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The Local Option Tax Commission submitted its recommendations for expenditure of Cycle I LOT funds to the Salmon City Council on March 2.

Commission Chair Robin Watkins told the council a total of 15 applications were submitted, two of which were deemed ineligible. She said that requests from the other 13 applicants totaled $96,275.85. The amount of LOT funds available as of February 16, 2016 was $56,000.

Of the 13 eligible applications three were not recommended by the commission because they did not come under categories approved for LOT funding. Those were: a $5,000 request from the Lemhi County Museum for a feasibility study on purchasing the old library; a $10,500 request from the City of Salmon for a new, rear discharge lawnmower and a $4,000 request from Calvary Chapel for improvements to the outside of their Food Bank building.

The two ineligible applications, due to lack of proper paperwork, were the Lemhi County Baseball Association request of $6,000 and the $2,000 request from Salmon Search and Rescue to go towards its yearly Luau fund raiser.

Of the ten applications recommended for approval by the LOT Commission, $28,000 was the highest amount. It will go towards installing a new boiler at the Salmon City Pool. The swimming pool was specifically named as a beneficiary when the Local Option Tax Ordinance was passed by voters. Watkins said it is a project that once begun must be done all at once.

The commission recommended $6,000 go to the city Public Works Department for engineering fees related to the Island Park Bridge project. Other recommendations brought before the Salmon City Council for approval were; $4,200 to fund support systems for the Beaverhead Endurance Run; $4,000 to the County Fair Board for the Salmon Stampede Rodeo; $4,000 to advertise and fund support systems for the Whitewater Therapeutic Riding Associationís Salmon Marathon; $2,400 to the Salmon Whitewater Park Associationís Riverfest event; $2,300 to the Lemhi County Farmerís Market for advertising, assessment tools and banners; $2,200 for Salmon River Days insurance, advertising and special events; $1,696 to fund upgrades at the Sacajawea Center and $1,200 for event support and advertising of the Lemhi Education Projectís Century Ride. The total expenditure would be $55,996.

Councilman Rob Jackson said he did not receive a full version of the LOT commissionerís emailed recommendations until that morning. He said he would like more time to review the requests and wanted to postpone final approval until the next Council Meeting. City Community Project Co-coordinator Mary Cerise suggested that the Swimming Pool boiler project be approved so work can begin. Jackson made a motion to approve the City Pool request that evening and wait until March 16 to take a final vote on the other recommendations. The motion was approved unanimously.

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