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SACAJAWEA CENTER READIES FOR SUMMER 3-19-14 LMS

At its March 12 meeting the Sacajawea Center Team heard some proposed agreements and plans for the Summer.

Salmon City Councilman and Sacajawea Center Team Chairman Fred Waidely said Center Director Lin Gray told the team about the professional services agreement with Mike Crosby that she was planning to present to the City Council on March 19. The agreement is for Crosby to provide three interpretive programs every Saturday during July and August at the facilityís Meriwether Theater. The council has since unanimously approved the agreement.

The United States Forest Service is an official partner of the Sacajawea Center and Waidely said it has requested an addendum to the Partnership Agreement Memorandum of Understanding. Gray has had City Attorney Fred Snook review the addendum and he has approved it. She will now ask other center partners if they would like the addendum added to their agreements. The addendum will be presented to the City Council for approval.

Waidely said the sum of $20,000 has been budgeted this year for center maintenance however Lin reports that only $15,000 may be needed for contracted services. She will be visiting with the Finance and Parks and Recreation Department as to the possibility of using the funds for other maintenance requirements at the facility.

At the March 19 council meeting Lin explained the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) to council members and how signing on to the programís Memorandum of Understanding could benefit Sacajawea Center volunteers. Gray said a few more services can be obtained for volunteers, age 55 or older, by their signing on to the program which would become available by way of a Memorandum of Understanding between RSVP and the Sacajawea Center.

Benefits include insurance and gas mileage reimbursement. Gray said the centerís obligation is to make sure the volunteers are properly trained and are in a safe working environment.

Councilman Jim Baker was not comfortable with Gray being the agent to sign the MOU saying he thought it should be the city and he asked why the center doesnít pay mileage. Gray said there is no budget for mileage reimbursement. In answer to the origin of RSVP she said the Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership provides federal funding for volunteers throughout southeastern Idaho. She said it is up to the volunteers to sign up for the program.

The council unanimously passed a motion made by Waidely that an MOU between the city and the RSVP be accepted and signed by the mayor.


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