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Polson city manager defends city attorney

POLSON — Polson city manager Todd Crossett defended city attorney James Raymond, who has been drawing heat from community members, who wanted Raymond’s contract terminated. Several people have questioned his job performance on issues such as meeting attendance and payment of impact fees. Another criticism is that Raymond may not answer legal questions at city commission meetings.  Raymond works for the city, Crossett said, so when he’s asked to give a legal opinion right off the top of his head in a council meeting, that’s hard to do. There is research to be done, and Raymond’s opinion has to stand up in court, if it should go that far, Crossett expl...

Polson residents question city attorney’s performance

POLSON — A group of Polson citizens are calling for the non-renewal of Polson city attorney James Raymond’s contract with the City of Polson. For at least eight months, the issue of impact fees on Polson City Attorney James Raymond’s new house has been dogging the Polson City Council and...

Water project moves forward in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS - Last week’s St. Ignatius Town Council meeting held quite a bit of good news.  Background checks are currently being processed on the two lowest bidders for the town’s water improvement project. St. Ignatius public works director Scott Morton said he hopes to accept one of t...

Governments chip away at water rights issue

The 1855 Treaty of Hell Gate, which established the Flathead Indian Reservation, also guaranteed the tribes’ rights to water on the reservation and in aboriginal territory.  According to a presentation made by Duane Mecham at the June 27 water rights negotiating session, the 1908 U.S. Supreme C...

Water rights negotiation draws crowd

POLSON — The latest water rights negotiating session on June 27 turned into a marathon five-and-a-half hour meeting with a packed room and many comments and questions from the public. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the State of Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission and the Unit...

Polson city attorney draws fire

POLSON — With a public hearing on the city’s water system before the meeting on June 18, the Polson City Commission had a busy evening. During public comments, community members took aim at city attorney James Raymond. Judy Preston, former commission member and city resident, said she had s...

Public comment sought on irrigation water proposal

ST. IGNATIUS — The Flathead Joint Board of Control water rights subcommittee released a proposed draft agreement between the FJBC, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe and the United States of America to the public for comment on May 31 This piece of the total water rights negotiations deals w...

Commissioners approve Cougar Ridge reimbursement

POLSON — At their June 4 meeting, the Polson City commissioners voted unanimously to approve a capital improvement reimbursement agreement with Cougar Ridge Development, LLC. The agreement will return $200,000 to the business for water system improvements. At a commission meeting on March 19, 2007, ...

Town works to improve water quality

ST. IGNATIUS — Last Tuesday night, St. Ignatius City Council members discussed ongoing projects to improve the town’s water quality. According to city council member Scott Morton, the city has been working on the water system since 2009. The original project was to add a third city well and re...

Commissioners approve Mission Bay extension

POLSON — Commissioners okayed a three-year time extension request under House Bill 522 on the 146-lot Mission Bay Village phased subdivision at the Polson City Commission meeting on May 21. In a letter to the commission, Dennis Duty, managing member of Northwest Holdings, L.L.C., which developed Mis...

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