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Every Salmon City Council meeting offers two opportunities for members of the public to make comments and several people used those opportunities during the council’s September 18 meeting.

Mark Adams of Boise, corporate officer for the local Edgewood properties, attended the meeting to inquire about a letter he sent to the city several months ago. Adams also said he could see from attending the Development Code hearing the previous evening that citizens are upset and he urged the council to take time to work for and not against the people. Adams said his attempts to conduct business here in an honorable way are continually thwarted by processes, “…a cumbersome development code in particular.”

Loraine Hand, an active participant in issues revolving around the proposed new Development Code, thanked the City Council for taking people seriously at the public hearing. She said, “It sounds like you are on track doing what will be best for the community.”

After commending the council for the work it does Lee Bilger expressed concerns she shares with several clients and friends about the lack of proper flag etiquette at the Salmon Business and Innovation Center. She said the flag is flown unlighted at night and in the rain and that that offends some people. She also recommended cleanup efforts on downtown sidewalks where weeds have been allowed to grow and cigarette butts tend to accumulate.

Bob Wiederrick suggested placing ‘covered load’ signs on Highway 93 South between the city and the turnoff to the Airport and County Landfill. He said there are sections along the highway that are very littered and dirty. He added a vote in favor of the possible pathway along the highway to the airport road and said he thinks that would be a good project.

During the council meeting the 45 mile per hour speed limit on Highway 28, beginning at the Sacajawea Center and extending into town, was discussed at length. During public comments Rob Jackson thanked Councilman Fred Waidely for his follow-through on the speed limit problem. Jackson said he has a business in that area and the speed limit is a very big safety concern. He said he has seen many close calls as traffic attempts to enter or leave the businesses along that stretch.

Returning to issues surrounding the proposed Development Code, Steve Adams said he thinks people are reacting to the heavy investment everyone has in Salmon, Idaho. He feels the investment comes from living here, recreating here, having kids here, investing money and lives here and when decisions are made that affect those intrinsic or monetary investments people will react.

Adams said that as a member of the Lemhi County Economic Development Association he has seen that P&Z decisions affect whether or not people really want to come live in Salmon, “It’s a reality that Planning and Zoning and the Building Codes do affect our livelihoods and our investments in our communities.”

Adams then commended the city’s investment in sewer system upgrades. About 15 years ago he was personally involved in efforts to form a sewer district that would have made it possible to extend sewer lines out beyond the present city limits and resolve some very definite issues. He estimated the newly increased lagoon capacity makes serving a much larger population quite feasible. Adams said, “I would encourage you to look at creating some income at the city level by extending sewer lines out past your city limits into your areas of impact.”

The Salmon City Council meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room beginning at 6PM.

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