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NUISANCES BECOME CIVIL MATTER 9-7-11 LMS

Situations considered to be public nuisances will now be handled as a civil offense rather than a criminal one.

At its September 7 meeting, the Salmon City Council passed the second reading of an amendment to its nuisance ordinance and waived the third reading. That automatically put the civil penalties into effect and cancelled the ordinance language that made nuisance violations a criminal offense.

The council approved a request from the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce for one night of overnight camping on Island Park. The camping exception was made for the musical group “Party Trained” which was hired to entertain during the September 10 Salmon Marathon. The reason behind the request was so the group could provide security for its trailer and equipment.

Finance Director Amy Fealko presented a sample vehicle use policy provided by the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRIMP) and asked council members to study it. She said it is a component of ICRIMP’s discount program. Under the program, if 80 percent of the city’s employees take the time to go on-line and review the personnel policy, harassment policy and vehicle use policy the city will be given a five percent savings on its insurance. The five percent represents $2000.

During a Public Comment opportunity Jim Bockelman presented the council with photos of the sidewalk on the west side of Andrews Street. He said he has personally seen three people trip and fall into the gutter due to the unevenness of the walk. He asked the city to look into the situation and make repairs, if appropriate. He said he would also like to see a handicapped parking spot designated in that area along with a ramp to the sidewalk instead of a step. Bockelman said he thinks the additions would be of great benefit to handicapped individuals.

At the end of the council meeting Mayor Leo Marshall acknowledged Scout Troop #45 for their attendance throughout the evening.


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