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Various city committees with memberships that include City Councilmen meet throughout the year to discuss topics appropriate to each committee.

Councilman Bud Bartlett chairs the Public Works Committee which met earlier this month and he reported committee actions to the September 21 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

He said a request submitted by Steele Memorial Hospital to vacate a portion of VanDreff Street was discussed. The committee advised hospital representatives to submit a standard ‘request to vacate’ form so the required process can begin.

Bartlett said Bill Schlenk inquired about the status of carports as related to present city codes. He was told the city is working on the issue and that a public hearing will be held to seek public input.

The Public Works committee will be recommending projects for funding under the category of Capitol Improvements and the members discussed what should be included in that category. The committee also heard an update on the sewer project from City Administrator George Ambrose.

Bartlett said a request to allow parking near the Middle School on the east side of Daisy Street was relayed to the city’s Safety Committee.

Safety Committee Chairman Fred Waidely reported the committee talked about some back-to-school traffic problems. He said a Public Service Announcement is being written to remind drivers of rules regarding school traffic and will be broadcast on KSRA.

The committee has looked into complaints about dogs being taken into city parks that are posted ‘no dogs allowed.’ Waidely said city police officers are monitoring the areas and will be either warning or citing dog owners who violate the rules.

There have also been complaints regarding the speed of traffic on Shoup Street and a lack of regard for pedestrian traffic in the area of the Post Office. Waidely said tickets are being written and local police are making efforts to slow Shoup Street drivers.

The committee is in the process of obtaining more information regarding a citizen request referred to it by the Public Works Committee. The request pertains to parking restrictions on Daisy Street. Waidely will talk with school officials as well as the person making the request and report his findings to the committee.

A request for traffic signs on a portion of Shanafelt Street will also be researched to determine reasons behind the request.

In his report on the Finance Committee, Chairman Jim Baker reported the committee is studying interest rates being paid on the city fund investment of approximately $1,300,000. The current rate paid on city investment funds by the Local Government Investment Pool (LGIP) is 0.25 percent. Investigation into present interest rate yields being paid by regional banks on one year Certificate of Deposit (CD) notes shows a range from 1.12 percent to 1.20 percent. Potential earnings achieved by reinvesting the city funds into the higher rate of return CD’s would amount to around $15,080 per year. Baker said the Finance Committee has asked City Finance Director Amy Fealko to prepare a list of five regional banks from which the city could purchase the one year CD notes.

Baker said the committee considered the current contract for building cleaning services as compared to the city hiring a part time employee to do the work. The committee’s recommendation was to improve administration of the existing contract and review results in 60 days.

The committee’s review of fiscal year 2010/2011 showed all functional areas are within acceptable balances. Baker said that although several areas are over-budget, preliminary calculations indicate the city will be under the collective year budget amount by approximately $20,000 to $30,000. The committee will present the final fiscal year expenditure figures to the council’s October 19 meeting.

Once all year end close out figures are tabulated committee members will begin a review of current fees charged for city facilities and services and offer any fee adjustment recommendations to the full council.

Baker said the Finance Committee is asking each of the other city committees to submit a prioritized list of project proposals for which Capital Investment funds could be used. The Finance Committee will then prepare an executive report for the council, based on the submitted lists and a work session will be scheduled.

An official Request for Proposal (RFP) has been issued. The RFP relates to obtaining administrative services in the event an available Community Block Grant for which the city is applying is awarded. At a special October 5 meeting the Finance Committee will review RFP responses and determine its recommendations.

The next regular meeting of the Finance Committee will be October 12 at 10AM.

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