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TEAMS REPORT TO COUNCIL 12-19-12 LMS

Chairman Fred Waidely told the December 19 meeting of the Salmon City Council the main topic of discussion before the December 12 Public Works Team meeting had to do with a devastating fire that destroyed the Lombard Street residence of Mark and Carmen Stevens. He said the team could do nothing regarding discontinuing charges for water services to the property since no written request had been received but the team did discuss the major fire hydrant leaks which had been reported at two fire hydrants in that area.

Further discussion of that house fire continued throughout the council’s December 19th meeting

The formal request to waive the base fee for water service had been submitted by then and although the council stated a willingness to help in any way it can, City Attorney Fred Snook will first look into the legalities of waiving a fee that relates to a bond payment. A decision on the request was tabled until that information is available.

As to the hydrant leaks Waidely explained to the council it was not a failure of the hydrants to operate however the leaks certainly did affect the hydrants’ efficiency. He said he has researched the issue and has been told those hydrants are 1930’s vintage. The hydrants have since been pulled out and repaired.

Waidely said the Public Works team will be looking into maintenance and inspection schedules for all fire hydrants. Mayor Leo Marshall said he has been informed that the city normally checks the hydrants every Fall. Councilman Jim Kluesner pointed out mandates regarding the city’s responsibility to provide fire protection. He said the problems experienced with the Lombard and Broadway hydrants are unacceptable and he thinks they should be replaced.

The December 12 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Team consisted of an overview of the 15 city properties maintained by the City Parks Department. Chairman Kluesner said it is a lot of work for the one full time and four part time city employees involved and that the work is being done well. He said Sacajawea Center Director Judy Barkley will be submitting funding requests for the swimming pool to the Local Option Tax Board and that she is researching a better way to surface the floors of the pool offices and locker rooms.

The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Team will be January 9 at 10AM. The Public Works Team will be meeting that same day at 2 PM. Both meetings will be in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room and are open to the public.


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