With Election Day less than a month away, the city council in Garden City is urging city voters to turn down two initiatives that would convert the walking path into a multi-use transportation corridor.
President Mike Moser presented a position paper in opposition to the conversion at the council's Monday meeting. The council voted unanimously in favor of urging city residents to vote "no" on the initiatives.
The city's roughly 12,000 voters will be asked to consider two initiatives one to repeal the restriction on bicyclists, and the other to permit all forms of non-motorized transportation on the Greenbelt in Garden City. Council
City officials say the cost to convert the path to a multi-use corridor will exceed $1 million, but members of Citizens for an Open Greenbelt dispute that expensive paving is necessary.
Citizens for an Open Greenbelt has been pushing since 2007 for a continuous pathway between Boise and Eagle. Garden City officials say that will happen with the construction of the West Bridge. The city obtained a $727,000 federal grant to build the bridge, and construction is scheduled to begin in 2013.