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The resignation of City Planner and City Planning and Zoning Administrator Dan Maiyo demands a decision from the Salmon City Council. The question is whether to hire a replacement for the position or accept a proposal to let the County Building Department and County Planning and Zoning Administrator Gary Goodman handle city P&Z business.

Mayor Leo Marshall told council members during their August 20 meeting that he has spoken with staff members and their consensus is to give the county’s proposal a try.

Maiyo’s resignation is effective as of September 30. Councilman Jim Bockelman said that since the council has already voted against the county proposal he would suggest asking the county to cover the work for a predetermined amount of time and in the meantime initiate a search to see if any qualified person is interested in the job.

Councilman Jim Baker favored turning over Maiyo’s duties to the existing staff. Bockelman voiced concern over any current city position being able to handle more work and perform it in an efficient manner. Baker said he has been approached by one staff member who said, “I can handle it.” He said he is very uncomfortable with the idea of just giving Maiyo’s duties to the county.

Councilman Fred Waidely agreed with Baker and said the city should aggressively look for a replacement who can start work as soon as possible. He said Maiyo has indicated he is willing to consult with the city as needed. Waidely said he thinks an existing staff person is enough to cover the duties until a new employee is found. He said he would be worried if the work were to be shuffled off to the county.

Councilman Russ Chinske did not agree. He said, “If it makes things more efficient to send some stuff to the county then that’s something we have to look at.” He said he wouldn’t want to say work ‘can’t be sent to the county’ if it means accomplishing things in an easier manner.

Bockelman agreed with Waidely’s approach of aggressively looking for a replacement.

The county taking over city P& Z duties has been referred to as “a one stop shop.” Waidely said that is an inconceivable idea since all records, all ordinances and everything else having to do with the city is located in City Hall, not the Brooklyn Annex.

The discussion ended at that point due to a scheduled public hearing on an ordinance to immediately terminate the revenue allocation area for the amended and restated Urban Renewal project area. No written remarks had been submitted for the hearing and no one spoke in favor or against the termination. The hearing was closed and later in the meeting the council unanimously passed the first reading of Ordinance number 14-796. The Salmon Urban Renewal Agency was formally adopted by the city in December of 1998.

Discussion on hiring a replacement for Maiyo will be continued.

The third and final reading of Ordinance 14-792, which approved the city’s 2014-15 budget of $3,606,273, was also unanimously passed by the council.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be September 3rd at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

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