North West Property Owners Alliance (NWPOA) former directors including Gary Mitchell and Kootenai County Commissioner Bob Bingham Source Twitter
In the 17JAN2017 Business Meeting of the Kootenai County (North Idaho) Board of Commissioners, the Commissioners voted to commit (but have not yet spent) more money to build a large mass transit center in rural Kootenai County. The specifics are: (Source Kootenai County):
Grant Funding Agreement/ 5339 Small Urban Funding/ Transit
Grants Management Office (GMO) Director Jody Bieze presented the 5339 grant funding agreement between Idaho Transportation Department Public Transportation Office and the County to construct the multi-model transit center in Riverstone. She stated that the Federal share of the grant is $277,809. She stated that these monies would be added to $1,367,279 that is currently banked to complete phase one of the Transit Center. She requested the Board sign the 5339 grant funding agreement and to commit to providing the required $203,605 match to fully fund phase one.
Commissioner Chris Fillios moved to approve 5339 Grant Funding Agreement for Fiscal Year 2018. Commissioner Bob Bingham seconded the motion. There being no further discussion, Deputy Clerk Davisson called the roll:
Commissioner Bingham: Aye
Commissioner Fillios: Aye
Chairman Eberlein: Nay
The motion carried.
This new mass transit system will be built off I-90 Exit 11 near the existing Riverstone shopping center. It is where the nice Regal theaters are located. The vote was to contribute over $200,000 of Kootenai County taxpayer funds to build this bus center and receive a significant investment from Uncle Sugar, the federal government. Only staunchly conservative Commissioner Marc Eberlein, District 1 voted against this motion.
Several Kootenai County employees such as Jody Bieze who is both the Grant Management Office and Transit Director and Kimberly Hobson a Program Specialist at the Kootenai County Public Transit Office are advocating strongly for Kootenai County taxpayers to be responsible for this large bus terminal. They like to talk up the positives of getting grants from Uncle Sugar (Federal Transit Administration funding). The truth is under their plan rural Kootenai County is the transit authority, and the Kootenai County taxpayers will be fiscally responsible for any shortfall of money to maintain and secure this transit center. Also Jody and Kimberly are also not being honest with their plans once Kootenai County uses its property tax monies to build an inner-city like public transportation system in the middle of rural North Idaho.
On 15MAR2017, the Kootenai County Grants Management Office / Transit Director Jody Bieze stated to the very liberal / progressive “urban renewal” corporation called Ignite CDA the following: “There will be a building anywhere between 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. There will be administrative offices. There is going to be shelters for bus transfer. We want to encourage Greyhound; we’ve contacted them out of Dallas to see if they would be willing to move their current drop off at a mini-mart and bring it to the Transit Center. We are in discussions with STA (Spokane Transit Authority) and SPOT (Selkirks-Pend Oreille Transit) and other regional transportation systems to create it to be a hub for transfer.”
This means these Kootenai government employees are advocating to connect the inner city of Spokane and Greyhound to rural Kootenai County North Idaho and other cities in North Idaho. These government employees would love to connect this growing mass transit system to the Northern Idaho cities of Dover, Sandpoint, and Ponderay (SPOT) along what is currently in Idaho primarily a free bus ride. Source YouTube video or her comments.
On 14APR2017 in the very liberal CDR Press article Kimberly Hobson, Program Specialist at the Kootenai County Public Transit Office said publicly “…the Greyhound idea simply came up as a possible way to help make the center self-sustainable in the future, but the county has not approached the company. With Spokane transit, there has been early discussion to tie into the system at the State line, but there are no plans now.” Source CDA Press Late Transit Center Opposition Mounts.
In the process of receiving these federal grants Kootenai County Transit System Title VI Service and Fare Equity Analysis Report March 2017 (KCSAFEA) on page 3 paragraph 1 states “while this effort is voluntary and not a requirement, it is intended to be done in accordance with DOT Title VI regulations.” On page 1 paragraph 1 of the same, it stated: “…which is required for larger transit systems and is being voluntarily applied as best practices in Kootenai County Transit System.” This suggests that Kootenai County is now voluntarily following FTA C 4702.1B.
Jody Bieze Kootenai County Grant Management Office & Transit Director
What are some of the things that Uncle Sugar wants in return for his money? One of the pieces of data big pimp Uncle Sugar wants from North Idaho found under FTA C 4702.1B Demographic Ridership and Transit Patterns. They federales want the Kootenai County bus system to collect racial data on its riders and where they live and send that data to the federal government. Per FTA C 4702.1B Chapter IV (6) these reports based upon race are to be submitted to the federal government at least every three years. Continue reading »