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Quigley owners offer water tank site

Hailey needs 2 million-gallon water storage tank

Express Staff Writer

Hailey Mayor Al Lindley surprised the Hailey City Council Monday night with a letter from the attorney for Quigley Canyon Ranch owners, Terry Hogue.

After a discussion of where the city might locate a 2 million-gallon water storage tank, Lindley said he had some new information to add to the discussion and then handed out the letter from Hogue.

The letter said ranch owners Fred Judd and Stoney Burke "are willing, if the bond election is successful, to gift to the city of Hailey a portion of their property" for the storage tank.

"Our clients also offer to grant the city of Hailey at no cost an easement for the location of the pipeline which would deliver the water from the storage tank to the northern boundary of the property owned by the Blaine County School District."

There has been some discussion of Quigley Canyon being developed as a golf course and residential area to be annexed by Hailey, but so far, no applications have been filed by Judd and Burke.

While not refusing the offer, the council agreed with Councilwoman Susan McBryant who counseled caution about the offer until the city’s attorney, Ned Williamson, had an opportunity to review it.

The letter was dated March 21, but not marked as received by the city until March 25, the day of the council meeting.

Hailey public works manager Ray Hyde and Hailey city engineer Tom Hellen said at the March 11 council meeting that the tank is necessary for fire protection and improved water pressure.

Hellen estimated that a bond for the project would be in the amount of $3 million to $3.5 million.

Lindley said a bond election could happen sometime in August.

Carollo Engineers has been hired by the city to design the water storage tank system and help determine the best location for it.

Paul Walker, an engineer for the firm, told the council that he had looked at four sites up Quigley Canyon and two in Woodside.

Before Lindley introduced the offer by the Quigley Ranch owners, Walker told the council that he thought the best location for the tank would be on land dedicated as a city park at the southeast end of Woodside.

He described an underground, concrete, square-shaped tank with a pump station nearby.

Walker said it was possible to design the tank and the site so that the surface above the tank could be used as a park area.

In other business, the council announced that May 18 would be "Clean Sweep Day," the city’s spring cleanup day.

The city also passed resolutions supporting three different grant applications by the Friedman Memorial Airport.

The first is for $820,000 to be used for airport safety improvements. The second is for $69,943 for reimbursement for the additional airport security expenses since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast. The third is for $180,000 to be used for an update of the airport’s master plan.


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