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For the week of December 11 - 17, 2002


Brown tabbed to serve on Hailey City Council

Express Staff Writer

Hailey City Council members Monday voted unanimously to appoint Carol Brown, chairwoman of the city Planning and Zoning Commission, to the empty council seat vacated by Mayor Susan McBryant.

McBryant—who was sworn in as mayor Nov. 25 after the council determined that the Nov. 8 resignation of Mayor Al Lindley was legally binding and could not be rescinded—nominated Brown for the position.

Lindley looked on from the audience Monday as Brown was promptly sworn into office and took her seat on the panel.

Brown is a Hailey resident who works for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Her departure from the Hailey P&Z will leave a vacancy on that panel.

McBryant said Monday P&Z commissioners will select a new chairperson from the four remaining members of the panel, after which she will appoint a new commissioner to fill the vacant commission seat.

Brown is guaranteed a position on the council for approximately one year. A vote to determine a publicly elected council member for the seat will be held during the November 2003 general election.

In addition, council members Monday unanimously appointed Councilman Rick Davis as the panel’s president. McBryant had been council president prior to her appointment as the new mayor.

With Brown sitting in, council members voted 4-0 to support a nomination of Davis by Councilman Don Keirn.

To conclude a succession of appointments, council members voted unanimously to support a proposal by McBryant to reappoint P&Z Commissioner Eddy Svidgal to a second three-year term.

Svidgal is an architect who maintains an office in Ketchum.

In addressing Monday’s agenda, council members approved a long list of legislative measures that McBryant referred to as "housekeeping."

The panel unanimously approved an application by Airport West Partners for Final Plat approval of Phase Two of the Airport West Subdivision south of downtown Hailey.

"I think it will really be an asset to the city of Hailey," Davis said.

Council members did not take action on a request by staff of Wood River Land Trust for money to assist in the purchase of 2.17 acres of land adjacent to the Big Wood River east of downtown.

However, the panel showed general support for the plan, and appointed Brown to serve as a council liaison to work with city staff to determine if any money can be freed from the city budget to support the land acquisition.


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