Friday, July 20, 2012

Rotarun seeks extension for master plan

Projects include day lodge, snowmaking

Express Staff Writer

Blaine County commissioners will consider a request from Rotarun Ski Club on Tuesday to install a chairlift, snowmaking and place a new lodge on county property.

The requests form part of a larger master plan for the area approved in 2008. However, the ski area applied for an extension request in 2011 to complete the construction, installation and remodeling of the projects.

Rotarun leases 30 acres of county land in Croy Canyon, the top half of which is in the Mountain Overlay District, which tightly limits development, but the club has been granted an exclusion for a chairlift and snowmaking.

The snowmaking system is proposed to include 12 snowmaking guns, a lined holding pond, a pump station and in-ground transfer pipes. According to the club's application for the extension, earth has already been excavated for the pond, though the ski club is still applying for a grant to secure funds for the snowmaking.

The club expects the system to be complete by January, though County Code Compliance Specialist Megan Stelma stated in a staff report that funding is still uncertain.

"The applicant [should] explain to the board what fundraising tools are in place and when they will know about the availability of grants funds," she wrote.

The lodge building and chairlift are set to be completed in 2013, though the application explains that these projects depend on fundraising results.

The lodge building will be a 3,540-square-foot day lodge, including a rental shop, a ticket desk, restrooms, food service and ski club offices.

A hearing on these projects will be held Tuesday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey. It will follow a hearing in changes in ambulance district rates and charges for the next fiscal year at 10:45 a.m.

Kate Wutz:

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