Ailing Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas misses state of city address

Crime is down and the economy is picking up, the council reports.

cmsewell@idahostatesman.comJanuary 29, 2014 

For the first time since taking office, Mayor Garret Nancolas did not take the stage for the annual state of the city address.

“In 17 years he has not missed these things,” City Councilman Rob Hopper told the audience Tuesday. “In fact, a team of wild horses couldn’t keep him away from this event. However, one person did — and that’s his physician. He said, ‘You need to have a procedure and you need to have it now.’ ”

Nancolas recorded a 20-minute video lauding the city. He acknowledged his absence and said that 2013 “was a difficult year for me physically and from a health standpoint.”

Despite the unspecified health issues, the mayor reported a busy 2013: “I have chaired or attended 789 meetings representing the citizens of Caldwell. I worked 246 out of a 252 possible calendar workdays. I served on approximately 30 boards or commissions. I worked 2,415 hours, city code required me to work 1,920 hours,” he said.

“I do it because I love this community.”

Highlights from the presentation offered by City Council members:

- Former Police Chief Bob Sobba and longtime athletics coach and volunteer Don Atkinson received lifetime achievement awards.

- The city completed Mallard Park in 2013. Values Park — a 7-acre park behind the YMCA with walking paths, picnic shelters, a basketball court and playground — should be completed this summer.

- New commercial development underway includes the College of Idaho athletic complex and the Canyon County administration building.

- Construction permit value increased 14 percent over 2012 to $17.5 million; housing permits increased 51 percent to 300.

- The city’s crime rate dropped in 2013 and Caldwell had no murders for the year.

Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell

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