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BOULDERS DEBATE 10-19-16 LMS

A Salmon City Council discussion on the proposed design submitted for the Veterans Memorial Park became a debate about whether or not boulders should be included and ended in two tie votes.

The design submitted by and donated by architects Don Stamp and Arron Hoffman includes large boulders, each signifying branches of the Armed Forces. The council discussion revolved around the size of the boulders.

Council President Jim Baker liked the design but thought it should be smaller to allow for more park space. Councilman Rob Jackson thought the boulders would take too much room and would create mowing difficulties. Councilman Neal James made a motion to accept the design including the boulders and Baker amended the motion to indicate a deletion of the boulders. Councilman Jim Bockelman re-amended the motion to keep the boulders and surround them with gravel so there would be no mowing issues. He reminded the council the park is named in honor of the veterans.

The voting process was clarified to be a case of ‘yes’ means no boulders and ‘no’ means yes to the boulders.

In a roll call vote to eliminate the boulders from the proposed park design Councilmen Rob Jackson, Russ Chinske and Jim Baker voted ‘yes’ and Councilmen Neal James, Jim Bockelman and Ken Hill voted ‘no’ which made it Mayor Marshall’s duty to break the tie or not. If the tie was not broken the motion would simple fade away with no action.

At first the mayor indicated he was going to not vote which prompted Chinske to challenge Marshall to vote one way or the other and settle it. Marshall voted ‘no’ which meant yes to the boulders.

Bockelman then made a motion to table the design discussion until the council can see the final design and exactly what sort of treatment will surround the boulders. James said that the originally proposed design showed gravel surrounding the boulders. Bockelman was informed that a previous motion made by James was still on the floor and awaiting a vote. James’ motion was to accept the design including the boulders.

The roll call vote was Bockelman, James and Hill in favor; Baker, Chinske and Jackson opposed. The mayor broke the second tie of the evening with a ‘yes’ vote and the draft design for Veteran’s Memorial Park was approved.




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