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GPCF president announces 2012 grants

POLSON — At the Aug. 20 Polson City Commission meeting, Greater Polson Community Foundation President Penny Jarecki listed the 2012 grants from the foundation. 

Grants went to the Dayton-Proctor Foundation, Cheerful Heart, Flathead Lakers, Flathead Lake International Cinema Fest, North Lake County Public Library, Polson Loaves and Fish and Mission Valley Aquatics.

She commented that she thought the GPCF had been well received due largely to the people on the board.

“We just wanted you to know what the foundation is doing,” Jarecki. 

During city manager comments, Polson City Manager Todd Crossett said much of the Polson fire crew is working on the West Garcon fire, so much so that firefighters were concerned about local fires. 

“The triathlon went well,” Crossett said, adding that there were 140 participants. 

The police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, the street crew and many volunteers worked hard. Crossett said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the number of participants double next year.  Matt Seeley, race director, has set Aug. 17, 2013, as a tentative date for next year’s triathlon.

The street department has been striping and patching, Crossett said, and the Polson Development Code committee is making good progress. 

The Orton Family grant has formed a Citizen Advisory Team and will be holding events this fall, Crossett said.

Bids are in for refinishing the water tank on the hill with grant money. Lead paint was found on the outside of the tank, so the bids were about $40,000 more than expected, at around $230,000, Crossett explained. 

There were a few hiccoughs with the Cruisen’ by the Bay Car Show, Crossett said, with an area of Main Street inadvertently skipped during clean up and some miscommunication with the food vendors.

In other business, the commissioners appointed Jules Clavadetscher to the park board. 

The commissioners have scheduled a budget meeting on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in commissioner chambers and the next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

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