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BIKE PATH AND PARADES 12-5-12 LMS

At the December 5 meeting of the Salmon City Council, City Administrator George Ambrose announced that preliminary Engineering drawings for a bike path leading to City Park have been submitted to the Idaho Transportation Department and have been approved. He then asked council members to re-read what he called an onerous contract which has changed since the whole project began.

The change from the original agreement is that the Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD) is now involved and the project has been assigned to IDT District Six engineers. He also said there is a clause that says if the federal government decides not to participate in the balance of the project the city will have to pay for the whole thing.

Ambrose said this is the first of several potential pathways projects so the city is being watched closely so see how it is handled. He said if the city demonstrates a willingness to invest there could be more funds available for more city and county pathways. “If we can pull it off we want to pull it off but, we want to pull it off to where it doesn’t cost us any more money than what we agreed to match.” The original matching contribution agreed to by the council was $30,000. That contribution can be made by way of labor and materials.

After review of the document the council will schedule a discussion on the existing bike path contract.

During the City Council’s Roundtable Discussion Councilman Jessie Bender led the compliments given to the November 11 Veterans Day Parade and its attendance. She said she thought the many residents should be recognized for being there on a Sunday, for a parade that doesn’t involve candy and floats. She said, “I’m very, very proud of our community for how they turned out for that parade.” Councilman and United States Naval Master Chief Petty Officer retired, Fred Waidely, was a parade participant. He said, “It was very heartwarming to me to walk there or ride down the street and see all the people on both sides especially on a Sunday. It was quite a thing.”

Waidely went on to comment on the Parade of Lights which he said was established several years ago as a way for the area merchants to kick off the holiday season. He said he didn’t see one merchant participating in this year’s parade. “That’s supposed to be their showboat.” He said he hopes that in the future the Chamber of Commerce will encourage more participation from local merchants.


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