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COUNCIL ROUNDTABLE TOPICS 3-18-15 LMS

The newly constructed turn lane at the entrance to ShopKo was a discussion topic during the March 18 City Council meeting.

Councilman Rob Jackson referred to the laneís sudden sharp turns and abrupt edge as a safety hazard. He said he knows it is technically a federal highway but thinks the city should say something about the dangers and advocate getting them fixed.

The lanes and store are located on Challis Street just south of the US Highway 93 and State Highway 28 intersection.

Jackson went on to say he attended the Lincoln Days event at the Living Waters Ranch and was very impressed especially with an address made by Colonel Hollingsworth from Idaho Falls, a 40 year veteran in the US Army and currently a Brigade Commander in North Fork, Virginia. Jackson said the colonelís speech was amazing and he wished his fellow council members could have heard it.

Councilman Fred Waidely is the councilís representative on the local Transportation Feasibility Study and that the recent work session with a Washington, D.C. transportation specialist was very good. He said that much good information was taken back to Washington. Shortly after the positives came a major blow that was delivered to Lemhi Ride project by TRPTA.

In negotiations related to Lemhi Ride assuming local transportation duties formerly supplied by the Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority (TRPTA) a commitment was made to the Lemhi County Economic Development Association (LCEDA) that TRPTA would transfer ownership of several buses to Lemhi Ride. Waidely read a letter to the council from TRPTA that said TRPTA has been exploring the expansion of services in the district and has decided to use the buses allocated to Salmon, for operations elsewhere. Therefore it will not honor the bus transfer commitment and Memorandum of Understanding. Waidely said that means TRPTA is in possession of buses purchased by a grant awarded specifically for transportation needs in Lemhi County. He said taking the vehicles will leave Lemhi Ride with only two buses. He said it is an ongoing very serious situation. He said a LCEDA meeting was scheduled for the next day, March 19, and that he will keep the council informed.


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