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Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Bonner County officials have until the end of next year to get started on agreed-upon improvements as part of a deal with the city.

Council members granted one more extension to the county Wednesday night for long-awaited improvements in the area around the sheriff’s office and the new juvenile detention center. Bonner County commissioners have until Dec. 31, 2013, to initiate construction on several different street, sidewalk and landscaping improvements.

The issue has been an ongoing one for throughout the span of several different commissions. Current commissioners Cornel Rasor, Mike Nielsen and Lewis Rich said they intended to address the improvements within recent budget cycles if not for the courthouse renovation costs, a project that quickly escalated in its expenses, sapping their available funds.

Nielsen, the only commissioner to retain his seat next year, attended the meeting to tell council members the improvements would definitely be included in next year’s budget, which will be finalized in October, 2013.

“I want you to know I am sincere when I tell you we’re going to finish this,” he said.

The cost of the 810 feet in improvements will likely total around $80,000 and include additional curbs, gutters, sidewalks and trees. Once everything is completed, the county will be granted a permanent certificate of occupancy for the juvenile detention center. Council members said they hope to see construction begin on the project shortly after county commissioners approve next year’s budget.  

Another source of consternation for council members was the fact that with the two commissioner-elects not yet in office, they only had Nielsen’s word that the matter would be resolved. Nielsen countered that his history in office speaks to his reliability.

“My record shows I am trustworthy in office and I will do what I say I’m going to do,” he said.

Rasor also attended to support the county’s position in the issue, saying he had every confidence that the new commissioners would lend their support.

“They understand the responsibility to finish the job and finish it right,” he said.

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  • Here's What I Say posted at 11:35 am on Mon, Dec 10, 2012.

    Here's What I Say Posts: 1240

    I wonder who they are " improving downtown for anyway? Certainly residents don't require fancy pants renovations. Just some decent free parking to shop. It won't make business any better than an individual business wants to be. It's really for tourists folks, they just won't say it. Look what is mostly offered downtown nice but pricey stuff. A least the taxes they pay do work in front of their business through SURA confiscations of public tax funds. When will they repair residential roads which are in a sad state? They would have enough money to build sidewalks all over Podunk if they'd shared the taxes paid with the entire town, now most of it is spent downtown for businesses.

  • wilson posted at 11:21 pm on Sat, Dec 8, 2012.

    wilson Posts: 1184

    So - sidewalks, curbs and gutters in that area will accomplish exactly what? More sidewalks to nowhere, and lots of expense to the taxpayers - The City goofballs still have no clue about sensible things--

  • Corey Greve posted at 9:12 pm on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 977

    I wonder if I could defer sidewalk construction in front of my house for 15 years? I was planning a small addition, but it had enough "value" to trigger expensive and intrusive sidewalk construction. Now, the city will lose the tax revenue from what would have been a higher assessed value on my house. Maybe I'll just build my addition anyway, and use the county's precedence to keep the sidewalk police at bay.