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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Council to Consider Changes to Urban Renewal In Caldwell

Caldwell City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community room of Caldwell Police Station to discuss changes in its policies for urban renewal.

On the consent calendar, the council will approve the creation of the Downtown Caldwell Organization with one-year appointments of committee members Bob Carpenter, Dick Anderson, Theresa Hardin, Scott Syme, Christ Batt, Stephanie Rohrdanz, John McGee and Keri Sigman.

There will also be a discussion regarding a public hearing and potential ordinance to make city council members the board of the Caldwell East Urban Renewal Agency Board, similar to what the city of Nampa has done with its urban renewal board.

Both proposals are pending before the council after downtown merchants and property owners expressed displeasure on how urban renewal funds are being spent.
The downtown organization will review previous downtown studies and see what can still be implemented to revitalize the area.  Among the items that could change for the better would be to make downtown a quiet zone as trains travel through town.  Next would be the demolition of the old King's and Mr. C's buildings. 

A plaza has been discussed to replace the King's building.  Other properties are in discussion for demolition and repurposing as a part of the urban renewal process.

Update:  May 5, 2014, Caldwell City Council voter unanimously to take over the functions of the Caldwell East Urban Renewal Agency.  It will now go to the ordinance phase and be presented on May 19, 2014 for the ordinance to be presented and discussed.

13 comments:

  1. Changing the players won't change the game.......

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  2. I know, let's blame the fiasco on the Boogey Man Union Pacific, and then give them all of our money.....that will fix it.

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    1. The Union Pacific will not fix the RR intersections; it is up to the City of Caldwell to do something that will meet the RR standards for a quiet zone. When you think about it, it might be something that would give everyone a quiet night to keep the windows open and not hear trains all night long.

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  3. The boogie man comment was sarcasm. What I really meant was not one more penny should be spent on this dream that the downtown building owners have. Urban Renewal has made taxes go sky-high, and that's a bigger deal to prospective businesses than a "vibrant" downtown and fancy Christmas lights.

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  4. Speaking of Urban Renewal, I had to take a ride over to Caldwell yesterday. After seeing all the signs over here in Nampa for the support of Tom Dale, it was refreshing to see no signs in support of him over there in Caldwell. Let us make sure that that guy gets trounced on May 20. That piece in the IPT about him today was about 99% BS and about 1% fact, we don't need him.

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  5. I especially liked the part where Mr. dale went to the desert and had a vision that he wanted to be a county commissioner.Another fine example of fluff reporting from the IPT. I guess when you've had your nose in the public trough for most of your life you don't want to get a real job.

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  6. Tom Dale and his shadow government of urban renewal board members have run up the debt meter for Nampa Taxpayers with breathtaking temerity. Now he wants another opportunity to demonstrate to us how he alone can bring us a new jail with tens of millions in costs and more tens of millions to operate it if he gets elected. I have some serious doubts if Mr. Dale has ever set foot in the current jail before he reached the conclusion we need a new one.

    We don't need a new jail but we do need to figure out who we are mad at v. who we are afraid of when putting people in jail. Those we are mad at need to be out on the road crew picking up trash and raking leaves for senior citizens along with helping to paint the town when that comes around. Putting people we are mad at in jail is just plain costly and a poor use of tax dollars.

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  7. Tom Dale, his replacement Bob Henry, and Mayor Garrett plus Bob Carpenter, Dick Anderson, Theresa Hardin, Scott Syme, Christ Batt, Stephanie Rohrdanz, John McGee and Keri Sigman All have one thing in common. Don't listen to anyone who makes less than $200,000 a year.

    There is no such thing as an overcrowded jail. Just some psychotic people who think their being infringed upon because they are stupid. Some judge who has never set foot in any jail let alone Canyon County's agrees with the stupid people and claim the jail or prison is overcrowded and they mandate "more space." Never mind they have it better now than when they were on the outside.

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  8. Difficult to tell the many ways Tom Dale has left that sack for incoming Mayor Henry and City Council. Most recent 2013 annual Treasurer's report show total city debt of over 71 million which does not include the wastewater loan of $18 million received in early 2014. Also under the radar is the draining of city reserves over the last several years from $22 million down to about $10 million. While Tom may or may not be able to form a county Urban Renewal agency he can certainly avoid taking new debt for the county to a vote of the people by going to a judge and getting judicial confirmation on new projects such as the jail or fairgrounds. You say he wouldn't do that --That's how they got the wastewater loan which brings total debt of the City of Nampa to about $90 million--plus interest. Tom made a big deal out of living all of his childhood on a cattle ranch where he learned to shovel it no doubt.

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    1. You know, if Tom Dale liked ranching he would be doing it today. I would surmise that Toms dad had to take off his belt quite a few times to get him to do his chores. Tom is a metro city slicker.

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  9. I can't believe anyone would not want their city to be an "attractor" city in Idaho. Problem is getting agreement on how to bring that about. Urban renewal offered a lot of promise to fulfill that ambition but somewhere along the path the money get diverted to subsidizing developers in the belief the giveaway of tax dollars will be the key.

    Having a city that has a poorly maintained downtown area with few things to offer residents and visitors won't help positive growth in the long run. Nampa citizens allowed Tom Dale to put all the money into two projects, the police palace and the library and there is no ROI on either of these projects. Caldwell put money into Indian Creek and TVCC with no ROI.

    Urban Renewal tax dollars needs to be used to buy obsolete properties and raze them to the ground so vacant property is available for new business opportunities in downtowns. Vacant parcels may look odd for a period of time but the next step is to deed the property over to willing investors who see a way to make a profit on building in downtown Caldwell and Nampa. Urban renewal boards that do the biding of a mayor like Tom Dale without questioning the ROI to taxpayers does nobody any good and downtowns will continue to be blighted areas.

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  10. Bulldoze downtown Caldwell after buying ALL property owners out at a hefty price. Taxpayers be dammed!

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    1. Demolition and clearing old buildings is what I thought urban renewal was all about. I am very dismayed to see it used as handouts to developers along with giving a chosen few a sweet deal on property taxes for a good long while. Then there is the $25k checks handed out for "jobs" in the boundaries of the district while those who create jobs outside the district get nothing but more tax burden to pay for the handouts.

      I hope to see a lot of vacant parcels in downtown with the opportunity for new businesses to spring up over time. It is going to take some real imagination to bring downtown anywhere back with all that is going on with e-commerce.

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