Council to Vote on Health Dept. Levy, Look at Bypass Utility Relocation

By Beacon Staff

Kalispell City Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. to determine its participation in the annual tax levy for the city-county health department for the current fiscal year.

The council will vote on whether to levy 5.59 mills for the health department. In debate at a recent meeting, some council members questioned why the levy request arrived so late and questioned its increase.

After the formal meeting, council will hold a work session, at which no formal votes are allowed, to tackle two issues.

The first concerns updates to Kalispell’s Standards for Design and Construction. The biggest change deals with the discharge of municipal storm water, which is now regulated by permit from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The second issue involves relocating water and sewer utility lines along the planned corridor of the Kalispell bypass. Because the state has moved more quickly than the city anticipated in acquiring the rights-of-way for the bypass, recently adopted budgets for water and sewer must be amended in order to relocate the utilities. The Montana Department of Transportation anticipated being able to let a contract for the first phase of the bypass, from Airport Road to U.S. Highway 2, as soon as October or November.