Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Just in case

Ketchum declares local disaster emergency in anticipation of flood


By JON DUVAL
Express Staff Writer

As the Big Wood River and Warm Springs Creek rise and flow faster courtesy of recent warm weather, Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall declared a local disaster emergency in case of any spring flooding.

At a City Council meeting Monday, May 19, interim City Administrator Jim Jaquet explained that while no flooding has occurred yet, the declaration is a sensible preparation during run-off and will allow the city to recoup expenses from the Idaho Department of Homeland Security should an emergency arise.

The chance of flooding has increased this spring due to an above-average snowpack combined with degradation to the landscape from last summer's Castle Rock Fire, which reduces the ability of the land to absorb the snow melt.

The declaration will last for 30 days.

In other Ketchum news, Leroy's Ice Cream will relocate from the corner of Fourth and Main streets to the Town Plaza, across Fourth Street from Atkinsons', after the City Council amended municipal code to allow the non-profit vendor on city property.

The Ketchum Community Development Corporation applied for the amendment and will technically own the stand to make it a tax-free operation.

Jake Peters, proprietor of Leroy's, was on hand at Monday's council meeting, at which council members expressed approval both for the nature of Peters' enterprise and for the opportunity to attract more people to Town Plaza.

Peters said he will open at the new site this Saturday and that all proceeds will go to local schools, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and the Ketchum Parks Department.




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