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July 11, 2019
Issue No. 37
THE MAYOR'S MISSIVE

Fire Bond taking shape thanks to encouraging open houses. Our base case budget for a new fire station has increased to $11 million in response to feedback from the firefighters and the community.

Environmental stewardship inspired the increase, as the Council requested that the building reach a LEED Silver certification. To-date we have had 8 public meetings, A Fair on the Square and 2 Open Houses to solicit your feedback. The next date for your calendar is Monday, July 15, for public hearings and August 13 for the third of six Open Houses. 

Budget public hearings begin. I am delighted by the public reaction to my “back to basics” budget that I proposed at the last council meeting. We will now start the process of having three public hearings on the budget to solicit input from the Council and public. I am hopeful that through this process we will end up with a final budget that has Council and community support. 

Website – new and improved and ready for launch. Our new website will be launched shortly. It feels fresh, informative and easy to navigate, yet we're prepared for some teething pains as we transition over by the end of the month. I hope you like it and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Wygles make for Grand announcement. Kathy and Patsy Wygle will be our Grand Marshals for this year’s Wagon Days Parade. Arts, culture, education and community – they have done it all. Nothing happens if people don’t show up, and boy, have they shown up and made it happen to the benefit of us all. Thank you Kathy and Patsy – get ready to ride the wagon! 


Summer is in full swing – thank you to all our community members that are making things happen throughout our valley.

 

Cheers,
Neil

THINGS TO KNOW
 
SHOW ME THE MONEY
But first, share your opinion. Our first of three public hearings on budget approval will occur at the City Council meeting on July 15. The next two are August 5 and August 19. Come and share your priorities with us!

FIRE BOND TIMELINE
We have designed a timeline for our Fire Bond that began in June and runs until election day in November. Key milestones include several City Council meetings and Open Houses that will help shape the language and proposals in the bond.

Is the City on your calendar? Here are upcoming Open Houses and opportunities for the public to provide comment:

  • City Council Meetings, 4p, City Hall: July 15, August 5, 19 & September 3

  • Open Houses: August 13, October 1, 15 & 29

SHARE THE LOVE
Make no mistake, solving our housing problem is a major priority of the City. We believe that helping our workforce live locally instills a greater vibrancy and sustainability into our town. Help us share that message by emailing, tweeting, posting and carrier-pigeoning our
video messages anywhere you see fit.
OUR GREEN SCENE
 
KETCHUM - GREENTOWN USA!
Since 2011, the City of Ketchum has required all new homes to be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or NGBS (National Green Building Standard) Silver certification levels - that's pretty green! According to their data, the city now has 71 NGBS and 2 LEED certified homes. Thirteen of these are even certified to the Gold standard! These homes have met rigorous criteria in the areas of energy, water and resource conservation, in addition to indoor air quality and site selection. Per capita, that makes Ketchum one of the greenest cities in the nation! Congratulations to our architects, builders and homeowners, and thank you for your efforts!
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON...

JULY 12 & 19 | MUSIC IN TOWN SQ
Keep with the summer beat and meet us in Town Square! Secuestrado plays the town on July 12 at 5pm and The Trees The Trees take center stage at the same time on July 19.
JULY 17 | INNOVATION STATION
The Ketchum Innovation Center has lined up a fabulous (and free) upcoming event to demystify public relations. Meet up with PR pro Casey Colesworthy to learn how to position your business to grow through thoughtful strategies that cut through the content clutter. 
5:15 - 6:30pm at the KIC
JULY 19 | JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENT
The sixteenth annual Chuck Gates Junior Golf Tournament is teeing off Friday, July 19, at the Bigwood Golf Course. For $15 you can compete in 3-, 6- and 9-hole flights and chow down on BBQ! Open to ages 7-18. Please contact John Kearney or call 208.726.7820 by July 17 to participate.

KETCH'EM LIVES ON!
Ketch’em Alive continues every Tuesday in Forest Service park. See you there July 16 with Kuinka, the 23rd with Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, and the 30th with the Gene Avaro Band!
JAZZ IN THE PARK

Keep catching the tunes before they’re gone! Jazz in the Park ends this month, but you can still catch LA's Darynn Dean on July 14, the Mitchell-Gregory Project on July 21, and wrap up the season on July 28 with the Idaho Falls Big Band at Rotary Park from 6-8pm.

GET EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS
As we enter fire season, now is a good time to sign up for text or call emergency alerts. Do so here! 
(CHIP) SEAL THE DEAL
Weather permitting, we’ll be working on streets up Warm Springs throughout August. Take a look at our chip seal schedule and please make sure that your cars are removed so the streets get improved!
POLITICALLY ACTIVE
THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING IS:
Monday, July 15, 2019 | 4:00pm | 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)
NEXT | COUNCIL CONSIDERATIONS

Click here to find the complete agenda.
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