by Karen Lyncoln
for the Pathfinder
May 28, 1998
Two of the five candidates for Missoula County Justice of the Peace spoke to the
Seeley Lake Community Council on May 18th at their regular monthly meeting. Karen Orzech and Marie Anderson presented their qualifications for the office and asked support from Council members and the public at the June 2nd primary election.
Horace Brown, County Surveyor, also attended the meeting and reported on the progress of local projects. He said that replacing the footbridge over Morrell Creek on Airport Road would probably not be completed this year because the project required 2 steel I beams that cost $2,600. He reported that the pedestrian walkway on School Road would be marked with double white lines during the summer. Repairing potholes should commence in the next few weeks.
Cheri Thompson, Council member, asked Brown about possible funding for developing a mulit-purpose, all year pathway along Highway 83. While noting that such funding normally comes from state, Brown said he would sponsor this project and attempt to locate development funds.
Council members scheduled its annual infrastructure meeting for June 15th and discussed invitees and topics to be discussed. Paul Conn, Council Chair, presented a list of federal, such as the forest service; state, such as the Department of Natural Resources; county, such as the County Commissioners, the Surveyor, the Library, and the Office of Planning and Grants; and local agencies and groups such representatives from the water district, fire district, schools, parks, refuse district, sewer district, and the YMCA that will be invited to attend the meeting and update the Council and the community on the status of projects and activities. Conn noted that the list was not inclusive and invited representatives of all organizations and the general public to attend the meeting, tentatively scheduled for the multi-purpose room at the Seeley Lake Elementary School.
The Community Council voted to hire Gina Gagnon as the new council clerk. Gagnon has been a professional secretary since 1983.
Members attending the May 18th meeting include Paul Conn, Noel Jones, Tom Morris, Dave Spence, Cheri Thompson, and Kevin Wetherell. The seventh position, appointed by the County Commissioners, is still vacant, and the Council decided to keep advertising for applicants.