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SIDEWALK PROJECT READY TO GO 8-16-17 LMS

The long awaited sidewalk replacement project for walks between Andrews and Center streets will begin September 7. The announcement came along with a request for an over $9,000 change order.

City Finance Director Amy Fealko told the Salmon City Council at its August 16 meeting that the city’s engineering firm Keller Associates had confirmed there is a state requirement that fly ash be included in the concrete mixture to be used by the project contractor Richard Jordon. It was Jordon who noticed that fly ash had not been listed in the original contract. The additional ingredient will add a longer service life to the concrete and also add $9,492.68 to the project’s cost which is now over and above what the Idaho Transportation Department had allotted for the program

In answer to how to fund the overrun Fealko said there are $10,000 unused dollars in this year’s Streets and Alleys/Curbs and Gutters Budget which were intentionally not used pending completion of the sidewalk project.

The council voted unanimously to approve the change order.

Every year there are numerous retail alcohol license renewals and every year the approvals for the renewals have to come before the City Council. After obtaining City Council approval for the licenses that have come in so far, this year City Clerk Mary Benton asked the council to consider letting the Chief of Police and the City Clerk approve the licenses as they arrive in the City Hall offices. She explained that is allowed by state code and would be more expedient as well as less expensive for the city. Benton said if the Chief has any issues with a local license applicant the question would be brought before the council. Otherwise no council action would be required. The city’s ordinance regarding retail alcohol licensing would have to be changed and Benton asked if she could move forward with that change. The council unanimously approved her request.

During her research into establishment of a rights-to-burial buy-back policy regarding unused lots at the cemetery Clerk Benton discovered 31 of the unused plots are owned by the Modern Woodmen of America. The plots were purchased in 1907. A representative of the fraternal benefit order visited with her recently and liked her idea of the organization donating the plots to veterans and their wives. She told the council that in order to do that a quit claim deed will have to be created for the organization to review. The council agreed to put the matter on the next meeting agenda so that a decision can be made on whether or not to prepare a quit claim deed.


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