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For the week of September 3 - 9, 2003

News

Boand seeks seat on
Sun Valley Council

Fire captain promises fair,
honest representation


By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commissioner Blair Boand announced last week he is running for election to Seat 1 on the Sun Valley City Council. He promised citizens that he would work diligently to guide the growth of the city in a positive manner.

"I realize change is coming, and I’d like to be a part of it," Boand said, addressing the press and a small group of citizens Friday, Aug. 29, at the Harker Center, in Elkhorn.

Seat 1 on the council is currently occupied by Council President Latham Williams. Williams has not announced whether he intends to run for re-election in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, city election.

Boand, 54, is an 11-year resident of Sun Valley. He is a captain of the Sun Valley Fire Department, a member of the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, and a partner in Mountain Estates Property Management, based in Sun Valley.

From 1983 to 1992, Boand lived in the Seattle area, where he worked as restaurant owner and operator. He attended Colorado State University, graduating in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance.

Boand has served on the Sun Valley P&Z since 1999. In the last year, he has shown a willingness to vote against development projects that he believed were inappropriately situated or did not meet the goals of the Sun Valley Comprehensive Plan. Earlier this summer, he voted against the controversial Phase 5 proposal for Crown Ranch, in Elkhorn.

On Friday, Boand said he believes Sun Valley has improved as a community in recent years, but future growth will need to be monitored closely. "I feel I can make a difference," he said. "I can be positive in the way the city grows."

Boand said he has six principal goals in serving on the council, including:

·  To integrate the city’s new ordinances governing hillsides and the commercial cores—as well as a forthcoming outdoor-lighting ordinance and a Sun Valley Co. 50-year master plan—into an update of the city’s comprehensive plan.

·  To support a recently appointed citizen’s committee convened to oversee the use of the city’s five-acre open space parcel on Sun Valley Road,

·  To ensure that the city watch over developments to see that all conditions of approval are met.

·  To maintain open and frequent communication with all city residents and property owners.

·  To "fairly and honestly represent the people of Sun Valley."

·  To provide a quality living and working environment in the city.

Boand said he believes the most important overall goal for the city of Sun Valley is to regulate growth, particularly in the two commercial cores and on hillsides.

Boand added that he has been "toying" for four years with the idea of running for City Council. "The time has come," he said.

He said he is not running for Seat 1 as a means to directly challenge Williams. "I’m not running against anybody," he said. "I have no ill will against anyone."

 

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