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Engaging Eagle 

Pass it on
October 2014
Reflecting with Mayor Reynolds

The next "big thing" has arrived on our City's website. Watch City meetings live or revisit them in archives for free. Many of the attachments (commonly known as the packet) will now be linked and in one place for your convenience. Please visit to see past and current meetings.

Enjoy the activities of our city and remember...Pass it on! 

Mayor Jim Reynolds
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Return of Eagle's eagle
The new structure above Eagle Rd is almost complete! The eagle was removed for some much needed repair work. After the initial examination, it became clear that the sign would need to be replaced. Unfortunately, because the artist had to start from scratch, this took more time than originally thought. The structure that holds the eagle also needed some repair work and a fresh coat of paint. The eagle will be returning to his home very soon! 

October at the Library

Annual Fall Book Sale
October 10-11

Thanks to all of those whom participated in the Library survey! View results here.
Missed something?
This monthly eLetter is archived on the City's website. Catch up on city news and Press Releases HERE.
All Ahead with Director Aho

The Eagle City Council has approved the contract with The Land Group of Eagle to create a Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan. The Master Plan will provide an inventory of existing parks and trails and make recommendations for future locations of parks and trails and what type of programs the Parks and Recreation should be providing. Throughout the process there will be opportunity for citizen input and involvement. Watch the City’s web site to find out how your voice can be heard throughout the development of this plan. If you have any questions on the plan you can contact Director Mike Aho at (208) 489-8775 or

We are still looking for volunteers for the City’s Sports Field Working Group. A group that could recommend amenities, location, and size of a new sports park in West Eagle. If you are interested in volunteering in your community click here.

The growth of our City continues to bring more services and better parks to our area. I hope you can get outside and enjoy the beauty of Eagle. 
             A message From Eagle Police
                                                          From Deputy McCowan, EPD
I would like to remind everyone to keep your outside lights on at your businesses at night and double check that all windows and doors are locked before you leave.  If you are a victim of a burglary or other crime, please report it to us immediately.  Likewise, if you see a suspicious person or vehicle (or have contact with one), and you feel it is not right, it probably isn't.  Please let us know.  We have solved several crimes where a suspicious person milling about the area before or after was reported to us.  Any lead is a good lead in our business. Contact the Eagle Substation: (208) 938-2260, Non-Emergency Dispatch: (208) 377-6790.
Summer and fall is the road construction season and there are several projects going on in and around Eagle.  Please pay attention to the orange cones and barrels as speed limits are reduced and often times lanes are rerouted.  
With that said, construction on I84 continues at the Meridian interchange.  Starting in late September, a new traffic pattern will  be in effect at the EAGLE ROAD OFF-RAMP OF EASTBOUND I84.  Motorists will need to be in the right hand lane just after the Meridian exit to access the Eagle Road exit.  One eastbound lane will be directed into the westbound side, but will be protected by barriers.  It does not appear that any of the westbound lanes are affected.  Again, please be cognizant of speed reductions and lane shifts during construction in this area.  You can find more information on these changes at the website.
Meet Eagle's new Police Chief, Patrick Calley!
Watch his introductory video HERE. Congratulations on the promotion Chief! 
Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Collection takes place at the south end of the Eagle Library parking lot (100 N. Stierman Way) hours of operation are 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Hazardous waste such as used electronics, pesticides, cleaning supplies, paint, solvents and used motor oil will be collected.  The City of Eagle provides Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Eagle residents quarterly the second Wednesday of January, April, July and October.  For more information contact City Hall at (208) 939-6813.

