TRAFFIC CONTROL 6-21-17 LMS
The series of sawhorses running parallel to State Highway 28 next to City Park were placed there to prevent drivers from peeling off the highway onto the frontage apron and heading for the park entrance at highway speed. .
Alternative barriers were discussed by the Salmon City Council during its June 21 meeting.
Councilman Jim Bockelman said the goal is to try and control traffic and traffic speed. He said the state wants to limit apron access by using posts planted at intervals along the highway. The posts would be spaced so that there would still be parking opportunities. Councilman Rob Jackson said he would rather see a fence erected along the highway. Council President Jim Baker said the ultimate solution would be curb and gutter all the way to the Sacajawea Center. Second to that he would prefer a fence. Councilmen Ken Hill would like to see a fence along with posts to prevent four-wheelers from using the bicycle path and Bockelman said he would rather see a guard rail or curb and gutter. At the end of the discussion the council’s preference was curb and gutter.
It was decided the Parks and Recreation Team should come up with barrier alternatives that can be presented to the state.
Jackson had placed the walking path to City Park on the evening’s agenda. Misuse of the path was the main focus of discussion. The six foot wide path was built for walking or bicycling but is being used by motorized vehicles such as four-wheelers, golf carts and motorcycles. It was decided that in order to maintain wheel chair accessibility a post could be placed in the middle of the path along with additional signage which details limits on path usage. An additional sign will be ordered. The only legal enforcement along the path has to do with the ‘no parking’ restriction. A motion was unanimously passed to have the Parks Department install a post near the City Park entrance.
During the council’s Roundtable discussion Hill said he’d like the Police Chief to draft an ordinance to allow tickets to be issued to people illegally using motorized vehicles on the bike path.
Councilman Russ Chinske extended thanks to all the Salmon River Days volunteers who are making this year’s event possible.
Bockelman inquired into the dugout repair at City Park which was supposed to be an Eagle Scout project. Mayor Leo Marshall said he planned to check into its progress. Bockelman also mentioned a Drug Awareness project going on at the Library and noted the Deluxe Motel sign is still standing.
Marshall commented on the pristine condition of City Park after the weekend’s Annual Father’s Day Car Show and the baseball tournament. He especially thanked Sonny Galvan and Ryan Allen who were in charge of the baseball players.
City Attorney Fred Snook used the Roundtable opportunity to acknowledge the recent passing of former council member George Miley. He said Miley was an active member of many local service organizations from the Chamber of Commerce to Rotary to the Lemhi County Economic Development Association to the Senior Citizens. He said he sincerely appreciates all that George did for this community.
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