City of Ketchum
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Avenue N.
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
"Small Town, Big Life"

Inform. Celebrate. Involve.
November 18, 2017
In This Issue
Nina Late November is a wonderful time of year for so many reasons. It marks another changing of seasons and stirs excitement for the coming snow and winter fun.
It also serves as a reminder to slow our lives down, to take a few moments to reflect, and consider the things and the people for which we are grateful.
This annual pressing of the pause button coincides with the trappings and rituals of the Thanksgiving Holiday: the gathering with friends and family, the tantalizing aromas emanating from kitchens or the spirit of generosity toward others. 

Enjoy this time and have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday!


Stay involved in your community. Included here are links to the Monday, Nov. 20, Council agenda and Council meeting information. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. At this meeting, staff will request direction from Council on the use of housing in-lieu fees to support community housing within the Galena Lofts development project. Sun Valley Economic Development will present its third quarter report and the third reading of the Off-Street Parking and Loading Ordinance will be considered. Council will also consider approval of a contract with Pipeline, Inc. for sewer repair.    
It is the responsibility of the City to inform the public and gain public input. We encourage you to provide the City with your opinion and comments by attending Monday's meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Ketchum City Hall, 480 East Ave. N., or by sending an email to:
Parking Residents, employees and visitors will soon have more downtown parking options.
On Monday, the city will reopen two parking lots. The first, located at the corner of 2nd Street and Washington Avenue, has been resurfaced and expanded. It now has spaces for 65 vehicles, including three handicapped stalls. Its previous capacity was just 26 vehicles.
The expansion project was a partnership between the city and the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency. The surface lot is built on land the city is renting from the KURA. The agency committed $75,000 to make improvements and cover the capital costs of the expansion.
The second lot, with 26 spaces, is located at the corner of 6th Street and Leadville Avenue.

The city will open both lots on Monday and at the same time begin paid-parking enforcement.
There is a new twist for the paid parking. The system in place cannot accept cash or coins. Instead, both lots are equipped with electronic, touch screen payment meters. Customers can use credit/debit cards or contactless payments through two online apps - CalltoPark, a web-based application, or WaytoPark, which can be used on mobile devices and downloaded from Apple and Google app stores.
The rates at both lots are set at $1.50 per hour, with a 1-hour minimum and 24-hour maximum time. This winter, on a trial basis, the city will allow overnight parking at the Washington Avenue lot.

If you ever need to find Alisa Sergeyeva, the best place to look is behind the scenes at any city-sponsored event, ribbon-cutting or weekend festival. Planning events, managing logistics and being at the center of an activity is her job and passion.

"I just really love events," Sergeyeva says. "I was involved in event planning during my college years in Ukraine and after moving to the United States, I was eager to get training and experience that would one day allow me to work in the event planning field. My marketing major at Boise State laid out the fundamental elements of successful event planning; negotiating skills, ability to multi-task, staying within budget, creative thinking and providing exceptional customer service. I was able to apply these skills to my management position with Spotlight Events, a producer of nationwide dance competitions, where I worked prior joining the City of Ketchum team."

Sergeyeva was initially hired by the City of Ketchum last December as a management assistant. In May, coordinating events was added to her role, a challenging position given the busier-than-usual docket for the summer of 2017.

The season got underway in June with the Ketch'em Alive and Jazz in the Park concert series. Many celebrations continued through the summer and then August rolled around with the total solar eclipse, followed by the 60th Anniversary of Wagon Days during the Labor Day weekend.

"The biggest thing this summer by far was the solar eclipse," said Sergeyeva. "The City prepared for several months to be ready for more visitors and to provide a safe area to view this celestial event. It was fun to work together with the rest of the city's team on this and the Wagon Days 60th Anniversary weekend. Meeting new people, building relationships, being part of a creative process and experiencing Ketchum's unique culture every day makes my job gratifying and stimulating and I love it."

Sergeyeva, moved to Boise in 2001 from Ukraine and enrolled at BSU. A few years ago, she encouraged her parents to move to the United States and they still live in Boise.

She admits to always having a crush on Ketchum and the Wood River Valley, saying she looked for every reason to visit and take part in the festivals, concerts, hike the trails or spend time with her best friend who lived in town.

"We always joked that I'd move to Ketchum if the right job came around. Well it did, but my friend decided to move to Boise shortly after I moved to Ketchum."

Looking back on the 2017 season, Sergeyeva said she's pleased with the variety of events, the strong attendance and community response. She cited the experiment with closing off a downtown street for Ketch'em Alive to make way for food and drink vendors as an idea worth pursuing again next summer.

So, what's next on the city's social calendar? Sergeyeva said she's in the middle of scheduling Santa and making sure the hot chocolate is steamy for next month's holiday lighting ceremony downtown.

Santa Hat Santa arrives at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Town Square to hear holiday wishes from the children. They can enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies, a surprise from Santa, and there will be hot toddies for the rest of the crowd. After the Thanksgiving holiday, letters to Santa can be dropped off in the mailbox at Town Square. Be sure to include a return address so Santa can write back!
DestiMetrics Round 4 Reports
Visit Sun Valley releases Destimetrics October Daily Occupancy Report and Executive Summary

KIC Welcomes The Chamber
The Chamber has announced the opening of its north-valley office at the Ketchum Innovation Center located at 311 First Ave., N.
Here Comes the Snow
Once again, the City would like to emphasize the change in the type of snow stakes that should be used this winter. Steel snow stakes can be dangerous to pedestrians, vehicles and snow removal equipment. Please eliminate the use of steel snow stakes and replace them with fiberglass poles. 

Wanted: Utilities Director and Equipment Operators
Visit for job descriptions and application.

City Council 
Attend the next City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month in Ketchum City Hall. Click here to see the agenda and staff reports or scan the QR code.

Planning and Zoning Commission 
Attend the next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11. P&Z meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in Ketchum City Hall. Click here for agendas and staff reports or scan the QR code.

Public Comment 
If you cannot attend the Council or P&Z meetings and would like to express an opinion, please submit your comments via email to Your input and engagement is encouraged. All comments will be reviewed. 
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