In a public "workshop" with Caldwell City Council, Mayor Nancolas and interested members of the public in January 2014 Mr. Waite was asked by THE GUARDIAN if the URA board had authorized him to seek demolition bids. Mr.Waite said yes but he was too busy to work on demolition bids due to an audit he was working on. THE GUARDIAN asked if he could get the demolition bids by April 1, 2014 and he said yes but was clearly irritated by GUARDIAN questioning about the bids.
Mr. Waite has given the Caldwell Optimists a "green light" to occupy the old King's building and it appears the term of occupancy is open ended. There will be a "round table" meeting to discuss what code requirements will have to be addressed to get a certificate of occupancy for the Youth Boxing program. In a meeting held with the Optimists in mid-January a minimal list of issues were discussed and that they would not have to comply with all the code requirements anyone else would have to comply with given this is a change of use. A change of use would normally require the building be brought up to ALL current code requirements.
A public records request was submitted for the meeting minutes and notes for the January meeting and the response was there were no minutes or notes from this meeting. Another public records request was made to find out what the code would require for a change of occupancy like the Optimists are seeking to no avail. Another request was made to know when the latest round table meeting would be held with the date, place and time of the meeting. Phone calls to Planning and Zoning and Building Department along with email correspondence got no response. One of THE GUARDIAN'S public records requests for the February 13th meeting place and time was forwarded to City Attorney Mark Hilty.
Meanwhile, Mr. Waite has scheduled the March 4th meeting of the URA board to hash out the issue of demolition permits, his dishonesty with answers to his board, the city council and the public regarding the demolition permits along with GURARDIAN emails on this matter.
The Optimists have been given a new metal building for their boxing program by R&M Steel and land across the street from the city swimming pool as a location for the building but they have not actively been able to come up with the cash to construct the building. Use of the King's building on an open-ended no charge lease gives them no incentive to act on the previous mentioned gifts of the building and land for the building.