County Plans to Spend $30.3 Million on Projects

Capital Improvement Plan accounts for the county's major projects, from recreation to solid waste

By Molly Priddy
A dump truck deives along an access road at the Flathead County Landfill. The county is looking to expand the dump in the future and that could threaten the surrounding land. - Justin Franz/Flathead Beacon

The Flathead County Commission gave unanimous approval to the county’s capital improvement plan, which plots out major projects planned through fiscal year 2023.

In total, the county intends to spend $30.3 million on those projects over fiscal years (FY) 2019 to 2023.

In order to be included in the CIP, a project has to cost at least $5,000 and have a five-year life. The smaller projects are included in the county’s overall budget within the various departments. Every year, the commission reviews the CIP and makes changes as needed.

Though there are many projects within the CIP, below is a breakdown of some of the largest over the next few years. A full list of county CIP projects can be found here.

Culture and Recreation: $6,924,925

$3,000,000
Cost of a recreational gym sought by the county’s Parks and Recreation department. Scheduled for FY 2020.

$1,500,000
Bigfork ImagineIF library. Scheduled for FY 2020.

$1,500,000
Land for the Kalispell ImagineIF library. Scheduled for FY 2021.

Enterprise (Solid Waste Fund): $7,168,750

$2,500,000
Phase V landfill expansion. Scheduled for FY 2021.

$809,000
826 Landfill compactor. Scheduled for FY 2023.

$985,000
Three garbage trucks, purchased one at a time in FY 2019, 2021, 2023.

$200,000
Low ground pressure D6 dozer. Scheduled for FY 2019.

$550,000
Scale house and scale improvements. Scheduled for FY 2022.

General Government: $3,896,025

$500,000
HVAC and cooling tower for the Justice Center. Scheduled for FY 2020.

$245,520
Tax software. Scheduled for FY 2021.

$202,250
Enterprise camera system. Scheduled for FY 2020.

$209,300
Election ballot-processing equipment. Scheduled for FY 2023.

$550,578
Land acquisition. Scheduled for FY 2019.

Public Safety: $3,268,112

$416,000
Nine patrol units for sheriff’s office. Scheduled for FY 2019.

$373,474
Eight patrol units for sheriff’s office. Scheduled for FY 2020.

$377,208
Eight patrol units for sheriff’s office. Scheduled for FY 2021.

$380,981
Patrol vehicles for sheriff’s office. Scheduled for FY 2022.

$384,790
Patrol vehicles for sheriff’s office. Scheduled FY 2023.

$43,000
Search and rescue jet boat. Scheduled FY 2019.

Public Health: $578,000

$50,000
Dental operatory. Scheduled FY 2019.

$60,000
Health department vehicles. Scheduled for FY 2019.

$100,000
Elevator for Earl Bennett Building. Scheduled for FY 2022.

Public Works: $7,514,500

$340,000
Two dump trucks. Scheduled for FY 2022.

$250,000
Loader. Scheduled for FY 2021.

$300,000
Loader. Scheduled for FY 2023.

$1,035,000
Three new graders, purchased one at a time in FY 2021, 2022, 2023.

$326,250
Willow Glen wash bay. Scheduled for FY 2020.

$492,000
Asphalt plant replacement. Scheduled for FY 2021.

$372,000
MACI air quality equipment. Scheduled for FY 2019.

Social and Economic Services: $982,000

$866,000
Passenger bus replacements from FY 2018 to FY 2023.

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