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SACAJAWEA TEAM MEETING 3-7-12 LMS

In her report to the Salmon City Council, Sacajawea Committee Team Chairman Jesse Bender said an offer to manage the Sacajawea Center was one of the items reviewed during the teamís February 28 meeting.

The offer came in a letter from Angelo Gonzales who summarized a proposal by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Council. The council proposed to take over staffing of the center if the property the center occupies were to be converted from Fee Land to Trust Land.

Bender said the cityís Sacajawea Team agreed to seek continued and improved partnership relations with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and will pursue development of a counter offer involving Tribal management of the Interpretive Center. The team will draft a letter to that effect and submit it for city approval.

Bender said a letter will be written to all official partners of the Sacajawea Center explaining new policies. Free use of the center for partners will be discontinued and partners will be asked to commit to more involvement in weekend and evening programs. The letter will also outline the extra assistance option of integrating the US Forest Service Partnership Liaison person with the existing staff.

In reviewing staffing for the center the team concluded that combining two positions into one fulltime job was a reasonable avenue to explore. Bender said Center Director Judy Barkley intends to stay through the end of this fiscal year. The team is recommending someone be hired to fill the fulltime position and that the new person begin a transition into the job before Barkley leaves. A detailed job description needs to be written before the hiring takes place.

It was also agreed that the seasonal part-time position should remain as is. Bender said the staffing discussion will be continued at the teamís next meeting.

Leo Ariwite told the team that this year the entire Agai Dika Days event will take place at the Sacajawea Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Bender also reported that if the center will supply a list of specific needs, Scott Feldhausen has agreed to look into use of Bureau of Land Management Recreation employees for some of the ground work at the facility.

The Sacajawea Center Team meetings are open to the public. The next scheduled meeting is on March 14th at 11AM in the facilityís Learning Center.


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