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COUNCIL SUPPORTS WATERSHED PROPOSAL 2-16-11 LMS

Lemhi County Economic Development Association (LCEDA) Executive Director Tammy Stringham asked the Salmon City Council to write a letter of support for a Salmon Municipal Watershed inventory survey being proposed to the Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) by LCEDA.

Stringham explained the proposal at the councilís February 16th meeting. She said the first year of the vegetation and archeological survey of the Jesse Creek area was funded and work will begin this Spring. LCEDA is now asking for funds to finish the two year project. Lemhi County and the Lemhi County Forestry Collaborative are also sponsors of the project.

She said RAC funds are tight however the Jesse Creek project to remove excess fuels and create a fire break for the city is a very high priority. The watershed area is on federal land and is spread over approximately 12,000 acres in the Jesse Creek, Chipps Creek and Pollard Creek watersheds. She said it would help to have a letter of support from the city when the funding request is presented to the RAC.

The council approved writing a letter of support.

A city letter of support was also approved for the Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authorityís (TRPTA) Federal Transit Administration rural grant application. The support request was made by the Idaho Department of Transportation Division of Public Transportation.

A fee waiver request was turned down by the council but the denial included suggestions as to where funds might be obtained. The waiver request was presented by Diana Earl for a Festival of Trees, three day fund-raising event to be held in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room in late November. The rental fee on that room is $100 per full day.

Earl explained the goal is to find a sponsor for each of the artificial Christmas trees which will then be decorated by either the sponsor of festival volunteers. After being placed on display the trees will be auctioned and the money raised will go to the EMT Ambulance Building fund.

Councilman Ron Radford explained that fee waivers have been against city policy for a long time. Councilmen Ken Gutzman and Jim Baker concurred. Baker added that everyone liked the idea and he suggested it, along with a funding request, be taken to the Local Option Tax Commission. The Festival of Trees is scheduled to begin November 30th.


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