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PUBLIC WORKS TEAM REPORT 3-16-16 LMS

The Kids Creek flood of last year and the current situation were among the items discussed at the March 9 meeting of the city’s Public Works Team according to a report given the March 16 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

Team chairman and Council President Jim Baker said according to Public Works Supervisor Harry Shanafelt city crews were working on completing riprap placement along creek banks where root-wads have been removed. Baker also said the ditched drainage system leading to the Salmon River from Hot Springs Creek near the airport includes a 36 inch culvert running under the highway. From there a functioning ditch directs flows to the river. He said that last year the state replaced a highway borrow-pit culvert, located at Ack’s Auction, which allows runoff from the south to continue on towards the Kids Creek fish ponds.

The team also discussed the possibility of applying for Idaho State Disaster mitigation funds regarding the Kids Creek flooding situation and has since learned the city is not eligible for the funds because the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, which includes the city, is not up to date. The plan is currently being reworked.

Baker said a very lengthy discussion was held concerning Water and Sewer fee payment in non-standard situations. He said Shanafelt and City Clerk Mary Benton will prepare a written overview and make recommendations as to possible action for each individual or business on the service exceptions list. The Public Works Team will discuss the findings and recommendations at its April meeting and formulate a report for presentation to the full council.

The next Public Works Team meeting is set for April 13 at 2 PM in the City Hall Conference Room and is open to the public.


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