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City Public Safety Team Chairman Ken Hill informed the February 17 meeting of the Salmon City Council that with Salmon City Police Department permission, his team members are going to be riding along with police officers in an effort to become familiar with what that department faces on a daily basis. Hill said that public misconceptions as to what police officers do is amazing. He said the more council members learn about that departmentís duties, activities and difficulties, the better.

Later in the council meeting it was suggested the idea of getting first-hand knowledge should be expanded for all council members and involve all city departments.

The first item of discussion at the Salmon City Parks Team meeting on February 10 was the possible need for a sidewalk and gutter along with a storm drain gulley along the south side of Town Square Park. Team Chairman, Councilman Rob Jackson, told the February 17 meeting of the Salmon City Council that more information and research is required to determine whether the project is needed and where it could be placed.

Jackson said the second item of discussion had to do with expectations of team members. He said the short discussion was prompted by the recent decision to combine the Sacajawea Center and Parks and Recreation teams.

The team went on to discuss personnel plans for the upcoming Summer season. Jackson said the Sacajawea Center was awarded a grant from the Idaho Governorís Lewis and Clark Trail Committee. That $7,500 grant was officially accepted by the City Council at its February 17 meeting. The monies will be used to re work the centerís entrance in a way that will improve the facilityís visibility from Highway 28. It will also be used to update signage. The improvements will be made with money from the grant and from the Local Option Tax.

Jackson said the newly built Recreational Vehicle pads constructed to house RVís belonging to Sacajawea Center volunteer hosts and participants are beginning to be reserved.

Occupancy for the number one pad has been scheduled for a May through September volunteer host and the pad number two space is filled from August through September. Jackson said they are still looking for a volunteer to occupy pad number two from May through August.

Center Director Lin Gray told the team she needs a list of all local caterers and event planners as well as available resources for party rentals, cleaning and decorating. She has also decided not to hire an intern this season but to use some of that money towards more hours for a grounds keeper. Jackson said one benefit of combining the two teams into one is the possibility of hiring one person to be the Sacajawea grounds keeper and to also work part time with the Parks Department.

Gray supplied team members with an update of last yearís accomplishments at the center and said that in April she will begin advertising for Docent program volunteers.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Parks Team will be March 9 at 3:30 in the City Hall Conference Room. It will be followed by a meeting of the Public Safety Team at 4:30 PM.

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