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SAFETY TEAM REPORT 9-17-14 LMS

According to a report by Councilman Ken Hill, Chairman of the city’s Safety Team, when the team met on September 11 it discussed the lack of regulations on trapping of animals within the city limits. He told the September 17 meeting of the Salmon City Council the discussion came from a complaint lodged by a city resident whose dog’s foot was caught and held all night in a leg trap.

The team felt that regulations prohibiting the use of any kill or incapacitating traps should be researched and passed by the City Council. Hill said Police Chief Felker is going to investigate what other cities have in the way of regulations and make a recommendation to the team for consideration and potential action by the council

Hill said that problems with the resolution and recording on camera systems have been largely solved but further work needs to be done on the Island Park cameras to increase the viewing area and reduce obstacles now limiting the views. He said continuing vandalism acts on the pavilion, Skate Park and surrounding areas are reinforcing the need for better surveillance in that area. The potential of installing motion sensor lights around the pavilion will also be studied.

As to modifications of the library building in order to make it suitable as a headquarters for the Police Department, Chief Felker estimates costs would be in excess of $50,000. Felker did not recommend that approach since the current facility at the Sacajawea Center is working well for the department.

The next meeting of the Public Safety Team is set for October 8 at 5:15PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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