Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Council should stand by Quigley vote

The question arises, where were Councilwomen Carol Brown and Martha Burke during the past three years during the hearings for the Quigley project? Was the Hailey community's rejection of this application not clear enough for these two ladies, or was their refusal to this annexation request arrived at in a vacuum?

If the city of Hailey was not in a financial position to annex the proposed development a month ago, then what has changed by today that makes reopening this closed issue possible?

The application process for this project has worked, even though it was a drawn-out process and ultimately did not turn out in the developer's favor. The final decision, after all this time, was based on the city's planning staff recommendation to reject this project, and the community's clear antagonism toward the project and its annexation.

The developer has shown not to be as community-oriented as he had presented himself during the hearings. His response to the rejection of his project was the closing of a trail along the edge of his property that had been used for decades as a hiking trail by the community. Mayor Haemmerle's observation that philanthropy doesn't ask for something in return was appropriate under the circumstance.

This development and its annexation request will at this time not serve the city's best interests. The council should stand on its decision to disallow it and unanimously vote against entertaining any continuation of the rejected application.

George Horvath


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