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April 26, 2018
Issue No. 8
THE MAYOR'S MISSIVE

Question Everything. As elected officials, we are charged with guiding our City to success through positive change. However, to be successful, we must question everything and never allow ourselves to justify a decision based on “the way it has always been done.”

This doesn’t imply that “the way” in the past was wrong. It may just mean that there are better opportunities to get the result we seek given our vision of creating a vibrant, connected, sustainable and safe town.

For me, one recent example comes to mind. We have a policy to encourage more events to add to our town’s vibrancy. However, if we manage, staff and charge events “the way it has always been done,” then we will have an unsustainable formula because we don’t have the internal or city resources to support the expected growth in the number of events.

So, while encouraging events to take place, we are also trying to put some of the event responsibilities onto the event producers to balance our lack of internal resources to staff multiple events throughout the year. In the past, with fewer events, our staff were best able to physically support events around town.

For events that have been around for many years, this change seems like an additional burden to event organizers – and it is. However, this change in structure ensures that our internal resources are not drained. Our goal is to create capacity for more events to happen in a sustainable way – something I feel is broadly supported in the community.

As a city, we will learn from our past experiences and yet continue to look for new ways to perform old tasks to truly enable positive change.

Cheers,
Neil

WHAT'S GOING ON

 APRIL 26 
Tonight in Hailey
This evening, head down to Hailey City Hall for the Wood River Land Trust’s latest Resilient Landscapes Series installment. From 6:30 to 8, Travis McBride will instruct do-it-yourself tips for irrigation systems that will actually save you water. Bring your questions and plans to make the most of our short, glorious summers!
 APRIL 27 
Arbor Day
Did you know that Ketchum is a recognized member of Tree City USA? That means that we love our trees and the world has taken notice! We consider Arbor Day a seriously underrated holiday. Trees increase property values, reduce cooling costs, provide wildlife habitat and are something we work hard to select, plant, maintain and now, celebrate!
 MAY 19 
Kids to Parks Day 
It’s spring! Time to get outside! Kids to Parks Day is a country-wide celebration created by the National Park Trust to get kids outside and engaged in healthy, active lifestyles. Anyone and everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, May 19th, by taking their children to a neighborhood, state or national park.
 MAY 1 | CITY COUNCIL RESCHEDULED MEETING  
Woopsies, we are going to need to reschedule. The May 7 Council Meeting will now be held on May 1, please mark your calendars. You can pen this one in, we promise.
 MAY 3 | IDAHO GIVES 
It's time for the Idaho Nonprofit Center's annual Idaho Gives program. Head to the website on May 3 to support your favorite Idaho nonprofit!
 KETCHUM INNOVATION CENTER 
The KIC is getting settled into their new space, and they need your help! (Don't worry, we're not talking about unpacking.) Take a couple minutes to answer this survey so that they can plan their new space around our needs as a community. Easy peasy.
THINGS TO KNOW
 A FAIR ON THE SQUARE | MAY 25, 4-7:30 PM

Next month, the City of Ketchum will be hosting a fair in Town Square to celebrate our town's accomplishments, discuss what's next and hear the voices of our community. Here's what we're planning ...

  • Idaho Smart Growth will highlight projects around the Valley
  • Learn the latest about new downtown projects
  • Hear from local organizations like Mountain Rides, KIC, Hemingway Elementary School, the City & more
  • Enjoy music, local food & drinks and activities for the kids
 WARM SPRINGS LODGE FIRE 
Just days after closing weekend, the news of the Warm Springs Lodge fire came as a big surprise. Here are a few details about what it took to fight the flames ...
2 MILLION
Gallons of water were used to fight the fire

3,500
Gallons per minute was the flow rate used by the fire departments as they worked together against the flames, meaning it took ...

570
Minutes, or 9.5 hours, to contain the fire.
POLITICALLY ACTIVE
THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING IS:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm | 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 }
  • KIC Gives a  Quarterly Update
  • Mountain Rides Requests Funding for Summer Circulator Service
  • Off-Site Vending
  • Design and Undergrounding Power Lines in the Alley between Washington Ave. and Warm Springs Rd.
  • Mortgage Row Rezone
 NEXT   COUNCIL CONSIDERATIONS

{ No comment on this stuff, though }
  • RFP for Architectural Services to Design New Fire Station on Warm Springs Road
Click here to find the complete agenda.
THE KETCHUM Q
 LAST ISSUE'S Q WAS... 
 What is your favorite memory of this year's ski season? 
"Skiing with my daughters on a beautiful powder day with the slopes to ourselves."
Thank you for all of your responses
Each month we'll post a question about our community. The winning response will be illustrated in the following issue by local artist Molly Snee.
... and the winner will receive a free print of the artwork!
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