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Polson Airport project moving forward

POLSON — The city commission last week approved a $142,500 contract for a design and construction of a paving project at the Polson Airport.

KLJ Engineering of Great Falls won the contract, which covers 40,000 square feet of paving, according to KLJ engineer Jeff Walla. The project will replace pavement that is 40 to 50 years old, Walla said. The project will also involve removing hangar No. 7 and adding three or four parking spaces.

Walla said he anticipates that the city will receive federal grant funding of $400,000 to $500,000 for the project in the spring. The grant would require the city to contribute matching funds, he said.

In other news, the commission gave a general approval to use the outside wall of the restrooms at Riverside Park for a tile mural.

Cameron Decker, fine arts department head at Salish Kootenai College, said he would like to create tile art on the wall as part of his graduate school project at the University of Montana.

He plans on having local elementary, middle and high school students help with the project, and plans to involve Polson High School art teacher Matt Holmes, who is a licensed tile contractor.

Decker hopes to have the design ready in 2-3 months and plans to raise funds through a silent art auction and from local organizations.

The tile art should last 10 years or so, he said, noting that one is on display at McCormick Park in Missoula.

The commission approved the first reading of an ordinance that will allow the city to base fees on the actual impact to the city, such as special events, for example.

After the meeting, City Manager Mark Shrives said he would like the city to require business licenses in the near future.

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