Eagle is HOME!
Stan Ridgeway, Mayor
I would like to personally thank all residents who were able to help their fellow citizens, the fire department, ACHD, Wright Brothers and the many city employees who left their desk jobs behind to deice street drains, shovel sidewalks and clear berms throughout this severe winter weather aptly nicknamed ‘snowmageddon.’
The City, Eagle Fire District, and Eagle Police worked hand-in-hand on a daily basis to address snow and ice problems in our city. We were also very fortunate that a local contractor, Wright Brothers Construction, volunteered equipment and employees to assist us in this process. While the compacted snow and ice made our equipment often ineffective, I can say that ACHD and our emergency responders did everything in their power to address and assess emergency and/or potential emergency situations.
Early in January, I made an emergency declaration in response to the snow. Idaho law dictates the Mayor can only issue the order for seven days. Eagle City Council followed up with a state of emergency declaration that will last for several months.
There is confusion on just what a state of emergency does, 1) it allows government entities to bypass purchasing regulations to hire or issue contracts without competitive bidding, 2) it sets the wheels in motion to notify county, and state agencies of the declaration, 3) if the State of Idaho later declares a state of emergency then the City of Eagle will be eligible to apply for federal (FEMA) funding to cover a portion of the cost associated with the disaster.
Feel assured that the City has done what is necessary to ensure that we are in line for any financial assistance that might be available to cover the City’s expenditures associated with our response.
Residents of Ada County have a very unique Highway Department. By vote of the citizens in 1971, Ada County residents voted to establish the Ada County Highway District (ACHD). ACHD, not the County or Cities in Ada County, have the responsibility to build and maintain streets. In fact, without ACHD approval it is illegal to clear or maintain streets, however, to contribute to removing snow, ACHD made permitting free for those willing to assist.
The weather forecast for the next 10 days is a mixture of snow turning to rain and warm temperatures. Please keep an eye on your neighbors, your neighborhood and especially kids on their way to school. It is so important that we as neighbors work together as we have in these weather situations because for all of us, Eagle is HOME.