Lemhi County Citizen Journalism

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The legendary snows of 2016-17 caused one of the dugouts at City Park to collapse and weakened a second dugout. At a City Council meeting earlier in the year Mayor Leo Marshall announced that an Eagle Scout has volunteered to rebuild the dugout as his Eagle Scout project. 

At the council’s most recent meeting, April 5, the Softball Association requested it be allowed to donate the materials needed for stabilization of the field’s second dugout so that both shelters will be upgraded. 

In answer to council structural questions City Finance Director Amy Fealko said that a licensed contractor has supplied official dugout drawings which satisfy the city’s insurance carrier. Those drawings along with a list of materials will be passed on to the builder. A motion of approval made by Councilman Ken Hill passed unanimously.

An application for a Special Events permit was unanimously approved by the council for a proposed August 8, “Pedal Party in the Park." City Clerk Mary Benton said the group will be camping at the High School and plans to have an evening concert on Island Park. Bicycle Rides Northwest is the sponsor of the event.

The council also approved a retail alcohol license/wine permit application from the 93 Mini-Mart convenience store. The county and the state have each issued a temporary alcohol beverage license. The city’s approval was contingent on issuance of a final permit from the state.

A Professional Services Agreement between the city and Judy Washbon was unanimously approved by the council. Sacajawea Center Director Lin Gray told the council that Washbon did the interpretive talks at the center last year and that the center would be happy to have her return. The $1,800 seasonal agreement is already in the center’s yearly budget.

An agreement between the city and Lemhi Auto Recycling Inc. for removal of abandoned vehicles left in rights-of-way was presented by Police Chief KV Felker. The Chief said he based the agreement on one the city had in 2008 with Fritz Salvage and, in answer to questions, assured the council this agreement was only related to abandoned vehicles and not to vehicles needing to be towed. He said vehicles involved in accidents or needing to be towed for other reasons are assigned to companies on a rotation basis unless the driver requests a specific towing firm. He said the reason for his selecting Lemhi Recycling was the company’s crushing, salvage and disposal capabilities. The one year agreement was unanimously approved by the City Council.

During a Public Comment period Water Plant Supervisor James Miller said that in the midst of the season’s first round of water meter readings, problems developed with the rechargeable battery on the reader unit. Miller relayed a big thank you to Scott Benton who rebuilt the battery which allowed the monthly meter reading process to proceed.

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