Jim Chmelik is not a one-issue commissioner

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Jim Chmelik is not a one-issue commissioner.

He has balanced the budget and kept county wages and health care cost in line with the private sector and developed good working relationship with county employees He is respected for his commitment and compassion for their concerns.

While the price to remove solid waste from the county has gone up year-to-year our solid waste fees have not. He has battled Federal Highways Administration on the Main Salmon River Road project to ensure that future commissions will not be stuck with a nightmare of maintenance.

He sits on the Idaho Association of Counties Public Lands Steering Committee and also on the National Association of Counties and Western Interstate Region (WIR) of Counties Public Lands Steering committees and is currently running for 2nd vice-chair of the WIR. His insights are well-respected locally and nationally.

He has spear headed a much-needed natural resource management plan for the county and works diligently to seek solutions and work in cooperation with the federal agencies.

He moved quickly when the slide occurred on Highway 14 and met with the Forest Service to ensure the Elk City residents had a bypass route. This was all accomplished within four days.

As a commissioner, Mr. Chmelik has redefined the importance of what it means to be a county commissioner and is fighting for those values we hold dear in Idaho County.

Mike and Jana Frei

Grangeville

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