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Town council considers snow pack, approves fire chief

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ST. IGNATIUS – Snow piles are missing from the town this year reported Public Works Director Scott Morton during the St. Ignatius Town Council meeting.

He explained after the meeting that he usually plows the streets within town limits, as is part of his job, and creates four piles of snow that reach about 10 feet high during the winter months. 

“This year there are none,” he said, adding that it is concerning as an indication of how dry this summer might get.

Every year an auditor goes over the town’s financial records, and every year including this year, the auditor finds the same problem.

Town clerk Mary Leishman explained that the auditor says that the town is unable to do an annual financial report as is required by the state, and so the auditor must complete it. The council approved of an online training program for Leishman so that she can learn how to develop the report per state standards.

“If I do it, the town won’t get charged for the time it takes the auditor to do it,” she said. And the financial record is about 40 pages long, so it does take some time. 

In other news:

—Jeremiah Morigeau was appointed as the Fire Chief by the town council. 

—The St. Ignatius Police Department received new tires for the police car. 

—The stop sign next to Gambles Hardware wasn’t standing up straight during the council meeting. It was speculated that someone might have run into it with a car. Board members noted that the sign belongs to highway department, and they will be contacted. The next morning, the sign was put up on a temporary platform.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. 

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