Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Departure opens Ketchum P&Z seat

Commissioner Sam Williams steps down after 4 years

Express Staff Writer

Ketchum city leaders are looking to fill a spot on the Planning & Zoning Commission following Commissioner Sam Williams' departure.

Williams notified Mayor Randy Hall on May 12 that he was stepping down at the end of the month.

"I have enjoyed the experience and hopefully provided a meaningful contribution," Williams told the mayor in an email.

Williams told Hall that he will be engaged in business activity outside the area, making it difficult for him to regularly attend meetings.

In an interview, he said his time on the commission was rewarding, in part because of the work, but also because of fellow commissioners.

"It's a diverse commission, not just in terms of their experience, but also in how they approach problems and issues," he said. "That helps in the long run."

Williams was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the P&Z in May 2007. He was appointed to a three-year term in 2008, and was reappointed in January.

During his years on the P&Z, the commission processed $2 billion worth of development approvals.

"Sam was a real leader on that commission," Hall said, also acknowledging other commissioners. "They have met and met. They hung in there through thick and thin. I'm grateful for their dedication."

The mayor makes nominations to the advisory commission. Hall said he hopes to have a candidate soon.

"In the next couple of weeks, I'll have a name to put in front of the council for their ratification," he said Thursday.

Commissioners will face a number of major projects in the coming months. The city is updating its comprehensive plan, which outlines goals and policies for growth and development, this summer. In addition, Hall said, representatives for the Warm Springs Ranch Resort hotel project are expected to submit a revised application soon.

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