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A REMINDER 5-20-15 LMS

Former City Councilman and retired County Road and Bridge Supervisor Bud Bartlett used a public comment period during the May 20 Salmon City Council meeting to remind everyone of why it is so good to live here.

He said that after watching recent television reports of all the violent protests and killings around the country, tornado devastation, floods destroying everything…he looked out his window at a full view of the Bitterroot Mountain Range. He said the view reminded him of how fortunate and blessed we are to live in a community like this valley and of how pretty it is. He said he wonders how many others have the same feeling.

Bartlett said as far as he is concerned the city is ideal due to the way it is run and the staff running it. He gave the main credit to Police Chief K.V. Felker and his courteous patrolmen. He said even getting a ticket recently for a traffic infraction was a pleasant experience due to the courtesy and respect of the officer.

Bartlett said he just needed to express his feelings about this city and this country.

Getting back to city business, a discussion took place on a contract to resurface the City Park Tennis and Basketball Courts.

Community Development Coordinator Mary Cerise said a bid proposal was made and accepted a year ago and the city has received a $12,000 grant for the $24,000 project however, due to the time that has passed the company had to revisit the proposal and the cost has gone up by $860.

Therefore, money for the city’s share has also increased by $860 putting the amount to be taken from the Capital Improvements fund at $12,860. Cerise said the funding has already been budgeted for this year and the work is expected to begin towards the middle of next month.

The council had questions concerning proper licensing and the end result was Cerise will be putting together a standard city contract for review by KOCH’S Tennis Court Service of Bozeman, Montana. The newly written city contract to be considered by the council at its next meeting will include the city’s change order procedures plus the need for assurances that the company carries the appropriate insurance and licensing.


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