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Dave Spence heads council,
Comprehensive Plan update on hold

August 12, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

The July 19th Council meeting started out with Carol Stenhouse and Kristina Swanson of the Seeley Swan Talk Education and Protection Program. Their presentation explained about the community-based program that provides local residents help when they become victims of either domestic violence or sexual assault. The program also provides education to the public about both problems.

Both Swanson and Stenhouse stressed how important it is that a whole community becomes involved with both issues. Flyers and posters were made available to Council members, and the public is invited to call the local number for either help or to get involved directly with the program. You may reach SSTEP volunteers at 677-3177.

This year's Community Council consists of the following members. Ed Kelly, Dave Spence, Kevin Wetherell, Karen Lyncoln and Cheri Thompson.

The following members were elected as officers: Dave Spence-Chairman; Kevin Wetherell-Vice-Chair and Cheri Thompson-Secretary/Treasurer.

The budget was discussed, and the Council members were still unsure whether the County would fund it for this fiscal year. And, the completion of the up-dated Comprehensive Plan also hinges partly on the budget.

Missoula County Planner Zoe Mohesky has been working with the Community Council on the Comprehensive Plan since January of 1996.

The original Comprehensive Plan was approved and published in 1989. Prior to that plan specific to this area, Seeley worked under the 1975 county-wide Comprehensive Plan.

The work to complete the up-dated plan has been technically put on hold until the budget and work plans for the Office of Planning & Grants are final in late August or early September.

Seeley Lake, the Swan Valley and Lolo are the only areas in Missoula County with comprehensive plans which were designed to meet the needs of each particular area according to Mohesky.

In other business, Cheri Thompson said that the multi-purpose Trail Map for the Seeley Lake area should be finished around the first part of August. It will be available at the Chamber of Commerce office on Highway 83.

The next regular monthly board meeting will be held August 16th at the Seeley Lake Fire Hall at 7 p.m.

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