November 1, 2018
Issue No. 20

Meeting of the minds, and the sharing of ideas. Over the last month, we have held a series of stakeholder meetings on a variety of topics.  These informal meetings have allowed stakeholders to voice their concerns, articulate their points of view and share their ideas.

We have had meetings with downtown business owners, event producers, farmers' market vendors, neighborhood groups, light industrial business owners, developers, realtors, etc. The topics have covered various issues but the goal for us is always the same: to listen and learn so that we can serve you better. To me there is something quite wonderful about us all getting in a room together. It gives us a chance to connect, while building empathy and understanding so that we can truly address each challenge in a thoughtful, balanced way.

Sidewalks get some attention. In addition to the brand-new Warm Springs sidewalk near the “fork in the road” we have spent over $200,000 over the last month on sidewalk repairs around town. I hope you have noticed the improvements. Clearly there is much more that we would like to do, should funds allow. We are in the process of identifying areas for future sidewalk projects so please feel free to send me your suggestions. We want to make our town as walkable as possible – so sidewalk improvements are a priority.

It was a happy Nightmare – on Main Street. It was great fun seeing so many people out on Main Street in all sorts of scary and funny outfits for the Halloween event last weekend. There is something special about closing a road (for something other than road work), rolling in the fire pits and turning up the tunes. Everyone seems to be in good spirits as anticipation grows for the cold weather to arrive and the snow to fly ... lots of it hopefully!

On a final note, remember to vote!



Voting Looks Good on You
There is still time to vote early at the Blaine County Courthouse. If you can't, Hemingway School will be open for voting on November 6th from 8am to 8pm. See you there!
Visit Sun Valley Community Meeting
Please join VSV (at the Community Library @ 10am) for all things past, future and present in the promotion of our towns. They will also delve into the results of their Place Branding project, which has been underway since the spring.
While RSVPs aren’t required, they are appreciated (so as to have ample caffeine and pastries). Please reply to Aly Swindley at
It's All Adding Up!
Thinking about starting a small business? The Ketchum Innovation Center wants to help you calculate your costs so you’ll be prepared to hit the ground running. Head to the KIC on November 8th from noon to one to get a crash course in financial literacy.
All Day Long
... city offices will be closed in recognition of Veterans Day, Monday, November 12.
Meeting of the (Idaho) Powers that Be
Blaine County P&Z is hosting a meeting to discuss the proposed transmission line expected to run from the Hailey Substation to the Ketchum Substation on Sun Valley Road. The project would affect six different zoning districts between Sun Valley and Ketchum. For the whos, whats, whens, and wheres, plan on attending at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey on November 13 at 6:30 pm. Or, send your comments to
... and will continue to do so until the asphalt plants close. Closures are dependent on temperature, so we could be working well into November!
The November 19 City Council meeting is postponed until November 26. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
1. Need some space? Permits are now available for off-site commercial and neighborhood snow storage. Don’t know which one you are? Here are some handy definitions:
  • COMMERCIAL OFF-SITE SNOW STORAGE: The storage of snow that has been removed from one or more privately owned lots and relocated off-site to a different lot in the Community Core, Tourist and/or Light Industrial Zoning Districts.

  • NEIGHBORHOOD OFF-SITE SNOW STORAGE: The use of residentially zoned property in the City for the storage of snow from no more than three neighboring lots within three hundred feet of the snow storage parcel.
2. Again with the parking ... In order to accommodate plowing and street maintenance, you may not park overnight on City streets during the winter (from November 1 to May 1, between 2am and 7am). This rule holds regardless of weather conditions. Overnight parking is allowed in the Washington Street parking lot, where you can now park free for 3 hours and pay $.25 after that.

3. A lot is at stake ... If you use steel snow stakes, please replace them with fiberglass poles. Steel snow stakes can be dangerous to pedestrians, vehicles and snow removal equipment.

4. Cleared sidewalks are happy sidewalks ... Property owners are required to clear ice and snow from adjacent walkways or sidewalks the same day that snow falls or within the first six hours of daylight the following day.

5. Let there be light! Holiday lights may be displayed from November 20 to March 20, all new holiday lighting must be the most energy efficient available, flashing lights are permitted, all private (not city) holiday lighting shall be turned off at the close of business hours in the Community Core and after 10:30pm in all other zoning districts.
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 5:30pm | Ketchum City Hall
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  • Administrative Design Review Text Amendments
  • Update on Plat Amendments at Hemingway Elementary School

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  • Status Update on Public Safety Consolidation with City of Sun Valley
  • Approval of Contract with Blaine County for Law Enforcement Services
  • Approval of Transfer and Bill of Sale Agreement for Leroy's Ice Cream Stand in Town Square
  • Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency Sidewalk Priorities
Click here to find the complete agenda.
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