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EXTENSION FOR BLUFFS DEVELOPMENT 10-19-11 LMS

The Salmon City Council has approved a requested one year extension on the development agreement for “The Bluffs” project. The request was made by Mountain Valley Endeavors, LLC.

The council approved the project in October of 2008 and an official development agreement was executed in December of 2009. The proposed Planned Unit Development contained a clause allowing three consecutive one-year extensions if needed for circumstances beyond the company’s control. The reason stated for the request was continued economic conditions. This will be the second start-time extension granted by the council.

The plan calls for a mixed use condominium type development in the area of Catherine Lane and South Saint Charles Street and has been through the process of Planning and Zoning approval and two public hearings.

The council’s extension approval is contingent on City Planner Dan Maiyo checking into the limited liability company to make sure it is still a viable corporation in the same context as it was in 2008.

In other business before the council, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has asked Salmon to join its “Wood Stove Changeout Program” and the council has voted to participate. The pilot program will go through the end of this year and is aimed at improving local wintertime air quality.

The DEQ is offering a rebate of up to $1000 towards replacing old wood stoves with Environmental Protection Agency certified stoves or heating systems. The city will act as a conduit for the DEQ funding.

Under the program, upon completion of the required form and the documented purchase of a certified stove or fuel efficient heating system the city will issue the rebate for which it will be reimbursed by the DEQ. The department is making $11,000 available for the program. Documentation of the purchase has to be accompanied by proof the old stove has been destroyed.

Interested parties may obtain forms at City Hall. They then have to select an EPA certified stove or heating system, pay for it, get the appropriate building permits, install the new stove or system, dispose of the old one and take .all receipts and paperwork to the city in order to receive the rebate.

The DEQ maintains an air quality station near the Lemhi River and for many seasons it has shown very poor air quality conditions related to wintertime atmospheric inversions combined with the abundance of smoke from wood burning stoves. This is the department’s way of endeavoring to help residents clear the air.

For more information on program details, contact City Hall.


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