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COUNCIL MEETS NEW SUPERVISOR 5-1-13 LMS

The newly appointed supervisor of the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Chuck Mark, has arrived and was in day eight of his new job when he met with the Salmon City Council on May 1. He described the whirlwind process of acclimation as, “…kind of like drinking out of a fire hose.”

Mark has been the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana for the past two and a half years and before that worked in north Idaho as District Ranger on the St. Joe Ranger District for seven years. He was forest silviculturist and forest ecologist on the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Great Falls Montana, worked as management officer on the west side of the Big Horn Mountains in north central Wyoming for four years, and started his career on the Custer National Forest in south central Montana.

Mark feels the new job is a good fit with his resource experience in silviculture and rangeland management. He also said that so far, thanks to the Salmon-Challis Forest Service staff, the local officials and the residents he has met, it has been a great transition.

He and his wife have two daughters and the family will reunite in Salmon at the end of the Dillon, Montana school year.

During the council’s Roundtable discussion Councilman Jim Bockelman made the suggestion that from now on all city team meetings be recorded and then stored by the City Clerk for future reference. He said a case in point is the disparity in terms of agreement with the Softball Association. Even though there are meeting minutes specific details are being remembered differently by involved parties and some of the currently involved parties were not members of the organization when the agreements were decided.

Bockelman also inquired as to the status of the city-wide sidewalk inventory and suggested there be an inventory of all carports not in compliance with city codes. He said the Highway 93 entrance to Salmon is in need of weed spraying as is the Salmon Business and Innovation Center lawn. He stated he is not a certified weed sprayer but if that doesn’t matter he offered to do the work if the Parks Department doesn’t have time. In lieu of that he would donate the spray.

Bockelman has also noticed the rain gutters at the Innovation Center are still in need of repair which should be mentioned and he noted that since the city has a grant writer, there are many opportunities through the Idaho Transportation Department’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grants program which should be researched.

Mayor Leo Marshall announced he has been informed by the US Board of Geographic Names that it has officially named a previously untitled area in Lemhi County as Gutzman Ridge after former Cobalt Forest Service Ranger and fire fighter Lester Theodore Gutzman. City Attorney and local historian Fred Snook identified Lester as the father of local resident Bob Gutzman.

Marshall then gathered possible council-member availability dates for a semi-annual meeting date with the Lemhi County Commissioners. A tentative date of May 22 was selected and will be suggested to the county board.


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