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A waiver request of the $500 fee required to file a Streets and Alley Vacation application was denied by the Salmon City Council at its September 15th meeting.

The request was made by Cleveland Avenue resident Mike Wallingford. The vacation action is being requested as a way to resolve the fact a garage owned by Wallingford was built in the late 1980’s, with that council’s permission, on a city right of way. The property in question is a portion of 15th Street south of its intersection with Cleveland Avenue in the area of the Old Leesburg Road. The situation has been before the Public Works Committee twice and was once again referred back to the committee for further discussion. The action taken by the council on the 15th was only on the fee waiver request, not on the final adjudication of the property itself.

Other requests before the council included one from the Salmon Chamber of Commerce to allow overnight camping privileges on Island Park for Blue Circle Sports, the official timing company of the September 18th Salmon Marathon. Reasons stated included security of the equipment and the need for an early morning set-up. The council granted its permission.

The council also granted a street closure request from the Salmon High School Council and Leadership Team for the Friday, October 3rd, Homecoming Parade. The parade will begin at 11AM on Main Street. The organizers are also notifying Idaho Transportation Department crews currently at work on sidewalk ramp reconstruction.

A contract agreement for Lagoon Biosolids Removal and Land Application with Merrell Brothers Incorporated of Kokomo, Indiana was accepted by the council and work will commence the week of September 20th.

From seven to eight feet of sediment at the bottom of the city’s sewer treatment lagoon number one will be removed and transported to nearby ranch land. It is estimated there are about 30,000 yards of sludge taking up room in the lagoon and causing the water to be released before bacterial elements can be digested. It was explained that tests show approximately fifty percent of the sludge is composed of inert materials such as plastics and sand, which can’t be eaten by anaerobic microorganisms.

The $300,000 cost of the operation will be paid for by money generated from the increased sewer rates. No debt will be incurred.

Councilman Ron Radford thanked all those who have worked for so long on resolving the lagoon dilemma, with special mention to the council, City Administrator George Ambrose, Mayor John Miller and Calvin Leman.

Last March the council contracted Planned and Engineered Construction (PEC) of Helena, Montana for the $177,777 job of lining city sewer delivery pipes. At that time the work was scheduled for November however City Administrator George Ambrose told the council the firm has informed him it has an opening in its calendar and will be starting the work soon. The company will be inserting liners in the sewer pipe that runs from Highway 93 North to the sewer treatment plant. A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for September 22nd.

Ambrose commented on the flurry of construction activity now taking place in Salmon. He listed work on the Main Salmon River Bridge, reconstruction of downtown sidewalk ramps for the handicapped and now the dredging at the city’s sewer treatment plant and the sewer pipe lining project.

The council also approved purchase of a bronze dedication plaque to be placed at the Sacajawea Learning Center in honor of all the work accomplished by former Center Director Angie Hurley. The building’s name will not change. The plaque will read, “The Sacajawea Learning Center is dedicated to Angie Hurley for her commitment and fortitude in helping to create an educational environment for our community.”

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