Friday, October 3, 2014

Mayor nominates P&Z member for council

Jake Provonsha must be approved by sitting council members

Express Staff Writer

Jake Provonsha

     Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe has nominated Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jake Provonsha to fill the City Council seat recently vacated by Franz Suhadolnik, who officially left his position on Tuesday. Briscoe made the nomination at the start of a Tuesday, Sept. 30, special meeting of the City Council.

     The City Council considered the nomination during a meeting late Thursday afternoon. Two of the three council members told Briscoe they were not prepared to vote on the nominee so quickly, and Briscoe tabled the decision until a later meeting.

     If Provonsha is eventually approved, he will finish out the remaining 15 months of Suhadolnik’s term.

     Provonsha is currently serving his fourth term on the Sun Valley P&Z. He previously resided in Ketchum and served on the P&Z Commission there. 

     Provonsha is a trained firefighter and emergency medical technician who used to serve on the Ketchum Fire Department squad, Briscoe said. He’s lived in the Ketchum and Sun Valley area for more than 35 years.

     His involvement in local community service includes membership on the Sun Valley Elkhorn Association board, of which he was president for two years.

     All three remaining Sun Valley councilors must approve Briscoe’s nomination in order for Provonsha to assume the vacant position.

     “With his experience on the P&Z, he should be a substantial addition to the council as we start the deliberations for the Comprehensive Plan followed by the Transportation Plan  and continue  to develop my plan for 24/7 EMT service in Sun Valley,” Briscoe said.   

     Suhadolnik announced his resignation last week, after the sale of his Sun Valley residence progressed quicker than he anticipated, he said in a letter to the mayor.

     Should council members accept Briscoe’s nomination, Provonsha will vacate his P&Z seat and Briscoe will need to fill it.

     “It will be an interesting job, [should I get the seat],” Provonsha said. “It will be quite different from the P&Z work and yet quite similar in a lot of ways.”

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