James Reynolds for Mayor of Eagle Idaho

James Reynolds for Eagle City Mayor

An Open Letter To Eagle Residents

James Reynolds Eagle City MayorThis is an important election for Eagle. We are at a crossroad between managing balanced economic growth for Eagle, or trying to return to a “village” of 14,000 homes and 25,000 citizens. As your mayor over the past four years, I have made citizen involvement, open governance and collaboration through consensus-building the founding principles of your city government.

Our beautiful city is facing real growth and transportation challenges. The solutions need to be met with the involvement of all Eagle citizens. Our newly revised Comprehensive Plan reflects your involvement and will serve as a guide for our future development. We need to attract more commercial and light-industrial enterprise to support our strong residential base. Careful planning means we must consider the needs of families, business and recreation that make our City great.

Engaged citizen groups are in the process of solving the transportation challenge with traffic and intersection solutions that encompass the entire area from Highway 44 to Eagle Elementary School and from City Hall to Old Park Place. They met for a full day on October 10th grappling with the intersection choices. The 10 subgroups eliminated both the “No Build” and the “One-way Couplet” options. They will continue their efforts in solving this problem on October 24th at City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

We must work to retain the rural beauty and ambiance that is Beacon Light Road and the surrounding foothills. While continued growth in both Star and West Boise may one day force the residents to consider a 5-lane arterial, we must strive to keep it at a maximum of 3 lanes as long as is possible. Let the residents decide when the time has come to expand the road.

One of our recent accomplishments was to hire a new Parks and Recs Director, Mike Aho. He is doing an outstanding job for our park system—one that will build upon the balance of open space and family recreation that has made Eagle a destination for Idaho residents.

I hope you will carefully consider your alternatives when you cast your vote on November 3rd. I pledge to continue as a devoted, full-time personal servant that puts the people of Eagle first. I work for you—all of you—and I am not beholden to any special interest that may try and sway this election and the future of our great city.

Very truly yours,
Mayor Jim Reynolds