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CITY TO ACCEPT PROPERTY 1-2-13 LMS

In an effort by Steele Memorial Medical Center to consolidate its properties into one single legal description the hospital has offered to deed a small portion of property on VanDreff Street, between Church and Daisy streets, to the city.

A plat map prepared by Wade Surveying was brought before the January 2 meeting of the Salmon City Council for its consideration.

The council unanimously decided to accept the VanDreff property by quit claim deed, contingent on further clarification of details by City Planner Dan Maiyo. Since the hospital has paid for the survey the city will take care of the quit claim deed process expenses.

What to do with three small lots owned by the city on Idaho Avenue is still under discussion by the council. The question is whether to sell them as is or improve them with sewer and water hook ups and then advertise them for sale.

The city’s Public Works Department Team has determined that a water hook-up fee would cost a little over $3,000 and the expense of installing over 100 feet of line for a sewer hook up would be just over $12,000. The last time the property was offered for sale no improvements were included and the minimum bid price was $10,000 which was not met. The council directed that county assessment figures be obtained for tax returns both with and without improvements so as to get a clearer picture of potential revenue.

A newly written agreement outlining specifics concerning the haying contract on the Sacajawea Center property was accepted by the council. The agreement details the bidding process, costs involved, what is expected of the contractor and the seasonal planting and harvesting time frames. The approved agreement will be used in the bidding process for the haying contract.

The five-year History Park lease was renewed by the City Council. Under the agreement in return for use of the Main Street property the city reimburses owner Ralph Benedict for his property taxes. The only change from the past agreement is that the billing and payments will be made on an annual basis.

January 1 marked the retirement of long time Public Works Supervisor Mickey Verbeck Sr. City Administrator George Ambrose acknowledged him for the great service he has provided to city residents for so many years. The city staff is planning a retirement celebration for Verbeck on Friday January 11th.


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