In response to Mr. Kearns' letter regarding the positive effect that building a golf course with homes in Quigley Canyon will have for the tax-paying citizens of Hailey, I am writing to voice my objection to the development. First and foremost, Hailey residents need to weigh the good and bad effects that this development will have on its citizens.
In support of the Quigley development, Mr. Kearns used the examples of his administration's successful beautification project for downtown Hailey. As with most projects, one needs to realize that change brings unforeseen results. For example, when Hailey planted the trees downtown, no one anticipated reckless drivers' taking out many of the trees and the added expense incurred to build metal protective barriers. The city also provided electrical outlets so businesses could light the added trees. One can only notice that many of these 30-foot trees are decorated with a single strand of lights. Intentions good, results not always the best. This is my fear and concern for the Quigley development.
I urge Hailey residents to seriously consider the positive and negative results, foreseen and unforeseen, that this development will have for all who live in the city. It is you who will bear the brunt and impact this development will have on your traffic, water pressure, sewer system, law enforcement and fire protection. Is it worth it?
In closing, may I add that if the Blaine County Recreation District takes over the management/proceeds for this recreational facility, will not the benefits be extended to all Blaine County residents while Hailey citizens alone experience the impact? Sound familiar? Airport? Mr. Kearns and I no longer live in Hailey city limits. It is not up to us to make this decision. It is yours. Please make it wisely.