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SAFETY COMMITTEE REPORT 4-20-11 LMS

City Councilman Fred Waidely is chairman of the city’s Public Safety Committee and he gave a report on the committee’s most recent topics at the April 20th Salmon City Council meeting.

A change of location decision has been made on the proposed Mountain Men Black Powder shoot scheduled for this Summer. A request to hold the shoot at the Sacajawea Center had brought on legal questions regarding the city ordinance prohibiting discharge of firearms within city limits. Because organizers had asked to use city property the request had been referred to the Public Safety Committee. The change of location removes the city ordinance issue.

A review of the Safe Routes to School program and Alternate Mobility transportation issues were tabled by the committee pending an informational meeting in early May which Waidely plans to attend.

At a previous meeting the council voted to have the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 93 and Courthouse Drive changed to a yield sign. It has since been determined that because a sign change involves a US Highway it is a matter for the state to decide. City Administrator George Ambrose said the process of contacting highway officials is in the works.

Waidely reported the committee received a complaint regarding right-of-way encroachment in the 600 block of Courthouse Drive and the 700 block of Lemhi Avenue. He said the situation turned out to be more of a parking problem and will be investigated by Chief of Police Felker.

The Public Safety Committee recommended a letter of appreciation be sent to Bob Blackadar for his fencing project behind the bulletin board at the intersection of Courthouse Drive and Fulton Street. Just behind the board there is a drop off that leads abruptly down to the Pollard Creek culvert. Blackadar identified a possible safety hazard and then, with city permission, resolved it by installing a barrier fence behind the board and above the drop off. The council agreed with Waidely’s suggestion. According to law, official approval of the letter expressing the city’s appreciation will be placed on the council’s next meeting agenda.

The next meeting of the Public Safety Committee will be May 11 at 3PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room. The meetings concerning issues of public safety are open to the public.


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