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PUBLIC WORKS TEAM DISCUSSIONS 11-19-15 LMS

The city’s Public Works Team met earlier this month and Team Chairman Fred Waidely reported topics of the meeting to the November 19 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

He said Wayne Talmadge told the team he plans to construct a retaining wall on his Lombard Street property. He described the proposed wall as being a six foot wall running adjacent and parallel to the street right-of-way. Talmadge asked if when the wall has been completed the city could backfill the drop off from Lombard to his wall along the city’s property. Waidely said City Public Works Supervisor Harry Shanafelt thought the backfill could be done with little or no cost to the city by using excess materials from other projects.

The Kids Creek flooding problem was again a topic of discussion by the team. Waidely said that according to Shanafelt all the culverts have been inspected and are free of debris. Shanafelt said the Water Street culvert is the smallest on the creek and should probably be replaced. Shanafelt also said he has driven the area south of town with former County Road and Bridge Supervisor Bud Bartlett. He said they looked at various ditches in that area and saw there is still a large amount of water entering the city limits. It is coming from an area of approximately eight square miles. Shanafelt said there are also several springs and swamp areas contributing to the flow of water.

Waidely told the City Council the team believes that when the irrigation water is turned off the flow of water will decrease however; he said should there be another sudden thaw occurrence similar to last winter, with eight to ten inches of snow on frozen ground, there will once again be flooding along Kids Creek. Waidely said the only way to prevent flooding in the city is to keep the runoff water from reaching the city limits. He said that can be accomplished by diverting the water south of the city to the Salmon River.

Shanafelt said two possible diversion sites have been identified. One is on Lovers Lane and the other is on Mountain View Road and Ranchette.

As to creating a proposed cross walk for the Charter School Bus stop on Water Street Waidely said that has been deferred until warmer weather.

The next meeting of the Public Works Team will take place on December 9 at 2PM in the City Hall Conference Room. The public is invited to attend any of the team meetings.


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