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The city’s Parks and Recreation Team heard a Farmers Market survey report from Shannon Weaver at its April 13 meeting.

Team Chairman, Councilman Rob Jackson, told the April 20 meeting of the Salmon City Council that the survey identified dogs, or more specifically the dog owners who allow their canines to run loose in Town Square Park and not pick up after them, as the Farmers Market’s number one problem.

Jackson reminded the council that dogs are allowed off-leash on Island Park but when the bridge to the park was closed the council temporarily suspended the Town Square ‘no dogs allowed’ rule since the only access to Island Park is the Pedestrian Bridge and the access to the Pedestrian Bridge is through Town Square Park. Even though dogs are now allowed to be in Town Square Park they are not allowed off-leash. Established dog owner etiquette also includes proper disposal of their pet’s waste. According to Weaver’s report neither rule is being followed to the distress of Farmers Market vendors and customers.

Jackson said the team decided better signage is needed along with doggie do-do receptacles and public service announcements about city rules regarding dogs.

The team also discussed Kids Creek Park and the fact it is owned by the Fish and Game Department but, by way of joint agreement, the city maintains the rest rooms and provides lawn care. Jackson said that after talking with Public Works and Parks crews it is felt the agreement needs to be revisited.

Jackson said the tennis courts at City Park have been repainted and are in use thanks to Joe Grimm and the Pickle Ball Teams.

The Sacajawea Center is now a part of the Parks and Recreation Team oversight. Jackson said the Center has updated its Summer program and that informational handouts are expected by the last week in April. The handouts will show open registration times and sign ups on May 12 for both the Sacajawea Center and the City Park Pool. The Junior Explorers will be meeting every Wednesday from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM beginning June 22. No registration is required for that program.

Jackson said that due to Mike Crosby’s retirement from giving history presentations at the Center there is a need to fill the void he’s leaving behind. There is one possible speaker being considered and it will be up to the full council to approve the team’s recommendation and any subsequent service agreement.

Center Director Lin Gray has asked if she may look into an advisory group charter for the Sacajawea Center to help advise on past, present and future Center needs.

Team member Jim Bockelman mentioned the need for some maintenance work around the Highway 93 North “Welcome to Salmon” sign.

Jackson told the council that no changes are expected in the Parks and Recreation budget and that the next team meeting will be May 11 at 3:30PM in the City Hall Conference Room.

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