Friday, April 30, 2010

Why the rush to vote on River Run?

As a new member of the Ketchum City Council, I was totally taken aback by the council's vote on April 22 on Sun Valley Co.'s River Run annexation proposal. This is the largest resort development ever considered in the Wood River Valley.

When the mayor and staff pushed the council to vote on the River Run annexation, I was in the middle of asking questions on a 10-page legal agreement that we were handed at the beginning of the meeting. It was also the first time the public had seen it.

Although some concessions were made by Sun Valley Co., I wanted to further understand the revised P&Z recommendations before I voted. Earlier, I had asked several city officials if a vote was expected Thursday. They said that they doubted it because so many questions were still outstanding. Also, there was no pressure for an immediate decision by Sun Valley Co.

The rush to a vote was a stunner for me.

The River Run annexation has many ramifications for the city and the citizens of Ketchum. I am optimistic that we will take the time to set conditions in the PUD development agreement that ensures we have acted fully on behalf of the public. I hope the public will continue to participate.

Nina Jonas

Ketchum City Council

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