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The cityís Finance Team met July 16 and forwarded several topics to the City Council which were discussed the next evening. The topics included sprinkler systems versus a new lawn mower, security cameras and the sharing of Golf Course power bills.

Councilman and Finance Team Chairman Jim Bockelman covered those topics with the council and also reported on the need to replace the main City Park restroom. He said the finance team recommends the council initiate a service agreement to engineer plans for the new public facility in order to determine, by way of local contractor estimates, the cost of construction. Once a cost is established it will be up to the City Council as to how, if and when to proceed.

The team decided that the security camera system being considered for the skate park and other city facilities would be a good candidate for capital funding and suggested that be discussed by the council.

As to the Golf Association request that the city increase its percentage of payment on the courseís power bill Bockelman said the team felt that before it makes a recommendation it would like to see a power company metered report based on time of day and power used. Idaho Power will be asked what reports are available.

During the councilís Roundtable discussion councilmen reported on constituency requests. A 4-way stop sign was suggested for the intersection of Shoup and Daisy Streets and that an additional handicapped parking space be designated in front of the Main Street restaurant located next to City Hall.

The suggestions were passed on to the Public Safety Team.

An update on an abatement notice was requested concerning an excessive amount of garbage in the area of 826 Hope Street. City Planner Dan Maiyo said an abatement letter was sent in June and he outlined city code definitions of nuisances and related penalties. City police will be following up on the nuisance complaints.

Fred Waidely reported that everything is on track with the Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades and the Fulton Street sidewalk project. Councilman Jim Kluesner suggested the area at the entrance of City Park from which old trees were removed, needs some irrigation. He also said City Parkís front parking lot is being used as a bicycle race track. The Public Works Team will take on both topics. Councilman Jim Bockelman requested a schedule of events for the upcoming visit from the Goldwing Motorcycle group and Mayor Leo Marshall reported the Salmon Valley Baptist Church is offering the services of a group of 30 young people who are coming to town for a working vacation. He said several service projects were discussed including painting the interior of the Salmon Valley Center meeting room. Appreciation was expressed for the generous offer of labor.

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