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PUBLIC WORKS TEAM MEETING REPORT 12-20-16 LMS

A meeting of the city’s Public Works Team was held on December 14 and on December 20 Team Chairman Jim Baker reported the meeting’s minutes to the Salmon City Council.

Council President Baker said a proposal for vacation of Copper Street and a land exchange was presented to the team by Steve Frazee and Dale McAtee. McAtee is the executor of the Strickland Estate which is a party in the proposed transaction.

Part of their proposal involves the opportunity of widening a portion of Copper Street from 15 feet to 24 feet. At the team meeting Frazee and McAtee were asked to consider widening the street to approximately 31 feet. The answer was that would not be considered by the Strickland family due to the location of a tree which has great sentimental value.

Baker said the proposal as of that meeting involved a survey and plat preparation in two subdivisions and relocation of a short section of fence. There were also discussions about whether or not an appraisal would be needed and monetary values of the properties involved. The team requested a legal opinion from City Attorney Fred Snook. At the December 20 meeting of the full council Snook defined the legalities of a “vacation” as compared to an “exchange” and explained the differences.

In other business at the team meeting, Baker said that Bob Blackadar requested his ditch easement and Memorandum of Understanding regarding maintenance be postponed.

The team went on to discuss the possibility of cooperative funding between the city and adjoining property owners for curb/gutter and sidewalks in commercial and residential zones. The team recommended the subject be placed before the full council for discussion and debate.

During the Public Works Round Table discussion City Community Development Coordinator Mary Cerise talked about her upcoming departure from her city job and the projects she plans to complete before she leaves. Baker said she provided the team an overview of ongoing projects and contacts necessary for project completions. The team sincerely thanked her for all her good advice and hard work which resulted in obtaining grant funds and administering numerous projects beneficial to the city. Baker said those projects will be used and enjoyed by all users for many decades and the team extended best wishes to Cerise and her family.

The next meeting of the Public Works Team will be at 2PM on January 11, 2017 in the City Conference Room.


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