For a full list of accepted materials visit

Paving the Greenbelt! 
The newest portion of pristine paved Greenbelt is now open to all! This 1.5 mile section is located along Mace Road west of Eagle Road. This portion will also feature half mile markers commissioned by local artist Delia Dante. We will keep you updated on the progress! 
Enjoy the Fall weather on the Greenbelt.
Delia Dante's "At Last"
The Arts are growing in Eagle!
October marks the closing of Eagle's first summer-long outdoor art show. The first Eagle Sculpture Invitational attracted sculptors from the Northwest to exhibit their 3D works in downtown Eagle. Residents & visitors enjoyed the walking tour of the sculptures and participated in the show by voting for their favorite sculpture. "It was a wonderful response to our first efforts to bring a show of this magnitude to Eagle" says EAC chair Meg Glasgow. The Eagle Arts Commission, with support from the Eagle Urban Renewal, have selected Delia Dante's "At Last" for purchase. The work will become the newest sculpture in the City's permanent art collection. 
Will Beacon Light Road be 3 Lanes or 5 lanes? 
Nichoel R. Baird Spencer, MCRP, AICP, Planner III

In July the City Council directed staff to model the first of six land use scenarios (2013 + Entitled) to explore the number of lanes needed for Beacon Light Road.  The first scenario (2013+ Entitled) is the least intensive of the 6 scenario and the most illustrative of the actual demand that has been approved by the City.  
Scenario 1: 2013 + Entitled:
Growth Assumptions: Under this scenario, no new growth or development was allowed on the property adjacent to Beacon Light Road and into the Foothills. The Beacon Light Corridor was kept at the 2013 population, households and jobs levels except for the inclusion of any existing entitlements (approved subdivisions and development agreements), which were shown as constructed.  All areas of the City not adjacent to Beacon Light Road or in the Foothills were allowed to grow at the anticipated rate through 2040. 
Road Configurations: The City modeled 6 different roadway configurations for the transportation network these included constraining Beacon Light Road, Linder Road and expanding the State Highway System (US 20/26-Chinden and State Highway 16) to 4 lanes.
Summary of Modeling Results:
  • Beacon Light Road with only 3 lanes under the scenario and assumptions will not function at a level of service better than an “E” and as such fails
  • Purposely constraining Beacon Light Road and Linder Road to 3 lanes has significant negative impacts on Eagle Road (see model run 2). 
  • While the expansion of State Highway 16 and US 20/26 (Chinden) to 4 lanes reduces demands on Beacon Light Road it does not bring the peak hour level of service on Beacon Light Road to passing (LOS better than E)(see model run 6).

Alternatives that could be considered:
  • Redacting all and/or significant portions of the existing Foothills and Western Area Plans (will require negotiations with Ada County and public hearings);
  • Allow for Right of way to be preserved and directing ACHD to revisit the thresholds, demands, and specific road typologies in 5 to 10 years (prior to construction);
  • Begin discussions with approved development about purchasing development rights.
  • Accept peak hour congestions and system wide impacts of constraining Beacon Light Road to 3 lanes 
A complete summary of the modeling and background of the project is available on the City’s website at
Mayor’s School Walking Challenge!
Time to lace up those sneakers! From Oct. 1-31, Treasure Valley elementary school kids are invited to participate in a school walking challenge. The schools in each city with the most participation and the most miles walked will win a $500 prize for new fitness equipment. A toolkit is available with a sign-up form and promotional ideas to inspire you to get trucking!  Click here for more information or go to Or, contact Amy Stahl, Community Relations Manager, Boise Parks & Recreation at or (208) 608-7611.
Eagle has two public art galleries. These galleries feature local artists displaying their work monthly. The art work is available to enjoy and also for purchase. Galleries are located; at City Hall 660 E Civic Ln in the main lobby, and St Luke's Eagle 3101 E. State St on the 2nd Floor, South Hallway. If you are interested in displaying your artwork, please contact
October Artist Highlight
City Hall - Debi Bonsack

She paints from the heart rather than for salability. Her work has a message. Bonsack paintings encourage her audience to stop, smell the roses, enjoy each moment, love one another and return to the simpler times and joys of life.  She hopes you enjoy her works and you walk away with a smile on your face and a new hope for better times.

