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PARKS & RECREATION COMMITTEE 8-17-11 LMS

Laws were broken related to no camping rules at city owned parks during recent weekend ball tournaments according to an August 17 report to the City Council from Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman Jim Kluesner.

Kluesner said it appears camp trailers were parked overnight at City Park contrary to the cityís no camping ordinance. Kluesner said the city is currently working on agreements with baseball and softball organizations and the Parks and Recreation Committee recommends delegating responsibility for observing city ordinances to whichever organization is sponsoring tournaments. The responsibility would include making sure the rule of no dogs allowed in City Park is also observed.

The committee discussed the condition of Kidís Creek Pond. Kluesner said the build up of algae and moss is so great youngsters canít use the pond. He said the city maintains the surrounding grounds but it is up to Fish and Game to take care of the pond. Another issue deals with water leaking into the bathroom holding tank causing it to overflow, possibly into the pond. Kluesner said City Administrator George Ambrose has written a letter to Idaho Fish and Game Department Regional Supervisor Jim Lukens outlining conditions and asking the department to respond to the issues.

The slide ordered for the city swimming pool doesnít fit and canít be returned. City Recreation Director Judy Barkley asked the committee to find out if the slide could be offered for sale.

There will be a new wooden Memorial Bench near the flag pole at the Sacajawea Center thanks to the Local Emergency Planning Committee. The bench will be in honor of all the Emergency Service units throughout the valley including those in Elk Bend, Leadore, Salmon, North Fork and Gibbonsville. Thanks go to all the volunteer EMTís, Fire Departments and members of Search and Rescue. Kluesner said that Jean Anders asked the Parks and Recreation Committee for recommendations on where the bench should be placed. Since only metal benches are used on Island Park and in City Park, the Sacajawea Center was suggested and selected.

The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committee will take place September 20 at 4:30PM in the meeting room of the Salmon Valley Center.


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