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PUBLIC WORKS IN THE WORKS 6-21-17 LMS

Salmon Valley Hospice representative Cindy Clark has requested a Special Use Permit for property located at 120 State Street. Clark is proposing that the property, now known as the Salmon River Apartments, be granted a Special Use Permit so it can be used as a Hospice Care Unit. The Building Department sent her to the Public Works Team to check on the availability of city utility lines.

According to Public Works Team Chairman and City Council President Jim Baker the team provided Clark with information on the existing city utilities. He said Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt will check into the size of the existing water main on State Street and its present static main-line pressure. Baker said the location and size of the existing sewer line will also be checked. Building code requirements for the intended services will dictate the size requirements of sewer and water line service. The team referred Clark to City/County Building Inspector Gary Goodman for further assistance and guidance.

Baker said the team discussed the establishment of a formal process for use of the city storm drain system and a proposed cooperative agreement for sidewalk repair between the city and property owners.

The sidewalk repair discussion was continued at the June 21 meeting of the full City Council. Considerations included whether there should be different percentages of cost-share agreements for residential versus commercial properties and what percentage of cost should be established. It was suggested the city could set aside monies for the cost-share agreements in each annual budget process.

Baker told the council that all sidewalks in the city exist on city properties. Councilman Jim Bockelman said state statute decrees sidewalks are the responsibility of adjacent property owners. City Clerk Mary Benton said that past history shows the older sidewalks were built under an early version of a Local Improvement District, where each property owner paid a specific amount based on the number of feet included in the owner’s street frontage.

Other questions to be decided include whether or not sidewalk replacement costs could be covered by ‘in-kind’ labor and whether licensed contractors would be required. Exactly what sort of sidewalk condition constitutes a city-directed sidewalk repair or replacement would also have to be decided.

Councilman Rob Jackson suggested doing five, ten and 15 year plans based on an inventory of existing sidewalks.

Councilman Neal James urged communication between the city and property owners. He cited the total absence of information when, as a downtown business owner, the only warning he had about a sidewalk project was when the state arrived with jack hammers.

As a starting place, Baker asked City Attorney Fred Snook and City Clerk Mary Benton to create a draft ordinance for the council to review.


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