First Steps — on key initiatives. Every journey starts with a first step. That journey may end up taking a different path than anticipated, but no destination can be reached without making that first move.
I am delighted to report that we have taken the first step on a number of key initiatives including housing, public safety, the light industrial area, city hall, cultural events and conservation. Only time will tell what path each initiative will take; but if we listen, learn, and engage, we will surely find common ground and choose the right path for our town.
Housing - First Steps. We have taken the first steps towards creating more workforce housing for year-round residents. Last month, we filed our first application for tax credit funding of the Northwood II affordable housing project. We will hear whether the application is successful in November. We are also working with Blaine County School District to encourage housing for teachers to be built in Ketchum. Furthermore, we are working with private developers to build smaller units in the middle of town that will include some deed restricted rental units. Finally, we are looking at options to provide more housing in the light industrial area while respecting and protecting the rights of industrial users.
Public Safety - First Steps. We have taken the first steps in exploring the creation of a public safety division that incorporates both fire and police in collaboration with the City of Sun Valley. The focus is on creating a better service that serves both cities in a fiscally responsible way. We will only proceed with this journey if it leads to a better product for our residents and visitors. However, early indications are that we may all be better off by continuing down this path.
As with each initiative we undertake, we aim to step forward with our eyes wide open, and ears in tune with the wishes of our community.
I look forward to hearing from you as we take each step.