On The Agenda: Whitefish Business District, Kalispell Airport Land Acquisition

By Beacon Staff

WHITEFISH CITY COUNCIL

The Whitefish City Council will again look at a proposed zoning change that would create a business service district at the intersection of Montana Highway 40 and Dillon Road at tonight’s 7:10 p.m. public meeting at city hall.

The council has tabled the issue twice before.

Planning staff members will present code amendments to councilors before they make a decision on the business service district, which would require a change in current zoning laws to allow for commercial and light industrial uses.

Council will also discuss:

-Marketing plan and budget for the Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau
-Amended preliminary plat for Lookout Ridge Planned Unit Development
-Establishing additional fees for the implementation and enforcement of the critical areas ordinance
-Recommendation to authorize Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) worth $500,000 and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Renewable Grant and Loan Program (RRGL) worth $100,00 to be used for wastewater projects
-Recommendation to amend the 2007 Utility Improvement Project consultant contract
-Recommendation to amend the Federally Funded Trails Projects consultant contract
-Discussion on a letter from Mary Ciganek

KALISPELL CITY COUNCIL

Kalispell City Council meets tonight in its new chambers at 7 p.m. for a work session – at which no formal votes are allowed – to discuss three key issues:

The council will look at possible land purchases in south Kalispell to expand the city airport. The city has been in a long-running dispute with John Stokes, owner of radio station KGEZ, over the height of his radio towers, which will conflict with the expanded airport’s air space, according to Federal Aviation Administration rules. The city is looking at purchasing the Fireplace Store and land north of S&S Campers.

The council will also discuss problems at the Woodland skate park, which has had a high rate of crimes, little adherence to park rules by skaters, and other safety issues.

Finally, council will look at various methods of funding to pay into the proposed construction of the consolidated city-county Emergency 911 headquarters. The E911 administrative board needs more than $2 million to operate the center for fiscal year 2009.

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