In accordance with City of Colstrip Code 4-2-2, the existence of weeds and offending vegetation constitutes a public nuisance.
It is the duty of every owner of a developed parcel of land to cut, destroy or remove all weeds/offending vegetation in excess of nine (9) inches in height growing thereon to a height of four (4) inches or less.
It is the duty of every owner of an undeveloped parcel of land to cut, destroy or remove all weeds/offending vegetation in excess of twelve (12) inches in height to four (4) inches or less.
Failure to comply may cause the city to provide for the removal and charge the cost, along with a 25% administrative fee and a $25.00 penalty, against the property owner.


Weeds Notice

snow daysWhat a way to begin the celebration of the New Year. Snow, snow, and more snow along with the very cold. Whatever happened to global warming-oh-that’s incorrect now its called climate change.

Thank you and kudos to our city crew for keeping our streets plowed, sanded and most im-portantly “safe”. You have all gone above and beyond what is required in the difficult situation of narrow streets with vehicles and the many cul de sacs.

Thank you also to CPRD and Mike Esser for your snow removal on our trails and around the rec center. Thank you also to the many neighbors that help each other out and helping our seniors with snow removal. You all make Colstrip a special place to live.

Our Senator Ankney is amazing and that also goes for Colstrip United, Lori Shaw and Ashley Dennehy, along with Jim Atchison of SEMDC. These individuals work tirelessly on getting truthful information out to the public on the value of coal and electrical energy production. It is extremely important for Colstrip to continue to play a role, not only in our state but in the Pacific Northwest. Colstrip provides for the needs of Montana and the Pacific Northwest.

We in Colstrip recognize the value of our community and the value of what we do for others. Our residents enjoy a great quality of life as a result of coal development. Montana also enjoys the many benefits from all the efforts of our plant workers and coal miners that live in our community.

Senator Ankney is in the process of introducing legislation to protect our workers, city, county, school district and very importantly our state as a result of the needless shutting of units 1 and 2 and the corresponding mine operations. We are very fortunate to have Senator Ankney in the position that he holds. He needs all of our continued support and encouragement. As your Mayor, I will continue to give him my support and the support of our city.

Congratulations to all the workers at the power plants for their recent achievement of unit 2’s record setting run of 190.3 consecutive days producing reliable coal fired electricity to the western connection. This is an all time record for these smaller units. As has been stated by those that have plant knowledge, they (units 1 & 2) are not “worn out dirty units”. I guess the record speaks for itself. Again, congratulations!

Speaking of accurate information, a couple months ago the Billings Gazette had an article regarding the groundwater in Colstrip. The article was very misleading, giving the impression that groundwater prior to the plants ash ponds was a source of quality drinking water, which of course is incorrect. A little bit of history—the original supply of water for our town came from six (6) deep water wells of 600 to 1200 feet. We had two (2) storage tanks one at the end of Woodrose and the other on the hill across from the Moose. This naturally occurring groundwater was of very poor quality. It was high in sulphur, lead, magnesium and iron.

In 1974 the owner/operator, Western Energy, of the water system was notified the water quality was substandard for a municipal watersupply and would have to be filtered and a disinfection system installed. Western Energy built a temporary water filtration and disinfection system near, what is now, the boiler makers training buildings. In 1981, our current water plant was constructed by Castle Rock Lake. This plant was funded by the Coal Board, owned by Rosebud County and operated by Colstrip Community Services. The plant uses a declining rate sand filtering process and would you believe also that “coal” is part of the filtering process. The purification is done with an onsite hypo-chlorite generation system. The ownership and operation of the water system was transferred to our city in 1999.

The groundwater wells have all been capped off and we use Yellowstone River water as our water supply. The plants ash ponds do not now or have they ever been a threat to our city’s water supply for our residents.

Mayor Williams Signature


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U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s designee for the U.S. Department of Energy, Rick Perry. 

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“After speaking with Governor Perry, I have confidence that he will work to restore the balance between fossil fuel and renewable energy investments and regulation, a balance that has been lacking in President Obama’s Energy Department,” Daines stated. “Governor Perry will work to make our nation energy secure.”

During the meeting, Daines invited Perry to Colstrip and the Crow Reservation and commended his attention to a letter from Lori Shaw, co-founder of Colstrip United, a grassroots citizens’ group to President-elect Trump imploring his attention to Colstrip.

“I’d like to thank Senator Daines for calling attention to the issues facing Montana's coal industry and the thousands of families that depend on it,” Shaw stated. “I want to thank him for actively standing up for Colstrip.”

Mayor John Williams, Colstrip: “I appreciate that Senator Daines is bringing the situation in Colstrip to the forefront of our national energy discussion. It’s extremely important for Colstrip to continue to play a role not only in our state but in the Pacific Northwest. Colstrip provides for the needs of Montana and the region, and it makes good things happen in our communities. We in Colstrip recognize the value of our community and the value of what we do for others. We enjoy a great quality of life as a result of the development of Coal, and Montana also enjoys many benefits from our community. What happens in Colstrip will have an impact all across our state.”   video

Daines is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which has jurisdiction for the Department of Energy including nominations subject to Senate confirmation.

new garbage truck 700The city recently purchased a new garbage truck at a cost of $254,000. We would like to take this time to remind everyone to please “NOT” put ashes in your garbage can.

As many of you know our old truck was permanently damaged by a fire started from ashes in a garbage can. This also put our driver at serious risk. Our local volunteer firegarbage fire department is also called out every year to extinguish resident’s garbage cans that have started on fire due to ashes. Please note that if your ashes damage the City's truck or garbage cans you may be liable for the replacement cost.

Thank you again for your attention to this matter and for keeping our employees safe!

 Items that are prohibited from being placed in a city owned container are:

  • Large limbs or trimmings that do not allow the container lid to close
  • Flammable liquids
  • Large construction, demolition, or remodeling debris
  • Concrete, dirt or plaster
  • Appliances or other furniture that will not allow the container lid to close
  • Ashes
  • Dead animals or parts thereof
  • Tires
  • Lumber
  • Ammunition
  • Vehicle batteries and motor oil
  • Hazardous waste and chemicals

Whenever possible, the refuse generator shall attempt to break down materials so that they will readily fit into the container. All refuse shall be put into an authorized container. Refuse not put into the container will not be picked up.

The City of Colstrip does not have garbage collection on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.