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City Councilman Fred Waidely announced during the council’s May 15 Roundtable Discussion that this year’s city wide cleanup will take place May 28 and 29. Those wishing to have yard debris hauled to the landfill by city trucks need to fill out a form at City Hall listing what sort of items need hauling, and to pay a nominal fee.

Waidely said volunteers are needed to help with a City Park Rose Garden cleanup on June 5th. The Rose Garden is in City Park but relies on the Garden Club for maintenance. Waidely said Garden Club members would greatly appreciate any able bodied help that people who would like to offer. He also told the council there will be a Memorial Day ceremony hosted by the local veterans organizations and he invited all to attend.

On the subject of sidewalks, Waidely said an inventory of conditions has been conducted. He along with City/County Building Inspector Gary Goodman, City Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt and engineer Steve Frazee walked from the Main Street Bridge to the second stop light looking at all potential problems, taking pictures and notes on what they felt needed attention and he said there are quite a few repair needs. They also examined the brick work ‘bubbles’ installed several years ago along Main Street and found places where the mortar is deteriorating. Waidely said a decision on what to do about it needs to be made, be it repair or removal.

Mayor Leo Marshall reported on an insurance situation. He said some were under the impression that because the city donates money to the annual fireworks display, the event’s pyro technician was under the city’s insurance, which is not the case. The fireworks show is sponsored by the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce and Marshall said he has explained the city’s only role is as a contributor. He also said the current Chamber Board has decided not to continue sponsoring the Main Street flower baskets and maintenance and that business owners have indicated the baskets are too high for easy watering. In the meantime Councilman Jim Bockelman has talked with the Youth Employment Program (YEP) about taking over the watering duties once the baskets are planted. He said YEP is interested and will discuss it.

Local Option Tax money for the Main Street flower baskets, watering equipment and hiring a person to water the baskets was awarded to the Chamber of Commerce by the City Council for the Summer season of 2011 and again for the 2012 Main Street flower basket displays.

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