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RESTROOM PLANS UPGRADED 1-7-15 LMS

After a discussion of long term maintenance costs, the Salmon City Council has voted to upgrade fixtures from porcelain to stainless steel at the two new restrooms being planned for city parks.

The subject was prompted by a review of the projectís full specifications submitted by architect Don Stamp.

The upgrade decision came at the councilís January 7 meeting where it was explained that while more expensive initially, the more durable fixtures will save the city money in the long run. It was also decided hand dryers will be added to eliminate the need for paper towels and, automatic water shut offs will be added to the sinks.

Estimated costs for the upgrades will be approximately $8,000 per facility. The two new restrooms are being planned for Town Square Park and City Park. The project is in partnership with the former Urban Renewal Agency (UR) which is funding the Town Square Park facility. The city will be footing the bill for the City Park restroom. UR board members will be asked if they would agree to share upgrade costs.

Separate motions were passed to install upgrades to Town Square Park and to City Park restroom plans. It was decided that considering long range cost savings the city, which will be responsible for maintenance on both facilities, will pay for both restroom upgrades if funds are not available from Urban Renewal.

During the councilís Roundtable portion of the meeting Councilman Russ Chinske issued an Elk Herd Alert. He said there is a herd just north of North Fork that is residing right next to the highway and crossing back and forth across the road. He urged drivers to slow down and use caution in that area.

Most other Roundtable comments were about the great job done by city crews after the latest snowfall. Every council member offered high praise for the snow removal and street sanding work, especially considering the fact the storm arrived on a weekend.

There was also a reminder that shoveling snow off sidewalks is the responsibility of the business or property owner.


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