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 By Don Larson    Opinion    October 4, 2018

The community can and should do better

SEELEY LAKE - The fine reporting effort by Andi Bourne on the Seeley Lake Community Park reveals how badly we have failed as a community in maintaining this valuable asset. Back in the eighties we played a LOT of baseball at the community park....

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Enough taxes!

Your Missoula County property taxes just went up another 4.85 percent. The Commissioners quietly raised them last week with little debate or fanfare. That’s on the heels of a $138 million school bond issue two years ago and just before a new...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Council Sewer Endorsement - Reckless and Irresponsible

SEELEY LAKE - The misguided effort by Community Council member Lee Boman to secure an endorsement of the Seeley Lake Sewer proposal is reckless and irresponsible....for several reasons....here are  few:: • Mr. Boman is a relative newcomer to the...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    May 17, 2018

Floodwaters Raise Sewer Questions

Floodwaters in three of the four sub-districts of the Seeley Lake Sewer District should give present and future Board members pause. Those areas should probably never be built on because they are wetlands and the homes already in those areas should...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    December 7, 2017

A Need for Clean, Transparent Government

SEELEY LAKE - To retain our clean, transparent water in the Seeley -Swan watershed we must FIRST have clean, transparent government...We have not enjoyed that in the divisive sewer proposal discussion. Here are some examples of shady, secretive...

 

Whether or Not to Protest – Food for Thought

SEELEY LAKE - For you sewer residents still deciding whether or not to protest the proposal, here’s some more food for thought. The Board has no current engineering estimates for sub-districts 2, 3 and 4. They will undoubtedly run into the...

 

Questions and Answers about Sewer Protest Letter

SEELEY LAKE - The Sewer Board letter of Nov. 16 stating its intention to incur debt for a sewer project was incorrectly labeled a “ballot” in my last weeks/letter to the editor. Ballots may not be forwarded to “snow birds” but this letter...

 

Deck Stacked in Favor of the Sewer

SEELEY LAKE - The Sewer Board has nicely stacked the deck for passage of its atrocious, expensive sewer proposal. Here’s how.  By ignoring last December’s vote and opting for a “protest” procedure, the Board has effectively disenfranchised...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    November 9, 2017

Projected Sewer Rates Raise Questions

SEELEY LAKE - At this time it looks like sewer rates in the downtown Seeley area will be around $80 a month...that will be just about the highest monthly sewer rate in the state. Landlords will have no recourse but to pass that cost on to their...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    October 12, 2017

Support Outside District Lines?

SEELEY LAKE - The Pathfinder has published 41 letters to the editor about the proposed sewer in the past four months...June through September.  Twenty-one have been for the project and 20 have been against it. All the 20 against the project were by...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    October 5, 2017

Question Costs - Interlocal Agreement and Total Sewer Costs

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board has been assessing district residents $47,000 for the past 13 years for “study” of the sewer situation. That’s a total of more than $600,000 of taxpayer money. Now add the cost of the services the...

 

Response to Ken Silvestro's Letter

SEELEY LAKE - First, a solid majority voted in a certified, legal election against the sewer initiative last December. That speaks volumes about peoples’ no-growth wishes for Seeley Lake and for their inability to shoulder the heavy financial...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 31, 2017

Mis-management of Fires Similar to Sewer

The government mis-management of the Florence Lake and Rice Ridge Fires and the Seeley Lake Sewer proposal are eerily similar... In the case of the fires, we have state and federal mis-management of the lands, allowing fuel build-ups to incendiary...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 3, 2017

Paint a Clear Financial Picture Before Residents Have to Pay

SEELEY LAKE - Polson is developing a $17.6 million sewer upgrade after the EPA came in and levied a $40,000 fine on the district for exceeding its wastewater discharge limits. Sewer bills will jump from $20 per month to $60, and that’s for 2,000...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    June 15, 2017

Seeley Lake Sewer Board Revelations and Facts to Consider

SEELEY LAKE - A review of the Sewer Board meeting minutes is revealing. District residents should take the time to Google and read them. Just Google “Seeley Lake Sewer District” and look in the left hand column. Among the revelations are board...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    June 1, 2017

Seeley Lake Sewer Board Trying to Circumvent the Law

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Sewer Board continues its end-run effort to cancel last fall’s election results. After a solid majority voted “NO” on the $12 million bond issue last December, it is trying to circumvent the law by first shutting...

 

Board Decision to Protest is Disappointing

SEELEY LAKE - The Sewer Board’s decision to protest the bond vote that did not go its way is disappointing. The facts are: • The board has no one to blame but itself for the outcome. • The board and the county representatives supporting it...

 

Seeley Lake Sewer – Back to the Drawing Board

SEELEY LAKE - Now that the dust has settled and the voters have spoken, it is time to Monday morning quarterback and ask, “Where do we go from here?” First, a brief assessment of our situation. We are a rural community. Always have been, always w...

 

Two Reasons Why Seeley Lake Won't be Forced into A Central Sewer

SEELEY LAKE - Sewer board members have been yelling “wolf” telling residents the federal and state government will force us to put in a central sewer if we don’t approve this present proposal. That is wrong...here are two reasons why: 1....

 

Costs for the Blank Check to the Sewer District if Sewer Passes

Would you buy a car without knowing the cost? Of course not, but hat’s what the sewer board wants us to do with its proposal. It has come up with a project that will cost between $12 and $20 million and will cost each household between $50 and...

 

Five Reasons Why the Proposed Sewer Will Not Change Water Quality

Will the proposed sewer system clean up or change water quality in the Clearwater drainage? Probably not very much. Here are five reasons why. First, even though test wells show elevated nitrate levels in the core downtown area, the data is...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    November 3, 2016

"Family" Trustees Granted Vote in Sewer Election

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Sewer District property owners who hold their properties in family trusts will be able to vote Nov. 23 on the bond issue.  That’s a reversal.  The Elections Office notified those owners a few weeks ago they would be...

 

More Transparency Needed by Sewer District

SEELEY LAKE - The argument between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton over who is more transparent just two months before the election brings to mind our local situation with the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board. With just over two months before the...

 

Sewer District Should Inform Voters

It has come to my attention members of the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board are putting out misinformation about the Sewer Proposal which we will be voting on in December. One member has been saying, “If we don’t put it (the sewer) in now the...

 
 By Don Larson    Opinion    August 4, 2016

A Few Considerations on the Seeley Lake Sewer- Don't Believe Everything You Hear

SEELEY LAKE - The Sewer Board proposal to subsidize sewer rates to get the initial monthly cost down is an end run around our right to vote on a very-expensive bond proposal. By promising early, temporary, affordable sewer rates, Public Works Directo...

 

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