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PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY COMMITTEE REPORT 8-18-10 LMS

City Public Works and Safety Committee Chairman Bud Bartlett reported an active and informative August 11th committee meeting.

He told the Salmon City Council, August 18th, the meeting was attended by many people and went well thanks to the assistance of City Attorney John McKinney, City Administrator George Ambrose, Public Works Superintendent Mickey Verbeck and City Planner Dan Maiyo. Bartlett said the meeting turned out to be very productive.

The committee heard a request to close a portion of 15th Street and an alley right-of-way. After considerable discussion it was decided the request should be placed in the public hearing process and is recommending that action to the full council.

The committee also reviewed an official vacation request for a portion of the alley between South Kay Street and South Warpath Street. Bartlett said the alley is not passable due to a shed that has been blocking the alleyway for many, many years. It was the committee’s recommendation that the alley be vacated. It was determined that according to law the vacation will have to go through the public hearing process.

A public hearing will be scheduled to address the vacation request of the alley right-of-way near 15th Street and vacation of a portion of the alley between South Kay and South Warpath streets.

A question of whether or not a structure built on property owned by Mark Troy must be connected to city water and sewer services was another topic of discussion. Attorney McKinney stated the building constitutes ‘development’ and therefore according to city code it should be connected.

Bartlett said the Public Works and Safety Committee heard a request for reimbursement of sewer line repair costs. The issue was resolved when it was verified the portion of line repaired is on private property and therefore the property owner’s responsibility.

Lemhi Auto Recycling has requested that its property be connected to city sewer and water services. The property is not within city limits however it is in the city’s impact zone. Bartlett said Dan Maiyo, acting as City Code Compliance Officer, will check state statutes to see how the utilities can legally be extended beyond the city limits and he will write a development agreement between the city and the auto recycling company. The services connection request is on hold until codes are researched and the written agreement is completed and submitted to the committee for review.

The next meeting of the Public Works and Safety Committee will be September 8th.


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