Boise & Garden City

Boise wants Open Space and Clean Water applicants

The super-moon rose partially eclipsed over the Foothills just after sunset Sept. 27. On Crescent Rim, neighbors spontaneously gathered to watch the event. The city of Boise is establishing a committee to study and make recommendations on how to spend $10 million from a levy for open space and clean water protections in and around Boise.
The super-moon rose partially eclipsed over the Foothills just after sunset Sept. 27. On Crescent Rim, neighbors spontaneously gathered to watch the event. The city of Boise is establishing a committee to study and make recommendations on how to spend $10 million from a levy for open space and clean water protections in and around Boise. kjones@idahostatesman.com

The city of Boise is on the verge of establishing an Open Space and Clean Water Advisory Committee to study how the city should apply $10 million to protecting those assets in and around Boise.

The committee will have up to nine members. Its job will be to represent "the diverse spectrum of users who enjoy the Boise Foothills, the Boise River, and open space areas of the city of Boise," according to a news release.

The city is looking for people to represent a variety of areas in the city and who have "expertise and experience" in areas like ecology, wildlife biology, botany, outdoor recreation management, river geomorphology, real estate, conservation, environmental education and investment management.

Email applications to Tracy Hall at thall@cityofboise.org Mail applications to: Office of the Mayor, P.O. Box 500; Boise, Idaho 83701-500

In November, 74 percent of Boise voters backed a two-year levy to raise $10 million for open space and water protection initiatives. The money is meant to continue the achievements of a 2001 levy passed in 2001 that raised $10 million for protection of key Foothills land.

Applicants to the Open Space and Clean Water Advisory Committee must be Boise residents. They will serve staggered three-year terms. The city's sitting Parks and Recreation Commission vice president — a position currently held by commercial real estate broker Scott Raeber — will chair the meetings.

The application deadline is March 4, city spokesman Mike Journee said. The city hasn’t set a timeline for assembling the committee and holding meetings, he said, partly because the levy is so new and hasn’t generated enough money to do much of anything.

Applications should include a cover letter and resume. You can email them to thall@cityofboise.org or send them by traditional mail to Office of the Mayor, P.O. Box 500; Boise, Idaho 83701-500.

For more information about the committee or for applications, call (208) 384-4403 or email thall@cityofboise.org.

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