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TOPICS DISCUSSSED BY FINANCE TEAM 7-18-12 LMS

The local Humane Society has been assured that 2013 funding from the city will remain the same as it has been, according to a Finance Team report on its July 10 meeting by Team Chairman Jim Bockelman.

Bockelman told the July 18 meeting of the Salmon City Council that Humane Society representative Cindy Phelps was very pleased with the news. She was in attendance to present the team with an update on shelter activities.

Ramona Combs-Stauffer and Kay McAtee discussed the library’s intended purchase of the city owned land on which the library resides. Bockelman said it was decided that step one is reviewing the original agreement between the city and the library and that the best interest of tax payers is foremost as the sales agreement progresses. All sales-related agreements will be reviewed by the Finance Team and the City Attorney. Bockelman said the council will be kept apprised of all meetings and discussions.

Bockelman also reported that the Finance Team favors proceeding with the Scenic Byways Pathway Project and suggested the topic be placed on the July 18 City Council agenda for further discussion. Committing to pursuing the project, which involves creation of a pathway from the Arnold’s Auto area on east Main Street to City Park, would require an estimated expenditure of $3,500. The funds would cover required project engineering and Idaho Transportation Department administrative costs.

After lengthy council debate at the July 18 meeting, City Administrator George Ambrose and City Attorney Fred Snook were directed to proceed with the project. The money will be allocated from the city’s Capital Improvement budget.

The motion to proceed was passed on a five to one margin with Councilman Jim Kluesner casting the only ‘no’ vote.

Other topics addressed earlier this month by the Finance Team concerned alternative avenues to reducing credit card fees for the city and for those paying the city by way of credit cards. City Finance Director Amy Fealko is researching possible options. She is also developing a presentation program on the workings of the city budget process. After Finance Team review the program will be made available to the Sacajawea Center Team as well as any other interested parties.

City Administrator Ambrose told the team that three roofing projects, the Fulton sidewalk project and the waste water project are all progressing on schedule.

The next meeting of the city’s Finance Team will take place Tuesday August 7th at 11AM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room. The meetings are open to the public.


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