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COMMITTEES REPORT TO COUNCIL 5-4-11 LMS

City Finance Committee Chairman Jim Baker told the May 4th meeting of the Salmon City Council that the Finance Committee had met earlier that day and had discussed the Lemhi Education Project request for financial support. He said that although he had told the project leaders that morning he would poll council members to learn their feelings about helping to fund the project he had decided to postpone any further action on the request until after more discussion at the May 18th Finance Committee meeting.

The Lemhi Education Project is proposing the creation of a junior college opportunity by way of the high tech equipment at the Salmon Valley Business and Innovation Center, in partnership with North Idaho College (NIC). Connection with the NIC Outreach Learning Centers program would mean that any credits earned here could be transferred directly to Idaho State University, Boise State University, Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho.

The Education Project leaders told an April 20th council meeting that if the community steps forward to support the first year of operations, NIC will then supply future funding of the Outreach Center coordinator. The Education Project volunteers are hoping to have everything in place and the first students enrolled by early June. Total start up cost is estimated at $40,000 and the city was asked to contribute $12,000 towards the junior college goal.

In other business before the Finance Committee it was decided to recommend that if Sacajawea Center revenues exceed projected budgets they may be used to help offset the centerís maintenance budget or to offset an increase of staff hours. Baker said the committee will review any excess revenues over the next month or so and will forego any consideration of additional personnel until the amount of excess is determined.

Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman Jim Kluesner reported that funds to make repairs at the Skate Park have been donated by CenturyLink. A broken rail will be replaced and concrete repairs completed in time for an upcoming Skate Park event.

Kluesner said the grading of some Island Park areas will wait until after the expected high water season. He also said the slide ordered to replace a diving board at the city swimming pool has arrived and will be installed and that the sprinkler system in the pool area has been repaired.

A vault toilet has been placed at the cemetery and is providing the grounds with the first-ever rest room. Kluesner recognized Parks Superintendent Charlie Cockrell for his installation work and special thanks went to former Mayor John Miller for initiating the project.


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