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At its May 6 meeting the Salmon City Council acted on several requests having to do with the upcoming 4th of July celebration.

First on the agenda was BriAnne Bruno of the Salmon River Days Festival Committee. She informed the council of the eventís new non-profit status and requested the closure of North and South Andrews Street for the street fair and a Main Street closure for the 4th of July Parade. Bruno also asked permission to use the vacant lot behind the Main Street Bear statue for various festival events such as the street dance, information booth and auction.

She said it is as yet unknown if there will be a Beer Garden but if there is all of the proper permits and rules will be obtained and enforced.

In the past the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsored and provided funding for the yearly event. Now that there is no Chamber it is up to the public to help fund the communityís 4th of July festivities. The city includes $1,500 in its yearly budget to go towards the 4th of July fireworks display and the Local Option Tax awarded $3,500 for this yearís event. The fireworks alone cost $5,000. Bruno said a fund raising dance is scheduled for May 16 at the Elks Club beginning at 8PM.

The council unanimously approved the street closures and use of the Bearís parking lot.

The Calvary Chapel made its yearly street closure request which was also granted. The portion of street between Shoup and Shanafelt streets will be closed Friday, July 3, from 7AM to 5PM.

Lemhi Piecemakers Quilt member Barbara Wolf of North Fork asked the council to grant a fee waiver for the three day use of the Salmon Valley Center meeting room which is the site of the groupís annual quilt display.

During discussion it was explained that the quilt show has been sponsored for the last ten years by the Salmon Arts Council which has a standing deposit that negates the room rental fee. Because of the Arts Council sponsorship the $100 a day fee was not applied to the quilt show. Wolf said they only recently learned that the Arts Council has decided not sponsor this yearís quilt display.

In the past the council has held firm to a no fee waiver rule however Councilman Fred Waidely reminded the council of a more recent decision which softened the rule for events that are good for the community. After ascertaining there will be nothing attached to the roomís walls and the quilters will pay a refundable cleaning deposit Waidely made a motion to waive the $300 room rental fee and the council unanimously agreed.

The City Council also agreed to let the Calvary Chapel and Salmon Valley Baptist Church ďSkaters in ChristĒ organization use the Skate Park for skater training clinics two days a week from May 19 to July 18. The councilís permission is contingent on the Skaters being able to obtain insurance.

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