Friday, July 7, 2006

Ketchum, BLM reach agreement on Sun Peak


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum Parks & Recreation Department has found itself another job.

"We have come up with an agreement with the BLM that will allow us to do maintenance at Sun Peak," City Administrator Ron LeBlanc told the City Council Monday.

Under the agreement, Parks Department employees will perform general cleanup around the Bureau of Land Management-administered day-use site along the Big Wood River, a popular picnic spot a few miles north of Ketchum.

The BLM has been sending a staff person from Shoshone—an hour and a half south of the site—to conduct general maintenance.

The city will bill the BLM for time spent on maintenance.

"Because it's in such close proximity (to Ketchum), it's an asset to have it for our use," said Parks Director Kirk Mason.

The city revealed last summer plans to buy the land from the BLM. Those discussions are ongoing, LeBlanc said.

"We're taking it one step at a time," LeBlanc said after the meeting. "We're going to keep all our options open."

Ketchum's comprehensive plan states that the Sun Peak area would be desirable for acquisition. City officials had considered putting a new well there, developing a kayak park and building four homes for firefighters.

Sun Peak is located north of Ketchum, west of state Highway 75 and immediately southeast of Hulen Meadows subdivision. It is part of a larger BLM parcel that stretches about a quarter-mile to the west of Highway 75 and a few miles to the east.




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