Friday, October 4, 2013

P&Z chair Geoffrey Moore says hes ready to take larger role

For the Express

    Longtime Hailey resident Geoffrey Moore will be challenging incumbent Don Keirn in a bid for City Council this November. After serving for six years as chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, he feels he ready to take a step up into a larger role.
    Having lived in Hailey for 19 years, and unsuccessfully running for city Mayor two years ago, Moore, 57, has been active in city government. After retiring in 2009, he has served as a volunteer on the Hailey Fire Department, Blaine County Search and Rescue and has attended public meetings regularly for the last decade.
    “I’m ready to take this seat,” he said. “I think I can bring a quality note to it, a quality that I have developed sitting as the chair of the planning and zoning commission.”

I’m ready to give people a sense of the trust
and repertoire that they’re looking for.”

Geoffrey Moore

    Moore said the council is not doing the job it should be doing.
    “I think they are rushing into things, and there’s no individuality amongst them anymore,” he said.
    Moore said he can bring a sense of careful decision-making to the seat that he finds has been missing for some time.
    “Their hearts are not in it—they just aren’t in it any more for the right reasons,” he said.
    He also seeks to encourage “real, economic development.”
    “I don’t think loud music into the night is economic development, and I don’t think bicycle races are economic development. We need businesses and manufacturing companies.”
    Moore reflected on his time on the P&Z, saying that he has excelled at understanding the city process, working with budgets and staying within parameters.
    “I’m more fiscally conservative than other people,” he said. “I think people are hurting, and the city needs to prioritize their decisions.”
    Moore contended the city is asking too much of its residents.
    “The council goes to the well way too often with levies and bonds,” he said. “They need to come up with equitable means other than making residents pay.”
    Moore said he would like to explore other methods of generating revenue, especially in regard to capital improvement funds.
    He said he also wants to work on pedestrian and bicycle access, making the streets safer for the community.
    “There’s still a really long way to go to make it safe, especially for our pedestrians.”
    Moore said he hopes to mix things up at City Council meetings by asking more questions and encouraging increased public debate. He said he wants to see more community involvement created by making council participation more friendly.
    “It’s hard enough for the public to go to a meeting and to stand up and address the council,” he said. “We don’t need to compound that by intimidating them. I want people to feel that when they address the council, they actually have been heard. I want people to leave satisfied.”
    He added that as an elected official, he would want to hear more feedback from the public.
    “I don’t want to make a decision strictly based upon my personal beliefs. I want support from my community.
    “I’m ready to give people a sense of the trust and repertoire that they’re looking for. I think it’s important right now that the public start gaining the trust back with its council.”

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.