Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hailey welcomes new mayor, councilors

Express Staff Writer

Rick Davis

The city of Hailey welcomed a new mayor and two new City Council members on Monday night before getting down to business. Rick Davis was sworn in as mayor, replacing Susan McBryant, who stepped down after expressing deep gratitude for the work of city staff during her tenure as mayor. Davis moved from his seat as president of the City Council, before the council elected longtime Councilwoman Martha Burke as council president in his place.

Former Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Fritz Haemmerle and incumbent Councilwoman Carol Brown both took oaths of office for four-year terms on the council. Haemmerle was elected to the council late last year, while Brown ran unopposed.

In other Hailey news:

· The council voted to require developer John Bulotti to pay for an independent hydrological study for a proposed replat of a lot at 911 Silver Star Dr. in the Birdwood subdivision before considering his request for subdivision.

·The Hailey Fire Department will spend $61,000 in federally reimbursed funds from fighting last summer's Castle Rock Fire to train local firefighters to fight wildfires when requested outside of Idaho.

· Mark Spears was appointed to fill the fifth and last seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

· The City Council hired Twin Falls attorney Patrick Brown to respond to Indian Creek homeowners' objection to the city's water rights claim in Indian Creek.

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