Lemhi County Citizen Journalism

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The Salmon City Council has passed the first reading of Ordinance 17-823, the city’s proposed $4,952,237 fiscal year 2017-18 budget. 

The approval came July 19 after a public hearing was conducted during which there was just one public comment offered and it came from Robert Dunlop. He objected to the city funding the Lemhi Education Project claiming since the county also funds the program it means dual taxation for city residents. 

During the hearing City Finance Director Amy Fealko reported an overall budget increase of two percent in salaries and a one percent tax increase. She said the complete detailed budget is available at City Hall for public review. The council vote was five in favor and one opposed with Councilman Rob Jackson casting the single ‘no’ vote.

The council passed the third reading of Ordinance 17-821. The document repeals an old ordinance regarding flood control and replaces it with an updated flood prevention ordinance. The motion to approve passed unanimously.

The council went on to unanimously approve sending a letter of request for assistance with flood damages to the US Army Corps of Engineers. City Clerk Mary Benton explained the official letter was the first step towards accepting the Corps’ offer to help. She said the Corps will pay up to $100.000 towards a study of the damages. She said if the study exceeds that amount the terms change to a 50 percent federal and 50 percent city cost-share. Work-in-kind (such as city crews’ labor and equipment) is acceptable however; the city would have to pay an equivalent of five percent of that work in cash. All arrangements would be arranged and negotiated before a final commitment is made.

This year’s high water inflicted damages on the city’s Island Park and the Sacajawea Center grounds.

Councilman Jim Bockelman used the evening’s Roundtable discussion to ask for some trimming or spraying of the weeds emerging from sidewalk cracks on Main Street. He also announced that the Idaho Transportation Department will be meeting in Salmon on August 16. He said his priority topics are ITD’s posted speed limit past City Park, a traffic barrier along that park’s apron and the infamous Highway 93 North intersection maze just west of the Main Street Bridge. Bockelman also noted that there is a softball tournament scheduled for August 12 and there is still only one dugout available for use. 

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will take place August 2 at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

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