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FINANCE TEAM RECOMMENDATIONS 12-5-12 LMS

Finance Team Chairman Jim Bockelman gave the December 5th meeting of the Salmon City Council a report on his teamís November meeting which included a discussion with members of the Library Association.

The group discussed and settled on an amendment to the original agreement between the association and the city that will allow benefits to both parties. It was placed on the City Councilís official agenda for its first December meeting.

Finance Director Amy Fealko reported that Certified Public Accountant Bob Baker has begun the cityís official audit and that the new financial software system is up and running. Final budget numbers for 2012 have been completed and will be presented at the teamís next meeting.

Under the heading of Capital Investment Projects City Administrator George Ambrose reported he has the final set of drawings for the bike path leading to City Park. Steve Frazee will submit the plans to the Idaho Department of Transportation (IDT). When approved the plan will be put out for bid however, Bockelman said the IDT contract with the city needs further review by the council.

The Finance Team decided there is a need for a written procedure regarding cost overruns and change orders on bid projects. Fealko will develop a draft procedure for the team to study. The team will then present its recommendations to the full council.

During the teamís Roundtable discussion Ambrose commented on possible future economic benefits from last summerís Mustang fire. He also mentioned new directional signs pointing the way to Missoula and Idaho Falls have been placed at the Highway 93/Main Street/Courthouse Drive intersection. He said he has sent a thank you letter to the IDT.

Councilman Jim Kluesner reported on a brief meeting of the Parks and Recreation Team. In an update on the swimming pool boiler he said a service contract with Superior Boiler will be worked out next Spring.

Kluesner said swimming pool maintenance could use some more attention. To-do items include new exterior lights and replacement of fans in the locker rooms. He said facility locks have been changed. The team will be requesting Local Option Tax funds to help with some of the maintenance issues.

Kluesner said there will be some staff changes in 2013. Mickey Verbeck Sr. will retire on January 1 and Harry Shanafelt will become the new Public Works Superintendent. Parks Supervisor and Cemetery Sexton Charley Cockrell will fill Shanafeltís former position and become the new Waste Water System Supervisor. Cockrellís old job will be filled in-house and it is hoped the job of Swimming Pool Manager can also be filled by a current city employee.

The next meeting of the Finance Team was set for December 11 at 11AM and the Parks and Recreation Team will meet at 10AM on December 12. Both meetings will take place in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.






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