Public comes out for first reading of TEDD

By 
Charlie Denison
Reporter

Monday’s City Commission saw a larger than usual crowd, as interested parties came out to ask questions about the proposed Targeted Economic Development District, or TEDD.

“There was quite a bit of discussion,” City Manager Holly Phelps told the News-Argus. “Many people asked questions and a few spoke in favor of it.”

This was the first reading of the ordinance to establish the TEDD, one that was brought to the City by the Lewistown Municipal Airport.

Phelps, Snowy Mountain Development Corporation Executive Director Kathie Bailey, Airport Manager Jerry Moline and Airport Board members Tim Robertson and Pete Smith answered questions presented by the public, including questions about where exactly the district is and how the area qualifies as a TEDD.

“It can be kind of confusing,” Phelps told the News-Argus after the meeting, “but I can tell you the land by the airport qualifies as a TEDD.”

In order for the area to qualify as a TEDD, Phelps said, it must be in the City limits, be large enough to host diverse cross sections of opportunities and has to have infrastructure deficiencies.

Phelps said the most commonly asked question during public comment was “is this a new tax?”

The answer is “no.”

A second reading of the ordinance is set for Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center (307 W. Watson Street).

 

Other Business

• Commissioners unanimously approved fellow commissioner Beth Putnam’s resignation, agreeing to leave the seat vacant until Alexzandra Dunnnington (who defeated Beth Putnam in the November election) begins her term. Putnam was contracted to serve until Jan. 2, 2018.

•  Commissioners passed a parking ordinance for the City of Lewistown, which essentially allows trailers to be parked on residential streets from April 1 to Nov. 1. No public comments were made on the topic.

• Commissioner-At-Large Rick Poss addressed the commission and those in attendance, thanking everyone for his opportunity to serve. He delivered a farewell speech and wished the new commissioners well. Clint Loomis will replace Poss Jan. 2 after defeating Jonathan Moor in the November election. Poss did not run for re-election.

• Phelps and City Commissioners invited the public to their holiday season open house Monday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in lieu of the Committee of the Whole session.

“We will serve light refreshments and will give people an opportunity to mingle,” Phelps said. “We’ll also have a question-and-answer session.”

All are welcome, she said.

 

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