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POLSON — The Polson City Commissioners received some good news at their Monday, Aug. 2 meeting when the Polson Redevelopment Agency Board voted to recommend its 2009 Tax Increment Funds be allocated to the Streetscape project. 

The amount was expected to be $10,000 but turned out there was $90,000 available, so a TIF bond did not have to be issued for the Streetscape Project.

The commissioners also approved a resolution calling for the negotiated sale of Special Improvement District #42 in the principle amount of $750,000 for the Streetscape Project. 

Polson city officials confirmed the bids were accepted on Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m., with Glacier Bank purchasing the entire issue for the 3.95 percent interest pending approval by the city’s bond counsel. 

The commissioners also discussed special situations for sidewalks within the Streetscape design and basically gave their preference for how the sidewalk issues were handled. They also allowed the Streetscape Committee leeway to avoid exorbitant costs. 

Commissioners approved the second reading of an ordinance that reschedules meetings to be held on a holiday Monday to the following Wednesday, and another ordinance that prohibits the use of marijuana including medical marijuana on public property within Polson’s city limits. 

In other action, Polson City Manager Todd Crossett briefed the commission on the building at 108 1st Street E., right next to Polson City Hall. 

The commissioners are gathering information on the building as potential additional space for city hall.

Polson City Building Inspector Ron Melvin did structural analysis of the building and found it structurally sound, but the report indicated additional support in the basement would be beneficial. 

Melvin’s analysis is available on the city’s website at Click on the agenda for the Aug. 2 city commission agenda.

Crossett also went through the preliminary budget with commissioners. 

Two public hearings were scheduled before the next city commission meeting on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. 

At 6 p.m. a public hearing will be held to discuss the city’s fiscal year 2010-11 preliminary budget and notice of an increase in permissive medical mills. 

At 6:30 p.m. a public hearing will be held to discuss extending the moratorium on medical marijuana. 

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