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TEAM REPORTS 1-16-13 LMS

Parks and Recreation Team Chairman Jim Kluesner reported to the council that City Recreation Director Judy Barkley has met with Saveway Store owner Jim Bills to learn how the grocery storeís cement floor was buffed and sealed. The plan is to do give floors in the swimming pool facility shower rooms, dressing rooms and halls the same treatment. Councilman Kluesner said Councilman Jim Bockelman has offered to help find someone who can do the work.

Parks Superintendent Charley Cockrell told the team that Brogun Tibbets has proposed an Eagle Scout project to the city. He would like to furnish the labor to build a City Park property line fence if the city could supply the materials. He is proposing a jack rail fence with netting wire to keep out the cows.

Kluesner said the team has changed its meeting schedule to the second Tuesday of every month. The next Parks and Recreation Team meeting will be February 12, at 10AM.

During the January 9 Sacajawea Center Team meeting Judy Barkley gave her Directorís Report for 2012. The written report said 2012 was a successful year in many respects. One area suggested for improvement was communication with the facilityís partners and the staff will concentrate on that in 2013.

She said rentals of center facilities were very good in 2012 due in great part to the various workshops held at the Learning Center. Many events held during 2012 have rebooked for this year as well as several weddings and group events. A complete list of the events was included in the written report.

Volunteer hours logged at the Sacajawea Center in 2012 totaled 3,668.

One goal for this season is to sustain last yearís level of staff programs and to seek funding for the Salmon Outdoor School. City grant writer Mary Cerise is at work submitting grants for those purposes. Barkley said three additional docents will be needed for the coming season.

As to physical needs of the Sacajawea Center facility, pictures have been submitted to the manufacturer of the exterior siding which is deteriorating and City Administrator George Ambrose is working on the issue with the contractor. This Spring the Learning Centerís railings will be painted, wood treatments will be done and the staff is looking for a better system of door stops. It is also hoped the log tops on the retaining wall at the Friendship Circle can be replaced and the wood walkway repaired.

Spring cleaning at the center will concentrate on organizing the storage areas, eliminating excess and doing an inventory of the basement and garage.

The team recommended that an ordinance or resolution be drafted and submitted for consideration to the council which would allow the Lemhi Shoshone to camp on the facilityís grounds during the Agai Dika Days celebration.

A sprinkling system for the lawn below the Learning Center, lighting, gutters and cement work will be discussed at the teamís next meeting. That meeting is set for February 13 at 11:30AM in the Learning Center.


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