February 1, 2018
Word on the Street
Straight from the Topper
During the Open House, attendees were not only able to write down their own suggestions and articulate their own view, they were also able to see the comments and views of other participants. Seeing the opinions and challenges of others helps build empathy across all stakeholders and in my opinion, is an important first step in finding a solution that works for us all.
Attendees were also able to place adhesive dots in answer to a range of questions that were asked. All dots are equal, there is no bigger dot or a dot that was more important. I believe this process highlights two important concepts: 1) all views are valid, 2) all views will be heard equally.
With no speeches by anyone, city representatives included, this was a meeting where the community was engaged in thoughtful answers and attentive reading of other people’s views – I love that!
If we can continue to make these stakeholder events interesting and engaging, not only will it lead to better decisions and better policy, it will also be a lot of fun! Let's keep it rolling!
I believe that the best public policy will come through effective engagement with all stakeholders which is why I was so excited to see 150 people attend the Open House last week! The topic was on parking management--but it could have been on any issue because in my mind, the real success was connecting 150 people to jointly tackle a community issue.
As I mentioned in my last missive, a connected community is one of the four pillars of our vision for Ketchum (alongside vibrant, sustainable and safe). Having an event that builds connection felt true to our vision.
before the flood
The Wood River Land trust is bringing ecologist Ric Hauer, Director of the University of Montana's Center for Integrated Research on the Environment, to speak on hydrology, stream function, and best practices for restorative techniques. After historic flooding last spring, we could all use a good chat about managing the Big Wood River. See you at the Community Library Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m.
Feeling Star struck delle stelle
The Ketchum Innovation Center is holding a series of seminars for business leaders and entrepreneurs in our area. Upcoming events include IdeaBounce, the Sun Valley Economic Development Forum, an Under-30 networking night, and a publishing seminar. Hurray for innovation!
District 26 legislators Rep. Sally Toone (D-Gooding) Rep. Steve Miller (R-Fairfield) and Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett (D-Ketchum) will be in Ketchum and Bellevue next week for public forums. The trio will meet and discuss the Legislature’s session with constituents at Ketchum City Hall on Friday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 a.m. at the Oak Street Deli in Bellevue.
News is getting out about our Dark Sky Designation. Ketchum has been in the press on the national and international beat! Il Messaggero, an Italian newsource, described our skies like a blanket of diamonds as big as the geographic region alongside the Adriatic Sea. Che bella!
Town Hall Forum
KIC february Events
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Viva la Tax Season! Certain individuals may qualify for a property tax reduction (also known as a Circuit Breaker) for 2017. Homeowners must file for a tax reduction with the County Assessor by April 17, 2018, the same deadline for homeowner exemptions. Click the link above to see if you qualify.
Things to know
The Ketchum Arts Commission is calling for the work of artists and sculptors for upcoming projects. Click "artist" or "sculptors" to learn more and go on, get artsy.
VISIT SUN VALLEY METRICS
Visit Sun Valley has provided their 2017 DestiMetrics report on occupancy in the valley. Here are the highlights:
Occupancy rates were down 17.1% in December
January 2018 was booked at 29% (compared to 2017 actual of 31%)
Lack of snow and high prices is playing into the lower occupancy rate for the area, so let's see those snow dances!
150: the number of people who attended the Open House on Parking
44-3-37-17: The number of people who identified as customers, visitors, business owners, and employees, respectively
80: The average number of written responses for each question on parking
41-51: The percentage of attendees who said they would be willing to pay for parking at Washington&First and Sixth&Leadville, respectively
3: The number of attendees who responded that the event was a waste of time
Want to read more about the Open House on parking? Click on the following for coverage from KMVT , Eye on Sun Valley and the Idaho Mountain Express.
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Monday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m.
City Hall, 480 East Avenue North
P&Z Meeting will be held Monday, February 12
you can comment on this stuff, though
Phase II of Aspen Sewer Project
Headworks Improvement Project
Engineering & Project Management Contract
First, council Actions
Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments
Fourth Quarter update from Sun Valley Economic Development
then, council Discussion
Solar Panels at Atkinson Park
Removal of street trees on 5th Street adjacent to Ore Wagon Museum
No public comment on this one, Sorry folks
Next, Public discussion
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Last Q: When did you first see snow in Ketchum?
The first time I saw snow in Ketchum I was a high school student who had just left home to join the ski team here. I was attending a brand new school, living with a host family, and felt completely lost and confused in this vast, beautiful place. It was November, so there was hardly any snow down valley, so the ski team had to drive north to find skiing. We drove to Prairie Creek and I remember getting out of the van full of strangers and seeing the snow start to fall and feeling this incredible feeling of relief. Seeing the snow made me feel grounded, like I made the right decision, like I was right at home. I haven't left since.
Congratulations to the Hidden Springs Hockey Club and Kennedrunks team for taking the W at the 11th Annual Idaho Pond Hockey Classic! We had a historic turnout this year with 200 participants and just have to ask: what was your best pond hockey moment? Share your story with us on social media with the hashtag #KetchumQ or submit your story straight to us through this form and we might just share it in the next Word on the Street.
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