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Polson named most business-friendly city

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POLSON — At the Oct. 1 Polson City Commissioner’s meeting, City Manager Todd Crossett announced that the Montana Policy Institute completed a study on the most business-friendly of Montana’s 25 largest cities, and Polson topped the list. The three categories ranked were economic vitality, business tax burden and community allure.

(To see the entire report, go to and scroll down to the report.)

During further city manager comments, Crossett noted that drilling work and sampling work to check for petroleum contaminants will commence in the downtown area. It is being done by Western Central Environmental Consultants at the request of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, according to Terry Gembala, City of Polson Streets Superintendent. The workers will be in Polson for two to three weeks. 

Warranty work on the concrete on Main Street will begin soon, Crossett said. For the larger and worst cracks, the panels will be replaced, but smaller cracks will be sealed.

Several trees on Main Street were lost due to vandalism, Crossett said. The Streetscape Committee of the Polson Community Development Agency has come up with a program to adopt trees, as well as raising money for additional trash receptacles. 

Crossett also said discussions continue with Lake County and Polson Fairgrounds, Inc., about options to increase the boat launch capacity. Lake County Commissioner Bill Barron is interested in a forum to talk about these options, according to Crossett.

He also presented information on the affordability of the Polson Bay Golf Course. A 2012 single season pass cost $488 at Polson Bay Golf Course; $610 at Big Mountain Golf Course, Kalispell; $895 at Canyon River Golf Course, Missoula; and $465 at Mission Mountain Golf Course in Ronan. 

Local pilot Chuck Jarecki presented information on the Polson Fly-In, which attracted approximately 500 visitors, and on the importance of the Polson airport to the community.

“We have a world-class facility for a small-town airport,” Jarecki noted.

In other business, the commissioners approved a three-year extension for Steve Jensen’s preliminary Skyview subdivision, 24 lots, phase 2, off Skyline Drive and Mission View Drive.

The commission also approved the donation of two season golf passes to the Mission Valley Elks Club for a fundraiser.

The next meeting will be held on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.


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