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The cityís Finance Team met on July 12 and team chairman, Councilman Jim Bockelman, reported meeting minutes to the July 19 meeting of the full City Council. He said with 75 percent of this fiscal year completed there is nothing out of the ordinary and that with 61 percent of the overall revenue collected and additional tax payments on the way, budget numbers are expected to be met.

He said there will be large expenditures for the upcoming paving project on Mary Street and that the Island Park Bridge is due to be paved soon so the expenditures for that project can be completed.

The sidewalk project is expected to start after the Salmon Marathon. Bockelman said the contractor has told Finance Director Amy Fealko that fly-ash material was not included in the specifications for the concrete and that that material would prolong the sidewalk lifespan. Inclusion would increase costs by about $8,000. Fealko will contact Keller and Associates for an opinion on the fly-ash recommendation. A pre-construction meeting on the sidewalk project is set for August 3 at 3PM and the public is invited to attend.

The Finance Team discussed the possibility of establishing holding accounts for future projects such as the storm drain improvements, city building improvements and additional sidewalk work. Bockelman said if funds are established and contingency monies are used, expenditures should be limited to capital improvement projects, not used for operating expenses. A full City Council discussion of reserve accounts was recommended.

Councilman Neal James reported that the Parks and Recreation Team used its July 12 meeting to tour the flood damages on Island Park. He said the damage is extensive. The tour included a check on Veteranís Memorial Park where the team recommends a retaining wall be installed. James said estimates for an ornamental wall are $1,100 and estimates for a cinderblock wall are $2,000. The subject will be placed on the councilís August 2 agenda.

Councilman Ken Hill said topics at the Public Safety Teamís July 12 meeting included unauthorized fireworks, motorized traffic on the bike path and the dangers involved with using the Island Park Bridge as a jumping off platform. As to the latter he said the team discussed the problems related to trying to prohibit the diving and no conclusions were reached.

He said regulations on prohibiting the use of motorized vehicles on the bike and pedestrian path to and from City Park will be incorporated into the City Code the next time it is updated.

Cheryl and Paul Chartrand were guests at the Public Safety Team meeting where they expressed their unhappiness with the number and types of fireworks set off during the 4th of July weekend. Hill said that in the Chartrandís opinion the city should ban all fireworks within the city limits and limit them, with appropriate fire protection provided, to an area on dump hill.

All the city teams will be meeting on August 9: Finance at 1PM; Public Works at 2PM; Parks and Recreation at 3PM and Public Safety at 4:30PM. All meetings are held in the City Hall Conference Room and are open to the public.

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