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COMMENTS TO COUNCIL 7-6-11 LMS

The community swimming pool in City Park was the subject of high praise plus one question during the July 6 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

Councilman Bud Bartlett passed on telephoned compliments he received about the excellent condition of the pool and the facility in general plus commendations for the job being done by City Recreation Director Judy Barkley.

In one of the meeting’s public comment periods Wayne Talmadge complimented the city for the great job negotiating very equitable terms in the loan agreement between the city and the Department of Environmental Quality. The loan to which he referred is for $3.5 million and will be used for sewer system upgrades.

Talmadge said he was disappointed to see the city swimming pool was closed on Sunday and Monday of the July 4th weekend. He questioned closing the pool especially at a time when no other water access is available to youngsters due to the river’s high water conditions. Mayor Leo Marshall said work is being done on the reasons behind the closure.

In the second public comment segment of the meeting Bob Wiederrick thanked the City Council for approving Local Option Tax funding for the History Park’s new mural depicting the Gilmore and Pittsburgh railroad. He said artist Orin Tucker did a very nice job and the mural was finished in time for the Fourth of July Salmon River Days. He went on to tell the council of another history project that is in the works.

The Lemhi County Historical Society has released a new book telling the history of Main Street buildings. Wiederrick said proceeds from the book, “Walking Main Street,” will be used to place placards on the buildings featuring details of the structure’s history. He said the original inventory of 250 books was sold almost instantly and 500 more have been ordered.

The books are being sold at Main Street Cards and Gifts, which happens to be housed in the original IOOF Hall built in 1871. The books are also available through the Historical Society and at the Country Store.

Referring to the new History Park mural, Mayor Marshall said, “What we’re saying is, ‘We now have a train in Salmon, Idaho.’” Marshall also had high praise for the Historical Society’s new book. He said once opened, the book is one that history buffs will not be able to put down. His recommendation for fans of local history was to not open “Walking Main Street” until they have plenty of time to sit and read.


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