In the meantime … City Council gets some things done


While the controversies emanating from several flashpoint issues have taken up much of the time and most of the coverage of recent Dillon City Council meetings, the Council has in the past month managed to get a fair amount done without stirring up any dissent, and has even managed to generate a few laughs.

Some of those laughs came during a presentation on a serious topic—recycling—by a pair of local woman, one of whom came to the meeting in a dress made of hundreds of plastic grocery bags.

While Mandy Maass modeled the avant garde fashion item, her Beaverhead Recycling colleague Leaf Magnuson briefed the Council on how discarded plastic grocery bags damaged the environment and asked the Council to consider banning the use of the bags in Dillon, or implementing a charge for the use of the bags to discourage their use.

The matter was referred for further discussion to the Council’s Health and Welfare Committee, which will also hold further discussion on city resident Ed Mooney’s request that the Council designate Saturday, April 19 as “Dillon Clean-Up Day.”

The Judiciary Committee will consider a request made by Dillon resident Richard Turner at the Council’s Feb. 19 meeting that the city pass an ordinance outlawing discrimination in Dillon based on sexual orientation. Butte recently passed a similar ordinance.

The Council voted unanimously to approve a nine-year lease for the Dillon Cubs on city land on the north end of town on which the local American Legion baseball team will build a new baseball field that they plan to move to during their coming season.

Lynn Thomas Reynolds gained unanimous Council approval to join the ranks of the Dillon Volunteer Fire Department.

Mayor Mike Klakken, whose attempts to appoint a new city treasurer and city attorney, led to a large percentage of the recent controversies plaguing the Council, made a number of appointments this month that gained the Council’s unanimous approval, including:

• Councilperson Bill Shafer to the Beaverhead County 9-1-1 Communications Committee;

• Tim Egan and Ann Egan to the Tree Board;

• Councilperson Dick Achter to the Library Board;

• Councilpersons Lynn Westad and Dan Nye, former Councilperson Jim McIsaac and Ed Mooney to the Zoning Commission;

• Westad and Russ Schwandt to the Planning Board;

• Beaverhead County Planner Rick Hartz and Don Blomquist to the Board of Adjustments;

• Mayor Mike Klakken to the board of Headwaters RC&D.

New City Attorney Jim Dolan informed the Council that he would like to hold a one-on-one meeting with each Council member so they could all get to know him better and discuss legal issues facing the city. No one raised any objections to Dolan’s plan.

The Council also unanimously approved a preventative maintenance plan and an application for financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2015 from the Montana Department of Transportation for the city bus.

Unanimous Council approval was also gained for a resolution “Stating the Intent of the City of Dillon to Set and Conduct a Hearing on the Adoption of an Ordinance Amending the Dillon Municipal Code, Title 16, to conform to recent Additions and Amendments to the Montana Code Annotated Relating to Subdivisions by Lease or Rent by enacting a New Chapter, and Fees Related Thereto.” A public hearing on the resolution has been set for 6:30 p.m. on March 19 in City Council Chambers.