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PARKS AND RECREATION TEAM REPORT 4-18-12 LMS

The city’s Parks and Recreation team heard a request for some assistance from the Garden Club according to a report by team Chairman Jim Kluesner.

He said that during an April 17 meeting Fran Wyland informed the Parks and Recreation Team that the Garden Club membership needs some physical help in maintaining the Rose Garden at City Park. There is no written agreement with the city for the garden’s maintenance and it was suggested that the club ask the Youth Employment Program or 4-H people about possible workers. Kluesner said City Recreation Director Judy Barkley also volunteered to search for helpers.

Barkley told the team members that she will provide a photo of the proposed Sacajawea Center sign to be placed at City Park so the council can see how it will look.

Kluesner said the Parks and Recreation team discussed the possible formation of a Recreation District. Luke Prange was in attendance and said he thought it was a good thing to pursue. Team member Jim Bockelman will research the steps needed to form a district as well as the legalities related to the city initiating the project.

The city swimming pool is scheduled to open June 4th. It will be open six days a week throughout the season and closed on Sundays. Classes at the pool will start the last two weeks in June.

A power point presentation on a solar heating system for the swimming pool was viewed. The topic was turned over to the Finance Committee Team to evaluate cost savings and possible funding sources.

The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Team will be May 15th at 11AM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

The council’s Roundtable discussion featured high praise from Councilman Ken Hill for City Attorney Fred Snook’s successful Salmon Select Horse Sale which took place the previous weekend. Hill said all the restaurants, bars and motels were full and there were customers in Main Street stores. He said the sale has grown exponentially over the years due to the fabulous efforts of Snook and that it is probably the biggest single draw the community has. Hill said the event brings a lot of money to town and that Snook should be recognized for the work he does and the benefits the sale brings to the community.

Kluesner reported the city’s auction of used equipment which took place that day was well attended and that all items were sold for a total of over $10,000. City Finance Director Amy Fealko explained that funds from sale of anything related to the Police Department, the swimming pool or parks will go to the city’s General Fund. Sale monies from Public Works equipment is allocated in thirds to sewer, water and street funds.

The subject of the survey to gather public opinion about the city’s deer herd being on the city’s web site was discussed. It was suggested that if people are unable to fill out and return the survey on-line it probably has to do with incompatibility of some computers. Those computer owners may just print the survey, complete it then mail it or take it to City Hall.

The city’s web site address can be found at: cityofsalmon.com


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