important Announcements



Mayor Vacancy

The City of Three Forks announces the resignation of Mayor Steven B. Hamilton, effective June 2, 2019.

Qualifications for Office:

Every resident of the City of Three Forks who is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of Montana and a qualified elector pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 of the Montana Constitution is eligible to hold the office of mayor.

Interested candidates shall submit a letter stating their interest to the City Clerk at cturner@threeforksmontana.us or via mail or hand delivery to City Hall (206 Main Street / PO Box 187, Three Forks, MT 59752).

Per Section 3.07 of the City Charter, the City Council shall appoint, by the affirmative vote of four (4) members, a person possessing the qualifications for office within 30 days of the vacancy.  Appointment is scheduled for 7PM on June 25, 2019.

The person filling the vacancy shall be limited to the mayor’s unexpired term, which is 12/31/2021.  However, the appointee is subject to nomination and election at the next municipal general election (which is 11/2019).

We will accept letters of interest through June 17, 2019, which is also the last day to file for the municipal election with the Gallatin County Election Administrator. 

If you have any questions please feel free to call City Hall at 285-3431.


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Summer Part-time Jobs

The City of Three Forks is seeking applicants for the seasonal positions of Wading Pool Attendants (3).

The wading pool position is responsible for maintaining, draining and cleaning the wading pool, and supervision of children at the wading pool.  Hours would be from 12:45PM-5:15PM Monday through Friday.  Applicants must be or become First Aid and CPR certified.

Interested individuals may pick up an application at City Hall, at the Bozeman Job Service, or download it from the City website (www.threeforksmontana.us) and return it no later than June 5, 2019 to:

City of Three Forks

Attn:  Crystal Turner

PO Box 187

206 Main St.

Three Forks, MT 59752-0187


Arsenic Treatment Plant Repair

What Happened?

The City of Three Forks’ water system violated the arsenic drinking water standards back in February 2019.  There was never a “boil” order, although we did encourage anyone concerned to bring our water quality report into your own doctor to discuss your health goals.  The City was aware of naturally-occurring arsenic within Well #2 – in fact we have an Arsenic Treatment Plant which removed much of the arsenic before it was ever distributed into the City’s mains.

As soon as the City learned of the elevated levels of arsenic, Well #2 was shut down and removed from service.  We still had water pumped from Well #2 inside our service lines and in the holding tank.  The City increased production of Wells #5, 9 & 10 which do not have naturally-occurring arsenic within them.  These wells are not as productive as Well #2 so were forced to work a little harder.  The City received complaints of discolored water and a stronger taste of chlorine.  This is the water you are still drinking today.  After investigation our team of water quality experts and Public Works operators have determined the break through was due to a combination of mechanical problems and adjusted chemical inaccuracies.

What Are We Going To Do About It?

The team feels that correction begins by replacing the flow meter to verify accurate flow rate readings.  This will be followed by upgrading the iron and chlorine feed systems.  These chemical feeds are essential for the reactions to take place.  Proper dosing and mixing are important.

New Equipment

The turbidity monitor and control was not functioning property and is no long supported for repairs, so a new unit will replace the old one.  New filtration media will also be replaced.  Public Works operators will adjust all operations until they are working as designed.  We will be testing and troubleshooting throughout this process.  The City will also acquire on-site testing equipment so that tests will occur prior to water from Well #2 coming into our drinking water system.

With the new equipment and controls this will require additional training of our staff.  After the treatment plant is functioning and reducing the arsenic to acceptable levels the team will provide another progress report.  We anticipate providing you with more information around mid-May.


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BOARD VACANCIES

The City of Three Forks is actively seeking volunteers to serve on the following boards:

·        Library Board of Trustees.  Libraries are governed by Title 22, Chapter 1, Part 3, MCA.  The Board is comprised of five members, each serving 5-year staggered terms.  This vacancy would be for five years and would expire on June 30, 2024.

·        Three Forks Rodeo Arena.  This board oversees all events and improvements to the Three Forks Rodeo Grounds.  This is a seven member board, each serving three year terms, and this seat would expire on June 30, 2022.

If you are interested in serving on any of these boards, please complete the board application below and submit it to Crystal Turner at City Hall, or cturner@threeforksmontana.us

If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 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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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 Christoffersen
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