Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sun Valley gives funds to outside agencies

Marketing Alliance gets $209,000 from city


By CHRISTINE COLBERT
Express Staff Writer

     The Sun Valley City Council on Thursday, Oct. 3, authorized contracts for services for multiple Wood River Valley agencies.
    The council approved a contract for the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance in the amount of $209,000, less than the previously proposed expenditure. The council hopes to earmark some of the reserved funds to use toward a new aerial-ladder truck for the Fire Department, which garnered a period of heated public comment and debate amongst the council members.
    The proposed contract for services with Mountain Rides Transportation Authority was postponed until the next City Council meeting, as the contract has yet to be submitted. The amount of the contract is slated to be $250,000, and the council did not foresee any additional delay to the future approval of the action.
    The council also approved $5,000 to go toward the business advocacy group Sustain Blaine to aid in multiple projects. The organization plans to improve air service reliability to the area, establish a culinary institute, develop a Nordic Olympic and Paralympic training site, and to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.


Fly Sun Valley Alliance received funding in the amount of $31,000.



    Fly Sun Valley Alliance received funding in the amount of $31,000. The Alliance plans to work with consultants and airlines to secure air service retention and air service development. The group hopes to minimize air service contract costs and conduct research in regards to economic impact and competitive analysis. Fly Sun Valley will also work on fundraising an additional $250,000 in the private sector for air service contract expenses.
    A contract for $10,000 was allocated to the Blaine County Housing Authority, in exchange for their services managing county assets and databases. The Housing Authority plans to develop a plan to more effectively utilize the Workforce Housing Fund, and will draft a long-term plan for city-owned housing units.
    Cities cannot give money directly to outside organizations, so funds allocated to such groups are done so through contracts for services rendered.




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