|COPE APPOINTED TO P&Z|
COUNCIL TENDS TO OLD & NEW BUSINESS 1-21-15 LMS
A hearing date for some past business was set at the January 21 meeting of the Salmon City Council.
A property exchange agreement has been in the works for some time between the city, Jock Slavin and Mike Beers. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the participating parties in October of 2013. The agreement has to do with property line rearrangements and ownership changes involving small strips of land near Monk Street and Snook Street. The purpose of the exchange is to allow the city to obtain land that contains a city sewer line, resolve an encroachment onto city property and to facilitate bringing Snook Street into proper width compliance. The MOU spells out each entity’s responsibilities.
City Attorney Fred Snook told the council that the next step is to set a date for a public hearing. After an official public hearing the council may decide whether or not to approve the arrangement. The second council meeting in February was selected. The hearing will begin at 6:15 in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room on February 18.
Mayor Leo Marshall proposed that Robert Cope be appointed to serve on the City Planning and Zoning Commission. As to qualifications Marshall cited Cope’s four years as a City Councilman and 14 years as Lemhi County Commissioner. Council President Jim Baker said it would be very appropriate and made a motion to accept the proposed appointment. The motion passed on a four to two vote with Councilmen Ken Hill and Rob Jackson casting ‘no’ votes.
Following the vote, Councilman Jim Bockelman suggested that in the future current members of the P&Z Commission be asked their opinions before decisions about appointments are made.
The City Council has made repeated attempts to persuade the Idaho Transportation Department to lower the speed limit on State Highway 28 in the vicinity of City Park. All attempts have failed. Jim Bockelman now proposes that the city ask the highway department to widen the highway to include a turn lane in the middle. That way if the speed limit has to remain the same, a turn lane would at least make the road safer for drivers. As far as length of road widening he thinks the three lanes should extend from the old Lemhi Road to at least past the Sacajawea Center. He left the idea up to one of the council teams to pursue, or not.
The mayor informed council members of a training session sponsored by the city’s insurance carrier, the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program better known as ICRMP. It is an on-line training that takes about 15 minutes to complete and means a reduction of $2,500 in the city’s insurance premium if all members participate. The offer closes on January 27.
During the last public comment portion of the evening’s meeting Evalyn Bennett expressed her on-going concerns related to the proposed Whitewater Wave Park. She compared the proposed park to allowing a non-profit equestrian organization to take over City Park, turn it into an unsupervised world class competitive course thereby making permanent changes to a city owned and operated recreational facility, without asking for anyone’s permission. She said of course that would be unprecedented and that there would also be no assurance the non-profit entity would be responsible for future cost and maintenance of the facility.
The next meeting of the Salmon City Council is February 4 beginning at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.
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