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SIDEWALKS AND RAILINGS 9-21-11 LMS

The September 21 Salmon City Council Roundtable discussion was focused mainly on sidewalks and a bridge railing.

Councilman Ken Hill has observed that the north side railing on the main downtown bridge is quite rusted. He asked if the state has any plans to include it in its bridge renovation project. City Administrator George Ambrose agreed the railing is too low, therefore dangerous and there is no sidewalk however the state will not be spending money on that side of the bridge.

Councilman Jim Kluesner has followed up on comments made during the last City Council regarding deteriorating sidewalks. He said there are some in very bad condition especially the sidewalk from the Brooklyn Annex down Fulton Street to Jesse Creek where he said the sidewalk simply ceases to exist. He said there are wheelchair users that use that route and can hardly negotiate the rough pathway.

According to city ordinance, sidewalk maintenance is the responsibility of those who own property adjacent to the walks. Upon further discussion it was decided that in some cases, such as the Jesse Creek crossing, the lack of sidewalk is a result of culvert work performed by the city and is therefore the city’s responsibility.

Mayor Leo Marshall has also done a canvass of sidewalks and has found many that need repair. Councilman Fred Waidely suggested a complete inventory of sidewalk conditions be done and repairs scheduled based on the inventory.

The council consensus was that even though property owners are required to repair and maintain sidewalks perhaps in cases where the city is somewhat at fault for work either done or not done, repair costs could be shared between the property owner and city. Formulation of a storm water run-off plan was suggested as a way to address the larger, overall picture of cause and effect. Research into the issue will continue.


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