Mix tries to
replace housing chairman
Express Staff Writer
In a move
that likely would have shifted support away from the planned town center
community housing project in downtown Ketchum, Blaine County Commission
Chairwoman Mary Ann Mix attempted to replace the head of the Blaine County
Housing Authority Monday.
attempt to replace David Kipping, housing authority chairman, with Gail
Goglia, chief administrator of the Blaine Manor nursing home in Hailey,
was unanimously voted down by the commission after a tense debate. Mix
declined to vote on the issue.
vote, Housing Director Gates Kellett said she was relieved.
worried," she said. "But I think we’re okay now."
positions were open on the housing authority, which promotes the
construction of affordable housing in the county and which also has the
authority to make decisions on projects within the city of Ketchum.
three candidates, Michael David, was easily appointed with little debate.
David manages the Valley Club, an upscale golf and tennis resort midway
between Hailey and Ketchum.
housing authority member, Kipping’s term expired in February, but he
requested reappointment for two or three years by the Blaine County
Commission, which is charged with interviewing and selecting candidates.
Kipping agreed to serve on the board after February until he was
re-appointed or replaced.
everyone supported Kipping’s reappointment, including housing authority
director Kellett, Commissioner Sarah Michael and several county residents,
including ex-commission Chairman Len Harlig and Blaine County Citizens for
Smart Growth executive director Anjie Saunders.
downplayed a suggestion that she wished to replace Kipping, saying instead
that reappointment after his term ended was not automatic. She favored
appointing Goglia because that would shift the focus of the authority more
toward housing for senior citizens, she said.
felt like Mr. Kipping served for five years and did a fine job, but I felt
the need to bring additional perspective to the Blaine County Housing
Authority," she said.
suggested that Mix was trying to stack the authority with people who
oppose the proposed Ketchum town center project.
she didn’t consider town center when interviewing the candidates.
interview, Gogila said the town center project was
"interesting," but that it would create more problems than it
would resolve, Mix said. Commissioner Michael interpreted Goglia’s
comments the same way. Goglia was not immediately available for comment.
whether she supports town center, Mix said, "I support what the
Blaine County Housing Authority supports."
director Kellett said the housing authority and Blaine Manor might partner
this summer in a planned expansion of the nursing home.