.

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.


  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:05 am on Fri, Jun 7, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    Yes they did when they went against EVERY paid professional consultant for all of the surveys and studies that agreed the parking should be placed NORTH of Sherman. The LCDC even bought up every available lot they could with TAXPAYERS money for this purpose. The intent all along was to put it south for access to properties bought while these YAHOO's were sitting board and council members.

    They should ALL go to jail along with the city admin, county prosecutor and city attorney.

  • Not4sale posted at 3:17 pm on Thu, Jun 6, 2013.

    Not4sale Posts: 145

    Hey folks, give the council some credit, for a change, none of these decisions cost the taxpayers any money.

  • local res posted at 10:24 pm on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    local res Posts: 1164

    As the acting Mayor was Kennedy's vote during the meeting legal?

    As acting Mayor he should have no vote unless there was a tie vote.

  • Cdajon posted at 6:52 pm on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    Cdajon Posts: 431

    Blackridge Properties LLC. Daddys money different name.

  • wmss1 posted at 7:39 am on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    wmss1 Posts: 2

    Agreed, these were all "done deals" before the meeting. It was pretty obvious that the parking structure was not for the public in the first place but for the good ole boys and their plans for highrises along Front/Sherman and we get to pay for it! As for the LBGT, we're not surprised, it's only the first move by them in taking over our area. Expect to see more of them walking our streets holding hands (& other things). Next, they will dress up in drag taking center stage in our parades, won't that be fun to watch? As for the City taking over the road...that's not over yet either. They can still squeeze it in before the council members get out.

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:04 am on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1188

    Really, did any rational resident of Corrupt A'Lame seriously think the council was not going to approve the LBGTand the tunnel motions and continue the road talks? If you did then you just don't pay attention to the politics in Cd'A. They were done deals before the council meeting.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:43 am on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Of COURSE they approved the tunnel. After the taxpayers have been fleeced for $20 + million, and ever rising, and when taxpayer funds paid to professional consultants for all of the surveys and studies agreed the parking should be placed NORTH of Sherman.

    It is the LEAST Blackridge properties can do for themselves. SHEEEEZ.

  • witches of eastside posted at 6:32 am on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    witches of eastside Posts: 5

    yikes! Eastside Hwy Dist take over another road. Drive a few of their roads before you make a decision. BAD IDEA!

  • voxpop posted at 5:22 am on Wed, Jun 5, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    The absolute only reason the city council voted to NOT annex that stretch of road is because then they'd have to go on record with regard to hydroplane racing. This way they can ignore the vote of Cda residents and claim it's not on city property. When business special interests conflict with those who live here we all know who wins.

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