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City commission will meet on budget

POLSON — A public hearing for the City of Polson’s budget was rescheduled during the Aug. 6 Polson City Commission meeting. The reason given was that the city just received its revenue from the state of Montana at the end of July, and the meeting is set for Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

During the city manager comment period, Polson city manager Todd Crossett mentioned that approximately 350 cyclists recently visited Polson via Bike Rides Northwest tour. The tour was completely self-contained, with a shower truck, bathrooms, a kitchen and trucks toting gear and tents. Polson park superintendent Karen Sargeant reported to Crossett that the city park where the group camped was spotless the next day. 

Crossett also thanked Wes Delaney and Envision Polson for putting plants in the island divider at the intersection of Highways 93 and 35.

Polson will host its first triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 18, Crossett said. The 100 athletes who have signed up to participate will start and finish the race at Riverside Park.

While the park will be full of runners, Skyline Drive is crowded with construction equipment since the Skyline project is under way, Crossett said. Traffic is one-way downhill, and residents and visitors return to Skyline by driving through Polson and returning via Caffrey Drive and Skyline, which has created some hassles.

Crossett added he checked on reported new construction at Black Mountain Software, located in the “Mansion,” the large office building on Polson hill, as reported by local resident Bob Fulton. There is no construction, Crossett said.

Polson city treasurer Bonnie Manicke asked the commission to approve a 373-day investment on $750,000 that would pay 0.5 percent at First Citizen’s Bank. Commissioners unanimously approved this investment and also pledged securities for public funds deposits. 

In other business, the commission approved a final plat for the Timberwolf subdivision, located off Highway 35 across from Safeway. Developers have already completed the 17 conditions required.

The commission also approved transfer of a beer license to the Driftwood Family Restaurant and approval of Diane Alderdice as a golf board member, whose term will expire in 2014.

The next commission meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m.

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