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The Salmon City Council’s October 4 Roundtable Discussion included a big ‘thank you’ from Councilman Ken Hill.

His thank you included Westfall Construction, the City Parks Department and the Public Works Department for completion of the paving job and all the gravel work on and around the Island Park Bridge. He also commented on how good the trimmed trees on Main Street look and that all the tree trimming debris had been removed. Hill then congratulated Brianne Bruno for the extensive work she has accomplished on her Main Street Bri-Easy Shipping company. He said the building looks great.

Councilman Neal James said he had received three or four complaints on the length of time Main Street sidewalks where shut down during the sidewalk replacement work. Other councilmen countered with positive feedback they had received on the project.

Councilman Russ Chinske reminded everyone there is an election in the very near future. He said there are three openings on the City Council and he encouraged people to get involved in the election process. Chinske’s message for those residents who do a lot of complaining was, “Get in the seat!”

In other business the council accepted a motion by Councilman Jim Bockelman to waive the three reading rule on Ordinance 17-827 and pass it on its second reading. The ordinance establishes rules and regulations regarding the use of the pathway which runs along Highway 28 from town to City Park. His motion and the final vote was passed unanimously.

On a seasonal issue Bockelman drew attention to the fact that parks crews go off duty at the end of October and said there are two projects that need to be done before then. He pinpointed the need to winterize the water feature of the Bear statue across from City Hall. The second area of attention was the highway 93 North ‘Welcome to Salmon’ entrance sign. He said it is a visitor’s first impression of the town. He said there is overgrowth and dead brush around the sign and that it should be removed before Winter.

City Attorney Fred Snook issued a special invitation to the council and city staff to attend the Snook Family & Friends Pioneer Day Dinner and Rendezvous scheduled for the following day, October 5. He said the celebration marks the 151st anniversary of when John Wals Snook, the first Snook family member, arrived in Salmon in 1866. The celebration was in honor of many of the valley’s founding families as well as a long list of present and past October 5 birthdays. A very large cake was to be featured with almost enough candles to heat the historic McNutt building where the event took place. Snook commented the fire department was to be on standby.

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