City of Salmon, ID

08/07/2019 | Press release | Archived content


A motion to accept the second reading of Ordinance 19-838, the annual appropriation for the city's fiscal year beginning October 1,2019, was passed August 7 by the Salmon City Council on a vote of five to one. The $3,928,035 appropriation ordinance included Resolution 2019-4 which sets the fee schedule for the upcoming year.

The one dissenting vote was cast by Councilor Robin Phillips in protest to the city allocating $12,000 to the Lemhi Education Project and the dual taxation she says the contribution represents.

Ordinance 19-839 is related to putting a four percent Local Option Tax initiative on November's ballot so voters will have the chance to approve or deny renewal of the program. City Councilor Jim Bockelman made a motion to suspend the three reading rule and pass the ordinance on its second reading. The motion to suspend the rules passed unanimously.

Bockelman then went on to move that Ordinance 19-839 be approved by title only. The ordinance extends the length of the LOT program from ten to 15 years and establishes the purpose for which the revenues derived may be used. His motion to approve passed unanimously.

Following the procedural rules, the council then proceeded to Resolution 2019-5 which says the city has determined to call and conduct an election authorizing the assessment of a four percent Local Option non-property Tax. The motion presented by Phillips passed unanimously. The public vote will take place on November 5, 2019.

The council granted a special event request from Calvary Church for a Community Church Service at Veteran's Memorial Park on August 24 from 10AM until noon. Set up of sound equipment would be the day before the event from 5 to 5:45PM.

The City Council was surprised to learn the Salmon City Swimming Pool is not open on Sundays and Councilor Bockelman volunteered to forego his council salary towards the costs of keeping the pool open on Sundays for the remainder of August. It was determined that the pool costs approximately $200 for every day it's open. City Clerk Mary Benton said the initial decision to close on Sundays came from there not being enough attendance at the pool to warrant the expense, plus the fact not all of the pool's young employees are allowed to work on Sundays.

JoAnn Wolters was invited to elaborate on the pool's history. She said in 1983-84, Sundays were a big day for swimming. Her guess is that when the low attendance occurred it was because no one knew the pool was open. She said she would like to see it open during the Fair and asked that Sunday openings be considered for next year. Wolters said she has tried to rent the pool on Sundays and was told 'no.' The pool will be closing at the end of the month due to personnel returning to school.

It was decided that the possibility of Sunday openings will be researched. Mayor Leo Marshall will meet with the swimming pool supervisor.