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.


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.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

NOTICE is hereby given for a PUBLIC HEARING to be held before the Three Forks Zoning and Planning Board on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 7:00 P.M. in the City Office, 206 Main Street, Three Forks, Montana.

AFM Contracting Inc. (Steve Johnston) has submitted an application for a CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT to construct two residential duplexes for the properties located at Lot 1A & 2A, Block 8A of the Buttelman Addition (Plat D-20-D), more commonly referred to as 602-604 W. Front Street and 606-608 W. Front Street.

The CITY COUNCIL will conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 7:00 P.M., to act on the recommendation of the Zoning & Planning Board. 

At each PUBLIC HEARING, TESTIMONY will be accepted in support of or in opposition to this request. Written testimony is also acceptable and may be sent to ksmith@threeforksmontana.us.

The site plan for this request may be reviewed at the City Office.  For questions concerning this request, contact Kelly Smith, City Zoning Official (406-285-3431).

NOTICE is hereby given of a PUBLIC HEARING to be held before the Board of Adjustments/Appeals, at 5:30 P.M., on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at City Hall, 206 Main Street, Three Forks, Montana.

Application for a VARIANCE has been submitted by AFM Contracting (Steven Johnston) for the properties at Lot 1A & 2A, Block 8A of the Buttelman Addition (Plat D-20-D), commonly known as 602-604 and 606-608 W. Front Street.

Applicant requests a variance from lot coverage maximums.  The City of Three Forks Ordinance Section 11-6A-5B states, “Multi-family dwelling: Not more than forty percent (40%) of the lot shall be occupied by the principal and accessory building.”  Applicant has requested the variance to forty-four percent (44%), less than 300 square feet, to build a duplex on each lot with attached double car garages.

Application for a VARIANCE has also been submitted by AFM Contracting (Steven Johnston) for the property at Lot 1A, Block 8A of the Buttelman Addition (Plat D-20-D), commonly known as 602-604 W. Front Street.

Applicant also requests a variance of 5-feet from the City of Three Forks Ordinance Section 12-1-9-C2e.  In this Ordinance, the Flood regulations require suitable fill to extend for at least 15-feet at the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) beyond the proposed residential structure in all directions.  Applicant desires to fill the BFE for only 10-feet on the Kansas Street side of the proposed residential duplex structure.

Testimony will be taken in support of or in opposition to this request at said hearing.  Written testimony may be submitted prior to the hearing to ksmith@threeforksmontana.us.

The site plan for this proposed construction may be reviewed at the City Office.  For any questions concerning this request, please contact Ms. Kelly Smith, City Zoning Official (phone 285-3431).

 


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wading pool

The Wading Pool hours are Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00PM. We reserve the right to close the pool due to weather.

FRIDAY 6/21/2019 the Wading Pool will be closed due to thunderstorms.


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Fireworks Regulations

City of Three Forks 

Please note rules may change, as fireworks rules are determined by the Mayor.

Under State statutes, fireworks are permitted to be sold in Three Forks beginning June 24, 2019, and may be sold through July 5, 2019.

Fireworks may only be set off on the following dates/times:

·                   Tuesday July 2 & Wednesday July 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

·                   Thursday July 4 from 10:00 a.m. to midnight

·                   Friday July 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

These are the only 4 days fireworks can be used in the city limits of Three Forks.

Fireworks cannot be sold within 300 feet of any church or hospital and may not be set off within 100 feet of any fireworks sales place.  A NO SMOKING sign will be posted at all fireworks sales locations.  Fireworks may not be set off toward or from any motor vehicle or in the vicinity of other people or animals in a manner which may expose them to risk of injury.  The use of all fireworks must be supervised by a responsible person.  Fireworks may not be set off in the business district on Main Street.  The use of fireworks is regulated by MCA 50-37-103 AND City Ordinance 6-2-3.

Anyone setting off fireworks on public property, please pick up and dispose of the remnants properly..


It’s that time of year again!!!

Time to get your running or walking shoes on and join us at the Headwaters Bank Run on July 27, 2019!

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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.


Kansas Street will be closed on the following dates:  July 3 & 4, 2019 (Roping)  July 19 & 20, 2019 (rodeo)  Main Street will be closed:  July 20, 2019 from 9am-2am on the 21st for “Rodeo Dayz”  Please be prepared to follow detours and use alternate routes.

Kansas Street will be closed on the following dates:

July 3 & 4, 2019 (Roping)

July 19 & 20, 2019 (rodeo)

Main Street will be closed:

July 20, 2019 from 9am-2am on the 21st for “Rodeo Dayz”

Please be prepared to follow detours and use alternate routes.

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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