Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ketchum reappoints Burns to P&Z

Longtime commissioner gets another 3-year term

Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum City Council voted Monday to reappoint Deborah Burns to the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission.

Her term will end on April 13, 2015. Burns was first appointed to the commission on May 27, 2005, and has served on the commission since. P&Z commissioners are generally appointed for three-year terms.

City Planning Assistant Rachel Martin said this will be Burns’ fourth term on the commission, though her first term was not the full three years in length, as she was originally appointed to finish former Commissioner Ron Parson’s term her first year.

“I’m more excited and committed to be reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission after seven years of learning, growing and serving my community,” Burns said. “Rewriting the comprehensive plan and evolving the city’s codes for the future of our development is one of the many reasons I serve.”

Mayor Randy Hall said that he tends to honor people who want to stay.

“I’m just loyal like that,” he said. “I feel loyal to someone who’s stuck it out—we’re all on the same team.”

City Attorney Stephanie Bonney said that there is a lot of local-specific information that Planning and Zoning Commissioners need to know that Burns is already familiar with.

“Legally, the Planning and Zoning Department is your biggest risk,” she said.

Bonney’s legal advice was to reappoint Burns to take advantage of her bank of knowledge. The motion carried all in favor, though Council President Baird Gourlay did not vote as he was not present.


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