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 By Nathan Bourne    News    January 18, 2018 

Proposed 60-lot Subdivision Fills Barn

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council packed the parking lot and filled the barn with residents wishing to learn more about a proposed subdivision at their Jan. 8 meeting. In other business, the council’s newest member, Lee Boman was swor...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    January 18, 2018 

Potomac School Board Hosts Crucial Discussions

POTOMAC - Potomac School board continued discussion on armed staff, the ending of the Friday Explorers program and adult education at their Jan. 8 meeting. They encourage the community to get involved in the discussions that will continue at their...

 

Protest Falls Short, Sewer Moves Forward

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board voted to levy special assessment after receiving protest letters from less than 50 percent of landowners at their Dec. 21 meeting. Three board directors are...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    December 28, 2017

Activities Recap and Winter Activities Planned

SEELEY LAKE – After a successful Flu Shot Clinic Dec. 11 and the Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 16, the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District is gearing up for more training and events this winter. The board also approved a three percent raise for District...

 

Grizzly Drive Maintenance Update

SEELEY LAKE - Residents of Dogtown received an update on the issue of county road maintenance, or lack there of, at the Seeley Lake Community Council meeting Dec. 11. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Clearwater Unit Manager Kr...

 

Decisions Put on Hold

SWAN VALLEY - After lengthy discussion at its Nov. 21 meeting, the Swan Valley Community Council voted to table any decisions and the logistics concerning the Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee’s draft plan. Due to the holidays, council...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    November 30, 2017

Fire Income Distributed, Wayne Appointed to Board

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Elementary School Board discussed the income SLE received from the Rice Ridge Fire. SLE received $120,770 for the facility rental and food income for the school’s use during the Rice Ridge Fire. After expenses, $48,685...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    November 30, 2017

Interim Chief Hired – Business as Usual

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Rural Fire District listened to public comments and provided updates at their meeting Nov. 21. Interim Chief Michael Greer started Nov. 20. The District earned $44,952 on the Rice Ridge Fire. The District has received...

 

Final Information Meeting Held

SEELEY LAKE - The last of the sewer district's public information meetings on the proposed $15.7 million sewer project was held Nov. 13. It is now up to the district landowners if the project can...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    November 16, 2017

Seeley Fire District Hires Interim Chief

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board offered Michael Greer an interim chief position for the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District pending finalizing the pay rate and job description. They also agreed to start advertising for a new fire chief and...

 

Final Element Accepted - Appendices Added

SWAN VALLEY - The final seventh element entitled Implementation was discussed, edited and accepted by the Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee at their meeting Nov. 8. The appendices, taken from text of three elements contained in the growth plan...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    November 9, 2017

DEQ Listens to Community on Proposed Gravel Pit

SEELEY LAKE – More than 70 concerned citizens attended the Department of Environmental Quality public meeting Nov. 2 to voice their support, concern or find out more information regarding the opencut mining permit submitted by Deer Creek...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    November 2, 2017

County Grants $100,000 for Subsidies and Amends Inter-local Agreement

MISSOULA - The Missoula County Commissioners approved a grant to help lower the initial operating and maintenance (O&M) of the proposed Seeley Lake sewer at their Oct. 25 administrative meeting. The commissioners also approved an edited version of...

 

Public Facilities and Services Addressed – Implementation Element Tabled

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee edited the Public Facilities and Services, the sixth element, and reviewed the final Implementation element of the draft growth plan at their Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 meetings. At the Oct. 25 meeti...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    October 26, 2017

Seeley Lake Fire Chief Resigns

SEELEY LAKE – After the Seeley Lake Fire District Board heard accolades from those that worked with Seeley Lake Fire Chief Bob Vanden Heuvel and district volunteers during the Rice Ridge Fire, Vanden Heuvel resigned effective immediately at the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    October 26, 2017

Equal Assessments and Timeline Set

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board was informed at their Oct. 19 board meeting that the assessment methodology was changed to using equal assessments. The timeline for the notice and protest period has been set. In other business the...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    October 19, 2017

Council Meetings Restart after Summer Hiatus

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council got back on schedule with their meeting Oct. 9. It was the first meeting since the spring after all of the summer meetings were canceled due to lack of quorum or the Rice Ridge Fire. The council was...

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 19, 2017

Potomac School Balances Ideas and Issues

POTOMAC – The Potomac School Board heard public concerns and addressed regular items including reports and the principal’s plan at their Oct. 9 meeting. During public comment a letter from a community member was read raising concerns about volunt...

 

Board Refuses to Answer Questions

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board refused to answer questions brought by the public at their Sept. 21 meeting. Also at the meeting the board was updated by their manager on the status of funding and progress toward the next step....

 

SLE to Make Up Week in the Spring

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board of Trustees discussed how to make up the four days of school missed due to the Rice Ridge Fire, teacher bonuses and enrollment at their Sept. 19 meeting. Superintendent Chris Stout said that most...

 

Board Accepts RD's New Conditions

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board voted at a special board meeting Sept. 14 to accept Rural Development’s (RD) new conditions for funding that includes an extra $1 million in grants and $1.3 million in loans. The extra funding to...

 

Fourth Element Finished – Committee Sprints Through Fifth

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee worked through the final sections of the Housing Element and completed the Transportation Element of the Growth Plan at their meeting Sept. 13. The SVRPC addressed the goals, policies and...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 24, 2017

Annual Assessment Passes Despite Protests

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board held their annual assessment hearing after their board meeting Aug. 17. The assessment uses the same methodology as the previous year and charges commercial and vacant property based on square footag...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 24, 2017

No Word on Additional Funding Could Mean Delays

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board was informed at their monthly meeting, Aug. 17 that this fall’s planned notice and protest might be delayed. The Board’s public outreach meetings scheduled for Aug. 23 and Sept. 21 will go on as...

 

Housing Element Tackled - Nearly Completed

SWAN VALLEY - The Housing Element, the fourth of seven elements of the Swan Valley Growth Plan, was addressed and edited at the Swan Valley Regional Planning Committee meeting Aug. 16. The committee completed six sections of the element. The committe...

 

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