|PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE REPORT|
STREET VACATION DECISION PENDING 3-16-11 LMS
A request by Alex Alexander to close or vacate a portion of Cobalt Street has been sent on to City Planner Dan Maiyo.
Alexander presented his request to the city’s Public Works Committee at its March 9th meeting. He said increased traffic past his home was creating a problem due to the high volume of power lines next to his house.
Public Works Superintendent Mickey Verbeck and Waste Water Treatment Superintendent Harry Shanafelt were also in attendance at the meeting and stated they thought sewer line maintenance crews accessed Cobalt Street to service the lines.
Bob Blackadar said Cobalt Street could be used to gain access to private property in what may become a future subdivision.
The committee’s initial recommendation was to deny the request. At the March 16th meeting of the Salmon City Council the matter was forwarded to Maiyo for further research.
Blackadar attended the Public Works meeting to suggest that a fence be built behind the Courthouse Drive/Fulton Street intersection bulletin board to prevent any accidental falls into the creek located just behind the board. He volunteered himself and some friends for the actual fence construction work. The committee gave its recommendation to the project. The City Council voted to allow the fence contingent on thorough research of property boundary lines and ownership. Blackadar will be consulting with Verbeck prior to any actual construction.
A suggestion of moving the divider line in front of the Courthouse on Courthouse Drive has been before the committee for some time. Verbeck has studied the street and said he felt the center line could be moved closer to the rock wall across from the Episcopal Church thereby giving traffic more clearance for vehicles parked in front of the church and the Courthouse. He said he will follow up on relocating the line when the weather allows.
In other committee business a complaint about trees on Courthouse Drive being in the right-of-way was referred to the Safety Committee and a topic of new city rates was sent to the Finance Committee.
The next meeting of the Public Works Committee will be the afternoon of April 13th at 4:45 in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room. The public is welcome.
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