Jun 28

Eagle Water Company Lawsuit Update

Posted on June 28, 2019 at 4:08 PM by Ellen Mattila

Statement by the Mayor given at the 06-25-2019 City Council Meeting:

There is a false rumor going around—that the City’s lawsuit against Eagle Water was dismissed and that the sale to SUEZ is going forward. That is not true. The court issued a procedural decision allowing SUEZ to participate in the case. This decision has nothing to do with the merits or the enforceability of the Right of First Refusal between City of Eagle and Eagle Water Company. That issue is the subject of the City’s lawsuit and is moving forward in the district court. We will update you on the status as the case moves forward.

May 03

Putting "sanctuary city" rumors to rest

Posted on May 3, 2019 at 10:31 AM by Ellen Mattila

Recently, the City of Eagle was approached with a question about its sanctuary city policy. The person asking the question had heard "rumors" about a proposed policy. This sanctuary city rumor is entirely unfounded and has never been a policy discussion during my administration as mayor. In an effort to set the record straight, I am posting my response to this rumor publicly.


On May 2, 2019, Adrian asked: "As a resident of Eagle I have heard rumors that you intend to pursue a policy to make Eagle a ‘Sanctuary City”.   Again, as a resident I would be most grateful if you could confirm or deny this.

Many regards and thank you in advance for your cooperation

Adrian"

On May 3, 2019, I answered: "ADRIAN, This issue has never been discussed or considered. Stan R."



May 01

Spring and growth

Posted on May 1, 2019 at 1:39 PM by Ellen Mattila

Spring is a time of new growth, so I felt it appropriate for the month of May to reflect upon the new growth in the City of Eagle. Growth and change are causing concerns for some residents. I want to address those concerns with knowledge and offer some peace of mind about the direction the City is growing.

As Eagle grows, we are looking for ways to steer development towards facilities and services that the City has lacked in the past. Growth means Eagle must evolve beyond a bedroom community. Our residents demand and deserve to have all their needs met without spending 30 minutes in traffic to get to Boise or Meridian to do so. To that end, we are trying to facilitate the growth of major employers, retail, restaurants, entertainment and recreational uses. Recruiting new companies and creating job opportunities will help alleviate some of the traffic congestion that is seen today from residents commuting out of the City for work. We are also diversifying our housing options to attract and retain young workers to our expanding local business community and offer seniors the ability to age in place in the City they call home.

More and more companies are recognizing the high quality of life and the benefits of investing in Eagle.  The City is excited to see the diversification of industry in town, as this increases a community’s overall economic health.  Industry and businesses typically pay more in taxes, which helps keep taxes low for homeowners.  Having a diverse tax base is much like having a diversified investment portfolio. Being too reliant on one industry, or just homeowners leaves the entire community in jeopardy and susceptible to economic downturns or shifts.

Eagle will continue to enhance and grow their quality of life amenities through open space, outdoor recreational opportunities, parks, art, culture, community programs, and events. The City continues to work on projects like the new west Eagle Park that when developed will provided a dog park and ball fields to the area west of Eagle Road.

In 2017 when we adopted the City’s Eagle is HOME Comprehensive Plan, the City Council set a goal to engage with 10% of Eagle residents. We wanted citizen input about the future of the City. At that time the City exceed our goal and engaged over 15% of the residents. Growth is happening across the Treasure Valley, and it is happening fast. While the Treasure Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, Eagle’s growth is consistent with our 4-year plan. The City’s plan was based on an annual growth rate of 4.5%, the exact growth rate that the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho estimates the City saw in 2018. Since 2000, 2 out of every 3 people in Eagle have moved to the City, we welcome you and we encourage you to take part in the City’s process.  You, the citizens of Eagle, are in control. The 2017 Comprehensive Plan is a living document and the priorities and concerns of the citizens are always open for discussion.

We welcome you to attend one of our City Council or town hall meetings. You can also find out what’s happening in town through the City’s website and social media platforms. If you have questions about the city, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page of the City’s Website.