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By Axon Parker
Three Forks Voice 

City Council approves NHB daycare request

 

February 5, 2020



The Three Forks City Council approved last week a request by Susan Frost to open a daycare at 223 N Main Street. The location is zoned NHB - Neighborhood Highway Business - and previously daycares were only permitted in the R Residential District or RM Residential Medium Density District as a conditional use.

The Zoning and Planning Board recommended an amendment to allow daycare facilities in both the NHB and CBD Central Business District and after hearing from the public the council readily passed the amendment. Frost shared her history of childcare and her passion for a philosophy of hands on learning through play. She said the location is perfect. Council Member Erin Schattauer mentioned that there has been a lot of public support for the daycare and many are excited to see it open.

Dane Hancock presented the audit of Three Forks' financials for the fiscal year ending in June 2019. The Independent Auditor's Report was an unmodified, clean opinion. There have been no reports or recommendations for the past two years, which is rare in cities of comparable size. Hancock thanked City Clerk Crystal Turner and City Treasurer Kelly Smith for their help, and commended the entire council for their fiscal responsibility, as evidenced by debt paid ahead of schedule and accounts in the black.

The City Council approved a new daycare facility in Three Forks.

Turner reported that there is extra money for street maintenance due to the gas tax income being more than expected. Council Member Debra Mickelberry has been researching portable flashing speed signs as a possible use for that money. The signs are a potential speed deterrent, but could also provide valuable data about problem areas for the sheriff's department. Council Member Gene Townsend said that in his personal experience the speed signs are effective in slowing drivers down. Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan, who was present at the meeting, reiterated that the data is crucial for getting coverage to the problem areas. Meehan also shared some of his frustrations with the lack of public safety funding in his county and announced a potential mill levy in June that could help the shortage. The development at the south end of the county near Wheat Montana is stretching the public safety departments of both Gallatin and Broadwater counties.

Mayor Sean Gifford has recently met with FEMA and announced that the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) will be at a meeting on February 11, 2020 to answer questions about flood plain remapping. Also related to the environment - Gifford signed the annual proclamation of April 22, 2020 to be Arbor Day in Three Forks.

The council also gave approval for the Red Ants Pants Music Festival to display a large Red Ant sign in the John Q. Adams Milwaukee Park for the annual MontANTa statewide scavenger hunt.

 

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