Bonsack Gallery

St. Luke's Eagle - Hoyt and Vestal
Among many shared interests and values is our mutual love for the natural world. We went to South Africa in the fall of 2011 primarily to observe and photograph wildlife, but we also saw beautiful landscapes and waterscapes. We met and saw beautiful people. We also saw severe poverty in the face of excessive wealth. Our presentation of “Images from South Africa” emphasizes the wildlife, but offers hints of the other. We hope to return.

In our view, all of us who make photographic images are appreciating and honoring our subjects, both in the creation of the images and in the observation of them. Photography is a way to share what we see. It is a way to capture memories. It is a journey.
Open Boards and Commissions - Ways to Serve in Your Community
Eagle Food Bank Needs you!
Hi Everyone,
Thanks so much for your continued support of our Eagle Community Foodbank.  We are so lucky to have volunteers who are always ready to help.  It takes all of us doing our small parts to keep this terrific program running smoothly. There are plenty of new opportunities listed below so thanks in advance for considering how you can help!
Upcoming opportunities:
*Sorting/shelving*: Can be done any day/time of the week at your (your family's) convenience. If there is no food to sort/shelve (unfortunately, this happens all too frequently), there is general tidying that can always be done--vacuuming, sorting plastic bags, recycling too large boxes, tidying/organizing food shelves. 
*Receiving Donations*:  Fridays 4-6pm.  This is a great job for teens (with an adult) needing service hours. 

*Distribution Days*:  The coordinators for each distribution day manage their own volunteers.  Gloria, the Last Tuesday evening coordinator (email: is able to have teens needing service hours at her distribution.  Please contact her directly (by email) to arrange a date.  The 1st & 3rd Thursday distribution coordinators occasionally need extra volunteers. 

*Picking up Liquor Store Boxes*:  We use boxes from the liquor store for the clients to put their food to transport to their cars. 
*Bread Pick UP from Franz Bakery*:  This is fairly involved and may be a great opportunity for people to partner with others to break up the tasks.
*Help with School Donations Pick UPs*: October 20-December 20--School donations really start rolling in for us!   Help is needed to pick up at the local schools and deliver to the EFB.  Please contact School Donations Coordinator, Annette Christensen ( directly to arrange. This is a great task for people who are already involved in the schools or who want to get into the schools and see how terrific they are.
*Help with Business Donations Pick UPs*: October-January
*Collect Donations from Albertsons Donation Bin*:  One volunteer (great for a family or teen) needed to check the bin in the lobby of Albertsons weekly on Thursdays or Fridays.
*Holiday Distributions*:  Tuesday, November 25th, 6-8pm (volunteers arrive at 5:30), Tuesday, December 23rd, 6-8pm (volunteers arrive at 5:30).

"Many Hands Make Light Work"
Karen Arguello
President, Eagle Community Foodbank
Community of Excellence

Want to share a story about an Eagle Excellent neighbor or community member? Let us know! email it to, fax (208) 939-6827, or mail PO Box 1520, Eagle, ID 83616.

Pictured are volunteers from the Eagle Police Department hand-building the trail in Guerber Park, September 2014.

Eagle Saturday Market
Every Saturday 9am-1pm in downtown Eagle!

Visit their page on our website HERE.
Or like them on 
Final Weeks for the Saturday Market

The Eagle Saturday Market is a charming market located in the heart of downtown Eagle, Idaho in Heritage Park.  Sponsored by the Eagle Arts Commission one will find a plethora of arts and crafts along with fine pickings of local produce, herbs and flowers, specialty food items and freshly prepared food.   Every Saturday the park comes alive with the sounds of live local musicians and community members coming together to support local micro-producers.

Every Saturday the kids can be entertained with free activities provided by the Library and local businesses.  There are also lots of scrumptious foods to sample and a fountain to play in. 

Come on down to the market and check out all we have to offer!

The Eagle Saturday Market runs through October 11th from 9am – 1pm.


