Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Concerns loom about Ketchum water park

    It’s time to set the record straight regarding the water park and Hulen Meadows homeowners.
    The city of Ketchum would like the public to believe that they are working with homeowners. That, however, is far from the truth. The reality is that Ketchum has answered questions but never collaborated on how to build a better “mouse trap.” The neighborhood’s ad-hoc committee has signatures of over 100 homeowners expressing the opinion that they either don’t want the water park or only want part of it.
    The city of Ketchum has spent $300,000 of solicited funds and $300,000 of its own money and large amounts of working hours to promote the water park. Potable water for a drinking fountain and a “naturally appearing” kids’ water structure on the river’s edge would require water rights at a time that water distribution is a critical issue. A call for a heritage park long into the future ignores our aquifer’s slow decline.
    Another issue is Ketchum’s plan for a well at Sun Peak. Why won’t the city give written assurances to Hulen Meadows about the protection of our water rights? Among other items, maybe Ketchum will finally clarify the well issue.
Matt Colesworthy
Hulen Meadows
Blaine County

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