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ALLEY VACATION GRANTED 10-18-17 LMS

A request to vacate a portion of an alleyway between 9th and Copper streets was granted by the Salmon City Council at its October 18 meeting.

The action took place after a formal Public Hearing which included comments by the applicant. There were no other comments of any kind either in favor or opposed to the vacation. 

Marion Turner is the applicant and she explained the so called ‘street’ is shown on city maps but actually does not exist and is therefore not used for anything. By law any vacated property is divided equally and turned over to adjacent property owners. Turner said she would like the half of the non-existent street which adjoins her property to become hers. She said other adjoining property owners would also like to absorb the land adjacent to their properties. 

After the public hearing was officially closed the council discussed details such as who will be responsible for the required resurvey and City Clerk Mary Benton outlined the process of submitting the surveys first to the city then the building department followed an Assessor’s Office check to assure accuracy. Once all that is completed the council will write and pass an ordinance to finalize the alley vacation.

One of the three flag poles at the Business and Innovation Center succumbed to a Volkswagen’s attempt to climb it and the disposition of that downed pole was discussed by the Salmon City Council.

City Clerk Mary Benton reported that Bill Montero has expressed an interest in having the pole and in exchange would handle its removal free of charge. A boom truck will be required to do the work which is something the city does not have in its equipment inventory. She said she had checked with the Idaho Association of Cities as to the proper process to follow and was informed that first the council needs to declare the pole ‘surplus’ material. The council could then decide whether or not to offer it to Montero.

City Attorney Fred Snook entered the discussion by saying if the pole was damaged the person who inflicted the damage should pay for it and that the city should file an insurance claim. It was then revealed the party responsible for the damage had called and recommended a claim be taken to State Farm Insurance for payment. Based on that information Snook said the first step is to establish a value of the pole so the city can be reimbursed and the second step, if the city still has possession of the pole, is to decide the most cost efficient way to dispose of it. 

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