Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Deaf to public on transfer station

Ketchum has decided to build a 1,000-square-foot bus transfer station in the middle of East Avenue between Sun Valley Road and Second Street.

Learning nothing from the $2.4 million consultant-inspired 4th Street debacle, the city defers again to an out of town consultants answering a question nobody every asked.

Oblivious to the needs of its citizens and deaf to public input, the city will build this $250,000 bus transfer station despite hard economic times and a crumbling City Hall. The problems with the bus transfer station are as follows:

- It will eliminate most of the 44 public parking spaces essential to success of businesses on that block.

- It will generate noise and air pollution from constantly running diesel bus engines.

- There is little or no public demand for a bus transfer station.

- No structure can be built in a public street without at least a legal partial vacation of the public right of way.

- The city has improperly delegated its decision-making authority to Mountain Rides.

- The city has failed to consider seriously other viable locations for the transfer station. A better location would be on East Avenue between 1st and 2nd streets, an area with no commercial businesses.

Why does the city continue to be seduced by expensive consultants while ignoring the community's needs? Public hearings are useless because the city has already made up its mind.

I hope the city will prove me wrong about the bus transfer station but I'm not holding my breath.



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