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Polson manager’s contract not renewed

POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners voted not to renew Polson City Manager Todd Crossett’s contract at their Dec. 3 meeting. Crossett’s contract requires that the commission notify him six months before the June 15 contract renewal date if they intend not to renew. 

The vote was close, at four votes to three. Commissioners Todd Erickson, Dan Morrison and Steven Turner voted to renew Crossett’s contract, and Commissioners John Campbell, Fred Funke Mike Lies and Mayor Pat DeVries voted against renewal.   

Approximately 45 people attended the meeting, with 14 people speaking in favor of Crossett, several of them City of Polson employees.

Before the vote was taken, the commission went into executive session for an hour to evaluate Crossett’s job performance and discuss contract renewal.

In other business, the council appointed Jim Simpson as the City of Polson’s representative on the Lake County Conservation District Board of Supervisors. Simpson’s three-year term begins Jan. 1.

They also re-appointed Bruce Agrella to a three-year term as the city’s representative on the Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors. Agrella’s term also begins on Jan. 1.

The second reading of Ordinance. No. 663, adopting floodplain hazard management regulations with the City of Polson passed unanimously.

During Crossett’s city manager report, some items mentioned were the city hiring Mike Howke as the new city building inspector. Howke, from Whitefish, has 10 years of experience as a building inspector and is presently working part-time.  

Heart and Soul project meetings continue to hold meetings to collect input from locals on the future of the community, Crossett said, with a community gathering for Skyline residents and another for north of the bridge and Jette Meadows residents scheduled in December.

Polson Police Officer Juan Maso was named Marine Corps Officer of the Year.

The boat launch issue at the county fairgrounds is under discussion with the Lake County Commissioners, as is a trail connecting Caffrey Drive and Hwy. 93 and another trail on Grenier Lane, connecting the Woodbine Addition and Kerr Dam Road, Crossett said. 

He also complimented DOVES on their seminar with Jackson Katz, a nationally recognized presenter on male violence. 

The next city commission meeting will be Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

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