On The Agenda: Kalispell Liquor Regulations, Whitefish Street Project

By Beacon Staff

Kalispell City Council will vote tonight, at its regular 7 p.m. meeting, on a city ordinance amendment eliminating any distance requirement between a business serving alcohol and a place of worship. The ordinance amendment maintains a required 300 feet between schools and an alcohol-serving establishment. The first reading of this change carried on a 7-1 vote at the May 19 meeting. The Beacon wrote about the issue, in depth, here.

Also on Kalispell’s agenda:

–Contract ratification with the Kalispell Police Association for four years
–Preliminary budget adoption, with a public hearing scheduled for July 21
–An amendment to determine what happens to non-conforming signs when the sign is changed or discontinued
–Possibly restricting parking on a nearly 500-foot section of Heritage Way near the intersection of Sunnyview Lane

After Kalispell’s meeting, an informal work session, at which no votes are allowed, will discuss the Parks and Recreation Department budget for 2008-2009.

The Whitefish City Council will again look at a proposed downtown street improvement project when it reviews a cost breakdown from Public Works Director John Wilson at tonight’s 7:10 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

The project would widen sidewalks, add landscaping and change the parking scheme, among other features, along Central Avenue and First and Third streets. In previous meetings, the council has been unable to reach an agreement that would allow the project to move forward past the initial design stages.

The council will also discuss:

-A zone change for 1.2 acres along Eighth Street and Kalispell Avenue
-A zone change for a lot along West Lakeshore Drive
-Discussion on goals for the Planning and Building Department
-Recommendation to award a bid for an ice resurfacing machine
-Prohibiting certain discharges into the sanitary sewer
-Recommendation for future consideration of the final critical lands report
-Recommendation to consider a request for waiver of impact fees
-Discussion on city manager transition process

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