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Mission considers new police car

ST. IGNATIUS — A new patrol car could be in the works for the St. Ignatius Police Department if the town council approves an amendment to the budget. A public hearing on the proposed change will be held at the March 2 council meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall. Police Chief Shay Clairmont said Ronan Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep has six 2010 Dodge Charger police cars on order, and only three of the vehicles were spoken for as of the Feb. 2 town council meeting.  “They’re in production right now, from what Mr. Wunderlich said,” Clairmont noted. The specially outfitted cars are priced at $24,481, and would be a huge improvement over the aging ...


Town approves 2nd phase of skatepark

ST. IGNATIUS — After a long wait, the Skate Ignatius Skatepark project is once again running full steam ahead. The St. Ignatius Town Council approved a revised plan for the skatepark’s second phase at its Feb. 2 meeting. The plan, which is “just pretty much scaled down” from the or...


Crossett recommends city take over golf course restaurant

POLSON — After a steady diet of discussion on the sewage treatment site for the last two meetings, Mayor Pat DeVries and the Polson City Commissioners changed topics and discussed the golf restaurant management options at the meeting on Feb. 1.  Polson City Manager Todd Crossett said the city&r...


Charlo still negotiating with classified staff

CHARLO — At a Charlo School Board meeting last Tuesday, school bus driver Jack Willet addressed the board on behalf of the Charlo Classified Association. Negotiations between the union and the Charlo Negotiations Committee have been ongoing since last spring when Charlo Classified Association formed.&n...


Ronan Volunteer Fire Department purchases new rescue vehicle

RONAN — Last Thursday night emergency lights flashed at the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department as the firefighters buzzed around, playing with the newest addition to their fleet: a brand new Jaws of Life Rescue Vehicle.  The purchase of the $150,000 vehicle was a joint effort between the Ronan Rur...


Commission considers site for sewer treatment

POLSON — Fred Phillips from Great West Engineering in Helena attended the Polson City Commissioners meeting on Jan. 20 to provide more information on the proposed sites for the headworks/sewer treatment location.  The sites under consideration are the old Tamsco building on the east side of Ker...


Ronan City Council authorizes 10-mill tax levy

RONAN — In a Ronan City Council Meeting on Monday, the council  authorized a tax levy of 10 mills for the Ronan Fire Relief Association, a fund set up for retired firefighters and distributed by the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees. The city authorized the full 10 mills after h...


Property owners bend representatives' ears on property taxes, appraisals

POLSON — People concerned and angry about their property appraisals and the resulting rise in their property taxes filled the large meeting room at the Lake County Courthouse. Approximately 108 property owners, realtors and legislators and other interested parties showed up at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 for ...


St. Ignatius swears in council members, mayor

ST. IGNATIUS — At the Jan. 5 St. Ignatius Town Council meeting, Judge Sharon Richardson administered oaths of office to returning Mayor Charley Gariepy and council president Rod Arlint, as well as new council member Mack McConnell.  Gariepy also thanked appointed council member Mary Klawitter a...


Ronan to fill vacant city council positions

RONAN — On Monday at the first Ronan City Council meeting of 2010, the council addressed the vacancy of two city council member positions. Recently elected Keoki Lopez Devictoria sent a letter of resignation, and council member Richard Jungers passed away last week.  “We’ve lost a g...


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