Wednesday, July 18, 2007

What were they thinking?

By Pam Colesworthy

Is it just me or does it bother anyone else that the Ketchum City Council had a public meeting with minimal notice, and then put a geographic hurdle in front of the electorate by holding it in Hagerman?

The council discussion, according to the Idaho Mountain Express, was an agenda full of issues critical to the city, issues that are on the minds of many citizens: a full-time mayor and commensurate salary, expanding the city staff to include a finance director and an economic development director, affordable housing and the use of city property, to name a few.

All are valid topics and worthy of dialogue. So, why wasn't the public included? Isn't such a meeting in violation of the Idaho Open Meeting Law? Perhaps not technically, but certainly in spirit. I can't help but think that the change in venue was designed to end run our essential sunshine laws.

Government must be accountable and transparent; furthermore, government needs to think, act and run like a business. The residents and taxpayers are its customers, and a growing group of citizens are becoming increasingly concerned about Ketchum's management.

Many are laying the blame with the City Council, and some are laying blame with Mayor Randy Hall.

We have an opportunity with the upcoming elections this fall for possibly two new City Council seats in Ketchum. If you agree that we need a City Council that understands the local economy and has the courage to make decisions instead of delaying due process with consultants and moratoriums, please contact me.

My perfect candidate is a young entrepreneur who lives and works in Ketchum.

However, I'm open to anyone who is dissatisfied with the status quo and is willing to run, and to work for a healthier economic climate. If you're interested in making a significant contribution to this community through leadership on the City Council, there's a quiet tsunami of support that's swelling to carry you into office.


Pam Colesworthy is a resident of Ketchum.

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