Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The new Ketchum dump

If the condition of the land at the south end of the Bigwood Golf Course (currently under consideration for rezone at the request of Lehman Brothers' Thunder Springs representative, Dave Hutchison) is a preview of what the finished community housing development is going to look like, BEWARE! It is a slum—a Ketchum dump—in one of the most visible pieces of property at the northern entrance to our City. I can only assume that the developer (i.e., Hutchison, with an assist from the Ketchum P&Z and City council) created this eyesore in hopes of encouraging citizens' support of his plans. If I'm wrong, the City would, by law, have condemned this blatant destruction of beautiful open space long ago.

Unused land fill, rocks, roots of trees, rotting construction material, rusted metal girders from perhaps the old Warm Springs Bridge, poisoned wild grasses and plants, spray painted lupine, etc., etc., make you realize once-and-for-all that something's rotten at City Hall.

I hope Ricki Bosted, Dave Sellgren's widow, and his children have seen this newly created dump on the Bigwood Golf Course. They, like I, have got to wonder if Dave is turning over in his grave. He was an exemplary steward of this land that he loved so much.

Ruth Lieder


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