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Construction specifics on the long awaited Island Park Bridge replacement project have been published which officially launches the invitation to bid process.

City Community Project Coordinator Mary Cerise announced the news to the March 2 meeting of the Salmon City Council and said things are looking more competitive than at last year’s first bridge-bidding attempt. The invitation to bid on the project has been posted locally as well as on various web sites.

She said there will be a pre-bid meeting at City Hall on March 10 at 1PM. Cerise said that meeting will show a more accurate picture of contractor interest. Sealed bids on the construction will be due at the City Hall Clerk’s Office by 4PM on March 30.

The bids will be opened publically at 4:05 that day, March 30th. The plan is to make a decision on the bids at the April 6 Salmon City Council meeting. The city retains the right to reject any and all bids.

In other business before the council, Attorney Chace Slavin presented a client’s interest in selling the city two vacant lots at the corner of Shoup and Center streets. The property is located behind the back door of the Odd Fellows Bakery and the offices of Valley Wide Propane. Slavin said the owners would be agreeable to carrying paper if that is legally compatible with the city. Councilman Rob Jackson immediately recused himself from any participation in the matter due to the fact he is related to the property owners.

The proposal was turned over to the city’s Finance Team where actual figures can be discussed. The next meeting of the Finance Team is set for March 9 at 11AM.

A sure sign of Spring was the Special Events Permit application for the annual Salmon River Spokes and Chrome Father’s Day Barbecue/Car Show and parade.

The council asked Police Chief KV Felker if he had any questions pertaining to the event and he said that it is only a matter of his department providing a parade escort. City Clerk Mary Benton will verify the fact Spokes and Chrome carries insurance for the event. An amended motion to approve the application request, pending all required paperwork, was passed unanimously.

The Father’s Day Barbecue and Car Show will take place June 18 and 19 at the City Park ball diamonds. It is estimated the show will be featuring 80 cars.

A request to discontinue water and sewer services at 706 Jefferson Street was unanimously passed by the council. The decision was based on Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt’s recommendation the request be approved once the sewer is capped and inspected.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be March 16 at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center Meeting Room.
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