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April 11, 2019
Issue No. 31
THE MAYOR'S MISSIVE

The fuse is lit on finding a solution for fire. With the termination of the contract for fire services between the Ketchum Rural Fire District and the City, the pressure is on to find a solution that works for all parties.

It is clear that all stakeholders are committed to finding a way to keep us safe … but the clock is ticking! I believe unification of the fire and ambulance services of north Blaine County to be a fundamentally good idea with substantial benefits. Flexibility by all parties will be the key to making this happen. I am truly thankful for all the input and encouragement I am receiving from stakeholders and public alike.


We talk fire next week – Council on April 15 and Workshop on April 17 – both at 4pm. On April 15 at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, we will outline some of the alternatives available to the City. On Wednesday, April 17, we will hold a workshop to review some of these alternatives and receive input from the public. No decisions will be made, but comments and discussions will help shape our path forward.


Farmers' Market. A successful farmers' market is a sign of a happy, healthy and vibrant town. My vision for a farmers' market in Ketchum is for one that represents a welcoming place for local vendors to sell locally grown and locally sourced products at a location with broad community support. Read my guest opinion here (link here). More ideas have come to light and I look forward to hearing more community input at the next council meeting.


I hope you are getting in a few more turns before the end of the season!


Cheers,
Neil

WHAT'S GOING ON
 NEXT WEEK 
Bye Bye KSW
The second phase of the Ketchum Springs Water line replacement starts next week! Work will proceed West of Main Street and South of Sun Valley Road to replace a decades old system with up-to-date materials that are already saving 100 gallons per minute of water in the sections we’ve already repaired.
 APRIL 15 
Countdown to Fun 
Registration opens April 15th for the City of Ketchum Summer Youth Recreation Program! Go to ketchumidaho.org/registration to set the kids up for their summer mountain adventures.
 APRIL 17  
Special City Council Meeting
Next Wednesday at 4pm, we will host a workshop to discuss plans to restore confidence in the Ketchum Rural Fire District.  We’ll review how to find a new facility and equipment to make a better, healthier environment for the fire department. We’re accepting public comment and considering options proposed by our interim Fire Chief at Monday’s meeting. We hope we’ll see you at both!
 APRIL - MAY 
KIC-Start Your Spring
The Ketchum Innovation Center has new events scheduled over the next month. Find out how to "Free Up Your Time and Make More Money With Less Effort" and "Manage a Seasonal Business" this month. May starts with The Wood River Women’s Foundation mix and mingle (byob) and No One Cares, a branding and content workshop hosted by two local master storytellers. Learn more here.
SOMETHING TO MAIL HOME ABOUT
Call us old fashioned, but we still like physical mail. We’ve gotten a lot done at the City recently (including making strides for conservation, a new home for City Hall, and several important construction projects, among others) and we still have a lot of big plans (including tackling affordable housing, public safety, and a few more important construction projects, among others) - and we’re saving space in this newsletter by mailing you the details. Keep an eye out for our mailer coming to your doorstep soon!
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE ...
In aforementioned mailer, there is a call to sign up for event notification emails. That means that you’ll be the first to know when we’re closing down the streets to party - and where to find the most up-to-date information from event organizers.
THINGS TO KNOW
WE WANT YOU!
To join our team! We’re seeking a Street Department Equipment Operator, Water Department Utilities Maintenance Worker, and have three positions in our Rec Department (two Part-Time Rec Assistant positions and one Full-Time Youth Rec Supervisor position). More info here.
WHAT IS 5G?
We'll be talking about it at Monday's City Council meeting. Get a leg up here so you can give us your opinion.
MORE MONEY, MORE ART
The City was approved for a Quick Funds grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts! That means we have an additional  $1,289 to put toward a $3K mural project in the city-owned Visitor Center building. Feeling artsy? You'll find the call here soon!
CRY ME A RIVER
We have updated the City’s flood information page here.
POLITICALLY ACTIVE
THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING IS:
Monday, April 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 }
  • Update from Mountain Rides
  • Update from Sun Valley Economic Development
  • Approval of West Ketchum Fadeaway Townhomes Plat 
  • Approval of Emergency Ordinance Enacting Flood Regulations
  • Approval of Modifications to Development Standards for Light Industrial Zones
 NEXT   COUNCIL CONSIDERATIONS

{ No comment on this stuff, though }
  • Approval of Sludge Lease Agreement Addendum
  • Discussion on Community-Led Market
  • Presentation and Discussion on Rural Fire District Contract for Services
  • Discussion on 5G and FCC Regulations
  • Approval of Property Tax Exemption Support Letter
Click here to find the complete agenda.
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