Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Kemp reflects on city progress


In 2007, when I ran for a seat on the Ketchum City Council, my main reason for doing so was to facilitate the development of a five-star hotel.

The past four years have witnessed four entitled hotel projects, one of which is included within the annexation of Sun Valley Co.'s River Run property. These entitlements fulfill my original campaign objective. Whether we actually get a hotel is now in the hands of the developers.

In consideration of those facts and the strong slate of candidates—two of whom I intend to support—I have decided to withdraw from the race for a council seat.

It has been a very interesting four years. I'll spare you a long list of the council's accomplishments, but I will mention two that I feel are exceedingly important. The creation of the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance has increased significantly the amount of money that we are able to spend on advertising and will prove to be an excellent move. That organization deserves the financial support of every business in town.

But of all the accomplishments over the past four years, the series of aggressive actions taken by the Council in early recognition of the severity and profound local fallout of the national economic downturn is probably the most important and least appreciated.

We were able to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of city operations to stay ahead of steadily declining revenues. The result is that Ketchum, through sound management, is in the enviable position of having both financial stability and financial clarity.

I can only add how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work with such a collegial group of public officials. Those include Ron Parsons, Charles Conn, Baird Gourlay, Larry Helzel, Nina Jonas, Charles Friedman and, of course, Mayor Randy Hall.

I will include in that group our extraordinarily competent city staff, in all departments, headed by Administrator Gary Marks. Ketchum is truly fortunate to have such talented and dedicated employees.

And lastly, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the citizens of Ketchum for affording me the privilege of working on your behalf for the past few years.

CURTIS KEMP

Ketchum




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