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PUBLIC WORKS WORK 3-18-15 LMS

According to a report from the Salmon City Council Public Works Team, the signal light at Church and Main Streets is going to be removed.

Team Chairman Fred Waidely read the March 11 meeting report at the full councilís March 18 meeting. He said that City Community Development Director Mary Cerise learned of the plan to remove the light and store it for future use in her latest communication with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). Benjamin Burke of the department will then conduct a Signal Warrant for a new signal location at South St. Charles and Main streets in order to determine if a signal is needed at that location.

Cerise also told the Public Works Team that David Alvarez of ITD has announced the department will not be including the City of Salmon Community Choice Sidewalk Grant in the Salmon Streets project scheduled to begin in April. The reason given was the department did not see a cost saving advantage for either the city or the ITD.

Waidely said the team discussed a request from the Library Association to connect the heat pump, which will be used to serve the new library building, to the cityís storm drain system. Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt stated advantages to the city include the elimination of a lot of icing in the parking lot and he said the connection would not create any problems from a Public Works standpoint. After much discussion at the March 18 meeting of the City Council the connection request was approved.

The team also discussed an alternate Salmon River boat launch site for when the site now being used will not be available due to Island Park bridge construction. The Public Works Department will explore the possibilities of using an unimproved city right-of-way road near the Salmon Meadows Campground as the alternate.

The Public Works Team reviewed possible uses for the extra revenues the city will receive when Urban Renewal payments cease. It was decided that earmarking the funds was not wise due to as yet unknown priorities that may arise.

The next meeting of the Public Works Team will be April 8 at 2PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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