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ORDINANCE CHANGES:

    A third reading on the following ordinance is scheduled for January 23, 2018:

    • Title 11, Chapter 12, Section 2 of the Three Forks Municipal Code providing in depth submittal requirements for Conditional Use Permits

    Please contact the City Office at (406) 285-3431 for any questions on any of these ordinance amendments.  Written and verbal public comment will be accepted at the hearings.  Written comment may be submitted at cturner@threeforksmontana.us or ksmith@threeforksmontana.us.


    NEW LAWS:

    Ordinance #380-2017 will take effect on February 9, 2018.  This ordinance amends Title 11, Chapter 2, Section 2 to add a definition of "Building Residential".

    Ordinance #377-2017 will take effect on January 11, 2018.  This ordinance amends Title 12, Chapter 1, Section 3 to implement an after-the-fact floodplain permit fee.

    Ordinance #378-2017 will take effect effect on January 11, 2018.  This ordinance amends Title 11, Chapter 20, Section 2 to implement an after-the-fact zoning permit fee.

    The City intends to set this fee (via resolution) at twice the application fee.  The application fee for a zoning permit is based on structure type; the minimum fee will be $50.00 for an after-the-fact permit.  The floodplain permit fee is currently $150.00, so an after-the-fact permit fee would cost $300.00.

    Ordinance #376-2017 took effect on November 9, 2017.  This ordinance amends the requirements of parking certain vehicles on city streets.  Essentially, vehicles will be required to move a parked vehicle after being parked in the same location for 72-hours.  Movement will require the vehicle to be parked on a different side of the street or different street entirely.

    This ordinance also prohibits living/staying in campers/recreational vehicles anywhere within the city limits unless in a defined campground.

    PRESS RELEASE:

    snow melt & rain challenges

    We know living in the Headwaters area, that winters can range from incredibly cold to downright mild.  This presents us with two challenges when it comes to melting snow and rain this time of year. 
     
    During the winter, little evapotranspiration occurs and snow and ice remain on the land.  The water released by melting snow this time of year simply can not be absorbed by the frozen ground and as we can see, localized flooding events can occur as a result.  
     
    The other challenge is with rain on snow and rapidly melting snow. This increases the possibility of flooding when storm drains are covered with snow, ice or slush. If the water can't get into the storm drain, it can result in localized street flooding. 
     
    The majority of our storm water system relies on infiltrating water to the ground.  When we have large rain and snow melt events, the ground becomes saturated, and infiltration rates will temporarily diminish. Infiltration rates are substantially slower when the ground is frozen as well because frozen ground simply doesn't absorb water.  
     
    Please know that City staff is actively working on these issues, but as you know, while we have a very dedicated staff, we also have a small staff.  We'd ask for your patience while we work to alleviate the issues as quickly as we can.  

    We are also working on long term solutions as part of the our capitol improvement plan, but these solutions are still in the very early planning stages and will take time to fully develop and implement.

    We're here to help!  If you have any questions please call us at 406-285-3431.

     

     

    Did you know you may be in the 1% chance of flooding based on FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Map?  Check out our floodplain website to learn more about the regulations on flood-proofing, and how you can best prepare in the event of a flood. Go to LINKS at top of this page, then click on FLOODPLAIN.

    Did you know you may be in the 1% chance of flooding based on FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Map?  Check out our floodplain website to learn more about the regulations on flood-proofing, and how you can best prepare in the event of a flood.

    Go to LINKS at top of this page, then click on FLOODPLAIN.


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    We are in need of your help!

    The City is still seeking applicants for the Impact Fee Advisory Committee.  This committee consists of five (5) members, one of whom must represent the development community.  Interested parties are encouraged to contact City Hall at 285-3431.


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    Contact Information

    City Hall

    Library

    (406) 285-3431

    Kelly Smith
    City Treasurer

    Crystal Turner
    City Clerk

    Location

    206 Main Street
    PO Box 187
    Three Forks, MT 59752

    Hours

    M-F 8a-12p, 1p-5p

    (406) 285-3747

    Melissa Christofferson
    Librarian

    Location

    607 Main Street
    PO Box 187
    Three Forks, MT 59752

    Hours

    M,W-F 10a-5p
    T 12p-8p
    Sat 12p-4p

    FIRE DEPARtMENT

    (406) 285-4152
    (non-emergency)
    Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies

    Keith Aune
    Fire Chief

    John Whitesitt
    Assisstant Chief

    Location

    13 E. Date Street
    PO Box 444
    Three Forks, MT 59752

    PUBLIC WORKS

    (406) 285-3408

    (406) 539-6905 (after hours & emergencies)

    Wendell Ewan
    Street & Alleys Superintendent

    Randy Johnston
    Water Superintendent

    Steve Johnston
    Wastewater Superintendent

    Location

    306 Railway Avenue
    PO Box 187
    Three Forks, MT 59752