On the Agenda: Kalispell Budget, Impact Fees, Critical Areas Ordinance

By Beacon Staff

Kalispell City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. to take up a number of issues, including a public hearing on the city’s 2008/2009 fiscal budget, a one-year extension of the contract between the firefighters union and the city and consolidation of Emergency 911 Services with the county. Following the regular meeting, the council will hold a work session on the budget and cash reserves goal, impact fees and community and economic development.

On the regular meeting’s agenda:

– Youth wishing to address the Council on any accomplishment, request or issue are asked to give public comment.

– Council will hold a public hearing on the 2008/2009 fiscal budget. The proposed budget is available on the city’s Web site.

– Council will consider whether to set a public hearing for August 4 to discuss annexing property that is wholly surrounded by public land.

– Council will consider signing an agreement between the firefighters union and the City for a one-year extension of the current contract with a four percent cost of living increase.

– Council will consider a request from Flathead County to participate in negotiating a new interlocal agreement for a 911 Emergency Communication Center.

– The Mayor, Council and City Manager will present their annual reports.

The Whitefish City Council is meeting at 7:10 p.m. for a regularly scheduled Council meeting. On the agenda:

– Council will consider technical amendments to the Critical Areas Ordinance and an amendment to the Urban Renewal Plan to incorporate the Downtown Master Plan and approve the Emergency Services Center as an urban renewal project.

– Council will consider eight different lakeshore construction permits.

– Council will consider a recommendation on environmental noise control.

– Council will discuss a July letter from Jim Stack, chairman of the Whitefish Lake and Lakeshore Protection Committee.