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Many compliments were given to the Salmon Police Department as well as the cityís Public Works crew during the December 4 Salmon City Council Roundtable discussion.

Council member Jesse Bender said the city is very fortunate to have such highly trained and upstanding police officers and said that City Police Chief KV Felker does a wonderful job. Councilman Jim Bockelman quoted high praise for Sergeant Gene Gittleson. He said the praise had come a few weeks ago from Salmonís Postmistress in regard to how the officer had handled and defused a situation. Bockelman also commended the cityís Public Safety Team for its attention to city crosswalks and visibility issues.

Councilman Fred Waidely complimented the cityís Public Works crew for a tremendous job of sanding the streets after the most recent ice storm. Waidely also mentioned that he has been appointed to the Department of Environmental Quality water quality committee known as the Basin Advisory Group (BAG). This particular BAG will be examining water quality throughout the full length of the Salmon River Drainage including all feeder streams as well as the river itself. Waidely said it is a large group of people, each representing a specific interest. He will be the representative for government municipalities.

Councilman Jim Baker reported the underground fuel tank found while digging for the Grizzly Bear water feature has been removed and the area cleaned. He said the Environmental Protection Agency has cleared the site for construction. He also said he has met with parties involved in a property exchange. An alternative proposal was presented that will be discussed by the cityís Public Works Team which is also looking into water drainage problems in the area of Water and VanDreff streets.

The council conferred with Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt on various financial avenues open to paying for a $98,000 loader currently available at Western States Equipment. Western States submitted the only bid the city received. It was decided that rather than obtaining and then paying interest on an outside loan the city will take monies from budgets of each department that will be using the loader. The council unanimously approved a motion to purchase the loader using funds from Streets and Alleys, from the Water Department and from the Sewer Department.

The council approved giving the Salmon Dental Center a utilities easement contingent on a change in the line locationís legal description and the addition of an agreement that the Dental Center pay for any needed pavement repair. A Consulting Agreement with Steve Frazee for his engineering services was also approved.

Mayor Leo Marshall recommended that Steve Harris be appointed to fill a vacancy on the city Planning and Zoning Commission. The council approved the recommendation on a five to one vote. Harris resides in the impact area. Council President Baker voted no because he didnít think the issue of whether or not an impact area resident should be on the commission had been resolved.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be December 18 beginning at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

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