Ketchum fire chief
access for more broadband
Express Staff Writer
fire chief announced his retirement Monday. The city approved right-of-way
for a broad band telecommunications project. And city officials continued
to put off a decision about hiring a transportation planner, a position
the city slated in the fiscal yearís budget.
Fire Chief Tom Johnson has been the cityís top fireman for 16 years and
has ushered the city and the Ketchum Rural Fire District through
retire in August, Mayor Ed Simon announced at a Ketchum City Council
been a pleasure to work with Tom. Heís a true pro," said Ketchum
City Administrator Jim Jaquet, who also is retiring this spring.
worked with Johnson for the fire chiefís entire 16 years in service
has excelled as the Ketchum Fire Chief and the Chief of the Ketchum Rural
Fire District, as well as the head of the emergency medical services, and
has really taken the lead in updating the fire department," Jaquet
said. "He really showed great leadership with implementing the
the city will soon begin advertising to fill the position.
said the city will soon begin interviewing candidates for the city
administrator position. First, a hiring firm and the city must narrow a
field of 27 applicants.
field is narrowed, the city council and a citizensí committee will
interview candidates. The citizensí committee will include six local
residents: Ketchum Building Inspector Dennis Wheeler, long-time Ketchum
resident Brent Barsotti, former Telluride city administrator Virginia
Eggers, Sun Valley Water and Sewer District Manager and former Sun Valley
City Administrator Jack Brown, Ketchum citizen Bill Swanson and Ketchum
City Engineer Dick Fosbury.
news, the city council unanimously gave its blessing for Syringa Networks
to bury broadband fiber optics cables beneath Second Avenue, Tenth Street
and various city rights-of-way as part of a valley-wide project that will
give residents and businesses another telecommunications edge by this
leaders stipulated that construction must be finished by June 28, which
would avoid the cityís peak tourist season.
for the cityís proposed transportation planner, Mayor Simon said he
continues to doubt whether or not the position is necessary.
not convinced we need the position to begin with," Simon said.
"Second, we donít have the space."
early January and mid-February, the city received resumes from seven
applicants for the position.
suggestion, the city council asked Planning Administrator Lisa Horowitz to
talk with the applicants to convey the cityís political conundrum.
Meanwhile, however, the council remains polarized on the issue.
Maurice Charlat said the city should wait for the results of a
transportation study the city contracted. Councilman Baird Gourlay said
the city has money in its budget and a plethora of transportation issues
for a planner to wrestle with.
will be on the cityís April 15 agenda.