Collister Neighborhood Association
August 2019 Newsletter

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Quarterly Meeting

Don’t miss our Collister Neighborhood Association Quarterly Meeting August 8 at the Collister Library!
Thursday, August 8, 2019 – Collister Neighborhood Quarterly Meeting
(all residents welcome!)

Collister Shopping Center
4724 W State Street
7 – 8 pm at the Library! at Collister

Agenda topics:
– New Board candidates election (see bios below)
– Neighborhood Improvement grant awards for historical research, arts, and sidewalk completion at Collister Elementary School
– ACHD/Ada County valley vision planning meeting recap
– Central Foothills Eyrie Terraces Subdivision Proposal
– Upcoming Collister Dr walk
– September Foothills Hike
– Scarecrow Contest

Questions? Email Suzanne Stone at


Neighborhood Improvement Grants

The Collister Neighborhood Association Board is excited to announce that Collister has been awarded three Neighborhood Improvement Project grants for the upcoming year. These include $10,000 for an historic research project into our neighborhood’s past and developing a living history and archive for generations to come; $9,400 for the completion of the sidewalk between Collister Elementary School and Catalpa Park; and $5,000 for a Neighborhood branding kit. Additionally, we have been awarded $2,000 for events in the upcoming year! Huge thanks to the City of Boise for your help building our community’s resources. We deeply appreciate your help!



August 2019 Calendar of Events

Boise Public School offices open Monday, August 5th
Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 7 – 8 pm. Collister Neighborhood Association Quarterly Meeting at the Library at Collister, 4724 W State Street. Details below. All residents are welcome!
Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9 – 11 am. Walk Collister Drive (details below).
Monday, August 19 – Public Schools K – 12 open – please drive carefully as our students make their way to and from school.
Tuesday, August 20 – Evening at Edwards 6 – 8 pm. Live music, food trucks, beer and wine for sale, in the lovely Legacy Garden.



Serving on the Collister Neighborhood Association (CNA) Board

Currently four executive committee members elected last February during our annual meeting are serving in these roles:

Suzanne Stone, president (
Sarah Taylor, vice president (
Sarah Frassa Thuesen, secretary (
Tim Willmorth, treasurer (

These are one year terms and officers can be re-elected annually if they seek to continue serving on the board. While the Bylaws require a minimum of four executive committee members, we can have up to nine board members in total:
“Section 2. Number, Tenure and Qualification. The number of the executive committee shall be not less than four (4) nor more than nine (9). The initial number of member directors of the Association shall be four. The number of members may be increased or decreased from time to time by the active members of the Association. Each member shall hold office until the next annual meeting of the Association and until his successor shall have been elected and qualified. Members of the executive committee must be active members of the Association.”

Given our recent CNA grant awards and the mounting issues involving planning and zoning, transportation, and growth, we are moving forward with nominating two additional board members to serve from our August 8th quarterly meeting through the remaining term until our annual meeting next January. While the executive committee can take independent action to add board members, we felt it was important that you were aware of these positions and the candidates Ester Ceja and Claire Fenton who are volunteering to serve on the CNA board as at-large members.

  • Ester Ceja is a native South-central Idahoan. She’s lived in Boise for 23 years, the last 15 in the Collister Neighborhood. She’s actively participated in development and transportation projects within the CNA boundaries and served on the CNA board in past years. She’s observed the neighborhood changes as she frequently runs and walks the neighborhood. Ester is excited to rejoin the board and provide support on neighborhood Planning & Zoning and transportation issues. Ester lives on N Cambria Way.
  • Claire Fenton is originally from England but has made the Collister neighborhood her home for the last 5 years. She experienced business development consultant and entrepreneur with a very creative eye. Claire lives in the 36th street condo development on North Woody Lane (yes, the condos with the beautiful gardens). She has a keen interest in the arts and can help us shepherd our artistic grants and projects.

Please let us know if you are also interested in serving on the CNA board or any of our committees. More information is online at



What to do with Collister Drive?

Come walk Collister Drive with your fellow neighbors! We will be walking the length of the street with local “complete streets” advocate Deanna Smith. This is not an audit or anything official but rather an opportunity to walk together as neighbors and share concerns, innovative and common ground ideas and desires to help us envision what we, as the Collister neighborhood residents, want this street to look like for future generations.

In order to be able to hear one another, space is limited, so please email if you plan to attend. We will meet at the intersection of Samara and Collister on Saturday, August 17th. Please arrive promptly at 9 am and come prepared to walk (water, hat/umbrella, good shoes, etc).

We will spend an hour walking and talking with time at the start and end for open discussion. Plan for 1.5 hours but come even if you cannot join us for the whole time. Thank you for your interest in Collister Drive and our neighborhood planning efforts!



Collister Drive Road Closure

Beginning Monday, August 5th Collister Drive will be closed for up to three weeks to finish building the new alignment of Collister Drive. Business access to the Collister Shopping Center and Terry’s Bar will be maintained from State Street at the intersection; however, motorists will not be able to proceed northbound on Collister past the shopping center. Please see the map below for more information.

What will the crews be doing in those three weeks?

Removing asphalt on existing Collister Drive
Intermountain Gas will be relocating some of their utilities
Remove existing sidewalk and curb
Install stormdrain pipe and pond
Underground utility work
Place aggregate base and grade the road
Construct new curb, gutter and sidewalk
Pave the new roadway and paint striping
The signal will be activated on Saturday, August 24th after striping is complete.

Night Work!

Concrete paving is about to begin and this work will be done at night. Operations will begin at approximately 3 AM. Here are the upcoming paving dates: Wednesday, August 7th– west leg of State Street; Thursday, August 8th– west leg of State Street; and Tuesday, August 13th– Collister Drive .

Please note, the schedule above is very dependent upon weather and may change.

If you have questions or comments email or contact:

Ryan Cutler
ACHD Project Manager,
(208) 387-6202

Kadee Porter
ACHD Construction Coordinator,
(208) 387-6290

TTY: 1-800-377-3529

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Planning and Zoning News

Polecat Gulch Lofts (proposed on North Collister): The original application of 10 buildable lots and 3 common lots was denied by Planning & Zoning. The developer appealed to the City Council. The City Council heard the appeal on July 9th and deferred the request for up to 60 days. The developer has until August 30, 2019 to provide revised information to Planning and Development Services for analysis and distribution to the public.

Harris Hollow Area Proposed Development: This proposed development is not located within the Collister Neighborhood Association boundaries, but it borders our neighborhood and many residents use the area for recreational purposes.

Eyrie Terrace Subdivision: The Central Foothills Neighborhood Association received an application for Eyrie Terrace Subdivision, which proposes to develop the Bedard parcel (above the Quail Ridge golf course) with 30 homes. Access to this parcel is through 2317 Winter Camp, designated as unbuildable in 2008. No public hearing date has been set yet. A Hillside Grading Work Session is scheduled for August 8th at 3pm in the Greenbelt and River Conference Room, 3rdfloor at City Hall. It’s open to the public, but no public input is received at this meeting. Stay tuned…

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New Website

One of the Collister Neighborhood Association’s projects this year has been to put together an updated website for our neighborhood. This is your place to go for the most updated news, announcements, and neighborhood information. Take a look and save the link: