CALDWELL -- The Canyon County Board of Commissioners are asking Idaho’s federal leaders to keep the recreational areas around Lake Lowell open although the government is shutdown.
Commission Chair Steve Rule told KTVB Friday that things should stay the way they have been for over a century.
“Lake Lowell is a local resource, and the local community is the best choice for its efficient and open administration,” said Rule.
The letter went out at the end of the work week, and the board is requesting that our federal representatives review the limited impact of the government shutdown on the actual administration of the Lake.
Commissioner Craig Hanson said now reports from citizens are coming in saying that federal law enforcement officers are telling those walking the paths at Lake Lowell, that they are trespassing.
“The only thing that’s changed is that now we’ve got multiple reports from local citizens going for simple walks around the lake being trespassed off this public property by federal law enforcement officers or employees,” said Hanson.
Rule said the work at the lake, including public safety services and the annual removal of the docks, is done by county employees in the fall.
“They close our national monuments, but they can pay people to patrol and keep people off the roads and pathways they have walked for years,” said Rule. “Outrageous.”
The commissioners’ letter to Idaho delegation references the recent regional news that the state of Utah has agreed to use over $1.5 million in state funds to reopen eight national park areas for at least 10 days.
Members of this commission also said it would not cost taxpayers additional money because the services are already in place.
“We applaud the efforts in Utah for local communities to provide solutions to the federal government’s problem,” said Commissioner Kathy Alder.
Rule said he would keep the public updated on what response comes from the letter from our Washington D.C. representatives.