CdA Recall organizers say they have the signatures to get on ballot

Published On: May 30 2012 06:50:00 PM PDT   Updated On: May 30 2012 07:00:38 PM PDT
Not everyone onboard with Recall CDA effort
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Organziers for the Coeur d'Alene recall effort are now claiming they have enough signatures to get on the November ballot.

The group wants to oust four city council members, including the mayor. The main issue behind this recall effort is McEuen Park. Many people disagree with how the city council wants to revitalize it.

Set up in an office, with banners and enthusiastic volunteers, the Coeur d'Alene recall effort was required to get 4,311 signatures for each person they wanted to oust. The people they're looking to remove from office are Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers and Deanna Goodlander.

The organizers said Wednesday they estimate they've got about 5,000 signatures per city council member. Those signatures still have to be certified.

The plan to revitalize McEuen Park has sparked controversy from the very beginning and those supporting the recall effort think the city council isn't listening to their concerns and are unhappy at the lack of a public vote.

Council members say the price tag for the McEuen project is around $14 Million for the improvements they can make now, which would include building underground parking and moving the baseball field to Cherry Hill Park. The pricetag is far from the $39 Million the opposition is quoting.

The signatures will be turned in on June 11 to the city and then handed over to the county clerk to be certified. In the meantime organizers say they will still be working on getting more people to sign their petitions.