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These continue to be challenging times for all of us. While we individually may have different ideas regarding our future, we all need to be collectively supportive of one another. I, as much as anyone, feel the pain and frustration of dealing with those that either directly or indirectly threaten the quality of life we have in Colstrip. Ideally, ten years down the road Units 3 & 4 will be operating with coal from the Rosebud Mine. We will have diversification of energy sources on the transmission lines and other types of economic diversification within our community. Let’s all continue to work together.
The City of Colstrip is moving forward in support of NorthWestern Energy’s acquisition of additional ownership in Unit 4. I have prepared testimony in support of the discovery process and look forward to its presentation with the Montana Public Service Commission. I would like to share this information with you as part of this newsletter (see pages 2 & 3).
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As school starts, foot traffic along city sidewalks increases. Please be aware of the increased use and make sure that the sidewalks in front of our homes are clear. Make sure garbage containers are placed off the sidewalks and into the streets for pickup. Check the area behind any vehicles parked in driveways to make sure the sidewalk is not blocked or impeded by hitches sticking out into the foot traffic area. Cleared sidewalks make our community safe for all walkers, especially our children.
According to local noxious weed experts, September and October are the most effective months to spray those infestations of Spotted Knapweed, Canada Thistle and Field Bindweed. Remember it is against the law to allow noxious weeds to propagate and it is the property owner’s responsibility to get rid of the weeds. The county has provided us with weed information booklets that help identifying weed problems. Just stop by City Hall and pick one up. Or call the Rosebud County weed control official, Amy Adler, for help identifying noxious weeds on your property and the most effective sprays to use in your area.
If I can be of further help, please call 406-748-2300 ext. 2305. Please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Again, thanks for taking prompt attention helping to control our noxious weeds and sidewalk safety.
Kami Egan, Zoning & Code Enforcement Official
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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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