springHappy Spring! We welcome this change of seasons - it is my favorite. I would like to express the City’s appreciation to Officer Jacob West as he leaves our employment in the Police Department. He will be a welcome addition to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks as a Game Warden stationed in Colstrip. Thank you Jacob for your service to the City of Colstrip and its residents. The City of Colstrip will begin to interview candidates for this officer position with the assistance of our Police Commission: Jack Rosander, Cheryl Fulkerson and Duane Cole. I would like to express my appreciation to Councilmember Pat Campbell for his service on our City Council. Pat will be resigning from the City Council to take on the position of the city’s Assistant Public Works Director. Thank you Pat for your great work as a City Council member and I look forward to your continuing service to our residents and the City as an employee. Pat’s vacancy as a City Council member, pending the next election, will be filled within 30 days of the vacancy by a majority vote of the City Council members. This office vacancy will be noticed and I encourage interested residents to make an application by sending a letter of interest to City Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Richards.




citycouncilmeetingA vacancy has occurred on the Colstrip City Council. The term for which the appointment will be made is from the date of the appointment through the remainder of the term ending December 31, 2021. To be eligible, a person must be a resident of the City at least one year prior to appointment. Persons interested in being appointed to fill the vacant term should submit a letter indicating the reasons for their interest and describing their relevant background. Letters of interest should include the following information:

 Reason(s) you want to be on the City Council
 Skills, knowledge or experiences you have that would contribute to your service on the council

Letters of interest can be delivered to the City Clerk’s Office at 12 Cherry Street, emailed to cityclerk@cityofcolstrip.com or mailed to Michelle Richards, City Clerk/Treasurer, PO Box 1902, Colstrip, MT 59323.

Letters of interest will be accepted until noon on April 23, 2021.


The City of Colstrip is accepting sealed bids for the sale of specified surplus equipment. Minimum bid limits have been established for some items. Bids submitted below the specified minimum bid limit will be rejected. Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked “2021 Surplus Sale Bid”. The following vehicles are included in this sale:

2002 Ford Dump Truck
2006 Chevrolet Pickup
Rigid 1000 Sewer Auger

The City of Colstrip does not provide any type of warranty or guarantee either expressed or implied regarding the bid items. All bids must be received no later than March 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM. No late bids, faxed, e-mailed or telephone bids will be accepted. Bid forms and detailed bid instructions may be obtained at Colstrip City Hall, located at 12 Cherry Street, Colstrip, MT, online at www.cityofcolstrip.com or by email to cityclerk@cityofcolstrip.com. All bid proposals must be made on the bid proposal form supplied by the City of Colstrip.

Happy HolidayMerry Christmas!  Wow, what a year it has been for your city dealing with a new experience - COVID.  It has been a challenge for everyone.  I appreciate all the support from the residents as we have done our best to maintain quality service for all of you.  Thank you to the City Employees as they have continued to provide great service to our residents.  This year has seen significant improvement and completion of many projects.

We finally completed the Zone 3 Water Storage Tank.  This was a 2.3 million dollar project.  After many delays and weather challenges it has been completed.  A very worthy landmark in our community with the city’s logo.  
In my last newsletter article I provided some information on the Colstrip Cemetery.  Thanks to some additional information from Dan Negethon I would like to update.  After the property was donated by Rosebud County, a local survey company comprised of two Colstrip residents, Jim Rogers and Dan Negethon, actually surveyed, designed and developed the cemetery site plan.  For a period of time Dan Negethon managed the cemetery as its first manager.  Dan also designed the original sign for the high school kids to fabricate.  Thank you Dan for adding this information.