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At its September 7 meeting, the Salmon City Council was asked for an update on when the long awaited new city codes can be expected and for a clarification of the present code.

Salmon resident Nancy Piatt specifically asked about codes related to livestock in the city. She has been told the old code stipulates that no livestock can be kept in an area of less than 6,000 square feet. The new code states that 6,000 square feet of vacant land is required for one large animal.

The reason behind her question is one of her neighbors is fencing an area with the intention of keeping horses on the property and Piatt doesn’t think the chosen area, which includes a house, fits the code requirements. She said she and her neighbors think the associated flies and manure will constitute a health and safety issue as well as devaluation of surrounding properties. Piatt also wondered who decided on the 6,000 square foot figure and why.

In reference to the fact a house is also on the property being fenced, City Councilman Jim Bockelman said there first needs to be a clearer definition of the term “vacant land.”

Councilman Neal James, who served as a councilman in the past, had the answer to the 6,000 square feet origin. He said several years ago there was a problem with a herd of around 30 goats and three milk cows being kept on one city lot. The city asked the University of Idaho for guidance and was told each horse needs an area of 10x10 feet and every goat needs an area of four by four feet. He said it was from that information the council came up with the 6,000 square foot requirement needed in order to keep livestock.

Councilman Jim Baker advised the neighborhood to follow Planning and Zoning Administrator Gary Goodman’s recommendation that residents write letters to officials.

As to when the new codes can be expected it was announced later in the meeting that the new Development Code is ready for review. It was decided a date for the first review will be set at the first council meeting in October.

During its Roundtable Discussion Bockelman noted more crosswalks are appearing in town. He mentioned that the sidewalk in front of Krasowski Jewelry is being replaced. He said one way the city could stretch the funding for new sidewalks is to follow state law and require that owners of properties adjacent to sidewalks pay a share of the costs. He also announced the September 6 arrival of Grayson Michael James Phillips. Bockelman was congratulated on being a new grandpa.

Councilman Russ Chinski thanked City Water Plant Superintendent James Miller for providing a great educational tour of the facility. Chinski also expressed best wishes and congratulations to the new Arcade located on Main Street. He said it’s nice to see Main Street looking a lot better than it did with the store vacancies of four or five years ago.

Mayor Leo Marshall extended an invitation from County Commissioner Rick Snyder to all city staff members and councilmen to attend a Horizontal Grinder demonstration at the Landfill. The demonstrations of the machine that can grind almost any size tree will take place September 14 and 15.

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