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ACHD, Garden City reach settlement on salt shed location

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A long-running dispute over a salt shed in Garden City won’t hit a jury trial after all.

This week, the Ada County Highway District and the city of Garden City reached a compromise on how long the multi-story salt shed would stay on Adams Street, permitting for the building, and new sidewalks and trees along ACHD’s property. This agreement will end all legal action between the two local governments on the salt shed’s location after roughly two years of conflict and multiple court actions.

The compromise was ACHD Commission President Mary May, ACHD Commission Vice President Alexis Pickering, Garden City Mayor John Evans and Garden City City Council President James Page. Garden City has hoped to see the salt shed leave the area, calling it “overwhelming” and inappropriately zoned while ACHD said the central location of the maintenance yard was essential to the highway district’s winter operations.

“This resolution is a win for not only the two agencies involved, but for all of Ada County,” ACHD Commission President Mary May said in a press release. “I appreciate Mayor Evans and his help in leading these conversations, ultimately allowing ACHD and Garden City to come to a mutually beneficial agreement for all Ada County taxpayers.”

Garden City Mayor John Evans was equally pleased with the compromise.

“I appreciate efforts made by both ACHD commissioners and our city council members to come to an agreement on this issue,” Mayor Evans said in the release. “While both agencies have our own priorities, we all serve the constituents of Ada County. Finding a compromise that works for both agencies and ceasing further legal action is what is best for those constituents.”

What’s the compromise?

Each side got a little bit of what they wanted in the talks.

Garden City City Council approved an extension request of ACHD’s permit for the salt shed last month assuming the highway district worked to meet a series of conditions. This includes meeting a timeline to move the maintenance facility to its new property on Apple Street in Boise and removing the salt shed in the 2026-2027 budget years after the new maintenance yard is constructed. ACHD will also now have to get an annual floodplain permit for the salt shed from Garden City while it is located on Adams Street before the move.

ACHD will also “make its best efforts” to install a sidewalk and plant trees along the Adams Street maintenance yard property. The highway district also will have to remove all of the fencing from the site once the maintenance yard is moved to Boise.

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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