Dillon City Council to vote on volunteer fire chief tonight

M.P. Regan
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Following months of heavy numbers crunching and recrunching at public meetings over the past few weeks to finalize the city’s fiscal year budget, the Dillon City Council will meet under a relatively light agenda tonight.

Though as the past year has shown, a light agenda for a council meeting does not necessarily indicate that a relatively lighthearted or short meeting will follow.

Set for the report of Mayor Mike Klakken scheduled for shortly after the start of tonight’s meeting, the council discussion and vote on the appointment of BJ Klose as fulltime fire chief looks the most significant matter the council will address tonight.

A longtime member of the city’s volunteer fire fighting organization, Klose has served as interim chief since the resignation of former chief Darrin Morast earlier this year.

Prior to that, Klose had served as assistant chief of the Dillon Volunteer Fire Department, starting in the spring of 2016.

During the report of its Street & Alley Committee set for just prior to the close of tonight’s meeting, the city council will consider a recommendation from by that committee “to encourage the state to put stamped concrete in the medians on Helena Street.”

The council tonight will also get reports from its eight other committees—Water & Sewer, Cemetery, Fire & Order, Judiciary, City Hall, Parks, Health & Welfare, and Finance—as well as from representatives of the city’s Planning Board, Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustments, Library Board and Tree Board.

Updates will also be offered to the council from City Attorney Jim Dolan, City Judge Kaylan Minor, Director of Operations Todd Hazelbaker, City Treasurer Karen Kipp and Police Chief Don Guiberson.

As is traditional, the meeting will end with a period of public comment “on items of significant public interest not on the agenda and within the jurisdiction of the city.”

In-person attendance at tonight’s council meeting will be limited to 50, per pandemic guidelines set by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, including those for face-covering and six-foot social distancing standards.

People can attend the meeting remotely via Zoom with the meeting ID of 770-316-6528 or through a computer via the Net at https//zoom.us/j/7703166528. For more information on remote attendance, call City Hall at 683-4245.

To get a copy of the meeting agenda and packet for tonight’s meeting, stop by Dillon City Hall at 125 N. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon or go to www.dillonmt. org and click on the Agendas and Minutes tab on the left side of the homepage.

The Dillon City Council will meet today, Wednesday, Sept. 16, starting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 125 N. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon.