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 By Andi Bourne    News    August 11, 2022 

Fairgrounds Revitalization Bond placed on General Election Ballot

MISSOULA — Missoula County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously July 28 to place a Missoula County Fairgrounds Revitalization Bond on the November 2022 General Election ballot after hearing testimony from fairgrounds supporters at a public hear...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 11, 2022 

Crisis Intervention Levy placed on November Election Ballot

MISSOULA—Missoula County Commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to place a Crisis Intervention Levy on the November general election ballot. The proposed levy is for $5.5 million. This translates to about $54 annually for a home with an...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    August 11, 2022 

Board approves bids for Station 2

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Board approved bids to address the water issues at Station 2 at their special meeting Aug. 5. They also reaffirmed the Board Chair’s powers and duties beyond Montana Code Annotated 7-33-2105. At the July 19...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    August 4, 2022

Board passes assessment

SEELEY LAKE – At their July 28 hearing and regular meeting, the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board passed the annual assessment method and discussed drilling additional monitoring wells. The Board received just one written protest. The landowner was...

 

Swan Council closes lid on garbage container proposal

The Swan Valley Council Board members voted unanimously to “cease and desist” with any further discussion of a garbage container site in the Swan Valley at their July 19 meeting. In addition to the container discussion, the nearly 40 people in at...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    July 28, 2022

Request to abandon rightaway on Cottonwood Lane denied

MISSOULA – The Missoula County Board of County Commissioners voted July 21 to deny the request to abandon Cottonwood Lane as a roadway. Prior to the vote, the petitioner’s representative Carrie Sokolski advised the Commissioners of the petitioner...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 28, 2022

Board rehires K-2 teacher

SWAN VALLEY – At a special meeting July 19, the Swan Valley School Board voted unanimously to rehire Chris Mauldin as the kindergarten – second grade teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Principal Aaron Morgenstern said this decision was based...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    July 28, 2022

Board approves trailer purchase, addresses open meeting questions

SEELEY LAKE – At their July 19 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire Board approved the purchase of a new enclosed trailer. They also approved Fire Chief Dave Lane to seek bids to mitigate and fix water issues at Station 2 north of Seeley Lake. In other...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    June 30, 2022

Vocal group wants Container Site investigation to stop

SWAN VALLEY – Members of the public at a June 21 Swan Valley Community Council meeting asked the council to vote to stop further investigation of a Condon Container Site. The Council and Missoula County Commissioners Dave Strohmaier and Juanita...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    June 30, 2022

Commissioners approve land use fee increase  

MISSOULA- The Missoula Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously on June 23 to approve the Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS) resolution to increase land use fees effective July 1.   Missoula County Community and Planning...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 30, 2022

Chief raise approved, public comments, questions addressed

SEELEY LAKE – At their June 21 meeting, the Seeley Lake Fire Board approved a four percent raise for Chief Dave Lane with a vote of 3-1. Chair Scott Kennedy and Trustees Rita Rossi and Connie Clark voted for, Trustee Jon Kimble voted against and...

 
 By Haley Yarborough    News    June 23, 2022

Proposed land use fee increase, affordable housing plans discussed

SEELEY LAKE - At their June 13 meeting, the Seeley Lake Community Council reviewed Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS) plans to raise land use fees and listened to a presentation from Trust Montana about their ideas to bring...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 23, 2022

Board opts to use reserve to reduce tax burden

SEELEY LAKE – At their June 16 meeting, the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board adopted next year’s budget and selected the equal assessment method to spread the assessment among landowners in the District. The Board adopted their fiscal year 2023 b...

 
 By Jean Pocha    News    June 23, 2022

Helmville town meeting discusses growth potential and barriers

HELMVILLE – Powell County Planner Amanda Cooley with Bo Walker, Montana State University extension agent, and Chad Lanes, Tri-County Sanitarian, held a meeting at the Helmville Community Hall June 16 to collect community input regarding barriers...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    June 23, 2022

Raises and bonuses approved

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley School Board voted for raises and bonuses for its staff at their June 13 board meeting. The Board considered three options for the certified and classified staff salary schedules including no change (which has a 1.5%...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    June 16, 2022

Commissioners approve building permit fee increases

MISSOULA – Missoula County Commissioners voted unanimously June 9 to approve a resolution to increase building permit fees effective Sept. 1. Along with increasing fees, the building department will use the International Code Council (ICC)...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    June 2, 2022

Board non-renews teacher contract

SWAN VALLEY- In a special meeting May 26, the Swan Valley School Board voted to non-renew its contract with non-certified staff Christopher Mauldin. Mauldin was hired under a provisional license three years ago. Under state statute the District...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    May 26, 2022

Board reviews playground equipment proposal

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Elementary School Board reviewed proposals for ADA compliant playground equipment at the May 16 meeting. The current playground is amazing said Josh Gibbs, superintendent/principal. People make it a rest stop when...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    May 26, 2022

Council discusses proposed container site

SWAN VALLEY – The comment period regarding the potential Condon Container Site continues for another 30 days on the Missoula County Voice website (https://missoulacountyvoice.com/). Currently comments and poll information indicate the majority of t...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    May 26, 2022

Board approves hiring firefighter/EMT

SEELEY LAKE – After no interest in the firefighter/paramedic position previously posted, Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane requested at the May 17 meeting that the Fire Board consider approving a...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    May 19, 2022

Building official presents in Seeley Lake

SEELEY LAKE – Missoula County Building Official Dave Larkin presented the Seeley Lake Community Council information regarding the need for increased building permit fees and ways the building division is funded. There were several other updates pro...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    May 19, 2022

Board tables staff wage increase

SWAN VALLEY - The Swan Valley School Board reviewed two budget proposals for Fiscal Year 2022-23, one shows a 5.5% salary increase for certified and non-certified staff, the other a 4% increase. Discussion around the two proposals offered concerns...

 
 By Nathan Bourne    News    April 28, 2022

Board delays RFP, cuts taxes

SEELEY LAKE – At their April 21 meeting, the Seeley Lake Sewer District Board plans to put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) but delayed when they would be due. They also voted to expend money from the District’s reserves for much of next...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    April 28, 2022

Garbage disposal site and building fees top discussion

SWAN VALLEY - Missoula County Public Works officials presented information regarding a garbage disposal container site for the Swan Valley and the need for increases to building permit fees at the...

 
 By Susan Monahan    News    April 28, 2022

Air Board approves Seeley Lake Wood Stove Zone

MISSOULA - Missoula City-County Air Pollution Control Board (Air Board) approved the proposed changes to the Missoula City-County Air Pollution Control Program at the April 21 meeting. The proposal has been sent to the Missoula County Commissioners...

 

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