50 new homes planned
by Beth Hutchinson
For the Pathfinder
Ed Bezanson, general manager for the Double Arrow Resort (DAR), appeared before the Community Council Monday night to request a letter of support for a proposed, new subdivision to be known as "The Meadows".
Displaying a plat map detailing revised use for the area formerly occupied by the old barn and pasture, he explained the DAR's desire to develop a "back 9" for the golf course by creating some 51 home lots surrounding the course as a means to finance it.
Lots, sized at a mimimum of one acre, would be expected to sell for $50-80,000 each. Covenants, addressing the siting of houses and various architectural guidelines, are currently being drafted.
In response to a query from council vice-president Kevin Wetherell, Bezanson indicated that considerable attention was being given to maintaining the scenic value of the area. With both continued growth of existing trees and the addition of new plantings, he anticipated that few of the homes would be visible from the highway.
A private, paved road beginning in a commons area would provide access to the properties. Homeowners would be responsible for developing individual or shared water and septic systems.
Construction for the expansion of the golf course, dependent on the sale of ten or so lots, could begin as early as the fall of 1999.
As platted, the project allocates approximately 58.1 acres for lots, 2.4 acres for common lands, and 57.2 acres for the golf course.
Of the nearly 168 acres currently owned by DAR, 51, including the Lodge area, would remain for current resort activities. As part of the development project, a functional barn would be moved southwards to the base of the hill so as to be more accessible to the Lodge.
Agreeing that it would like to lend support to this project, the council asked council member Cheri Thompson to write a letter to be included with the DAR subdivision application to the county.
An interest in Y2K (year 2000) issues brought Karen Lyncoln to the meeting offering to be the council's "eyes and ears" as pressure develops regarding computer technology and the challenge we face with the advent of the millenium.
As a contracted, technical writer for the federal government, Lyncoln has become particularly alerted to the potential for a collapse of infrastructure services. She plans to attend the Missoula County Disaster Planning Meeting on October 13th.
As Lyncoln pointed out, there are significant concerns regarding the ability of power, food, banking, medical, transportation and other industries to remain sufficiently functional during the early days of the year 2000 when many feel computers and embedded chips programmed only for two digit dates will read the first day of the new millenium as Jan. 1, 1900.
She believes it's important for the council to know what the county has planned for rural communities like Seeley Lake in the event that the likely shortages or outages occur.
The council accepted Lyncoln's offer to gather information. (Karen Lyncoln will also be developing a series of articles on the Y2K issue for future issues of the Pathfinder.
Several reports were made on continuing council interests. The town has 66 fire hydrants which need winter maintenance.
Among those targeted for adopting and maintaining hydrants include students, near-by residents, scouts and the Lions Club. More information regarding this opportunity will be included in the October newletter from the water district.
Council member Cheri Thompson met earlier in the day with a number of people interested in developing a trails system. Mike Vetter, Plum Creek employee, volunteered to develop a compterized map system. The group will meet again on October 19th. Other interested people are invited to attend.
Concerns regarding the "shrinking" of the federally sponsored sidewalk to the high school (which occurred when road lines were painted) were voiced by council member Tom Morris.
Twelfth-grader Hannah Sheets, visiting to speak on behalf of the Senior Priority program, said that she liked the idea of a wider and well-marked sidewalk because as a driver she found it hard to see people with the morning sun in her eyes.
Hannah and senior Tom Eustace told the council that seniors were ready to be of assistance in helping children and the elderly in fulfilling their civic duties under the Senior Priority program. Seniors are available for many kinds of projects by contacting their adult sponsor Dennis Schneiter.
Zoe Mohesky, county planner, provided information regarding the establishment of Seeley Lake as a Census Designated Place (CDP). Such a CDP status would lead to valuable statistical analysis of data from the 2000 Census to help with future social, economic and environmental development.
Prior to the regular council meeting, Mohesky facilitated a Comprehensive Plan meeting. Participants were asked to consider where it would make sense to high density residential areas as well as how high such density might be. Several individuals emphasized the need for smaller lot areas to support the development of privately owned affordable housing.
Gina Gagnon resigned as council clerk, and Beth Hutchinson was selected from the application pool to assume the task.
The next Community Council meeting is scheduled for 7pm on October 19th with plans to address the trail project, highway/footbridge issues, fire hydrant adoption, Y2K and infrastructure reports from the water district, county snow removal supervisor and school bus route coordinator.