Lemhi County Citizen Journalism

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During the May 17 meeting of the Salmon City Council the firm of Keller Associates Incorporated was given the go-ahead to develop a contract with the city for engineering and designing a new wastewater lift station as well as proving details on the insertion of a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe into the system’s underwater delivery line. 

At the council’s June 7 meeting Keller Division Manager Jim Mullen presented the document which will serve as the basis for the project’s bidding process. He advised that before proceeding with the actual work a contractor should be hired to pull a 20 inch diameter ball through the existing underwater line in addition to running a video camera through that pipe to make sure plans to line the pipe are feasible. Both procedures are included in the company’s scope of work submitted to the city.

Mullen said that City Finance Director Amy Fealko has confirmed the city has the money to finance the project in its Waste Water Contingency Fund.

A motion to accept the Professional Services Agreement between Keller and the city of Salmon for the Wastewater system Lift Station design and construction was unanimously passed by the council.

Roger Sorenson of Keller Associates has been working with Fealko on the downtown sidewalks project and he updated its progress. He said the project was re-bid and the bids have been reviewed. Sorenson has discussed the project and the bids with the Idaho Transportation Department and the recommendation is that the sidewalk project contract be awarded to Richard Jordon. Jordon was the apparent low bidder and Sorenson said all of the bid documents submitted were in order.

Based on Keller’s recommendation the council unanimously accepted the bid of $125,720 submitted by Richard Jordon.

Jessica McAleese, chairperson and co-manager of the Lemhi County Farmers Market, asked council permission for the construction of a small storage facility somewhere in the vicinity of Veterans Memorial Park. She explained that a nearby small shed or mobile unit in which supplies needed to facilitate the Farmer’s Market could be stored would be so much handier than having to transport the supplies every week. 

Several locations were discussed by the council and it was decided that McAleese and Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt will tour the possible sites and recommend the one most feasible. City Clerk Mary Benton told the council that in order for a storage facility to be placed on city property the city would need a release of liability.

A motion to allow a storage shed, as per Shanafelt’s recommendation and the liability release, was made by Councilman Rob Jackson and passed unanimously.

The next meeting of the Salmon City Council will be June 21 beginning at 6PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.

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