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Fast Moving Mountain Home City Council Meeting

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The Mountain Home City Council Meeting held on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 was fascinating, moved along fast and lots of good things were discussed. As usual, City employees outnumber us regular citizens by a 2:1 ratio.

Some of the issued discussed during this meeting included:

1. The NLCM Lawsuit: The No Limits Christian Ministries, Inc lawsuit against the City will end up costing “us” ONLY about $75,000 - $80,000. This amount includes a $24,000 “damages award”.

- My Opinion: In today's litigious society, Mountain Home made out like a bandit. It could have been much worse. On the other hand, I think I can safely say because of this lawsuit, some very excellent local organizations will not be funded or funding will be cut. The Youth Center, The Mountain Home Museum, our City Bus routes to name just a few.

Adult entertainment establishments could spring up

2. Adult Entertainment: As a direct result of the “NLCM, Inc” lawsuit, the City will now likely allow “Adult Entertainment” establishments in select commercial zones around the city. The current City Land Use Chart allows adult entertainment establishments only after applying for and approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). This will change in the coming weeks or months.

- My Opinion: Once this Land Use Chart is changed and approved, there will be little if anything the City can do if someone wants to open a “Strip Club”. Yahoo!?!

New Police Chief Nick Schilz in Mountain Home Idaho

3. The New Police Chief: Looks like Nick Schilz is a wanted man in Mountain Home. His appointment to the Police Chief position was unanimously approved at this meeting. I understand this was a grueling process with over 70 individual interviewing for the job. Nick was the Elmore County Deputy Sheriff until getting this job.

- My Opinion: There will be an opening for a new Deputy Sheriff in Elmore County. Guess that is a forecast and not an opinion.

4. Dangerous Sidewalks: If the sidewalks in front of your house are in bad condition, you will likely be asked and then told to get them fixed. The Council agreed the city may/might/will help with some of the associated costs. If there is no sidewalk in front of your house, get ready to have one built. This is in the city ordinances.

- My Opinion: This could get expensive for some residents. Oh, the City “Sidewalk Budget” is only $10,000.

City of Mountain Home flipping houses

5. HUD Housing: The Council wants to act slowly and cautiously before buying a HUD owned house for $1 plus closing costs, home inspection fees and possible maintenance costs. If the City ends up buying a HUD owned house, they will sell it at public auction and the proceeds will go to our local Seniors Center.

My Opinion: The Seniors Center is an excellent organization that needs more funding. But I still don't believe “The City” should be in the house flipping business.

Bondyweb Rant Follows
In this day and age of computers, scanners and the internet, it would be nice if the City would post some of the support documentation on their new and improved website. I understand I could head on down to City Hall and pick up copies of these documents. I may have the time but why go through the expense of printing when a digital copy will do just fine.

Thnak you Mayor Rist

Bondyweb Thanks Follows
This humble and sometimes grumpy website owner, author and window washer would like thank the Mayor for putting a link to my website on the City website. See the bottom of the webpage located at:

http://www.mountain-home.us/MTNHOME/Forms_%26_Links.html

The link is called “Life off Interstate 84 – Idaho”.

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Comments (8)
  • Geoff Schroeder

    Actually, Tim, a "Strip Club" has always been a permitted use- in the sense of a properly licensed alcohol-serving bar which has bikini-clad women cavorting about, as they have in Boise. A full-nude "strip club" cannot be offered in a bar under Idaho liquor law.
    The "adult store" category is more in reference to the type of store which recently left Stardust Plaza- an adult "lingerie and other accessories" store. Not everyone's cup of tea, to be sure, but fairly inocuous, inoffensive, and served a purpose. One of these days one will try to come back, and if given a runaround based on the semantics of the city code, could end up going the route of a fairly recent turn of events. Not to mention that in my mind, anyway, we ought not be in the business of regulating away that sort of thing.

  • Tim Bondy the Admin

    This whole "City Land Use" thing is confusing. Are you saying 1 year ago I could have opened up a fully nude strip show/club minus the adult beverages in the old Salvation Army building without going through the CUP process?

    And if I wanted to open an "adult lingerie and other accessories" store, I would be sitting in front of our City Council trying to get a Conditional Use Permit?

    This is too confusing so I'll stick with my original plan to open a dynamite/TNT manufacturing plant in my backyard. I hope to be flying helicopters into and out of my backyard so I don't have to bother the neighbor with all the street noise of 18 wheelers. ;)

  • Geoff Schroeder  - You've Got it!

    You have just captured the essence of the land use chart and its tendency to be an "exercise in futility" as I said last night. You are 100% correct, that you could have opened (and can still) a non-alcoholic, clothing free entertainment establishment in a commercial zone without being asked question one, but sell a magazine or movie that shows (or even discusses) the naughty bits and you'll have to run the CUP gauntlet. (If someone challenges it) Those definitions are way out of whack with reality, as you can see.

  • Tim Bondy the Admin

    I'm going to mull over my future after learning that little tidbit Geoff. Lots of commercial real estate available downtown right now. :D

  • Anonymous  - I think I was wrong on the "adult entertainment"

    Turns out the city code, in the "definitions" addresses what it calls "adult entertainment" and appears to define pretty specifically what can and can't be shown and even uses the term "strippers." However, under "unique uses," the code uses a different term, which itself isn't defined, although it's pretty close- "performance business" Some of the stuff is open to a wide enough interpretation, though. So, the bikinis-on type would probably not require any approval, but the full nude, unless it was termed a religious observance, would be subject to permitting, although not banned outright. And then there's always the case that calls nude dancing free speech, in which case it can't be stopped, either. Clear as mud, now, isn't it?

  • Tim Bondy the Admin

    Definitions, City Code, strippers, unique users, religious observance and free speech? Way complex but if I had the ambition, I'd open up something in the adult entertainment sector in Mountain Home. But only to get some entertainment on how it plays out in codes, zoning and the local reaction.

    Fortunately I don't have the money to do this. Yet!

  • Russ Anderson  - Thanks

    I just want to say thanks for coming to meetings and your thoughts are nice to read. Russ

  • Tim Bondy the Admin

    Russ: Your welcome. I consider City Council Meeting almost like a drama that actually affect real people in important ways. Some people watch TV on Monday nights, I get my education and in many cases entertainment at these meeting. However, with Monday Night Football beginning soon, I may miss a night on occasion.

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