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September 27, 2018
Issue No. 18
THE MAYOR'S MISSIVE

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.


Cheers,
Neil

WHAT'S GOING ON

 SEPTEMBER 28 | 5PM 
Sounds of September 
There might not be much September left, but we still have plenty of sound! Swing by Town Square at 5 pm on Friday for our final Sounds of September performance by Rebecca Scott and Debbie Sager.
 OCTOBER 1 | 1PM 
State of the Art
We will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Thunder Springs bus stop on Saddle Road. The new stop is adorned with art by Karen Jacobsen. Swing by to celebrate another gorgeous piece of work on Ketchum streets.
 OCTOBER 7 | 1PM 
This is not a drill!
We will celebrate the dedication of our new Lewis Street fire training center on October 7 at 1pm. We will have food - and drinks to toast - in honor of all of the past and future firefighters working to keep the City of Ketchum safe. While we're at it, we'll be thanking the Ketchum & Sun Valley Volunteer Association for their generous donation towards the training facility.
 OCTOBER 14 | NOON 
Trailing of the Sheep
Speaking of the streets, the City is sponsoring the Big Sheep Parade this year for the first time ever! The parade is on Sunday, October 14 at noon. Please note that although you love your dog as much as a sheepdog loves sheep, for safety precautions, please leave your four-legged friend at home.
KIC IT UP A NOTCH
Ketchum Innovation Center would like to give you the mic! Take this quick survey to let them know what kind of programming you'd like to see in the lineup. A few events you can expect to see in the coming weeks include The Basics to Starting a Small Business, "Meet the Gurus" Freelancer Mixer, and a presentation from Idaho Insurance Specialists on The Landscape of the Health Insurance Market.
THINGS TO KNOW
 JOB FAIR | OCTOBER 3 

Working hard? We’re looking for a few standout candidates to join us at the City of Ketchum. We have full-time and seasonal positions available in several departments. Whether you’re interested in a new position or not, we hope to see you at our job fair, where we will be showing the public what it’s like to work for the City. Information on health and PERSI benefits will be provided. 3-7 pm, October 3rd at City Hall.

 THE PIPES GO DRY ON NOVEMBER 1 

The installation of new water meter vaults in the older Bell Drive and Lewis Street areas - and 9th and 10th streets - is complete! What's this mean? All Ketchum Spring Water users - that's you if you're north of 9th Street - should switch to the new water line system as soon as possible. We're turning off the faucets and the dilapidated, leaking Ketchum Spring Water lines will be abandoned on November 1. Contractors are busy this time of year so get on the list so you don't go thirsty!

 ALL DRAINS LEAD TO THE OCEAN!  

Water work around the Argyros Theater necessitating one-way westward traffic on First Street between Leadville and Main Street ends Friday. You'll still see sidewalk work continue around the building. Please plan your travel accordingly until the work finishes at the end of November and we're all heading in the same direction!

 THIS FEELS POWERFUL ...  

Idaho Power is undergrounding (yes, it’s a word!) the overhead power lines along Highway 75 at the South entrance of Ketchum. Traffic may be slowed along the construction area and is planned to be finished by mid-December.

TAKE A WALK 

We're making it easier - repairs are underway! You'll be seeing Street Department folks pouring concrete around the downtown fixing sidewalks. Give 'em a wave!

POLITICALLY ACTIVE
THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING IS:
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5:30pm | Ketchum City Hall
{ Here's what's on the agenda }
 FIRST   PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS

Step up to the mic and say your piece. Keep it to three minutes, please.
 THEN   PUBLIC INPUT

{ You can comment on this stuff }
  • Long-Term Rentals in Avalanche Zone
  • Recommendation on Parking Lot Rates
 NEXT   COUNCIL CONSIDERATIONS

{ No comment on this stuff, though }
  • Blaine County Housing Authority Contract
Click here to find the complete agenda.
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