business wrap-up draws protests
administrator to receive $25,000
Express Staff Writer
waning hours of his administration, former Ketchum Mayor David Hutchinson
pushed through several hotly opposed initiatives, including a $25,000
bonus for the city’s retiring administrator.
started just 45 minutes before the scheduled swearing in of Mayor Ed
Simon, and citizens who attended said Hutchinson’s last minute business
should have been left for Simon and the new city council to complete.
protests obviously aggravated Hutchinson, who at one point declared,
"Whatever," in response to citizen protests.
Maurice Charlat agreed with the protesters on two of Hutchinson’s three
approved agenda items: the bonus for City Administrator Jim Jaquet and a
decision to re-appoint Peter Ripsom to the Ketchum Planning and Zoning
issues, Charlat made motions that would have put off consideration until
later in the year. Both motions failed without seconds.
of Hutchinson’s last-minute accomplishments included adoption of a new
electricity franchise agreement between the city and Idaho Power Co. The
new agreement will direct funds gained from a 1 percent franchise fee
toward burying power lines. The agreement, the first in more than five
years, received unanimous approval.
is a very comprehensive agreement," said Dan Olmstead, of the Idaho
Power Community Relations Department.
said negotiations with Ketchum, six year in all, were the longest it’s
had with any city in Idaho.
city administrator retirement bonus, called a "performance
incentive" in city jargon, was the most hotly debated of Hutchinson’s
felt that Jim Jaquet, in the 25 years he’s been here, he’s first
under-compensated himself during the years he’s been here,"
Hutchinson said. "He’s also agreed to stay beyond the time he
thought he’d be here to help train a new city administrator."
who packed the city’s meeting chamber, said Jaquet might deserve the
bonus, but the last-minute nature of the action prompts increased
agree with the process," Bepe Dolsot of Ketchum said.
Matthews, also of Ketchum, called the last-minute nature of the decison
think to go out on this type of note is a crime, quite frankly," she
explained that contemplation of a "performance incentive" for
Jaquet first occurred several months previously in an executive session.
The money is available because of a $21,194 workman’s compensation
dividend check that wasn’t anticipated in this year’s budget.
failed motion would have put the issue off until Feb. 4 for further
examination by council members and the new mayor.
will have you know I am in favor of the $25,000, but I don’t know where
it’s coming from," he said.
passed, with Charlat voting against it.
Chris Potters elaborated on her affirmative vote.
is a man who deserves this, and we’re not talking about a ton of
money," she said. "It’s less than I would like to do."
he will stay at city hall until a new city administrator is hired and
trained, or until this spring.
opposed the re-appointment of Ripsom to the P&Z because they said
Simon should select the appointed officials who will serve in his
administration. Ripsom, who was chairman of the P&Z, resigned last
fall to fill in as a city councilman, when Hutchinson was appointed mayor
to complete the term of Guy Coles, who died.
said he had promised Ripsom he would be re-appointed when he volunteered
to serve on the city council.
we’re doing is, we made a promise to this man, and we’re going to keep
it," Potters said.