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BACK UPS WANTED 10-15-14 LMS

At the October 15 meeting of the Salmon City Council, Councilman Fred Waidely brought up what he thinks is a vital need for backups to important city offices.

He reviewed the recent history of not hiring a City Administrator when George Ambrose left and said he felt railroaded into there not being a replacement for the City Planner position. Waidely said there should have been more research and discussion before making the decision to turn the position over to County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Administrator Gary Goodman.

Of equal importance to Waidely is the fact there is no back up for the jobs of City Clerk and City Finance Director in the event either person is out of the office for an extended period of time. Waidely said there is currently no one on staff to promote to either position or to fill in during absences. He suggested a work session be scheduled to discuss adding a staff person specifically to learn those two jobs. His other suggestion was to have Mayor Leo Marshall consult with staff members as to their opinions and then report his findings.

Councilman Jim Bockelman agreed with Waidely that the lack of back up is a worry. He said he believes that any part-time employee hired should train as a replacement and that there should also be someone to follow major projects such as the water system. Councilman Ken Hill said he felt the same way about the backups and that there should have been more discussion of options related to a City Planner replacement.

Councilmen Rob Jackson and Russ Chinske suggested the first step should be comments from city staff members. Chinske went on to say he thinks the P&Z agreement is cost efficient which is something that should be expanded into staffing. He said he will be most interested in hearing what the staff thinks and that the council will have time to look at the new P&Z arrangement and evaluate its efficiency.

It was decided that the mayor will gather staff comments and report them to the council.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be November 5 at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.




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