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City commission begins work on budget

POLSON — At their July 16 meeting, the Polson City Commissioners scheduled a budget public hearing for Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

They also unanimously approved a resolution, authorizing the sale of city-owned property. According to city attorney James Raymond, the matter was housekeeping regarding the sale of a lot next to the old Security State Bank building prior to 1970. At the time the lot had a building, but problems with recording the sale surfaced.

Former commissioner Elsa Duford commented that a map of the property and information such as the price it sold for, a buy-sell agreement, etc., were not available on the city’s website and asked that the commission table the resolution. 

During city manager comments, Todd Crossett said construction on Skyline Drive would begin July 23. Traffic will be moving north, Crossett explained, although emergency vehicles may go south up the hill if the need arises. Most of the walls will go up this year, and construction will continue, weather permitting, through mid-November. 

Originally, the project was to continue to Caffrey Drive, but connecting the trail to the path on Highway 93 was pulled for budgetary reasons. Crossett said Lake County, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the City of Polson are all committed to completing the project.

The commission also approved transfer of a beer and wine liquor license to Kim Fowler, Big Sky Bistro.

The next city commission meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 6. at 7:30 p.m.

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