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 By Nathan Bourne    News    May 2, 2019

Cost climbs for construction engineering

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board learned at their April 24 meeting that Missoula County’s inability to perform the construction engineering for the collection system is adding $759,400 to the project’s estimated cost. The...

 

Smart Electric Meters issues and Climate Ready Communities presented

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley Community Council heard presentations from Swan Valley resident Donn Ware about possible threats from Smart Electric Meters in the valley and from Missoula County employees about a climate resiliency planning process...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 25, 2019

Family questions emergency response

SEELEY LAKE – The family of Nick Beery addressed the Seeley Lake Fire District board regarding their concerns with the response they received to their home April 6. While the Beery family was...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 25, 2019

Richards promoted to captain, hours increased

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board approved increasing the hours for the facilities manager at their April 16 meeting. Fire Chief Dave Lane also promoted training officer Michael Richards to c...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 18, 2019

Alternative sign design presented, facilities maintenance discussed

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley Elementary School Board continued their discussion regarding the new school sign. They also reviewed a list of facility maintenance projects and discussed how they could move forward. Trustee Jimmy Boyd presented the...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    April 11, 2019

Powell County Planning Board initiates zoning discussion for northern Powell County

OVANDO –Powell County Planning Board hosted two separate open houses in Ovando and Helmville April 1 and April 4 to discuss the zoning requirement for Powell County Zoning District 3. According to Powell County Planner Carl Hamming, the Open Houses...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 11, 2019

Changes in eligibility for state leaseholders near Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE – Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation informed state leaseholders about changes to their eligibility to participate in the cabin and home site sales program at a meeting April 4 at the Seeley Lake...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 28, 2019

Board discusses wide range of topics

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board discussed a wide range of topics at their March 21 board meeting including hiring a Project Manager, obtaining easements, User Agreements and attorney bills. In other business, representatives...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 28, 2019

Permissive levies approved, Farmers Market discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School (SLE) board approved permissive levies for the tuition fund and for the building reserve at their March 19 meeting. The tuition fund is used to offset the cost to educate students if they require...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 28, 2019

Rates increased and franchise agreement discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board discussed pursuing a franchise agreement and voted to increase rates for service at their March 19 meeting. Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane brought up the franchise agreement to start the discussion of whet...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    March 21, 2019

Slotnick to Seeley: Why not incorporate?

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council hosted short presentations from County Commissioner Josh Slotnick, Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane, Seeley Lake Ranger District Recreation Staff Officer Matt Walter and Seeley-Swan High School Principa...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    March 21, 2019

Crime prevention starts with knowledge

SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Coordinator Rob Scheben introduced himself at the Seeley Lake Community Council meeting, March 11. The crime prevention coordinator is a new position with the Sheriff’s Office....

 

Discussion continues about new school sign, salary raise approved

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley Elementary School Board continued their discussion about the new school sign at their March 12 board meeting. In other business the board approved a 2.5 percent retroactive raise for the hourly and salary employees as...

 

Smoke study reports health impacts a year later

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council hosted presentations on a local wildfire smoke study, wildfire preparedness and the Seeley Lake Water District at their Feb. 11 meeting. In other business, Acting Seeley Lake District Ranger Quinn...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    February 21, 2019

Insurance and covenants restricting RV Park discussed

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Hospital District approved purchasing Directors and Officer insurance and discussed the children’s area in the lobby at their Feb. 12 meeting. During public comment, they discussed the resolution they passed at their...

 

Board hires Jean Curtiss as manager

SEELEY LAKE – Former Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss was hired at a Feb. 6 special meeting by the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board to be an interim district manager. The county had been providing Missoula County Public Works Director Greg...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    February 14, 2019

Highway sign and salary schedules top discussion

SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley School Board looked at more affordable prices for the proposed reader board on Highway 83 and discussed different options for bringing the current salary schedule up to date at their Feb. 6 meeting. The school board...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    January 24, 2019

Bidding delayed six months

SEELEY LAKE – Representatives from Great West Engineering (GW) gave the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board a new timeline for having the project ready to bid at their Jan. 17 board meeting. The new schedule pushes the ready-to-bid date from early...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    January 24, 2019

Panel discusses building codes

SEELEY LAKE - The Seeley Lake Community Council hosted a forum to discuss the building code program in Missoula County Jan. 14 in hopes of learning about the county inspection program and identifying places it could be made better. The panelists...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 24, 2019

Department implementing new policies, setting a high standard

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane informed the Seeley Lake Fire District Board about new membership incentives including identification cards and gym memberships at their Jan. 15 meeting. He also updated board members on his...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    January 24, 2019

Board approves tuition fund, teachers accept new positions, resign from SLE

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School board approved setting up a tuition fund at their Jan. 15 meeting. They also accepted junior high teacher Duane Schlabach’s resignation effective Feb. 22 after he accepted a position with the...

 

Interlocal agreement discussed, manager leaving, RV Park looking to join Phase 1

SEELEY LAKE – At their Dec. 20 meeting, the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board continued discussing the expired interlocal agreement it has with Missoula County and it was revealed that the current District Manager provided through that agreement...

 

Section 31 donated to Swan Valley Connections - Ice rink plans

SWAN VALLEY - Swan Valley Connections Board Chair Barb Raible announced to the Swan Valley Community Council that Swan Valley Connections is the recipient of 160 acres within Section 31 in Condon at the Council meeting Dec. 4. SVCC Chair Ken Donovan...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    November 29, 2018

Department receives significant donation, continues improvements

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board discussed continued improvements for the department at their regular board meeting Nov. 20. Fire Chief Dave Lane also told the board about a large donation of surplus equipment that they received from the Bo...

 

SLE to consider hosting Farmers Market, continues policy update

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board was given a proposal to assume ownership of the Seeley Lake Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market at its Nov. 20 board meeting. The board is also working on policy changes and was informed that the...

 

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