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COUNCIL APPROVES AGREEMENT AND ZONE CHANGE 3-7-12 LMS

Following a recommendation by the City Planning and Zoning Commission, the Salmon City Council has approved a zone change for the area around Saveway Market.

Mayor Leo Marshall presented the zone change request to the council at its March 7th meeting. He explained that the area in which the Saveway building was built has been under the classification of Industrial Zoning which means a special use permit has to be obtained in order to make any changes to the property. Under the designation of Highway Commercial, no special permits are required. Marshall said the P&Z Commission has reviewed the request and has recommended it be granted.

Any changes to zoning designations have to be made by way of ordinance. On a roll call vote the council unanimously approved the motion to pass Ordinance 12-780 and waive the three reading rule.

The council also unanimously approved the annual lease agreement between the city and the Salmon Golf Association after hearing a report from newly elected Association President Dr. Brian Barry.

Barry told the council that golf course Pro Gary Schroder and Greens Superintendent Josh Tolman are on duty, the course is open, people are playing golf and golf memberships are beginning to come in. He supplied council members with copies of the association’s annual budget and said hopes are high for a better year after last year’s loss of $20,000. He said they have had to use ten of the $20,000 that had been banked when previously expended land purchase funds were returned. Barry said new policies have been put in place and no expenditures will be made without association approval. He also said there has been good response to the annual membership drive which included incentives if memberships were paid by the end of February. The association is looking into possibly applying for some Local Option Tax money to help offset equipment expenses.

Barry predicted the course will be in exceptionally good shape this year. He said that due to the mild winter there will be no snow mold problems and confirmed this is indeed a very early opening to the golf season.

In other business City Attorney Fred Snook was asked to determine whether a draft employment agreement between the city and City Finance Director Amy Fealko is an agreement or a contract. Her last five years of employment have been under a contract and the city no longer wishes to enter into employee contracts. The council will discuss Snook’s findings at its next meeting.

A workshop to learn about the Urban Renewal Agency has been scheduled as a refresher for long term council members and education for newly elected members. Ken Beller will be conducting the session on March 14th at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

The council passed a resolution to approve the sale of city owned surplus property and granted the Car Club’s request for its annual Father’s Day Car Show parade. This year’s show will take place June 15th, 16th and 17th.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be March 21st beginning at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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