Friday, August 22, 2014

Ketchum, Sun Valley schedule joint meeting

Council members, mayors to discuss sharing ladder truck

Express Staff Writer

    Following a request from the city of Ketchum, the Sun Valley City Council agreed to hold a joint meeting on Sept. 3 to discuss shared costs of a ladder fire truck purchased by Sun Valley at the beginning of 2014. The decision came in a 3-1 vote on Aug. 14, with Councilman Franz Suhadolnik dissenting.
    The truck is currently being leased through Pierce Manufacturing; the city of Sun Valley is on a 10-year payment plan, making annual payments of $112,425. The lease for the truck was written so that Ketchum could “buy in” to the lease.  
    The first payment for the truck will be made this fall, financed through local-option taxes.
    Council members initially expressed confusion over the purpose of meeting with Ketchum officials. Suhadolnik said he would prefer for the two mayors to meet and then address their findings with their individual councils.
    “My experience with meetings with the Ketchum council in the past has not been great,” he said, citing “real animosity” when the two councils met in the past regarding their fire departments.
Councilwoman Michelle Griffith said both city governments have new officials on board and they should start fresh.
“I don’t think we should let the personalities of the past influence our decisions going forward,” Griffith said.   
The council members who voted in favor of the meeting agreed that there wouldn’t be an action item on the joint agenda—the meeting would be an opportunity to discuss issues and options.
    The meeting will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Sun Valley City Hall.

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