06/05/2019 | Press release | Archived content
An update on the Child Development Center (CDC) Building and playground equipment listed on the June 5 meeting agenda of the Salmon City Council became a discussion on finding a new home for the playground equipment due to School District Superintendent Chris Born not being in attendance to present the district's decision as to leaving the building.
Salmon City Clerk Mary Benton said she and City Finance Director Amy Fealko had met with Amy Berasi and Vicky Tracy regarding their concerns that the facility's playground equipment might be thrown away in the midst of the proposed Salmon City Police Department move into the CDC building.
Police Chief KV Felker explained that the department sometimes has to deal with people who are not very nice. He said because of that, he does not think the department's new headquarters or grounds would be a good environment for a children's playground.
One of the proposals being discussed by the School District Board of Trustees is to move the district's preschool program, currently housed at the CDC, to the district's present office and moving the office personnel to the main building of the Salmon Alternative School. Benton said she would ask if, along with the preschoolers, the district would also be interested in moving the playground equipment to the office building property.
Other playground suggestions included contacting the county to see if it would like to add the equipment to the swing-set area of the Brooklyn Building which would keep a playground on the Bar Hill and the Elks Club will be asked if it would like to host the playground equipment.
The bottom line was, the search will continue and the playground equipment will not just be thrown away.
The discussion prompted Councilor Jim Baker to state that since moving the Police Department will involve a financial expenditure, whether or not to move it should be a City Council decision. Councilor Robin Phillips thought if no money is involved, the decision falls within Administrative rather than Legislative, or council, purview. That topic will be further discussed.
Based on a motion made by Councilor Neal James, a decision was made to table the playground equipment discussion until more site-research can be done. It passed unanimously.
The council also unanimously approved acceptance of a grant from the CHC Foundation of Idaho Falls to fund a cooling system for the Sacajawea Interpretive Center. Center Director Lyn Gray told the council the grant is for just under $8,000 and will provide a mini-split air conditioner to cool the Interpretive Center which is staffed by volunteers and frequented by visitors throughout the Summer season. The motion to accept the grant was made by Councilor James.