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WAIVER GRANTED 7-15-15 LMS

The Idaho Governorís Lewis and Clark Trail Committee has asked the city to give Sacajawea Center Director Lin Gray the authority to grant fee waivers at the center.

Gray told the July 15 meeting of the Salmon City Council that she understands city policy does not allow that authority to be given. She instead asked that the council grant a fee waiver for the Committee and presented a detailed list of all the assistance the organization has given the center over the years. Gray said that because of the fee situation, this year the committee is planning to use the Grange for its yearly meeting instead of the center. She said she, as the centerís director, is personally asking the council to grant the committee a fee waiver.

City Attorney Fred Snook ascertained the fee in question would amount to $120 and that this year alone the committee has contributed $3,000 to the Sacajawea Center.

Although the fee structure on all city facilities is under an ordinance it was determined the council does have the authority to waive fees on a case by case basis.

Councilman Jim Baker made a motion to waive the fees on the Sacajawea Center for this yearís meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Committee. The motion passed unanimously and Gray will inform the committee of the councilís action and invite it to use the center for this yearís meeting.

The council also accepted a three year renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the city and the Eastern Idaho Action Partnership and its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Gray assured the council the MOU has worked well for all parties. The renewal was approved unanimously.

During Councilman Fred Waidelyís report on the July 8 Sacajawea Center Team meeting he said Visitor Center numbers were up over May and June of last year and donations to the center are ahead of last year at this time. He said in the directorís update she reported the Junior Explorer program is going very well with four to eight new participants every week. The Outdoor School is also going well and the school is conducting maintenance every Thursday which is a good thing since the upgrades are needed. Workers have fixed shelters and rebuilt the fire pit area.

Waidely said quarterly rental data on the Learning Center is showing an increase in rental days and the center is booked most often for training sessions. He said Director Gray is working on a five year plan for the center and will be presenting it to the council when it is completed. She is also getting RV pads with hook ups so that volunteer center hosts and professional people from outside the area who give lectures at the center will have a place to park while supporting center events and programs.

Heritage Days is set for August 14 and 15. Native Americans will be providing a Salmon dinner and performing dances. If enough people sign up to participate there will be a Dutch Oven gathering.

Waidely said Gray has proposed goats be used on some portions of the center for weed control. He said the team feels it is an excellent idea and Gray will proceed to recruit some.

The next meeting of the Sacajawea Center Team will take place at the center on August 12 at 4:30PM.
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