On the Agenda: Downtown Improvement Plan, McGrew’s Residency Questioned

By Beacon Staff

The Whitefish City Council is ready to look at conceptual design plans for a parking garage and street improvement project in downtown Whitefish at tonight’s 7:10 p.m. public meeting.

The council will also hear City Attorney John Phelps’ conclusions on a residency issue concerning Councilor Martin McGrew. It was recently discovered that part of the lot that McGrew lives on has never been annexed by the city. Phelps has been researching whether McGrew therefore qualifies for an elected city position.

Also at the meeting, the council will consider changing the job description for the city’s court-clerk position to court administrator/lead clerk, which would also include a pay raise.

Before the 7:10 meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the council will examine the architectural review standards and process currently used by the city. The council seeks identify how well the current process and standards are working and what could be done to improve them.


In Kalispell, the council will vote on the second readings of its approval of the Glacier Town Center development. Second reading votes basically confirm the decisions made in the previous meeting – although it is possible for councilors to change their minds, it is very rare.

Council will also vote on state road projects for pavement reconstruction on Meridian Road between 7th Street West and U.S. Highway 2 – and on U.S. Highway 93 from Grandview Drive north to Ponderosa Lane.

Council will consider a resolution defining the eligibility requirements for businesses to receive financial incentives, and will vote to adopt the Kalispell Area Transportation Plan, and set a public hearing for Feb. 19. Also up for public hearing on Feb. 19, some amendments to the Kalispell subdivision regulations.