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NEW COMMITTEE 3-16-11 LMS

The first meeting of the city’s newly created Safety Committee took place on March 9th and on March 16th Committee Chairman Fred Waidely reported meeting details to the Salmon City Council.

The first matter of business was a recommendation that a Stop sign at the intersection of Highway 93 and Courthouse Drive be changed to a Yield sign. The committee recommended the change agreeing that a Yield sign would eliminate the problem of motorists not being able to get enough traction to proceed from a full stop when the road is icy. The City Council voted to have the signs changed. Council members recalled there used to be a Yield sign at that intersection and no one knew why it was changed to a Stop sign.

Eric Marshall of the Mountain Men organization addressed the Safety Committee on the subject of allowing a black powder rifle shoot to be held on the Sacajawea Interpretive Center grounds during the facility’s Heritage Days event. The Center is located within city limits.

Before such an event could be held Ordinance 63-351 would have to be amended. The ordinance prohibits the discharge of firearms of any kind, including air rifles, BB guns or pellet guns, within the limits of the city or on any premises or property owned or controlled by the city. The ordinance does not apply to law enforcement officers acting in the line of duty.

The possibility of changing the ordinance is on hold pending further research into legalities involved.

Waidely reported the committee will be conducting on-going research into the past history and present status of the Safe Routes to School program and will discuss findings at future meetings.

The Public Safety Committee will be holding its meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Its next meeting will be at 3PM on April 13th in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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