On The Agenda: Parks Maintenance District Hearing, Building Permit Fee Increase

By Beacon Staff

Kalispell City Council meets tonight at 7:00 p.m. to take up a number of issues, including increasing building permit fees, setting up a public hearing for parks maintenance district and the placement of a women’s addiction recovery center. Prior to the meeting, the council will meet in a closed executive session to evaluate City Manager Jim Patrick. After the regular meeting, there will also be a work session.

On the regular meeting’s agenda:

–Council will vote on whether to hold a public hearing Aug. 4 to set up a parks maintenance district to raise money from the neighborhoods surrounding city parks for their upkeep.

–City staff is recommending increasing building permit fees because the fees have not been raised in three years and they aren’t keeping up with the cost of services provided.

–Council will discuss whether to issue a conditional use permit to locate a women’s recovery facility for the Flathead Valley Dependency Clinic at 87 Northern Lights Boulevard. Some residents of the neighborhood have expressed opposition to having the facility there.

–Council wants to maintain a certain amount of cash reserves in the city’s budget, with city staff recommending setting a goal of 15 percent cash reserves.

–Five letters of interest were received for five openings on the Downtown Business Improvement District board of directors: Janet Clark, Melanie Cross, Tom Donnelly (the Beacon’s publisher), Jon Fetveit and Tim Price.

–Council will vote on whether to award a $116,021 bid to Goose Bay Equipment for the Northridge Drive Asphalt Overlay Project.

–Council will confirm firefighters Kristopher Cox and Joseph Randall, who have successfully completed their one-year probation.

–Randal Davis has requested annexation and initial zoning of one lot located near the intersection of Shady Glen Drive and Woodland Park Drive.

After the meeting, a work session, at which no votes are allowed, will discuss a WiFi presentation by CenturyTel, a zoning amendment to planned unit development agreements and a presentation on the city’s ambulance services.