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WATER STUDY AWARD GRANTED 10-18-17 LMS

The City of Salmon has been awarded a $30,000 grant to go towards a Drinking Water Planning Study. The logistics of managing the grant was a subject of much discussion at the October 18 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

The 50 percent grant comes from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and with the adoption of a Professional Services agreement would be managed through the auspices of Keller Associates.

Keller Associates Vice President and Professional Civil Engineer Jim Mullen met with the council to present terms of the agreement. There were two aspects of the services agreement with which some council members were not comfortable. One had to do with a termination clause and the other was a ten day time-frame for resolving any disputes that might arise.

To resolve the discomfort, the clause referring to a “suspension of charges” was removed from the agreement and the time-frame given for dispute resolution was changed from ten days to 30 days. After those changes were confirmed the council unanimously approved the Professional Services Agreement with Keller Associates.

Keller had also requested there be a Resolution adopted which gives Mayor Leo Marshall, in cooperation with the City Finance Director and the Public Works Supervisor, the authority to sign applications, grant agreements and amendments as well as other documents related to the drinking water facilities planning grant.

Councilman Rob Jackson said he couldn’t support the resolution because its stated terms circumvent the City Council. He feared the authority might be extended to grants other than the water planning study being discussed. Mullen resolved the question by inserting the words “Department of Environmental Quality” to the proposed resolution thereby identifying the source of this specific grant. A motion to accept Resolution 2017-7 with the rewording was made by Councilman Jim Bockelman and passed unanimously.

The finalized motion featured two changes from the resolution originally proposed. The first was to identify the source of the grant as being from the DEQ and the second was to change the word ‘grants’ to the singular ‘grant.’

With passage of the City of Salmon/Keller Professional Services Agreement and authorization resolution, Keller will now move forward with managing the $30,000 drinking Water Facilities Planning grant award from the DEQ,


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