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The time is approaching for the Salmon City Council to make a decision on whether or not to renew its Phase I yearly agreement with the Salmon Whitewater Park Association (SWPA). The original agreement signed by the City of Salmon and the Whitewater Association contained a clause that provides for up to three, one-year extensions of Phase I. This would be the second of the three extensions allowed.

At the councilís August 17 meeting association representative Breann Green gave the council an update on SWPAís progress towards constructing a Whitewater Kayak Park in the Salmon River adjacent to the city owned Island Park. She said the Phase I engineering plans are not yet completed and the work needed to obtain necessary permits from the government agencies involved will resume after the busy commercial float trip season ends.

She said the association is still working with the Idaho Fish and Game Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the issue of safe passage for the riverís juvenile fish. Green said a meeting with officials has been scheduled for September and after that, regular monthly association meetings will resume.

Prior to Greenís presentation the council decided there is no need for an additional public meeting since the council is well aware of pros and cons related to the proposed project.

Following Greenís report Council President Jim Baker said he would like to see the council proceed with renewal of the Phase I agreement. Green said the association is happy with the current agreement and is also amenable to any agreement changes the council wants to make.

Councilman Jim Bockelman was assured by City Attorney Fred Snook that any agreed upon changes to the agreementís wording can be done. He said that the many past discussions about aspects of the project have brought up details that should be further defined. Councilman Rob Jackson agreed and pinpointed questions raised regarding the matter of council approval given for Local Option Tax monies to be spent for whitewater project fund-raising.

Councilman Ken Hill said he felt some of those issues would be better addressed in Phase II of the project. He said he thinks it would behoove the council to grant the extension which would allow time for obtaining the needed permit approvals so the project can proceed to Phase II. When Phase II is reached the whole process of developing a new agreement between SWPA and the city will begin.

Baker said the renewal is an opportunity to clarify any points that have become issues or to just renew the agreement as it is written.

Councilman Russ Chinske asked if the permitting can be done before the September 16 renewal date and Green said it cannot.

Baker made a motion to place a discussion and decision of whether or not to extend the Phase I agreement on the councilís September 7 meeting agenda. The motion passed unanimously.

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