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This is a reminder to all residents of the City of Colstrip. Please keep these things in mind as winter is here and snow is upon us! Depositing snow in the middle of the street is against Ordinance 00-16. Storing trailers, or any other type of vehicles on public streets is prohibited and is against Ordinance 03-08.
It is determined that for the safety and wellbeing of the general public who use the City streets and right-a-ways of the City of Colstrip, the City will keep the streets and right-a-ways free and clear of unnecessary obstructions.
Prohibited Conduct: It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, place, and deposit snow and/or ice accumulation from their driveways, walkways, or private roadways and place or deposit such snow and/or ice deposits onto the streets or right-of-ways.
City Ordinance No. 03-08 prohibits the storage of trailers or other vehicles on public streets. The ordinance states in part, that no person shall park any vehicle or motor vehicle upon any public street for the principal purpose of storing it when not in actual use or transit. The storage of vehicles on public streets congests traffic as well as making it difficult and unsafe for snow plowing, garbage collection, and street cleaning.
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I’ll begin this newsletter article with a note of appreciation to two employees that are leaving their service with the City. Monty McNearney has most recently been our School Resource Officer which has been very successful. In addition to this service, Monty is an excellent Police Officer and very proactive in his short 3 year tenure with our City. Paula Peplow will be retiring from the City after nearly nineteen years of service. One of our first employees and a tremendous resource, upbeat, positive and with a very pleasant greeting and attitude—we will miss you “kiddo”.
The Colstrip Community Impact Advisory Group has met four times, many ideas/issues have been proposed and discussed. We are in Stage 1 of the process in reviewing and receiving background information. This is the process of gaining an understanding of Colstrip’s potential and the challenges we have before us. These meetings are held monthly at City Hall. I encourage our residents involvement and participation.
Another very important process that is swiftly coming to a conclusion is the City’s role as a intervenor in the Avista/Hydro Ones application of the proposed sale before the Montana Public Service Commission. Avista is 15% owner of Units 3 & 4. As the result of a settlement already reached with parties in the Washington and Idaho Utility Commissions related to this sale and the opportunity as an intervenor we began discussions with Avista. The results of that discussion and upon approval of the Montana Public Service Commission the City will receive $4.5 million in community funding to assist the community in meeting its immediate and future needs.
This process will provide public involvement by Colstrip residents and other interested parties, including affected employees but the City will determine how best to utilize the $4.5 million of funding. The City will be conducting a public hearing process to assure that funds are spent as and when needed. I am very excited about the conclusion of these negotiations and look forward to our residents involvement and participation as we move our City into the future.
The Avista people were very good to work with and demonstrated a sincere appreciation to the residents within our community.
I think it is important to point out, this transaction dealt with a change of ownership of Avista’s 15% share of Units 3 & 4 to Hydro One. Nothing in this ownership change affected the continuous operation or shutting down of the Units.
This was a great opportunity for our City and we actively participated in a successful conclusion for all parties.
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The City of Colstrip is seeking applicants to fill the position of Deputy City Clerk.
Full-time position with excellent benefits including health insurance,
medical flexible spending account, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Application Forms and Job Description available at Colstrip City Hall,
12 Cherry Street, Colstrip, MT or can also be obtained at www.cityofcolstrip.com.
First Review of applications will be May 21st. Application period open until position filled.
The City of Colstrip is an Equal Opportunity Employer