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TREE REMOVAL AND PROCEDURAL MANUAL 11-7-12 LMS

At its November 7 meeting the Salmon City Council was informed that a property line survey has confirmed a row of dead trees at City Park are on city property and removal of them will proceed.

City Administrator George Ambrose said the removal is on the Public Works Department to-do schedule and that this is a good time of year to do it. He said the adjacent property owner has been contacted and invited to discuss measures to protect their ditch, a cooperative fence replacement and to get their input on what kind of replacement trees should be planted.

All parties will meet with the cityís Public Works Team on Wednesday November 14 and the results will be reported at the November 21 City Council meeting.

The council discussed at length some amendments to the cityís Rules of Procedure Manual. The suggested amendments had to do with agenda placement of public comment periods, whether or not to require a second on a motion and using the legal opportunity to defer a motion until more discussion or research can be completed.

Council members decided to move the first public comment period on their meeting agenda to before the Councilís Roundtable discussion so that comments can be heard prior to a vote taking place. Councilman Fred Waidely pointed out that while the comment period is not an official public hearing the council does like to hear from the public.

The reason behind making a motion during a meeting is to open official discussion on the topic at hand. Under current procedure if no second is offered the motion dies without discussion leaving no opportunity to explain reasons behind the motion. Council members agreed the discussion is of prime importance and Attorney Snook said if the topic is on the agenda it can be discussed before a motion is made. City Clerk Mary Benton said most cities are adopting the no-second-needed policy

On the subject of deferring a motion already made, perhaps for further study, that is legally allowed if within a 100 day time period. Reconsidering or having second thoughts about a motion and reopening discussion is legal if done within the same meeting in which the motion was made.

While there is some leeway on deciding which procedural policies a city may select to follow the majority of rules is set by Idaho code. Benton complied the manual as a convenient reference guide for current as well as future officials and members of the council.

When it came to a vote on the Rules of Procedure Manual Amendments the motion to not require a second passed on a four to two vote. A motion to approve the rules of procedure as a non-binding document and as a suggested way to proceed also passed on a four to two vote.


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