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DISCONNECTS AND RECONNECTS 6-5-13 LMS

The Salmon City Council approved a repeal of a water and sewer disconnect at 1014 Main Street. The repeal was approved after much discussion at the council’s June 5 meeting. The approval is contingent on payment of monthly fees since the time the disconnect took place late last year plus, reimbursement to the city for any disconnect and reconnect expenses.

City Attorney Fred Snook assured the council that disconnects and reconnects are one of the issues that can be decided on a case by case basis. Council concerns centered on a stipulation that once a disconnect of services is implemented, a future reconnection would require a full connection fee which is currently approximately $4,000. The connection fees are considered a ‘buy-in’ to the existing water and sewer systems being paid for by residents and maintained by the city

It was ascertained that at the time of the disconnect on the property owned by Milton Slavin, city crews removed only the meter from the site therefore, it would be a matter of reinstalling a water meter in the existing cradle. Extenuating circumstances involve Kent Dahle’s recent interest in leasing the location for a new business. The council did not want to be a stumbling block to a new Main Street business but was concerned about setting a precedent. The back payments and expense reimbursement was the compromise reached. The issues raised proved the need for a more clearly stated policy on reconnections and that will be pursued.

Later in the council meeting two requests for a discontinuation of city services were approved. One was for a property at 709 Taft Street and the other was for a water disconnect at 1311 Shoup Street. Both requests had been reviewed and approved by Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt.

A sure sign that Salmon River Days are not far away was a street closure request by the Calvary Chapel. Every year the chapel hosts free hot dogs, salad and soft drinks. Larry Wade asked that the section of North Church Street between Shoup and Shanafelt Streets be closed to traffic on July 5th. In addition to the food he said there will be musical entertainment and a clothing give-away. He said the Post Office has no objections to a street closure and neither does Police Chief KV Felker who reminded the council that the city’s Public Works department provides the barricades. The council unanimously approved the street’s closure between the hours of 7AM and 2PM on July 5th.


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