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FINANCE TEAM RECOMMENDATIONS 9-18-13 LMS

Finance Team Chairman, Councilman Jim Bockelman, reported team findings and recommendations to the September 18 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

He said that according to City Finance Director Amy Fealko everything is in line for the financial year and that there will probably be no need to open the budget. She said she has just started on the September numbers and so far there is nothing unusual in the figures.

Bockelman said that Fealko researched the power bills for the Golf Course and City Park water pumps and that sharing the bill equally would be fair. She said the city is actually using slightly more pump time however the current agreement between the city and Golf Association says pump replacement is up to the city. The teamís recommendation was to approve the associationís request to pay equal shares of the bill if the association still wants to do that.

Bockelman said that Jody Brostrom and Debra Bradford from the Alliance for Control of Animal Populations (ACAP) explained to the team the alliance is an all-volunteer group that works independently of the Animal Shelter to reduce the overpopulation of cats in the Salmon area. They said with the help of donations ACAP has sponsored spay and neuter clinics since 2011 and it wants to continue the program. They asked if the city could contribute $2,000 and were told that that even though the work being done is admirable the budget for the coming fiscal year has been completed. The ACAP will also be approaching the county for a contribution and the Finance team said it would like to hear the countyís thoughts. Bockelman said the discussion led to the renewal time frame on the cityís agreement with the Animal Shelter and questions as to whether the shelter reports on how city funding is being spent. An idea was discussed about having City Community Development Director Mary Cerise look into grants which would help municipalities to handle animal control issues.

The team liked the idea and also liked Bockelmanís suggestion that Cerise be added to the Finance team.

The next meeting of the Finance Team will be Tuesday, October 15 at 11 AM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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