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At its July 7th meeting, members of the Salmon City Council discussed possible changes to the Cemetery fee structure.

Taxes paid by city residents support the entire $40,000 annual cost of maintaining the Salmon Cemetery which is used by residents throughout the county. To spread the cost more equitably creation of a Cemetery District was researched by Councilman Jim Baker. He found that initially, formation of a district would be costly however would probably be the most cost efficient solution in the long term. Baker advised that for now the city should differentiate between what city residents are charged and what non-city residents are charged.

The council is considering a proposal that would require non-city residents to pay higher cemetery internment fees than city residents and to raise all of the facility’s rates. Internment fees as well as other facility guidelines are contained in a Cemetery Ordinance. Fees within the ordinance can be changed by way of resolution as long as the increase is not more than three percent above fees in place. According to Deputy City Clerk Mary Benton state code stipulates that if there are new fees being added, such as the proposed fees for non-city residents, an ordinance amendment process of public hearing and three readings is required before changes can be made.

City Council members will study the fee proposal and revisit the subject at a future meeting.

The city’s preliminary 2010-2011 budget was tentatively approved. The council will meet in a budget work session on July 13th at 9AM. August 4th at 6:15PM was set for an official public hearing.

Ordinance 10-759 concerning an amendment which removes an irrelevant reference within the code’s Performance Standards for Special Flood Hazard Areas section was unanimously passed with a waiver on the second and third readings.

At the May 19th meeting of the Salmon City Council it was decided that three city-owned lots on Idaho Avenue would be offered for sale. An appraisal had valued the property at $12,000 and a minimum asking price of $15,000 was set. It has since been discovered city sewer and water lines do not extend to the lots which immediately redefined the land as ‘undeveloped property.’ The council unanimously set a new minimum bid price of $10,000.

During a public comment opportunity Jim Bockelman labeled the trailer sitting in front of City Hall ‘a safety hazard.’ He said it seriously limits pedestrian and driver’s attempts to see on-coming traffic. On the subject of beetle killed trees he suggested that John Goodman of Moose Creek Estate properties may know of a bulk source for anti-beetle bags for use on city trees.

Robert Dunlop offered his support of a non-city resident, county card concept. He said he doesn’t support the recreation district concept since it would create yet another bureaucracy.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be July 21st at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

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