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At its November 20 meeting the Salmon City Council voted unanimously to officially accept the Lemhi County Clerk’s election results from the November 5 election.

The council also approved two professional service agreements for the Sacajawea Center. One is for janitorial services and the other is for Denyce and Joe Bigley’s Outdoor School services. The two agreements were actually included in the city’s 2014 budget which the council has already approved. The official vote on the agreements was five in favor and one, Councilman Jim Kluesner, opposed.

Idaho Power Company will be installing power lines at City Park for lights at the Sever baseball field and electricity for the snack shack. In order to do that an easement was needed from the city. The council voted unanimously to provide Idaho Power with the easement.

The City Council had many questions concerning another easement request. This one related to the sewer connection line Dr. Oliverson will be installing for his planned Dental Center. The difference between a sewer service line and main line was discussed as was whether or not an easement is really needed. Some members thought giving permission would suffice and that the location of the proposed service line installation needed to be approved by Public Works Supervisor Harry Shanafelt. A motion was passed that will allow the construction contingent on determination of whether or not an easement is required.

The issue of impact area representation on the City Planning and Zoning Commission was discussed at the November 12 joint meeting of the Salmon City Council and the Lemhi County Commissioners. The result was a difference of opinion on how the state law should be interpreted regarding impact area representation.

Councilman Fred Waidely said the law does not require that an impact area resident be on the board and County Planning and Zoning Administrator Gary Goodman said that by state law, impact area representation on the board is mandated. The meeting ended with a decision to seek further legal opinions. City Attorney Fred Snook reported at the recent council meeting that he has not had a chance to work on researching the issue. He also said the impact area P&Z representation question is not just local, it is statewide.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be December 4 beginning at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

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