July 2017
I’m Nampa Proud of Snake River Stampede, related activities

I love to brag about Nampa, and especially this month as we gear up for Snake River Stampede Week. It really is super to see so many people and groups pull together to make sure it’s a special celebration. There’s a lot of pre-rodeo activities including a concert, the Downtown Community Festival, the Nampa Fire Department’s Barbecue dinner, Pancake Breakfast, the Horse Parade, Kiwanis Steak Fry and Muzzie Braun music. And that’s all before rodeo action even gets started Monday morning with slack. 

 I’ll be helping out at the the Buck-a-Roo Breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. Monday and Tuesday mornings of Rodeo Week at the Ford Idaho Center. It’s just $5 per breakfast and you can even watch slack time for the “overflow” contestants who do calf roping, team roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling. Monday’s slack time starts at 7:30 a.m. and goes most of the day. It starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. By the way, slack time is free.   

And I can’t forget the rodeo itself. This Nampa tradition started in 1915 and is now recognized as one of the top 10 regular season rodeos in the nation. This is a good example of why we’ve coined the phrase “Nampa Proud” when we talk about this great community.  

I have included the event posters with all the details for all these Snake River Stampede related activities at the end of this newsletter.  You can also find more information about the rodeo here: http://www.snakeriverstampede.com/

It’s budget season and the public
hearing is 7 p.m. Aug. 21

New week, we begin budget workshops for the 2018 Fiscal Year and we will hold the annual public hearing Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The proposed budget for FY 2018 will focus on the city’s capital needs. It’s been a four-year process to address long-deferred maintenance projects, but we’re making good progress. We could do that because the City Council has consistently been fiscally responsible in reducing the property tax levy rate while understanding the need to emphasize the importance to protect our assets.

This is the fourth year that Nampa has capitalized on a combination of positive factors, from growth in assessed value and the improved economy to smart budgeting, to deliver city taxpayers a cumulative 20 percent drop in their property tax levy rate by 2018.  

If you want to look at the proposed budget in detail, click on this link 

Our parks continue to be big emphasis in Nampa

We are fortunate to have a wonderful parks system, and I’m very proud of the fact that Nampa is currently building two multi-phase large parks: Midway Park and Orah Brandt Park. If you didn’t see the Idaho Press-Tribune article about Nampa’s parks, click here:  It gives a nice overview of the progress we’ve made. 

The groundbreaking for the Orah Brandt Park intersection will occur at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at the entrance of Franklin Village Subdivision on Franklin Road near the intersection of Cherry Lane.  The 28-acre park land was donated by Nampa developer Don Brandt and is named after his mother.

Baseball fields and a parking lot are in use now at Midway Park and we’re gearing up to bid the next phase that will include a small picnic shelter, a playground and Nampa’s first pickleball courts. 

There are two picnic shelters planned for Midway Park at full buildout – one small shelter and one large shelter. The large shelter will be constructed in a future phase.

As the newspaper article states, parks have been a big emphasis for me because they add quality of life for our residents for generations to come. I’m grateful to the city’s fathers who planned some of our first parks, including Lakeview Park, the city’s oldest and perhaps the prettiest. 

The Nampa Parks and Recreation Department invites everyone to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with a wide variety of activities planned for all ages and abilities, including free movies in the park, walking groups on city pathways and fun at the outdoor pools. 
Industrial Road construction is underway.
Road construction season in full swing
One of those budget priorities has been a focus on road projects and we have several this summer. And it’s not just the city in road construction mode. The Idaho Transportation Department and the Nampa Highway District have projects underway as well. It has been a very busy process and can be very frustrating for local residents, but you are going to love driving around Nampa after we’re done for the season because several roads will be much better.

The I-84 repaving project between Nampa and Caldwell is nearly complete. The final weekend is tentatively scheduled for July 7-10. That all depends on the weather.

The chips have been laid down and our streets crew is in the sweeping phase. That will be followed by the fog sealing and striping. 
Idaho Center Boulevard is finished. 
Keep Up To Date On Road Projects
Visit our comprehensive project website at www.cityofnampa.us/projects. The site has or will have specific details about each project and the latest construction schedules, closures, and detour routes.

The city will also provide information through its social media accounts. To sign up for updates, residents can use the following links:

Nampa's Transportation Master Plan

The city of Nampa’s first of three community workshops was a great success, with more than 60 people attending last month. We started the long-term conversation to update the Transportation Master Plan, and I appreciate everyone who turned out.  

This plan provides the blueprint for managing a safe roadway network that includes goals, transportation needs, bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure and high priority projects.  It won’t change current plans, but it will help us plan for the future. Much of what’s happening today comes from planning done by Nampa residents five and six years ago.  Here’s our current master plan.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Brittany Sullenger in my office at 468-5401 or email us at mayor@cityofnampa.us

Upcoming events

Here are the details for most of the rodeo-related events that I listed above. And I didn’t even mention all the great upcoming non-rodeo related concerts planned at the Ford Idaho Center, including the Beach Boys on Sunday, Blondie & Garbage, Lady Antebellum and Foo Fighters. I know the Beach Boys but I don’t know these others, but I’m told they are pretty big deals to the younger audiences. 

Want tickets to the dinner and concert? Click on the above photo. 
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