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NO RISE APPLICATION 6-15-16 LMS
The Salmon City Council has unanimously approved having Northwest Engineering write a required No Rise Application.
A No Rise Application process has to be performed by an engineer and is required anytime any sort of structure is placed in state waters. Its purpose is so the Idaho Department of Water Resources can make sure any subtractions or additions do not affect the level of the water. It is also required whenever any design alterations change the structure’s footprint.
This is the second No Rise Application the city has made. The first application was for the original Island Park Bridge design which was later changed. The changes which had to be made to that first design changed the bridge footprint.
City Community Development Coordinator Mary Cerise said the application is a critical piece of the bridge puzzle and something that needs to be done. She said she approached two companies and only one was interested in writing the application.
Councilman Russ Chinske expressed doubts as to the reliability of the engineering firm as well as displeasure at spending even more taxpayer money. Councilman Jim Baker adamantly defended the professionals who work in his former profession and recommended they not be judged by anyone not familiar with the challenges.
In response to resistance expressed over the $915 expenditure Councilman Jim Bockelman said the council needs to keep in mind this is a $500,000 project and that if the project does not get going the city may lose a $175,000 grant. He said the change orders and additional expenses are irksome but the project needs to move on.
Cerise said if the bridge is not built by this fall the city will lose all the funding. She said she has stretched the deadlines and pulled all the strings she can to extend the promised funding as far as it will possibly go.
It was mentioned there are also critical safety issues involved in the lack of vehicular access to Island Park. City utilities which require regular maintenance in order to serve the Bar Hill are located there and emergency services personnel are seriously hampered by not having ambulance access to the island.
A motion to approve paying Northwest Engineering of Salmon $915 to complete the No Rise Application included a designated completion date of June 23rd.
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