Veteran City Councilwoman Martha Burke is sworn in as Hailey’s mayor on Friday by outgoing Mayor Fritz Haemmerle, right, continuing her 28 years of public service to the city. Burke joined the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission nearly three decades ago after taking issue with the development of a new grocery store near her historic home on East Bullion Street. In leading her first City Council meeting on Monday, Burke rolled out an ambitious plan to rein in carbon emissions. The new mayor, along with three new City Council members—Sam Linnet, Juan Martinez and Heidi Husbands—started taking care of the business and affairs of the largest town in the Wood River Valley. It began with hearing public concerns about allegedly harmful effects of 5G networks, a proposal to remove vehicles from city rights of way and the need for trees on Woodside Boulevard. Burke said she will hold open office hours for public visits and to hear concerns at City Hall on Mondays at 4 p.m. “I mostly want suggestions from people,” she said.

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