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This monthís Salmon Whitewater Park Association (SWPA) report was delivered to the Salmon City Council by Craig McCullum. He told the February 15 meeting that the association and SWPA engineers are continuing to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Idaho Fish and Game Department on designs to meet fish passage criteria for all area species. He said progress is being made.

McCullum reported representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard were in Salmon two weeks ago hearing comments and giving updates on the Coast Guardís portion of the Whitewater Park project. He said fundraising efforts towards the project are continuing including a raffle for a custom designed wooden drift boat and planning for River Fest 2017. An application for this round of Local Option Tax funding has been made however McCullum expressed doubts there will be enough funds to meet the number of applications.

Council President Jim Baker, chairman of the cityís Public Works Team, reported one of the topics of the teamís February 8 meeting was a sewer connection for the Salmon Hockey Associationís Snack Shack. The council approved a cooperative city/association effort towards the connection at its February 15 meeting.

The Public Works Team also discussed the proposed Salmon Municipal Watershed Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project as presented by Forest Service representatives at the councilís February 1 meeting. The team recommended the subject be discussed by the full council. It also recommended full council discussion on a possible sidewalk repair cost-share arrangement between property owners and the city.

The February 15 Public Comment opportunity brought high praise for City Superintendent Harry Shanafelt and his crew. Bob Wiederrick said that a large number of people are very aware and very appreciative of this winterís around the clock road work. He said the crews have had a pretty tough timeÖ out in the middle of the night plowing and taking care of a broken water line. Wiederrick said the work is really appreciated. His thanks were accompanied by the hope there will be a break in the weather soon.

Fred Waidely also thanked the city crew for its work on several water line breaks which began at 3AM. He said crews worked throughout the weekend. He said it is very essential to keep the water running for the people in Salmon and the work of city crews is highly appreciated.

In other news, Waidely said that Lemhi Ride has acquired a new mini-van which will be on the streets of Salmon very soon. He said the mini-van will be a money saving acquisition in terms of fuel and other operating costs. Waidely said a full update on the Lemhi Ride service will be presented to the council in the near future.

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