Ketchum City Council members approved a series of contracts and a fund transfer on Monday, Nov. 4, passing them to Mayor Neil Bradshaw for signing.

The contracts are with Sun Valley Marketing (aka Visit Sun Valley), the Blaine County Housing Authority and Mountain Humane. The fund transfer is to the Ketchum Arts Commission.

  • In accordance with Ketchum’s fiscal year 2020 budget, Sun Valley Marketing will officially receive $400,000 to continue tourism-marketing efforts. That’s a 9 percent reduction from the $440,000 it received last year.

  • Blaine County Housing Authority will receive $75,000 in two installments for its proposed services in the In-Lieu Housing Fund, which aims to preserve community housing for low- and moderate-income households in the Wood River Valley.

  • The Mountain Humane animal shelter near Hailey will receive $2,000 to continue providing facilities, care and safe housing to dogs found in the city limits of Ketchum. The agreement was approved by Police Chief Dave Kassner.

  • The Ketchum Arts Commission will receive $29,000 from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for a permanent and interactive sculpture to be installed on Fourth Street. The commission plans to issue a call for artists in early November. The sculpture would be owned by the city.

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