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LEGAL OPINION ON MULTI-PURPOSE PARTICIPATION 3-23-15 LMS
An update on progress towards the community effort to build a Multi-purpose Building on District 291 school grounds was delivered to the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday by organizers Jim Bob Infanger, Robert Stoddard and School Board member Chuck Overacker.
The previous Wednesday City Councilman Jim Baker had raised a question of whether or not it is legal for the city or the county to be contributing city staff time, labor and equipment, paid by way of tax dollars, to the building project.
During Monday’s Commissioners meeting Lemhi County Attorney Bruce Withers said Infanger had asked for his legal opinion on the question. Withers said he thinks there shouldn’t be any problem and that the county is legally able to contribute work to another public entity. He suggested that a Memorandum of Understanding be entered into by the parties.
Clean-up work on the school owned property has begun in preparation for the demolition of two structures that will be torn down to make room for the proposed Multi-purpose Building.
Contractor Robert Stoddard said that right now development of a workable time frame for all the volunteer labor is foremost. He said the buildings and trees will be removed and hauled to the County Landfill for a requested free of charge disposal. Earlier in the day the commissioners had approved the group’s written request and alerted Landfill Manager Ken Bose to the expected deliveries. Stoddard said there may also be a need to dispose of excess soils and will contact the Airport Board as to repository possibilities as well as other sites that have been offered.
The project will be needing gravel fill and crush which the county has volunteered to supply and haul along with other contractors who have offered hauling help.
Stoddard gave an estimate of two weeks to start time. He is hoping and anticipating a force of community volunteers reminiscent of the parking lot construction project that took place a few years ago.
Overacker said the School Board plans to contribute the majority of money from the sale of the old Jr. High School to the multi-purpose building project as well as other school owned properties that are listed for sale.
Once the ground is prepared the next goal will be to raise money for a building to put on the site.
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