Friday, April 6, 2012

Ask taxpayers about transit hub

I opened a new business in Ketchum on East Avenue exactly one year ago and was privileged to be featured in the Mountain Express article, "Businesses Bet on Ketchum" (April 13, 2011).

I remember being asked by the reporter if I thought investing in the Wood River economy would be worth the risk. I emphatically said "yes," as I'd done my homework, i.e. market research, budgets, forecasts. I also grew up in the area. I couldn't have felt more confident about my decision.

The last thing I ever thought was that the City of Ketchum would be the one to cut my legs off. I read about the "decision" of the East Avenue transit hub in the Mountain Express.

As a business that's directly affected by this decision, I was disappointed that I wasn't forewarned or asked for input. The article said the city will appropriate $50K (Where did this money come from?) for this hub.

Did the hired "consultant" research East Avenue at all? If so, where's the air quality and noise pollution report? The hub will be directly in front of a restaurant with outdoor dining during the warmer months.

I'm sure Dashi is thrilled to have bus exhaust to cover their meals. And I'm in the fitness business. Guess what? Carbon monoxide and exercise don't mix.

Why doesn't Ketchum use the free consultants we already have? You know, the taxpaying, voting citizens who live and work here. I haven't heard a peep about a bus problem, but we certainly have a parking problem.

And whatever happened to fixing the sidewalks and street lights so that these new bus riders and all the rest, can walk safely around town?

First things first.



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