|LAST MEETING FOR 2016|
MEETING DATE CHANGED 12-7-16 LMS
The date for the Salmon City Councilís second meeting of the month has been changed due to holiday schedules.
Instead of the usual second Wednesday of the month the meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 20, at 6 PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room
During its December 7 meeting the council granted Sandra Young a waiver of up to six months on utility bills. Her 402 Porphyry Street home burned on November 16 and due to the damages Young has not been able to reside there since that date.
In a letter to the council Young said it may take up to three months to make the house livable and she asked that she not be charged for water and sewer services for two to three months.
The council unanimously voted to waive the fees for the full six months allowed by city ordinance and if repairs are made sooner, the proper adjustments will be made.
The council also unanimously approved new Local Option Tax (LOT) application forms presented by the LOT Commission.
Hay harvesting at Salmonís Sacajawea Center is performed on a three year contract basis. The latest contract expired in November and Center Director Lin Gray asked the council to approve beginning the process of advertising for hay harvest bids. She explained that she wanted the invitation for bids to appear in the December 15 edition of the Recorder Herald so that bids will be received by mid-January.
Permission to go forward was given by the council on the understanding that Sacajawea Center boundary maps will be updated.
Later in the meeting during one of two Public Comment opportunities Robert Dunlop remembered that in 2015 goats were employed to graze portions of the Centerís grounds and that they made a tremendous dent in the thistle crop. He said there were no goats during the 2016 season and that they are really needed in order for there to be a hay crop.
Councilman Jim Bockelman used the eveningís Roundtable Discussion slot to comment on a priority of his; snow removal. He said the city has done its job in the form of creating a snow removal ordinance and that a letter needs to be sent to downtown businesses either thanking them for removing snow from sidewalks in front of their stores and/or reminding them of the liabilities related to not obeying the ordinance. Bockelman cited areas including in front of the old library building, City Hall, the bear statue, History Park and some downtown businesses.
Council President Jim Baker acknowledged a patronís thanks to the city at the November 16 City Council meeting, for the stove replacement $1000 rebate program. To be clear he said the program funds come from the Department of Energy to be administered by the city.
The administrator and coordinator of all the local programís logistics is City Clerk Mary Benton.
Salmon City Mayor Leo Marshall confirmed that he has received a letter of resignation from City Grants/Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise. He said he has received the resignation but has not accepted it.
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