Monthly Archives: June 2011

Porch Talk Summer 2011

Porch Talk is a newsletter produced by the Mayor’s office and the City of Boise to help inform neighborhoods of upcoming events and other activities which may be of interest.

Download the PDF File here


Fundraiser opportunity

For you bowlers out there, or if you are just looking for something to do this weekend, 20th Century Lanes in Boise is hosting a Firefighter/Police Appreciation Day this Saturday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (see attached flyer for details). Besides the free bowling, all donations will be split between two really great causes: the Boise Fire Burnout Fund and the 512 Fund (, which is set up to assist injured police officers from all over the state who are brought to Boise for medical treatment of duty-related injuries.

Bike Now Boise

From: Bike Now Boise <>

I’m writing to you to request your support for a project a group of Boise citizens started geared towards increasing bike commuters in Boise. This project began as part of the Boise Bicycle Project’s Pedal for the People event. The program works by setting up a mentor with a new bike commuter, and offering educational opportunities.

email contact information:

50 New Bike Commuters for Boise has the goal of getting 50 new commuters up and biking to and from work regularly! We are trying to help people who want to bike commute, could use some mentorship, and need some good advice.

We’ll do this through:

* provide a mentor for every new bike commuter

* organize workshops on choosing a bike, gear, etc.

* arrange meet and greets with other new bike commuters

* offer educational panels about the issues in transportation today
* create networking opportunities that will connect you to the resources to need to help our neighborhoods become better biking communities!

We have been providing individuals with this link to get started:
Get started here! This form will help us understand your needs and get you the best match possible!

Let me know if you have any questions, or would like to help, or if you can attend an event to help promote this idea!


Jeremy & Amy from Bike Now Boise

ACHD Commissioners to consider a new Cost Share Ordinance

On Wednesday, June 22 at their 6 p.m. meeting, the ACHD Commissioners will consider a new Cost Share Ordinance that would give the Ada County Highway District the flexibility to work with individual cities to add things like landscaping, decorative street lighting and specialized colored pavements to future road projects.


Today, ACHD is limited by Idaho Law as to what it can add to a project – generally only those things that directly serve a transportation need.

The hearing will occur shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in the ACHD Auditorium, 3775 Adams St., in Garden City. The Commission welcomes your participation. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, written comments can be sent to the or to ACHD Cost Share Ordinance, 3775 Adams St., Garden City, ID 83714.

To learn more about the proposed Cost Share Ordinance and to take a survey, visit

Chances to comment on Boise City Budget

From the Mayors E-Memo 6/16/11

These are challenging economic times for all of us — families, businesses, governments. At the very moment when demand for many municipal services — parks, public safety, libraries, economic development — is rising, the resources we have to meet those demands are falling.

That’s the dilemma as we enter the City of Boise’s Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget process. Like families and businesses, we’ll need to make some tough choices. And we’ll need your help to do it.

The first opportunity comes next Tuesday evening, June 21, when the City Council and I accept public comment and answer questions about the budget at our regular weekly meeting. It begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, third floor of City Hall.

We’ll get into more details during our three-day Budget Workshop, June 27 through 29. The City Council and I will hear reports from departments and provide direction on spending and program decisions. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. each day; it will be aired live on Treasure Valley Community Television CableOne Channel 98 and streamed online at

I’ll meet face-to-face with citizens regarding budget issues or any other aspect of city government at my next “Saturday Office Hours,” 9 a.m. to noon July 16 at City Hall. Visitors will be welcomed on a first-come basis and have up to 10 minutes each to meet with me.

Finally, the public hearing and vote on proposed user fee increases for 2012 will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19; the final budget hearing will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Both meetings will be in the Council Chambers and will be aired and streamed live.

The Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget document will be available online on my homepage this Friday, June 17. Proposed fee changes and the proposed final budget will be available online the week prior to those hearings.

In addition to the opportunities detailed above, residents are always free to provide comment to the Mayor and Council via email at or via the Mayor’s Hotline at 208-384-4404.

Boise is a great city in part because we come together in tough times as well as good. I welcome your assistance as we get through the former and look ahead to the latter.

Until next time …

Zoning application for a Daycare center at 1816 Regal

Planning and Zoning Commission of Boise regularly send out transmittal of applications and upcoming hearings. WBNA will post the ones that impact our neighborhood here.

The latest of these transmittals is an application for a new Daycare center at 1816 Regal

(Planning & Development Services)
• Submit comments at least 10 Calendar Days prior to the hearing date listed above so your comments can be
included in the staff report. For Staff Levels, please comment within 7 Calendar Days of the transmittal date.
• If responding by e-mail, please send comments to and put the file number in the
subject line.
• Paper copies are available on request. Please call 384-3830 and have the file number available. If you encounter
problems with the electronic transmittals or want to provide feedback, please call 384-3830.

Mountain View Pedestrian Project (ACHD)

     A few of us were at the ACHD Open House last night 6/9/2011. There were lots of ACHD on hand to discuss the Mountain View Sidewalk proposal. I snapped images of their outline for those who missed it (sorry for the blur it was from my cell phone) see them HERE!

Splash down! City pools open June 3

Dive into summer on Friday, June 3, at opening day for Boise’s six outdoor pools. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.


The municipal pools are operated by Boise Parks & Recreation.  All pools are staffed by certified lifeguards. Pool locations are:

  • Borah Pool, 801 Aurora
  • Fairmont Pool, 7929 Northview
  • Lowell Pool, 1601 N. 28th St.
  • South Pool, 921 Shoshone
  • Natatorium and Hydrotube, 1811 Warm Springs Ave.
  • Ivywild, 2250 Leadville

Swim classes are available at all six pools. Eight 25-minute classes are offered Mondays-Thursdays in two-week sessions. Classes are taught by certified instructors.


Youth season swim passes start at $30 for Boise city residents. Family passes and non-resident passes also are available.


For more information about hours, rates and swim lessons, see To register for swim lessons, call (208) 608-7680.

Media contacts:

George Scott, Aquatics Coordinator, 608-7685

Amy Stahl, Community Relations, 608-7611 or 869-0637 (cell)