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PETITION STATUS 6-3-15 LMS

City Attorney Fred Snook gave the Salmon City Council an update on the long process of a petition being filed by Bob Wiederrick for the November ballot. The initiative reads, “It shall be unlawful for any individual, group, or entity (private or governmental) to establish a Whitewater Kayak Recreational Park or any improvements related thereto on property owned by the city of Salmon. A violation of this ordinance shall be a misdemeanor punishable as according to law.”

Snook told the council during its June 3 meeting that the petition has met the first deadline of being signed and returned by Wiederrick to the City Clerk. The clerk gave the document to Snook who has given the initiative a title of 20 words or less, which is required for placement on the petition before it can be circulated. Snook has returned the titled initiative to Clerk Mary Benton who has sent it on to Wiederrick.

Snook said he, as city attorney, will write an impartial statement as to the purpose of the initiative along with its pro and con aspects. If enough signatures are gathered to qualify for placement on the November ballot, Snook’s description as to the purpose of the initiative will be printed on the ballot.

Snook said state law requires that a title be printed on the initiative before signatures can be collected.


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