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3-31-15 LMS

The March 31 bid opening to select a project manager for construction of the Rattlesnake Bridge abutments did not take place.

While awaiting the scheduled 2PM bid opening Lemhi County Attorney Bruce Withers was reviewing the published bid information as compared to the information sent to the bidders wishing to participate. He said he realized that, “…some of the material and substantive terms had been left out and so we are going to work to revise those documents so that everything meets Idaho Code requirements.” At that point the bridge abutment construction project will be rebid.

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Only one bid was received for the building of two new restrooms in the city and it was much higher than expected.

In a March 18 report to the Salmon City Council, City Community Development Director Mary Cerise informed the council the bid for the restroom at City Park came in at $99,760 and the bid for a restroom at the Town Square Park was $101,490. That equates to 110% above projected estimates.

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According to a report from the Salmon City Council Public Works Team, the signal light at Church and Main Streets is going to be removed.

Team Chairman Fred Waidely read the March 11 meeting report at the full council’s March 18 meeting. He said that City Community Development Director Mary Cerise learned of the plan to remove the light and store it for future use in her latest communication with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). Benjamin Burke of the department will then conduct a Signal Warrant for a new signal location at South St. Charles and Main streets in order to determine if a signal is needed at that location. 

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The newly constructed turn lane at the entrance to ShopKo was a discussion topic during the March 18 City Council meeting.

Councilman Rob Jackson referred to the lane’s sudden sharp turns and abrupt edge as a safety hazard. He said he knows it is technically a federal highway but thinks the city should say something about the dangers and advocate getting them fixed.

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