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A Public Hearing was conducted during the August 16 meeting of the Salmon City Council for the purpose of following the letter of the law.

Acting City Planning and Zoning Administrator Teresa Morton explained that due to a typographical error in the newly adopted Salmon Development Code the Public Hearing process was necessary.

The section of code needing the correction has to do with Flood Hazard Zones. Morton explained that particular section of the code has to be adopted separately as a stand-alone document even though it is included verbatim in the Development Code. She said the stand-alone document has been adopted and in the adoption process a typographical error was found and corrected before adoption however; the same typo was also in the Development Code which was adopted before the error was found. According to state law and the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP), in order to correct the Development Code Ordinance a Public Hearing on the change had to be held.

No public comments were offered and the hearing was closed. Later in the evening meeting the council made a motion to suspend the rule of three readings for an ordinance and unanimously passed Ordinance 17-825 on its first reading.

Ordinance 17-824 has to do with Gary Beers’ annexation request for creation of a subdivision in the area of 11th and 12th streets. Before the vote City Clerk Mary Benton explained she is awaiting a required document showing adjustment of the city boundary. She has confirmed a survey company has been engaged to do the readjustment therefore; she advised that if the council wished to pass a first reading of the ordinance the boundary draft would be ready before the ordinance’s final reading. Once drafted the adjusted boundaries then have to be approved by the County Assessor’s Office.

The City Council made a motion to pass the first reading of Ordinance 17-824 contingent on proper filings with the assessor, city clerk and the state. The motion passed unanimously.

During the council’s Roundtable Discussion Councilman Jim Bockelman expressed his urgent concerns over the Main Street trees infested with Fire Blight as well as the weeds sprouting in places along Main Street. He asked the mayor if city crews could do the necessary work to avoid the loss of the trees. Mayor Leo Marshall said he has already phoned three tree specialists and is hoping for bids on the work.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be September 6 at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center Meeting Room.

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