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PERMISSION TO SEEK PROPOSALS 3-20-13 LMS

The Salmon City Council has approved a request from the Whitewater Kayak Park Association to begin soliciting engineering proposals and bids for the proposed park.

Publishing the Request for Proposal is the next step the association needs to take in pursuit of the project and city approval to take that step was required. The association will be asking for proposals from qualified firms regarding survey, design, final engineering plans, construction specifications and an estimated construction timeline plus a construction budget. The selected firm must also provide maps, recommended construction techniques and completion of all environmental permits.

In its request to the council the association also asked that access to any information which engineers may require as pertinent to the project be made available by the city. It was explained that the type of information which may be needed already exists and the request is that it be accessible.

Councilman Jim Kluesner explained his intention to vote against the request due to a petition drive for a public vote on the park project being denied by the council. Councilman Jim Bockelman recalled the reasons behind the denial as having to do with the petition organizers not following proper procedures. City Attorney Fred Snook confirmed the wording of the petition referendum was not in legal compliance. Bockelman said had the referendum been properly done it would have been a good thing to put before a public vote however given the legal circumstances he thought the council made the right decision in denying it. Councilman Ken Hill commented that the associationís draft RFP was well done and that he thinks itís a project that could benefit the city.

The councilís vote to approve the Whitewater Kayak Park Association request to proceed with the RFP process was five to one with Kluesner casting the one vote of opposition.

During the City Councilís Roundtable Discussion Councilman Fred Waidely announced the first official construction meeting with the waste water treatment plant contractor has been held and the long planned upgrades to the plant will begin immediately.


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