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Key presents Polson Area Transportation Plan

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POLSON — Photos of Polson streets and intersections were part of Jeff Key’s Polson Area Transportation Plan presentation to Polson City Commissioners at Monday night’s meeting.

The plan offers guidance on recommended transportation system improvement according to Key, Project Manager for the plan.

The project entailed data collection on the intersections, traffic patterns, roadway network, non-motorized system and socio-economic data. The plan is available to interested residents at Polson City Hall, the North Lake County Library District, the Lake County Commissioners Office and also online at the Montana Department of Transportation website,

The commissioners took no action on the plan. During the city manager comments, Todd Crossett mentioned the upcoming city election. Election Administrator Kathie Newgard would need to know by Sept. 14 if the commissioners would like a poll election. If not, then the election will be by mail.

Mayor Pat DeVries noted that a mail ballot is cheaper and the election administrator prefers a mail ballot. A mail ballot also gets a better turnout, Commission John Campbell said.

Only one commissioner showed interest in a traditional poll election, so no motion was made.

The city received a grant for a new street sweeper and is shopping for one meeting grant specifications.

The new fire truck will be on its way to Polson at the end of the week, Crossett added.

Crossett also reported that work on Skyline Drive is on schedule, with a lot of water and sewer work requiring detouring and dust control.

The Commission chambers are done with the exception of patching and painting the wall, Crossett said, thanking Richard Campbell for donating a framed photograph of Polson in commemoration of its 111 years.

Polson resident Julia Roberts, who works part-time for Western Montana Addiction Services and part-time for Family Matters, asked the commissioners for funds for a youth professional development training she would like to attend in Chicago.

“The reason I want to do this is because I think our youth need to learn to have a voice,” Robert said.

The commissioners voted to give Roberts $200 with the caveat that she return and do a presentation on what she learned.

The next council meeting will be held on Sept. 19 at Polson City Hall at 7 p.m.

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