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A second reading of the City of Salmon’s fiscal year 2010-11 budget ordinance was passed August 18 by the Salmon City Council.

The proposed fiscal year expenditures amount to $3,638,980 and the budget has been published in the newspaper as required by law. The third and final reading of the budget ordinance will take place during the council’s September 1st meeting.

The council passed the first reading of Ordinance 10-765 which redefines the city’s central business district boundaries in terms of prohibiting wheeled conveyances such as skateboards and bicycles on sidewalks. An exception to the city’s sidewalk rule is any wheeled conveyance being used by a physically handicapped person.

The former boundaries of the business district were from the east end of the Main Street Bridge to the Highway 28 junction.

The new boundaries have been extended to the west end of the bridge. Bicycles may still be ridden in the traffic lanes of the bridge but not on the sidewalk since the safety railing will be at a height to protect pedestrians not cyclists. Current state codes require ten foot tall railings over expanses where bicycles are ridden. Due to the fact bicycles may also use the new Pedestrian Bridge the city requested that the Main Street Bridge railings be lowered to the 42 inch pedestrian height to preserve the river views. The bridge is owned by the state and Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) crews are currently upgrading its surface as well as bringing such things as railing height into code compliance.

City Administrator George Ambrose informed the council that ITD crews are also going to be replacing 55 handicapped ramps. Work on the ramps is expected to begin in about two weeks. Mayor John Miller said a downtown sidewalk inspection has shown that some sidewalks are in need of repair. Maintenance of sidewalks in front of businesses is the responsibility of the property owner. He suggested that with all the concrete work going on, now might be an opportune time to get the work done and possibly save some money.

The council gave Scott Elliot another month to find a solution for the non-conforming shed he has been building on property owned by Ron Austin. Elliot is appealing a decision by City Zoning Administrator Dan Maiyo to deny a building permit due to the shed’s non compliance with code. So far neither Elliot nor Austin has suggested any solutions. Maiyo advised Elliot to contact Gary Goodman at the County Building Department and request an inspection to determine if the structure meets building codes however to date Elliot has not done so. Maiyo recommended to the council that Elliot and Austin be given another 30 days to either obtain a building permit and begin work to bring the structure into compliance with set back regulations or begin structure removal.

An update on the situation will be placed on the next City Council meeting agenda.

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