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LEMHI RIDE COMMITTEE 6-4-14 LMS

Salmon City Councilman Fred Waidely has accepted an appointment to the Lemhi Ride Transportation Committee which is in the process of being formed.

According to Lemhi County Economic Development Board Chairman Allen Howell a five member Transportation Committee will guide the detailed transition of services from the Targhee Regional Transportation Authority (TRPTA) to Lemhi Ride. The official changeover will take place on April 1, 2015.

Howell said he will be the initial chairman of the new committee. Councilman Waidely will be the city’s representative and County Commissioner John Jakovac will represent the county. Howell said he also wants to include representatives from two service organizations that actively use the transportation services. He said once the committee is in place and operational it will eventually name members of the community to an advisory board. One of the committee’s first duties will be to take a road trip to Hamilton, Montana and to Bonner’s Ferry. Both communities have successful transportation systems very similar to the one proposed for the Salmon area.

Howell told the Salmon City Council during its June 4 meeting that the Lemhi Ride project has received a grant award of just over $138,000. The grant came through the Idaho Transportation Department and was confirmed in early May.

He reminded the council he has requested ‘seed’ funds from the county and the city to cover any lags in initial grant and program payments during the transition period and that those funds will be repaid.

He said there has been a very congenial meeting with TRPTA officials concerning how to make the upcoming transition equitable for both parties and that there will be more meetings as the process moves forward. Part of the process will be a decision on the building currently being used by TRPTA.

Howell said taking on the job of providing local transportation service will take work and that it is do-able. He said he has confidence in the level of local talent and abilities.


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