The city of Eagle’s URA told us they were trying to gain more parking for the downtown area and to remove the old gas station as blight. They leased a property next to the gas station for two years and cleared the property with taxpayers money for said parking. They started with roughly $400,000 in agency funds. As of July 19 they have roughly $200,000 in funds. According to the city’s statement, the lawyers’ cost for eminent domain is $100,000, which has yet to be paid. And they have to pay the Smiths $67,500 to demolish the old station and administrative costs. They planed to use the property for a parking lot as well. We are six months into the lease and the Tri City Meats property has been cleared, but has not been graded. So we don’t get the corner lot for parking. We will have parking for a little over a year on the lot next to it. And when and if the properties are developed, we will have no additional parking for downtown at all. Mark Butler and Mary McFarland, how is this in any way a win for the city of Eagle at all?
Tom Letz, Eagle