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ORDINANCE BUSINESS 9-2-15 LMS

The Salmon City Council dealt with either amending or eliminating sections of several city ordinances at its September 2 meeting.

The first action had to do with amending Ordinance 15-803 which deals with camping on city properties. The original ordinance does not allow any camping. The council has recently approved allowing volunteer hosts to park Recreational Vehicles at the Sacajawea Center therefore the no camping ordinance had to be rewritten.

After a discussion involving the proper procedure of suspending three-reading rules an amended version of the rewritten ordinance was unanimously passed on the first reading. The amendment added more details regarding the city’s work and use agreement with the volunteers.

Ordinance 15-804 was an update to an ordinance in place since 1959 which referred to “terms of office.” City Clerk Mary Benton explained the city no longer has terms of office for appointed officers. She said if the council deems a person unfit for the job it votes for a dismissal. Benton said the Association of Idaho Cities advised removing the terms-of-office reference from city code. The council voted unanimously to waive the three-reading rule, then voted to repeal the terms-of-office reference and amend the code.

Ordinance 15-805 contained a reference to a Park Board which no longer exists. The ordinance was amended to exclude that reference. The council followed the waiver procedure and passed the amended ordinance on the first reading.

Another ordinance to be amended had to do with the designated hours for selling liquor. Benton said the state has recently made it legal to sell liquor while polls are open on general or primary election days. Ordinance 15-806 of the city code was amended to match the change in state law and was unanimously passed by the City Council.

The last to address was Ordinance 15-807 which repealed all reference to the Salmon Fire Department since that has now become the Lemhi County Fire Protection District which is not governed by the city. The council followed the waiver procedure and unanimously repealed that section of city code on the first reading.


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