by Mayor Tammy

I always look forward to connecting with the community. That’s why Town Hall meetings top the list of activities I enjoy as Mayor. These quarterly meetings give me a chance to update citizens and connect face-to-face.

Ambrose School is hosting our next Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 27. You are invited to join us as we discuss a variety of topics.

Our Police Department will be on hand to talk about crime prevention, including door-to-door solicitors. They will also have “Summer Safety” tips for your home and neighborhood as we head into the season.

We will also hear an update on North Meridian Developments from our Community Development Department. In fact, when it comes to that area, I’ve received quite a few questions about the land at Linder and Chinden. As I write this, no applications have been filed with the City by any business, so I know just as much as you do. That being said, if there are any updates on this project, and any others, we will be sure to share those with you at the Town Hall.

Are you concerned with traffic on Chinden (aka State Highway 20/26)?! Our Highway 20/26 Task Force is off and running. The Town Hall meeting will be a great opportunity for us to discuss our goals and let you know how you can get involved! I established the Task Force in an effort to bring needed transportation improvements to Highway 20/26 (Chinden Blvd). The goals for that corridor include; reducing congestion, improving safety and creating economic opportunity. The Task Force is focused on engaging community members, legislators and the Idaho Transportation Board to prioritize funding for additional travel lanes and widening intersections along this key east-west corridor. We believe that by investing in 20/26, ITD can relive the bottleneck in this area, make a connection to the Highway 16 extension that makes sense, and solve a problem that frustrates businesses and commuters alike.

And finally, as you may or may not have seen, we are hoping to come to the table with Ada County Commissioners to find a fair solution to courthouse funding that does not involve the residents of our community paying twice for courts. I will discuss this issue in further detail and answer your questions at the Town Hall meeting.

Transparency is a big goal of ours, so we aim to make it as easy as possible for our community to engage. That’s why we will be live streaming the Town Hall meeting and a recording of the meeting will be posted to our website. You can find this information at www.meridiancity.org.

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, from 6:30pm – 8pm at Ambrose School! As you can see, we have a lot to discuss!

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