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POLICY REVIEW 9-2-15 LMS

An Ad Hoc committee appointed August 19 has been studying procedures related to accepting public input during City Council meetings. The committee consisted of Councilmen Fred Waidely, Jim Baker and Rob Jackson.

Waidely reported the committee’s findings during the council’s September 2 meeting. He said they researched Idaho code, the Salmon City Code and the Association of Idaho Cities policies and all were silent on the subject.

He recounted the rules that say any individual or group that wishes to address the council may make a request to be placed on a meeting agenda and that a council may, as a matter of general policy, set aside a part of each meeting for public input, which this council does.

Waidely said after deliberation the committee determined that the current policy being used during City Council meetings is correct.

The question first arose when the council asked campground owners in the audience for their input on allowing volunteer hosts to park RVs at the Sacajawea Center. A study of the rules has shown that any council member or the mayor may ask a question and/or request a member of the public to participate.

In other business a five year franchise agreement between the City of Salmon and Lemhi Sanitation was approved. The current rates will remain the same.

The City Council also unanimously approved the yearly swimming pool use agreement with School District 291 as well as an agreement by way of Resolution 2015-3 with the Idaho Transportation Department for development and construction of a sidewalk improvement project.

Based on the approval of Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt the council accepted sewer and water disconnection requests for properties located at 805 Lena Street, 200 South Warpath Street and 301 Daisy Street.

Craig McCallum told the council that the Whitewater Park Association has volunteered to provide weeding services at the City Park Rose Garden. Councilman Fred Waidely added the news that the Credit Union has also volunteered its help at the garden for the rest of this season. McCallum said he would coordinate the work and the council thanked all parties involved.


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