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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Council approves light manufacturing permit


March 13, 2019

The Three Forks City Council approved Tuesday a conditional use permit for Benjamin C. Linkenhoker to operate a light manufacturing and engineering design business at his residence at 314 W. Front St.

Linkenhoker will be working with a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine and said he is really excited about the opportunity for responsible growth and bringing technology to Three Forks. He passed around several examples of work done with a CNC machine including a cribbage board.

Local resident Sheri Brown said she has worked with Linkenhoker and his wife Sarah in the past and spoke highly of their integrity and character.

John Hecht who owns several rental properties in the area expressed concern about the noise his tenants across the alley from Linkenhoker would encounter.

Several property owners in the vicinity spoke on behalf the permit being approved and told the governing body noise should not be an issue.

Council member Gene Townsend amended the motion to read that the permit would be non-transferable.

The Council also approved to apply for a $30,000 grant application with the Department of Commerce to complete a growth policy for Three Forks. If approved, the match for the city would be $10,000. Townsend spoke in favor of the applying for grant and said they also need to start including the impact of Broadwater County on Three Forks.

City Clerk Crystal Turner said they have been very busy working with frozen water lines, adding they have had 17 reported. She said none of the city main lines have frozen and they have all been personal lines.

Mayor Steven Hamilton said the arsenic numbers from the test done last week were below the required levels, adding they will continue to work with the issue.


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