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City plans to operate golf course restaurant

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners passed a motion that the city of Polson operate the golf course restaurant for the rest of 2010, taking into consideration comments by former Polson City Commissioner Jim Sohm and Polson City Manager Todd Crossett and inventorying liquor monthly. Commissioner Ron Boyce abstained since he and his wife own a local restaurant.

Crossett presented city commissioners with a draft of the golf course food and beverage plan at the Feb. 17 meeting. Crossett said he relied quite a lot on Roger Wallace’s experience in preparing the draft. Wallace is the Polson Bay Golf Course Director as well as golf pro at the course. Wallace will provide day-to-day oversight of the food and beverages at the restaurant, reporting to Crossett.

The draft calls for opening the restaurant on approximately March 15 for an eight-month period. The draft also specifies hiring a food and beverage manager for the eight-month period as well of five seasonal full-time wait staff cross-trained to also run the kitchen and bar and two seasonal full-time beverage cart staff.

In other business, Bob Fulton was reappointed and Mike Lies was appointed to the city county planning board. 

Ivy McGowan, Jules Clavadetscher and Lou Marchello were appointed to the Polson Redevelopment Agency Board. The board is still short one member so the city will advertise for another board member.

The commissioners approved the January 2010 cash report as well as the pledge securities.

During city manager comments, Crossett reported Lake County Transportation Connectivity Project received a $12 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant. According to the TIGER grant award, the LCTCP will upgrade city and county streets and roads, including Skyline Drive in the Polson area, and help further efforts to provide safe routes between and within communities for pedestrians and cyclists as they travel to work and school and for other purposes. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the cities of Polson and Ronan, the town of St. Ignatius and the Lake county Community Development Corporation partnered for the project.

Crossett added that the city should hear soon about a recycling grant and an energy efficiency grant.

March 1 is the target date for the water line replacement to begin in downtown Polson, Crossett said. He will be meeting with the Polson Business Community to keep business owners updated and minimize the impact on the downtown business area.

The Fire Stakeholders meeting scheduled for Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. will have to be rescheduled, and the new date will be posted on the website.

Crossett also said he and Parks Superintendent Karen Sargeant are looking for an alternate location for the Polson Farmer’s Market due to safety concerns. In consideration are 3rd Avenue between Main Street and 1st Street and near Sacajawea Park.

The next Polson City Council meeting will be held on March 1 at 7 p.m. in city commission chambers.

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