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ALTERNATE BOAT LAUNCH POSSIBLE 10-7-15 LMS

A possible alternative to the current boat ramp was a topic at the October 7 meeting of the Salmon City Council. The temporary ramp was constructed when the Island Park Bridge was condemned.

Councilman Jim Bockelman said congestion being caused by the site’s current location had been brought to the attention of the City Council by Mary Wright along with a suggestion of an alternative. He said that since then he has talked with Rex Bielby, manager of the Salmon Meadows Campground as well as Tom Curet of the Fish and Game Department and there is a good reception to the idea of a public access through the campground to a boat launch ramp. Bockelman said the site looked to him like a lot of dirt work would be required but Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt said it would be possible. Shanafelt said he has spoken with the campground people and the Fish and Game office and the work has been scheduled, “…to just do it.”

During Roundtable Discussion Bockelman asked that an alley which runs behind the school administration office be checked for possible pothole filling. He also suggested that an old unused police car could be parked near the Sacajawea Center to reduce the speed of traffic in that area.

Councilman Fred Waidely said those speed limits are not going to be changed anytime soon. He said he had met the day before with representatives from the Idaho Transportation Department and learned they are sticking with results of the latest traffic study which do not indicate a reduction in speed is warranted. The last study was conducted in July. Waidely said the department did agree to move the city limits signs out to where they now belong along Highway 28.

Councilman Ken Hill extended kudo’s to Bertram’s Brewery for the great paint and siding job done on the building as well as the new signs. Hill said it is a big improvement to Main Street.


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