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Commissioners approve encroachment permit

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POLSON — With a short agenda, Polson City Commissioners whipped through their Oct. 20 meeting, approving a 10-year permit for limited encroachment upon and use of Polson’s right of way for property located at 107 First Ave. E.

Polson City Manager Mark Shrives said the situation came up when a local realtor was in the middle of a buy/sell agreement and found the front steps encroached on the City’s right of way.

Shrives also asked that Commissioner Stephen Turner’s motion include applicant adherence to the items on the permit before it’s approved.

Commissioner John Campbell said the chain link fence on the property in question has been there since 1976. 

When Commissioner Todd Erickson asked if the City was setting precedent with its approval, Shrives said, “We are not giving anything up. We didn’t identify it as a problem, and it’s very clear we can revoke this at any time based on the needs of the city.”

In other business, Mayor Heather Knutson proclaimed Nov. 1 as Extra Mile Day. It’s a day to celebrate empowering individuals and organizations that go the extra mile in order to make a difference and lift up others in the community.     

“It’s important to have a proclamation since we have a lot of people, individuals, businesses, teachers who go the extra mile every day, day after day, year after year,” Knutson said.

During city manager comments, Shrives reminded commissioners of a work session on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Before the work session, they’ll hold a special meeting to open bids for the golf cart storage area, then adjourn that meeting to work on the first two chapters of Polson’s development code. The chapters are available to the public on the city’s website,, then click on city hall and check the meeting agenda. 

The next commission meeting will be held Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Polson City Hall. 

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