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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Council votes to use BARSAA funding


April 10, 2019

The Three Forks City Council voted Tuesday on a resolution that allows the governing body to utilize its share of funding from the Montana Department of Transportation Bridge and Road Safety and Accountability Program.

The City of Three Forks plans on using their allocation of funding to administer dust control, purchasing gravel to maintain and repair dirt roads, and asphalt patching of paved streets.

The BARSAA Gas Tax was created by Montana HB 473. The bill requires MDOT to allocate accrued funds to cities, towns, counties, and consolidated city-county government for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and repair of rural roads, city or town streets and alleys, bridges, or roads and streets.

Requesting local governments must match each $20 requested with $1 of matching funds.

Resolution 300-2019 states the local match has been budgeted from the City of Three Forks General Fund.

The Council approved the Three Forks Rodeo Board’s request to close Kansas Street for several upcoming events. The dates approved were April 27-28, July 3-4, and July 19-20.

Council Member Gene Townsend said the closures are for safety reasons.

Three Forks resident Kelly Smith said she lives on Kansas Street and the Council needs to be careful about how often they close the street, adding many of her neighbors may not be happy.

The Council tabled the vote on closing Kansas for June 14-15, June 28-29, July 26-27, August 16-17 and August 24-25.

The governing body will next meet April 23. Among the items on the agenda include an interlocal agreement between the City and Broadwater County (with approval of the Gallatin County Sheriff) to share office space at 115 Main Street.


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