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A more transparent way of listing Contingency Fund monies used by various city departments is going to be investigated. The subject was prompted by the city’s recent Quarterly Financial Report.

City Finance Director Amy Fealko explained to the City Council that in fact all contingency expenditure details are in the report but not listed as such in department reports.

The council agreed it would be more understandable and more transparent if the amount of contingency money used by each department is listed. Fealko will consult with accountants on how best to do that and report her findings.

Former Councilman George Miley used a Public Comment opportunity to respond to a statement made in the newspaper that the city has to budget $138,000 for the Sacajawea Center. Miley said he has been involved with the Sacajawea Center since before day one and still works there on Sundays. He said what wasn’t mentioned in the letter to the editor was what the Center contributes. He said $1,000 a day income from admission fees on any given Sunday is normal. Miley said the Center does contribute revenue to the city and brings people to the area who have traveled here specifically to visit the Center. Every Thursday during the Summer Miley also babysits the Lemhi County Historical Society Museum and he said that after a tour of Main Street some visitors actually start considering moving here they are so impressed. He said he just wanted to point out the fact the Center brings money to the city coffers.

Speaking of Main Street Councilman Jesse Bender said the crowds during the annual Trick or Treat event resembled Salmon River Days. While it was great and the kids had a wonderful time she expressed some safety concerns related to combining 5 o’clock vehicular traffic with costumed youngsters running in and out of stores. She broached the subject during the council’s Roundtable Discussion and her fellow members felt the topic should be discussed by the city’s Public Safety Team.

Councilman Jim Bockelman reminded the council that the first Wednesday of this coming January falls on the 1st. The council will decide whether to move the meeting date and if so to where. The first meeting of the year is traditionally when newly elected councilmen are sworn into office.

Councilman Jim Kluesner, who will retire from the council as of the end of December, said when he began his first term on the council six years ago there was a big issue of interpretation of codes by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission which ultimately resulted in the city having to buy a new foundation for a mobile home. Kluesner said six years later and several instances of bad interpretations on the city’s part, the council is still discussing P&Z interpretations of codes. He said, “It’s a different year and the same types of stories we’re having problems with. And, I’m wondering if it’s our message or our messenger.”

Mayor Leo Marshall relayed some Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) information gathered by County Building Inspector Gary Goodman. Each council member was given a 65 page draft model of a Development Code. The document is a joint effort by the AIC and the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP). ICRMP is the insurance carrier for the city and the county as well as many other municipalities around the state. Marshall urged the council to study the material.

He also noted that the Post Register Newspaper has recently included Salmon’s Sacajawea Center in the list of 101 best places to visit.

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