ROUNDTABLE & COMMENTS 7-15-15 LMS
City Councilman Rob Jackson was one of six people manning an aid station during this year’s Goldstone Ultra Endurance Marathon run on July 12. This is his second year of duty.
He told the Salmon City Council during its July 15 Roundtable discussion there were around 142 entrants this year compared to 60 last year. Jackson said about 30 runners ran the 100 kilometer marathon (62.1 miles) which started at Bannack Pass and ended at the top of Geertson Creek. He said over 100 runners ran the 50 kilometer segment which equals 31.06 miles.
Jackson said he was at the Janke Lake aid station which is located at an elevation of 9,700 feet. The maximum elevation on the course is 10,049 feet and the minimum is 5,500 feet. He was amazed at the endurance of the runners, one of them pausing for less than a minute at the aid station before continuing the run. He said there was a little rain and it was a little cold but overall it was great.
On the subject of city business he mentioned rough spots on Daisy Street apparently left over from some street and alley replacement work and suggested someone take a look at them.
Councilman Jim Bockelman supplied council members with some newspaper articles. One dealt with how Local Option Tax Funds (LOT) can be used and another was specifically about the LOT funds in Ketchum. There was also an article entitled “Bellevue Ponders Fees for Water Services.” He said he found all of them interesting.
Councilman Russ Chinske announced there is a new restaurant in town. He said the “Pork Peddler” has good eats at a good price and he recommends it to the folks of Salmon.
Councilman Jim Baker named a property on South St. Charles Street which he said has an inordinate amount of what appears to be junk in the yard. He was told the residence was affected by the flood earlier this year however the debris was there before the water. Bockelman said there is a complaint form at City Hall that can be filled out if residents wish to do so.
During the Public Comment portions of the evening meeting Dave Gusky said he had no problem with the council’s proposed 11 and one half percent pay raise, since he knows from personal experience about all the work required, but he thought it would have been better to do a 5 and a half percent raise over a two year time period, for appearances sake. He requested more information on the budget and any tax increases. He was referred to City Finance Director Amy Fealko.
Robert Dunlop complimented City Clerk Mary Benton and her helper, Shawnda Adams, for their remarkable work on the flower beds in front of City Hall in time for the 4th of July’s Salmon River Days. And speaking of flowers he revisited the evening’s Rose Garden topic. He said it is a thornier issue than what the council thinks. He also said, with appreciation for the flowers in front of City Hall, he would prefer city crews to be tending to city streets, and not be weeding roses
He said the thorny issue lies with people who think the Rose Garden is their memorial on public property. He mentioned Councilman Baker’s question about who says who can plant a bush and who can’t. Dunlop foresees people demanding space to place a rose for a relative. He said, “Pretty soon there’s not even going to be room for the swimming pool.” He said the garden started as a nice gesture but it has run its course and it’s time to say ‘thank you’ and move on. Dunlop suggested people who have rose bushes planted at the memorial should dig them up and transfer them to their own yards. He said the city has a $3 and a half million dollar budget to worry about but is bogged down with a rose garden. “That’s how city councils go.”
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