officials to hold summit
Meeting set for Dec.
at River Run Lodge
to discuss how all of us can work together on the issues."
WILSON, Sun Valley
Express Staff Writer
unprecedented move, Sun Valley Mayor David Wilson has called a summit of Blaine
Countyís mayors, city council members and county commissioners to discuss
issues of common interest between the city and county governments.
The meeting is
scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the River Run Lodge in
Ketchum. The gathering has been individually noticed by cities throughout the
county as a special city council meeting.
The event is open
to the public, but public comment will be limited.
Wilson last week
said the summit will be facilitated by Bob Werth, of Ketchum-based Werth and
Werth Counseling. He noted that the meeting will essentially be conducted as a
discussion between the various elected officials who choose to attend.
"I want to
improve the dialogue between all of us," Wilson said. "We need to just
sit at the table together and discuss what the common issues are. I donít
think thatís ever been done before."
that he decided to call the meeting for two primary reasons.
He said regular
meetings between the mayors of Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue in
recent months have been productive, but that open dialogue between city
officials and county officials has been limited.
In addition, he
said he believes growth in Blaine County has made it increasingly important for
governmental agencies to share information, concerns, and ideas for planning the
future of the region.
Wilson said that
while he has not developed an agenda for the meeting, he believes the city and
county officials need to discuss several matters. He noted that key issues
include the implementation of the recently approved E-911 emergency-dispatch
system, construction of affordable housing, planning the future of the Highway
75 corridor, and advancing discussions about the proposed area of city impact
for cities such as Hailey and Bellevue.
"We need to
discuss how all of us can work together on the issues," he said.
Wilson said a
definitive list of elected officials planning to attend had not yet been
hoping they all come," he said. "I think itís a great