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The legally required three reading process to adopt an annexation ordinance was completed by the Salmon City Council December 1st.

The property annexed is on Melanie Drive in the Smedley Subdivision. The lot belongs to John Jakovac and is contiguous to property he owns within city limits. Jakovac had requested the annexation due to his mistakenly building a house on property he thought he owned but later discovered he did not. The lot on which he built was outside of the city limits and therefore exempt from city sewer and water services. He has since purchased the lot. His adjoining in-city lot has water and sewer availability and his plan is to extend the lines across his property to the new home.

Councilman Bud Bartlett commented during the third reading of the annexation ordinance that he didn’t think any more property should be annexed into that area due to water supply and sewer line issues and that such a decision would set a precedent for future annexation requests. Councilmen Jim Baker and Ken Gutzman stated this particular situation involves only one parcel and will utilize a system hook-up that is not additional since it already exists.

The annexation ordinance 10-769 passed on a vote of four to one with Bartlett casting the opposing vote. Ordinance 10-770, which attached a zoning designation of Low Density Residential to the annexed lot, passed unanimously as did Resolution 2010-4 which assigned the property a Future City Land Use Map designation of Residential and a city zoning map designation of Low Density Residential.

In his report on the November 24th meeting of the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee, Committee Chairman Leo Marshall reported that the Senior Citizens’ request for a sign listing hours when dogs are allowed off leash on Island Park was discussed. The location suggested for the sign is on the Northwest corner of the Skate Park. The reason for the request was that some dog owners are being accosted by people who do not know allowing dogs to be off-leash is permitted. Marshall said Parks Superintendent Charlie Cockrell is aware of the request.

The committee also discussed a request to raise the number of off-leash dogs per person to three. The city’s dog ordinance stipulates two dogs per person. The committee felt that given incidents of some dogs not being under their owner’s control now, it would not be advisable to raise the limit. To change the ordinance would mean the full process of public hearings and publications. The committee’s recommendation is to not change the present ordinance. The recommendation will be placed on the December 15th City Council meeting agenda for a further discussion and decision.

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