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COUNCIL ROUNDTABLE TALK 6-5-13 LMS

The Salmon City Council Roundtable discussion June 5 touched on topics ranging from pot holes to fire preparedness.

Councilman Fred Waidely reported the electrical ground problem at the city water plant has been corrected and he said the Fulton Street sidewalk and Courthouse Drive sidewalk projects will begin after July 4 with a completion date of September 1. He also complimented the work done on the City Park Rose Garden by the Garden Club. He congratulated club members on a job that was extremely well done.

Councilman Jim Bockelman thanked city crews for their ongoing work filling all his favorite city street potholes. He added that the approach to Island Park is in need of attention, especially on the west side, and requested that someone take a look at what should be done. Another item he thinks needs attention is the metal grates around the downtown trees. He said the trees look fine but there is some unwanted greenery growing up through the grates. Bockelman said Nick Bertram asked him to let the council know he is working with the Goldwing Motorcycle club that will be arriving in town this Summer and that there may be some street closure requests coming its way related to special events for the club.

Mayor Leo Marshall said he has spoken with city grant writer Mary Cerise and she will be providing the council with a report on various projects. It was decided the report will be emailed to each council member. Cerise also told Marshall that the Idaho Governorís Lewis and Clark Trials Committee has been awarded a $7500 grant. The Mayor then reported on a Fire Workshop he attended at Forest Service headquarters. He said those in attendance were divided into teams and that the workshop team he was on prioritized the most critical areas in terms of a forest fire directly affecting the community. The team rated the top three as the Jesse Creek Watershed, the power lines leading to the communityís communication site and the communications site itself. The workshop teams also discussed fire preparedness and preventive measures that can be taken. Marshall will invite Forest Service representatives to present the information to the full council.

Councilman Jesse Bender commented it was nice to see the traffic speed counter is being set up in various spots around town.

In other city business, after hearing the minor changes made to a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Sacajawea Center Partners the council approved the agreement.

The councilís plan to join the Adopt a Highway program is still on hold pending hearing from the state as to exactly what portions of highway are available.


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