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KELLER WITH CONTINGENCIES 1-18-17 LMS

Acting on an intention of getting the downtown sidewalk project rolling the Salmon City Council has accepted the proposed scope of engineering services proposal submitted by Keller and Associates.

The motion to approve was contingent on verification of the necessity for signed contracts and specifications. The motion made by President Jim Baker included directions on checking with the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for any required verification.

The reason behind the verification is the conflicting information reported to the council as to whether or not signed and stamped contracts and specification for the project are required. The motion to proceed with Keller and Associates was unanimous.

Other actions during the councilís January 18 meeting included the re-appointment of Robin Watkins to the Local Option Tax Commission along with an endorsement from the council for her re-appoint her as the chairman.

A vacancy on the LOT Commission was filled by Gary Goodman upon unanimous council approval. He will step in as the cityís representative.

The City Park Snack Shack and two dugouts have been damaged by the weight of this winterís heavy snows. Councilman Jim Bockelman asked who is responsible for those repairs as well as any other damages inflicted on park features erected by volunteer groups. Jamie Phillips of the Softball Association said the association is willing to help with repairs and to submit a funding request for LOT funds. Attorney Fred Snook said an ordinance or resolution is probably needed to outline responsibilities and construction requirements for donated park features.

City Clerk Mary Benton resolved the questions by saying the damages mentioned are on city property and are therefore covered by city insurance. She said a claim will be filed and that no action is needed from the council.

Fencing needs at the City Park Softball fields was another topic of conversation after a request from Phillips to allow the association to modify the existing fence. Parks and Recreation Chairman Rob Jackson said he had no problem with the modifications as long as everyone is in agreement as to what they should be. A motion for the Softball Association to safely modify the fence to fit the association needs was made by Councilman Neal James and was passed unanimously.


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