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SACAJAWEA CENTER HAS SUCCESSFUL SEASON 10-17-12 LMS

Rental income and visitor fees at Salmonís Sacajawea Center were especially good in 2012 according to a Sacajawea Center Team report delivered to the Salmon City Council by Councilman Fred Waidely.

The report from the teamís October 10 meeting shows the visitor fees were up due in part to three large groups that came from Kansas, Montana and the Hudson Car club. Waidely said Center Director Judy Barkley also attributed increases to the facilityís new website which helped market the center and to new directional signs which helped visitors find their way.

Barkley presented a tally of volunteer hours which showed a total of 3668.5 hours donated in 2012.

Waidely said maintenance projects include completion of wood treatment throughout the facility and replacement of log trim on the wall around the Friendship Circle. Parks Superintendant Charlie Cockrell informed the team about the need for a drain in the amphitheater area and said one will be installed as soon as possible. It was also reported that a Bureau of Land Management grant for educational modules is completed and will be printed soon.

A Memorandum of Understanding for Center partners was discussed by the team and City Finance Director Amy Fealko will talk with Kimberly Nelson about forming a subcommittee to complete the document.

A management proposal from team member Bob Russell will be discussed at the teamís next meeting. Waidely said he told the team that management of the center should be considered as any other of the city departments. Fealko will be contacting the Idaho Association of Cities for any additional guidance that may be needed.

The team recommended and sent to the City Council a proposal to extend center property haying contracts to a period of three years with contract start dates set in October. During the October 17 City Council meeting, after much discussion about the modified contract, council members unanimously passed a motion to offer a three year haying contract with the specification that bids include a plan for improvement of yields on the property,

Waidely said the Sacajawea Center will soon be hosting its annual Howl-O-Ween party with many childrenís activities, prizes and treats. He said bookings at the center include up-coming Arts Council events as well as several Christmas parties.

The Sacajawea Center Teamís next meeting will be November 14 at 11:30AM in the facilityís Learning Center.


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