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The Salmon City Council has unanimously approved the appointment of John Bunce to the City Planning and Zoning Board. According to Mayor Leo Marshall, Bunce was recommended for the position by County/City P&Z Administrator Gary Goodman.

The City Council has also voted unanimously to join with Lemhi County and the Idaho Transportation Department in a study to determine the best location for an alternate bridge across the Salmon River and to pursue the possibility of obtaining Tiger funds for the project. The “Tiger” acronym stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery and is a competitive federal program which can provide up to 100 percent of project funding.

At a March 21 meeting between all involved parties it was decided that if the City Council officially voted to join the effort at its April 6 meeting, everyone would meet again to develop an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the participating entities. The MOU city/county meeting was set to take place in the Brooklyn Annex at 1PM during the April 11 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners.

In other business at its April 6 meeting the council went on to unanimously approve a yearly agreement with the Salmon Hockey Association and special event permit request for the Salmon Spokes and Chrome annual Father’s Day Barbecue, Car Show and parade. The event is scheduled for June 18 – 19 at City Park.

The council set a date of July 20, 2016 for a public hearing on the 2017 city budget. The hearing will take place at 6:15PM during the council’s regular meeting.

City Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise reminded the council of an important date on April’s calendar. The opportunity to bid on construction of the Island Park Bridge will close on April 18. All bids must be submitted to the City Clerk’s office by 4PM on that day. Cerise said at 4:05PM the bids will be opened in the City Hall Conference Room. She said the bid information will be reviewed for two days before a decision as to which, if any, bid is accepted and an announcement will be made. Cerise said the invitation to submit bids on the Island Park Bridge construction project has been widely advertised state wide and throughout the Northwest.

Cerise also announced the city has received a grant for which she applied in 2015 in partnership with Lemhi County. She said the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) has awarded $19,167.26 in federal funds for city and county signage. The funds will provide new informational warning signs, enforceable regulatory signs such as speed limit and stop signs and the posts on which to put them. The reimbursement grant begins October 1st.

Councilman Russ Chinske made a motion to officially accept the city/county LHTAC Grant award for fiscal year 2017 and it was unanimously passed.

The next Salmon City Council meeting will take place on April 20 at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

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