Friday, November 2, 2007

Four seek 3 seats in Bellevue

Express Staff Writer

Bellevue city election

Where: Bellevue City Hall, 115 East Poplar.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bellevue voters will elect three citizens to the six-member City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Of the three council members whose terms will end in January, both Vivian Ivie and Beth Robrahn are stepping aside, leaving only Steve Fairbrother to seek re-election.

Joining Fairbrother in the race are former Bellevue Councilman Larry Plott, Blaine County Chief Deputy Sheriff Gene Ramsey, and framing contractor Josh Rand.

For the three successful candidates, there will be plenty of work to do, as the city continues to face financial woes and struggles to provide an adequate level of service for a number of city departments, such as streets, fire, and law enforcement. This has led to talks of potential contracts for service with the Hailey Fire Department and the Blaine County Sheriff's Office and will leave the council with some important cost-benefit analysis to perform.

As well, the council will likely have to decide in the near future on developer Jeff Pfaeffle's proposed annexation, a project that could bring approximately 100 acres and nearly 200 homes to the city.

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