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HOUSEKEEPING 10-7-15 LMS

Two ordinances were approved and adopted on the first reading by the Salmon City Council at its October 7 meeting.

City Clerk Mary Benton explained the amendments are mostly about aligning the city codes with those of the state. Ordinance 15-809 reflects changing some former misdemeanor violations, such as vicious dog violations, licensing and impoundment procedures, to infractions. Infractions are non-criminal acts which carry a fixed penalty. A misdemeanor is subject to a court ruling. Benton said Police Chief KV Felker went through and approved all the proposed changes related to his department.

It is thought the removal of the court process may result in the issuance of more citations as well as a savings in court costs.

A motion was made by Councilman Fred Waidely to suspend the three reading rule related to ordinance amendments. It passed on a five to one vote with Councilman Rob Jackson against it. When asked why he didnít favor the rule suspension Jackson said he thought the public should have more warning before the changes go into effect. He was assured the amendments were scheduled for publication in the newspaper.

When the vote to adopt Ordinance 15-809 came, it received unanimous approval.

Ordinance 15-810 was more housekeeping to align city codes with state codes and changed such things as violations of parking regulations, sidewalk construction and maintenance rules from misdemeanors to infractions.

Both ordinances included moving the fee changing process out of the City Ordinance category and into resolution form. The change will enable the council to make fee changes by way of a resolution. Benton said that way fees can be updated without having to go through the amendment publication process and three reading ordinance requirement needed to change a city code.

The same suspension of the three reading rule and motion to adopt procedure was followed for Ordinance 15-810. The rule suspension and changes to the ordinance were approved unanimously.


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