Kudos to Sun Valley Councilman Dave Chase. He wants to spur economic development by having Sun Valley and Ketchum work together to develop creative solutions to our local economic problems, and he proposes exploration of police department consolidation.
As Councilman Chase perceives, spending money on economic development to revive our anemic tourist-based economy must happen now. Any doubt about how bad our local economy is was put to rest by your article "Commercial Real Estate Struggles in Ketchum." "Struggles" is an understatement when the bottom line is that 30 commercial buildings are vacant.
Sun Valley and Ketchum can no longer afford to sit back and separately protect their own agendas and ignore the good of the entire community. The longest journey starts with the first step. Councilman Chase has proposed a first step in what hopefully will be an extensive, comprehensive plan for united action by Sun Valley and Ketchum. That action plan must include consolidation of more than just the police departments.