Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ketchum firms up goals

City leaders set to-do list for 2012


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

Formalizing a to-do list for the 2011-12 fiscal year, the Ketchum City Council on Monday approved a resolution adopting goals established at a day-long retreat in July.

The city creates an annual list to help establish priorities and guide projects.

Among goals the city—including the council, planning and zoning commission, staff and sometimes the public—is pursuing are the following: adopt a "green" building code; address impediments to development; launch a comprehensive plan update; pursue planning for an active park on the river; increase community housing; empower the P&Z to implement its goals; streamline economic development efforts among organizations; and pursue "green" efforts at the utility plant and other city buildings.

Also on the list is a continuation of the local-option tax audit. Mayor Randy Hall said up to half a million dollars might be going uncollected annually.

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"That is an incredible amount of money to be leaving on the table every year," he said.

The city is spending up to $12,000 for an outside firm to perform the audit.

Ketchum leaders also want to enhance communication with the public. One related initiative is a new website.

The city included an enhanced website on its high-priority list last year, but funds were not budgeted for a revamp. This year, Ketchum signed a $20,000 contract with CivicPlus to perform the work.

"We've had six or eight design planning meetings," said Lisa Horowitz, director of community and economic development. "Now, we're working on content."

The redesigned website is scheduled to launch in December.

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com




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