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City Clerk Mary Benton recommended to the Salmon City Council at its January 16 meeting that Sterling Codifiers be hired to sort all the city codes into an organized system.
She said she has been plugging each new ordinance into city codes over the years but that after 20 years, the last time Sterling performed the service, itís time to have everything professionally double checked.
Benton said Sterling Codifiers will not only put the codes in order but will review each one to check for conflicts between other codes or with state laws and make sure each code is indexed properly. If any legal problems are found the company will contact the city.
The $4500 fee will cover a review of all ordinances from the 1990ís to the present. After a discussion over from which fund the money should be paid the council voted to approve the codifying expense from the General fund. Finance Director Amy Fealko suggested that from now on an annual codifying update be made part of the yearly budget.
City Administrator George Ambrose received unanimous approval to move forward with a Memorandum of Agreement with Idaho Power detailing what work the company will perform as part of the Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project. Idaho Power will install the transformers and underground power to the filter building.
The council has been trying to decide whether to offer three city owned lots on Idaho Avenue for sale with improvements or without improvements. Figures gathered pertaining to the value of an unimproved lot show a tax income to the city of around $61 a year. If a buyer placed a $70,000 home on the property that would mean an annual tax revenue of around $530 to the city at current valuations plus revenue for city utility funds. Ambrose said that if the city were to spend the $15,000 it would take to connect the properties to city utilities in order to sell the lots for more, it would take 30 years of taxes on a $70,000 home to recoup the $15,000 investment. The decision recommendation on the best way of offer the lots for sale was handed back to the Finance Committee for further review.
The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be February 6 at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.
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