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As I begin this newsletter it will be on a positive note with assurances to our residents as we deal with the issues associated with coronavirus. We all need to work together with the assurance that this too will pass. Your City will continue to work effectively in all areas of our responsibility for the services that we provide to our residents. There will be no shortcuts or issues of non-compliance with any of the services that we provide.
The City has responsible supervisors in all areas that are knowledgeable and efficient and will provide the safeguards for the protection of all our residents. You have assurance from me that I will perform the duties of my office that I have sworn to uphold. We all need to work together, not panic and be supportive of one another.
In other important matters that I will include in this newsletter is the action the City is undertaking regarding NorthWestern Energy’s Application with the Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC) regarding additional ownership of unit 4. The City has filed a petition with the MPSC to intervene in this filing. Our petition to intervene has been accepted by the MPSC and the points of this intervention are as follows:
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As the holiday season is upon us, it gives us all an opportunity to pause and reflect on the good, positive things that are going on all around us that we should appreciate and be thankful for. Sometimes we get hung up on the negative because it surrounds us in news articles and television. Unfortunately, negative news sells papers.
I am thankful to have lived in Colstrip for over 47 years and have served our City now for over 20 years. I am thankful for the many organizations that serve our residents:
The Colstrip Medical Center - It’s caregivers, staff and board.
The Colstrip School District - Its staff, board and all the wonderful teachers that work with our most valuable resource, the children of our community.
The Colstrip Park & Recreation District - Its staff and board.
Schoolhouse History and Art Center - It’s staff and board.
Colstrip Library - It’s staff and board.
Colstrip Post Office Staff
I am also thankful for all the wonderful employees of the City of Colstrip that I have had the privilege of working with these past twenty years:
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It has been a very busy summer for our city with the many major projects underway. Our street project on Homestead Boulevard and Main Street is going on as scheduled. As I write this, most of the excavation is complete. We did have some unexpected situations like hitting a coal seam that had to be removed and then hitting water in an unexpected location. I guess we should expect coal, after all, this is Colstrip.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to our residents for their patience in driving and driving safely through the construction area. Also, most certainly all of the businesses that are impacted by the construction. We are all doing the best we can to make this a successful project. Paving is scheduled to occur the week of August 22nd with completion to occur the first part of September.