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2009 STATS PRESENTED 2-3-10 LMS

A copy of the “State of the County” report was presented by its author to each member of the Salmon City Council at the February 3rd council meeting. The 22 page document was compiled by Roger Grenier and contains statistics on the year 2009, gathered from county departments as well as state and federal agencies.

Grenier commented that Idaho was one of few states which entered the current recession with a budget surplus. That surplus has of course been drawn down in recent years leading Grenier to expect budget cuts from the legislature which will affect local government.

With 3,122 people the city contains 40.5 percent of the county’s total population and represents 25 percent of overall county valuation. The city grew by approximately 91 acres in 2009 as a result of annexations and now contains 1,687 acres within its boundaries.

County Building Department records show no new homes were built in the city last year however overall construction permits were actually up by 16 percent in 2009. It’s believed the increase is probably the result of more people choosing to remodel existing homes rather than build new ones. A total of 21 homes were built in the county.

The report goes on to list 44 different elements of the county’s many facets including unemployment numbers, taxable sales, lodging sales, Chamber of Commerce statistics, Health Department reports, records of court activity as well as a listing of over 60 volunteer organizations in Lemhi County.

A special section is set aside for volunteerism and its importance to the community. Volunteer hours donated to Salmon’s Sacajawea Interpretive and Cultural Center totaled 3,135. Grenier said, “That shows a lot of local people are wanting to make the center work.”

Copies of the report are available in the County Clerk’s Courthouse office or may be viewed on the web at: www.lemhicountyidaho.org

Other council business involved a review of a work session held to discuss instituting a city utility connection fee for undeveloped subdivisions and newly annexed properties. City Attorney John McKinney suggested that a study be done to determine fair value and thus avoid picking an arbitrary, unsubstantiated number.

In answer to a resident’s complaint, an alley running between 14th and 15th streets in the block bordered by Roosevelt and Taft streets will be inspected for trees that might be hanging over property lines.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be February 17th beginning at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.
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