Friday, February 7, 2014

Cook, Lamoureaux reappointed to Ketchum P&Z

Mayor chooses to keep continuity on commission

Express Staff Writer

    The Ketchum City Council on Monday approved Mayor Nina Jonas’ reappointments of Steve Cook and Jeff Lamoureaux to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
    Lamoureaux will serve his second term on the commission, while Cook will serve his third. Cook will serve a normal three-year term on the commission, while Lamoureaux was given a special four-year term because the city does not want to have to make three appointments at the same time in three years. The term of Commissioner Rich Fabiano expires in April.
    Six people submitted letters for consideration to Jonas. Attorneys Amanda Breen, Ben Worst and Erin Smith expressed interest in serving on the panel. Retired electrician Mickey Garcia also applied, along with incumbents Cook and Lamoureaux. Cook is an architect  and Lamoureaux is a civil engineer.
    Councilman Baird Gourlay said he is happy with the reappointments of Cook and Lamoureaux.
    “Those guys are workhorses,” Gourlay said. “They have done tremendous work during their times on the commission, and even though they may disagree at times, they have consistently done a great job of building consensus.”
    City Planning Manager Joyce Allgaier said she is looking forward to continuing her work with Cook and Lamoureaux.
    “I consider both of them to be very valuable assets because of their work backgrounds and the hard work they’ve put in on the city’s comprehensive plan,” Allgaier said.
    Fabiano has not announced whether he will seek reappointment.
    Gourlay said the Planning and Zoning Commission will continue to have challenging issues to address.
    “The comprehensive plan will still be a challenge to come out with a document we can work with effectively,” Gourlay said.         “The Downtown Master Plan is also very important, as changes need to be made there. Overall, the commission has done a great job of raising and addressing important issues.”

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