Lemhi County Citizen Journalism


Councilman Ken Hill surprised the November 2 meeting of the Salmon City Council by announcing he will buy the History Park property from the Benedict Trusts…and donate the park to the city. 

History Park was built in 2003 by many donations and many hours of volunteer labor. The park full of area history was accommodated at its present location by a graciously affordable lease agreement between the city and the Benedict family. 

The Maude and T.R. Benedict Trusts have just recently listed the Cornerstone properties for sale. The property is located at the corner of Main and Center Street and History Park was included in the listing. Tom McFarland is representing the Benedict Trusts and on October 19 he told the City Council the Benedicts would give the city a right-of-first-refusal and would be willing to sell the History Park property to the city for $10,000. 

Since that meeting Hill has conferred with McFarland and the County/City Building Department to iron out purchase details and lot line adjustments. City Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt has investigated potential water line services to the park and said permission will be necessary from some adjacent property owners but the new line won’t be too expensive. He told the council he estimates from $800 to $1000 in materials. He said the line will be brought in at the rear of the park because tapping into the Main Street supply line would mean digging up Main Street.

Hill’s announcement to buy and then donate the park to the city was followed by a round of applause.

Another change in property ownership occurred at the council’s November 2 meeting. After many years of waiting the Beers/Slavin/City of Salmon property exchange has been completed and accepted by the council. A motion to pass Resolution 2016-4 was unanimously approved. The property is located on West 2nd Avenue, Monk Street and Snook Drive.

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