Preliminary budget passed by council; $6.8 million

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

The city council passed a $6.8 million preliminary budget on a 3-0 vote Monday evening. Councilman Drew Lesnik was not present at the meeting.

The final budget will be approved at the Sept. 4 council meeting.

The city levied 185.3 mills. One mill is worth $1,916.22. A permissive health levy was also passed. No one from the public was on hand to speak for or against the budget. It may be viewed at city hall during normal working hours.

A new 10-year lease will be signed with the Horizon Lodge to manage Blue Sky Villa. The old lease, 20 years, is up in November.

The city wanted representation on the board, however, the Horizon Lodge would not sign a new lease with that provision. The city acquiesced to the Lodge and struck that provision from the proposed lease agreement so that a new lease can be signed.

In other action, the council OK’ed an agreement for a NorthWestern Energy gas line. The line is for the new Industrial Park and will cost about $93,587. In addition an easement will go through land belonging to Arnold Rohrer and he will be paid $2,000 for that easement.

There was discussion on a bond resolution (R-13 1084) which passed on a 3-0 vote, concerning a wastewater treatment plan and sludge removal. Aldermen also gave their approval for a storm water plan and design report for the Industrial Park.

Building permits were announced for four residents; a re-roofing project at 210 S. Main St., a garage at 2601 S. Wisconsin, and two fence projects at 306 S. Main and the other at 114 S. Delaware.

Officer Ted Thornton’s one-year anniversary came up and council members moved to appoint him to the CPD.

The council approved a day for MMIA (Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority) to use Norley Hall – one of the city’s free days for regional training for supervisors.

A RFP (Request for Proposal) for a city auditor was approved and in part the Port Authority had a visitor for a potential Ag related business come in for a visit.

There was discussion on turning over delinquent water, sewer and mowing notices to the county. There are over $4,000 in delinquent bills outstanding. The county may collect on the overdue bills by adding the amount to property tax bills sent out in November.

The city sends out about 300 water bills a month and has 16 letters sent out for non-payment.

The next regular council meeting  will be on Sept. 4 which falls on a Tuesday. Sept 3, their normal meeting date is Labor Day.

Council meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. at city hall, 411-1/2 S. Main Street. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend and see their government at work.