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June 13, 2019
Issue No. 35
THE MAYOR'S MISSIVE

It’s a start, but there’s a lot more to do. I was delighted by the initial public reaction to our concept for a new fire station.

Highlights include: 1) four drive-thru bays; 2) a central location with easy access to the main arteries of Hwy 75, Saddle Road, and Warm Springs Road; 3) located on city-owned property saving expenditure on land purchase costs; 4) room for 170 parking spaces even if the YMCA expands to the limit of its leased area. This is more than the 150 spaces requested by the YMCA. Click here for the fire-house concept diagram and for a full recap on all that we presented at the Fair on the Square click here.

 

Next step, an Open House on the Fire Bond. On June 25, we will host an Open House at City Hall to give more detail on the proposed fire station. This will include draft floor plans, estimated costs and a timeline on the bond process. We hope it will be helpful and look forward to your feedback, so please stop by at either noon or 5pm.

 

Welcome E-bikes. We have passed a new ordinance that allows e-bikes (and other e-vehicles) on the bike paths in Ketchum. Note that there are limitations on the vehicles' permitted power and speed. As always, the most important aspect is to be considerate and respectful to other users of the bike path. We are all sharing the path and its success depends on us all.

 

Celebrate the summer solstice. Come to Town Square at 5pm on Friday, June 21 and see artists Bread and Circus kick off the summer season. I am expecting quite a gathering as the folks from Outerbike (the premier mountain-bike demo experience) will be in town.

 

Hope you are getting out there and enjoying the long days!
 

Cheers,
Neil

WHAT'S GOING ON
JUNE 21 | TOWN SQUARE
We’ll see you in Town Square on June 21 from 5-9pm to celebrate the Summer Solstice. We’ll have everything to love about summer - crafts, face painting,  bungie trampoline, mountain bike trials stunt show, food and drink from KBs, Warfield, Sawtooth Brewery and Sun Valley Brewing -  to close out the longest day of the year.
JUNE 18 | THE KIC
Get anxiety when you think of delivering a sales pitch? Fear no more! The KIC is hosting a free seminar on Tuesday, June 18 on The Basics and Beyond of Selling. Brad Matthews will lead attendees through steps to gaining comfort and confidence in sales to take your business to the next level. Learn more and RSVP here.
JUNE 22 | FESTIVAL FIELD
Who wants to go in a helicopter!? Head to Festival Field on Saturday, June 22, from 11am-2pm for free food, live demonstrations, kids’ games, and ambulance and helicopter tours (on the ground) courtesy of the Ketchum and Sun Valley Fire Departments. We heard a rumor that Smokey the Bear will be there too!
JULY 5 | FOREST SERVICE PARK
DockDogs are coming back to Ketchum July 5th and 6th. Does your good boy or girl have what it takes to be a dock dog champion? Sign em’ up here, and make sure to swing by to see the action and celebrate with music from Tylor and the Train Robbers in Forest Service Park on the 6th.
ABOUT OUR FANCY NEW BOX ON FOURTH ... 
You might have noticed multilayered pieces of art on Fourth Street. Take some time to look from a few different angles and enjoy. (And, yes, the kids can climb on the one in Town Square).
IT'S PARTY SEASON!
Ok, when isn’t it party season? Are you up to date on all town events (and requisite closures)? Check out our events notice and subscribe to stay in the know.
OUR GREEN SCENE | SUMMER SPRINKLER HOURS
It’s that time of year again, time to turn your sprinklers to the night shift. Landscape watering is prohibited between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm from June 15-September 1. You may have noticed that it’s quite dry here, so most of the midday water just evaporates rather than quenching your thirsty little flora. Have baby plants or bubbler irrigation systems? You can write in for an exemption. Contact participate@ketchumidaho.org for information.
THINGS TO KNOW
CAN YOU DO THE ELECTRIC RIDE?
Now you can! City council just passed an ordinance to approve e-bikes on the bike path. More info here.

THESE STREETS ARE MADE FOR WALKING
Construction has been underway since May on sidewalks and will continue through September. This month we’re set to complete the sidewalk by Java on Fourth, and will begin work on Washington and Fifth soon.

OUR CHIPS ARE SEALED
Well ... they will be. We have an updated list of streets to get chip sealed in August to include several areas in Warm Springs as well as Saddle Road. Keep an eye out for updates to know when to get your vehicles off the road at the end of the summer. Here's the latest schedule.

WORK WITH US
We’re searching for the right Community Service Officer for a seasonal position serving locals, visitors, and town travelers. This person knows the town, knows the rules, and knows how to talk to anyone.

We also still need:

  • PT Rec Assistant
  • PT and Seasonal Youth Rec Assistant
  • Seasonal Parks & Facilities Maintenance Worker

Check out our full listings here.

FIRE BOND
We have a meeting planned at City Hall on Tuesday, June 25, at noon and 5pm for information about a bond for a new fire station. You'll see the preferred location and learn about the need. We’ll also have concept drawings, estimated costs and timelines. Come check it out, give us your input and help support our local fire fighters.

POLITICALLY ACTIVE
THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING IS:
Monday, June 17, 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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