attracts more than 80
Leaders asked to
reset some priorities
Express Staff Writer
citizens last week asked their city government to reset some priorities,
with several asking the Ketchum City Council to remove recent emphasis
on alleviating downtown parking shortages.
move (parking) to the periphery" of downtown Ketchum said local
artist Will Caldwell. Express photo by David N. Seelig
is parking so high on the priority list?" asked Ketchum Parks
Superintendent Terry Tracy. "I donít think it should be given the
emphasis it has been given."
aired various comments and concerns June 19 at the second town hall
meeting of Mayor Ed Simonís administration. Land acquisition,
affordable housing, public transportation and the potential for property
tax relief were also hot issues for Ketchum citizens.
pertaining to master planning city properties and priorities continued
response to a suggestion from Blaine County Housing Authority Chairman
David Kipping to plan city properties for affordable housing, Councilman
Maurice Charlat reiterated prior calls to master plan all of the cityís
land for all potential uses.
is the time to get together and get it done," he said, alluding to
a process whereby the publicís opinions could be shaped into a plan
for the various city-owned properties.
also reiterated his call to arms for Ketchum citizens.
is moving so fast that youíre elected officials canít do it
alone," he said. "We need input from the public."
parking, the most popular topic of the evening, several citizens said
they do not want to compromise the cityís pedestrian amenities for
screwing ourselves over. Letís encourage parking out of the
downtown," said Hurley Hamilton.
move it to the periphery," agreed local artist Will Caldwell.
has just concluded a parking experiment on East Avenue in front of
Ketchum City Hall. The experiment, which may have fueled comments at the
meeting, involved parking automobiles in a tighter configuration to
maximize the cityís return on available real estate.
Valley resident retired engineer and parking experiment coordinator Milt
Adam, however, said citizens he talks with are becoming acclimated to