FREE Family Fun

The Eagle History Museum is open Wednesday-Friday from 10am-6pm and Saturday 12pm-6pm
Admission is always free! Discover the history of Eagle.
Visit their website here and Like them on Facebook 
Alana’s Angle
Eagle Historical Museum Coordinator shares some history
Did you know….
Irish and Scottish immigrants carried different versions of Halloween traditions to North America during the 19th century, including our beloved jack o’lantern.  Pumpkins became an important part of Halloween during this time. The Irish had always used turnips for carving, as they were abundant and cheap, but as they made their way to American, the custom was reinterpreted as carving pumpkins, which were readily available during the Halloween season. 
Today, we celebrate harvest a little different and in keeping with the spirit of things, Eagle Historical Museum is having its 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 11th from 12pm-6pm.  This celebration will include refreshments, pumpkin decorating, games, kid’s crafts, face painting and door prizes!  The first 100 kids through the door will receive a goody bag!  I hope to see you here at the museum for some history and harvest fun!

Thank you for supporting your city’s history!
Leaf Recycling is back!
As autumn hits and the leaves fall the City of Eagle prepares for the Leaf Recycling program. Bring in your cans of food between October 20-November 20 in exchange for a 5-pack of compostable bags. This is such a practical way to help your community. The leaves you gather will be collected November 3-29 by Republic Services and sent to Ada County were they will be made into compost. The compost will then be used on the landscape areas on Ada County Highways. The cans of food will be donated to Eagle Food Bank just in time for the Holiday Season. In the year 2013 the Eagle Food Bank served more than 2500 residents in Eagle and Star. So, bring in your can goods, grab your recycling bags and leave satisfied knowing that you are helping your community in a small but large way.
Watch City Meetings Live/Archives

Visit to explore this new feature.

This new program allows live streaming to watch a meeting from the comfort of your own home.

Missed a discussion and want to know what happened? Visit the archives! Simply follow the same link above, find the name and date of the meeting you wish to view, and click "Video". Next, you can review the agenda, find the item you wish to view, and the program will take you directly to that discussion! 
Improving Communication and Transparency
Eagle City Hall
660 E Civic Ln
Eagle, ID 83616 
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Phone: (208) 939-6813
Fax: (208) 939-6827
Your locally elected officials and the staff at City Hall are constantly improving on communications with the public.
Here are some ways you can stay up-to-date with your city:
  •  Facebook posts contain meeting dates, city events, photos, and more! 
  • Email a question or comment:
  • Register for this monthly eLetter HERE for city news, activities, and meeting overviews.
  • Sign up on our Email Notifications to receive Agendas and News Releases
  • To receive faxes for Agendas and News Releases call, email or fax us at (208) 939-6827
  • We post meeting dates and times, city events, and other important dates on our Events Calendar as well as some community calendars. The city calendar can also be viewed on the bulletin boards of Heritage, Merrill, and Guerber Parks.  If you have an events calendar you would like us to post on, please email
  • Check our website often for Latest News and Events Calendar: 
Public Hearings

October 6 2014- Planning and Zoning - Banbury Meadows
October 14, 2014-City Council - Increased Parking Fees
October 14, 2014-City Council - Misdemeanor Penalty
October 14, 2014-City Council - Infraction Pealty
*Please note: Public Hearing testimony must be submitted 5 days prior to the hearing date. (Ord 1-8-3)

Getting involved:
The public is encouraged to attend any and all meetings. Agendas are posted on our website calendar or can be sent to you directly by opting-into our Email Notifications or requesting a fax to (208) 939-6827.
Visit our site often for updates and the 
Latest News on our Home Page. Weekly meetings are also posted to our Facebook account here: 


Public Comment: 
Your input and engagement is encouraged. If you cannot attend the meetings and have an opinion, please submit your comments via email to All comments will be entered into public record and reviewed by the Mayor and Council.
*Please note Public Hearing testimony must be submitted 5 days prior to the hearing date. (Ord 1-8-3)
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