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CHAMBER SHUTS DOWN 2-19-14 LMS

The Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce is closing its doors as of the end of the month.

The announcement was made by Chamber President Cindy Olson at the February 19 meeting of the Salmon City Council. She told the council, “We feel that after meeting and spending the last two months reviewing the financial situation and total overview of the Chamber that it is necessary, we feel as the Board of Directors and the Executive Director, to have the Chamber fold…meaning close.”

The swift closure is to avoid accumulation of any further bills. Olson said the city will be affected in that the Chamber will be vacating its City Hall office. She said there is a concern about all the informational materials which have been generated over the years and how that material can be used by local businesses but she did not indicate that any decisions have been made.

During the council’s Roundtable Discussion period Council President Jim Baker asked if a newspaper article explaining the closure will be forthcoming and Olson replied there will be a community letter in the form of a flyer. She said the closure is a financial situation that cannot be overcome. She said it has been coming for some time but was only recently discovered.

Olson said the Chamber met with several businessmen and women in early February to apprise them of the situation. She said the Chamber Board is most concerned about the events the organization has been sponsoring such as Salmon River Days and the Salmon Marathon since both are so important to the local business community.

Another topic during Roundtable was the weather related city street chuck holes. Councilmen Fred Waidely and Ken Hill complimented city crews for the efforts being made to fill them. Waidely reminded the public that some of the holes are pretty big and pretty deep so the patching work can’t be expected to last very long. He asked the public to bear with the city until permanent repairs can be made later. In the meantime he said the band aids being applied might be enough to at least save a tire.


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