Bigfork council agrees to exchange property, allow building of ice rink and disc golf course

by Rebecca J. Passeri

Bigfork logoIt was a longer than usual meeting when the Bigfork City Council met on Feb. 14. Council members present were Peter Johnson, Eric Storlie and Ben Maxa. Mayer Amy Pifher was at the helm and Clerk Angie Storlie was in her usual seat. Andrew Francisco was not present.

After the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, Mayor Pifher said she had a couple of items that she wanted to mention. “First of all, I want to publicly thank Randy Collins for plowing the bridge sidewalks,” she said. “He does a good job. And second, apparently there is a question about a mayor needing to live in the town she or he is mayor of. All of the council members need to live within the city limits. If there is a question about Bigfork, I’m just addressing that we all do. As a matter of fact, four of us live about a half-mile from each other. So I just wanted to get that cleared up.”

There was no one in attendance to speak at the public forum, so the council approved the agenda after adding a couple of items. They also approved the consent agenda which consisted of the minutes of the Jan. 10 council meeting; the clerk’s office report for January 2017; the financial reports for January; Public Works Department report for January; payroll and timecards in the amount of $10,486.11; and claims paid in the amount of $6,538.18 and claims for payment in the amount of $54,444.38

The first item on the agenda was a request from Mike Stevens to either purchase or trade another piece of property for a lot on Cedar Street. Clerk Storlie said the property Stevens wants to trade is about 12 acres, valued at $22,000, with a tax generation of $332 in 2016. “The parcel that the City owns would generate $372 in tax revenue, if it were not tax exempt,” she said. The piece of property that he will trade is located on Co. Rd. 14, between Bigfork Mini Storage and Highway 38.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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