COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER 1-20-11 LMS
Long time Salmon resident Fred Waidely has been chosen to fill the Salmon City Council seat that was left vacant when Leo Marshall became Mayor.
Waidely was officially sworn into office by City Clerk Mary Benton during the January 19th meeting of the full council. Mayor Marshall announced Waidely’s appointment and commended his past record of community leadership positions.
Waidely has been on the City Planning and Zoning Commission for the past seven years and has been actively involved in the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations. He joins the City Council with the unanimous approval of current council members.
During a post-appointment interview Waidely said he likes being involved in the community and that he has found his years with the City Planning and Zoning Commission to be a very rewarding experience. During the time he has served on the commission the city’s Comprehensive Plan has been rewritten and work has begun on revising City Development Codes. By way of explanation he said the Comprehensive Plan could be called the city’s “Constitution” and the Development Code contains the laws that back up the Constitution. Waidely said he wants to continue his participation in the Development Code revision process.
As a P&Z Commission member he participated in Idaho Association of Cities training seminars on state and local code and will be bringing that background information to the council.
Waidely was raised in Darby, Montana. His Naval career took him away from the area for over 20 years. He called himself, “…a career submarine sailor.” Waidely in fact achieved the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer which equates to the most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Navy. He then went on to work for the Department of Defense until he retired in 1990 and returned to Salmon.
Fred’s wife Sue (Pern) Waidely is equally involved in the community and quietly volunteers a great deal of unheralded, behind the scenes work. She is a sixth generation native of Salmon. Sue has served as the VFW Auxiliary President and force behind the yearly collection of donations for Buddy Poppies. The donations are used to fund many VFW community projects. Both Fred and Sue are also members of the Lemhi County Historical Society.
Fred Waidely will serve as Salmon City Councilman through the November 2011 election and up to January of 2012.
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