City commission approves planning grant for irrigation ditch

Charlie Denison

 The Lewistown City Commission had a quick, quiet meeting Monday evening, where they covered four agenda items with very few public comments.

Thanks to Frank Gremaux, who came to the meeting despite feeling under the weather, the commissioners had a quorum.

Agenda item no. 3 – a planning grant from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for irrigation ditch improvements – garnered the most discussion and enthusiasm from the commission and City Manager Holly Phelps.

“This is a $15,000 planning grant we applied for to study the Lewistown ditch, which has created a water situation in the Riverdale area,” Phelps said. “We were successful in getting the grant.”

As the project moves forward, the City plans to work with the Ditch Assocation.

“This is a good solution,” Phelps said. “We heard complaints from the people and we’re working on finding a solution.”

Phelps said the City does not have to match any of the funds.

The agenda discussion began with a conditional use permit for Doug Stephens to allow a commercial shop on lot 2-C of the Zackus Subdivision. Resolution No. 3951 was also approved, a resolution, which establishes the Lewistown Targeted Economic Development District with a Tax Increment Financing Program. The 2017-2018 School District No.1 agreement was also approved unanimously.

“This basically allows us to share some equipment and employees with the School District,” Phelps said.

The City Commission meets again Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center at 307 W. Watson Street. All are welcome to attend.




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