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The fact that needs at the city swimming pool were discussed during the January 26th meeting of the city Parks and Recreation Committee fuels February hopes that Summer will actually happen.

Committee chairman and City Mayor, Leo Marshall, relayed a City Recreation Director report from Judy Barkley in which she said the swimming pool facility’s roof needs to be either oiled or replaced. She said shakes from the roof are being found scattered on the ground after every strong wind. The committee discussed the possibilities of a metal roof if replacement is required. Barkley said the facility’s interior floors need work and the sidewalk leading from the swimming pool building towards the Club House needs to be replaced due to dips caused by settling. A certified trainer will also be needed for this season’s staff training.

Barkley would like to replace a swimming pool slide that was removed several years ago and she’s giving thought to replacing the diving board with a climbing wall.

The committee also discussed some form of pool area seating structure that would include an overhead shade.

Terry Whittier was in attendance at the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting for the purpose of discussing the whereabouts of some Heritage Cities signs, which have since been located. He said the signs were originally presented to the city as a result of the History Park and the Sacajawea Center. Signs in recognition of the Lemhi After School program had also been presented for placement at the Pioneer School and the Presbyterian Church.

Whittier recalled that a wall mural was part of the History Park’s original plan. The mural depicting some of the valley’s history was to be painted on the east wall of the Lantern Bar building.

As far as the status of city parks, Parks Superintendent Charlie Cockrell told the committee he is just waiting for the snow to leave so he can begin the seasonal maintenance work.

In council conversation following the report Councilman Jim Kluesner mentioned a swimming pool funding request has been made to the Local Option Tax Commission which might help towards roof repairs and Councilman Ron Radford said when he helped oil the facility’s roof three years ago the shakes were in very poor condition.

The pool facility roof will be examined along with the roof of the Sacajawea Center building that houses the Salmon City Police Department.

Following the Parks and Recreation Committee report the council unanimously approved the appointment of Sherry Elrod to the Sacajawea Center Committee.

Marshall said committee assignments for council members will be announced at the council’s February 16th meeting.

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