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NEED FOR FLOOD CONTROLS 8-3-15 LMS

City Public Works Supervisor Harry Shanafelt told the August 3 meeting of the Salmon City Council that he received a call on July 27 related to some flooding after a recent rain.

He said property was being flooded at the corner of Gwartney and South St. Charles. He said it had rained the night before and he had noticed that Kid’s Creek had been backed up most of the day. Crews found a narrowed spot near the Jackson residence and that sandbags left from the February flood were preventing water from overflowing onto that property.

Further investigation found obstructions to the flow at a creek segment narrowed by a stand of trees. Shanafelt said he contacted property owner Gary Boyce and asked for permission to enter the property with a back hoe and clean out the boards and other debris caught in the narrows which were blocking the creek’s flow. Boyce agreed.

Shanafelt’s report started a council discussion of the city’s need for a partnership with private property owners. Councilman Jim Baker suggested an engineering study of the creek be made and spoke of the city’s involvement in terms of culvert sizes. He said even though it is up to private property owners to remove trees that are causing problems he thinks a partnership between the city and property owners is in order and should be pursued. He said the state’s Highway Department should also be involved with the partnership because of the water carried by culverts along Highway 93 South.

The council decided to send the idea to the city’s Public Works Team for further study.

During the council’s Roundtable discussion Councilman Russ Chinske relayed thanks to the Salmon Arts Council for holding the recent Blues, Brews and Barbeque at the Sacajawea Center. He said it made for an outstanding venue and a great event and that it even included frequent shuttle rides between downtown and the center.

Councilman Jim Bockelman commented on the overgrowth of weeds in some areas of town specifically on the vacant lot next to the Dollar Store. Mayor Leo Marshall said that problem is being addressed. Bockelman went on to say the Cemetery grounds are looking very nice and he sent kudos to the cemetery crew.

Following an explanation from City Finance Director Amy Fealko as to what changes have been made to the city’s personnel policy the council unanimously approved the revised document. She indicated that most of the changes involved updated wording recommended by ICRMP (Idaho Counties Risk Management Program), the city’s insurance carrier. Fealko said the basics such as vacation and sick leave are the same and that city personnel have reviewed and approved the changes.
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