For the first time in its decades-long history, the Ketchum Rural Fire Protection District will have a new contract service provider in 2019.

     And for the first time since 1957, the city of Ketchum may not be involved.

     That’s the result of a 2-1 vote cast by the Fire District’s board of commissioners during a meeting Tuesday morning at Ketchum City Hall. Commissioners Earl Engelmann and Chris Stephens voted in favor of providing the district’s $300,000 contract to the city of Sun Valley. Commissioner Jed Gray voted against it.

     The contract will go to the Sun Valley City Council next at a special meeting set for Monday, May 20, at Sun Valley City Hall. If it’s approved, the agreement is scheduled to begin Oct. 1.

     The Ketchum City Council will have the next four months to figure out what should happen next. Its contracts with the Fire District started in 1957, but the most recent, signed in November 2016, is set to terminate on June 28. The commissioners want to extend it through Sept. 30, though the Ketchum City Council would have to agree.

     The Fire District commissioners left the door open to Ketchum’s participation in the next contract, but only through consolidation with the city of Sun Valley and the Fire District.

     For full coverage of this story, check the Wednesday, May 15, edition of the Idaho Mountain Express.

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