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HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY A SUCCESS 6-8-15 LMS

Landfill Manager Ken Boese was happy to report that even though this year’s Household Hazardous Waste Day was held at the Landfill it was a great success.

He said over 500 gallons of used engine oil and six pallets full of paint cans stacked six feet high were collected. This is the first year the Household Waste Day has been held at the landfill rather than in town and Boese was totally pleased with the results.

Commissioner Chairman Rick Snyder reported he received a call last week from a resident commending Boese on what a nice landfill operation he has developed. Boese was appreciative and relayed the news he is now being contacted by recycling companies instead of the other way around. He said the reason is due to all the pre-recycling done at the landfill which saves the companies money and creates a larger profit margin for them. Boese said it is a very positive sign that the work being done at the landfill is generating so much interest as well as revenue.

Dr. John Hall of the University of Idaho Nancy Cummings Center met with the commissioners to begin a dialogue about a possible road exchange between the university and the county. He said the ranch road’s present location has always been a safety and security problem. He presented a proposal of road relocations for consideration and said the visit was just a first step to see if the county might be interested.

The commissioners said the county is interested in pursuing the plan and directed Road and Bridge personnel to visit the site and evaluate the possibilities.

Gina Knudson of Salmon Valley Stewardship told the commissioners that the long awaited Salmon Valley Trails Feasibility Draft Study is now on-line and out for public comment.

The proposed hiking, biking and walking trail would run from the Shoup Bridge south of town to the Lemhi County Fairgrounds north of town. She said of all the projects in which she has participated she has never been in one that has received the amount of positive support as this endeavor has. She reported that after all the studies and comments and meetings with property owners along the route no insurmountable obstacles have been found. She said the intention of the draft study is to build support for the project as funds are being sought. She said there is a $20 million pot for state of Idaho projects such as this and that of course there is a lot of competition for those funds. They expect to know sometime this month whether or not the Salmon Trails project is a finalist in the competition.

The Feasibility Study can be accessed at:

www.salmonvalley.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Draft-Trails-Report-5-27-15-WEB.pdf

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