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Campbell, Erickson hold town hall meeting

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 POLSON — Inviting people to come in and talk about their concerns, Ward 1 City Commissioners John Campbell and Todd Erickson met with constituents on June 12. 

About 15 people came to visit with Campbell and Erickson during the open house format from 6 to 8 p.m. Many had questions, problems or wanted clarifications on issues.

Carl Sheets has problems with water at his place on the West Shore so he came to talk to the commissioners about his issue.

Impact fees were also addressed. Campbell and Erickson explained that an impact fee ordinance would be on the agenda for the June 17 city commission meeting and would include a significant reduction in impact fees. 

They said they felt procedures are in place so there will be no more lost paperwork or special exceptions on impact fees. Campbell noted the commissioners have been dealing with the issue for 10 months. He’s ready to get to some other business. 

Resident Sharon Fulton asked if anyone else had applied to have impact fees refunded. Commissioners said they believe Jim Simpson had applied, and Bob Fulton added that the Green Bean Coffee Shop was also eligible.

Don Miller, owner of Pier 93, said the 31-team Splash softball tournament last weekend was positive for Polson.

Resident Dennis DeVries had praise for the path through Sacajawea Park and for the Travis Dolphin Dog Park. The dog park is used a lot, but he hates to see white top, a noxious weed, in the park and invasive Russian olive trees. 

Other issues discussed were Tax Increment Funds, a parking commission for which the Polson Police Department is recruiting community members, reimbursement for Cougar Ridge from water impact fees, a fireworks ordinance, weeds encroaching on Shoreline Drive and small businesses being more supportive of other small businesses. 

Campbell and Erickson plan to hold similar meetings in the future. 

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