Dick Fosbury

Age: 71

Residence: Poverty Flats, southwest of Bellevue.

Education: B.S., civil engineering, Oregon State University.

Occupation: Retired engineer; track and field coach; corporate speaker; farmer.

Public service experience: Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission (five years); Ketchum Area Rapid Transit board (now Mountain Rides; 15 years); Ketchum city engineer (25 years); Sun Valley city engineer (10 years); board member of various nonprofits.

1) What role should the county take in promoting affordable housing? How?

2) What would you like to see done with the former Blaine Manor property?

3) How should the county manage its roughly $9 million in unassigned reserves?

4) Talk about your vision for the Big Wood River: What’s the best way for the county to balance flood control with restoring its natural steam processes?

5) What are your priorities for the county budget? What changes would you make?

1. The county should streamline our ordinances, evaluate the minimum percentage of required community housing and collaborate with the cities on workforce housing within their boundaries and the areas of city impact. We need to fix the TDR (transferable density right) ordinance, which has never worked. I will lead us to collaborate with the cities to evaluate where workforce housing is appropriate and where to consider modification of areas of city impact.

2. We should expand the area for senior housing and develop workforce housing units on that parcel, since the demand for senior housing is much greater than 28 units.

3. We should hold public hearings, as we do during budgeting, to maintain a reserve of 20 percent minimum, and wisely invest in workforce housing, road maintenance (using local match dollars) and facilities.

4. We should improve administrative efficiencies for time-sensitive applications. I have made many applications and understand how to use new technologies for monitoring, and will hire knowledgeable consultants experienced in restoration and prevention of erosion.

5. My priorities are to improve workforce housing, the level of public services, strengthen staffing where we need, improve emergency communications systems, use today’s technologies to improve communications with public participation about our meetings and our actions. I would immediately review the ordinance preventing the county from spending general funds on roads and bridges, to catch up on overdue maintenance.

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