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approved ordinance Became law 10/11/2018

An ordinance creating definition and use of public areas known as “Parks” in Title 8, and establishing a reservation process for private use.

The ordinance is available for inspection at City Hall or on our website at www.threeforksmontana.us (linked below).

The City has historically had the public call and pay $25.00 to reserve the gazebo at Stevenson Park. This ordinance now allows you to reserve any park space so it can be used to meet your needs, like reserving Bertagnolli Park’s baseball field for a birthday party, or the tennis courts, or even the large space in between the Headwaters Trail at the Ponds’ Park.

Parks will remain open to the public, but your reservation ensures you have the baseball diamond, the tennis court or the gazebo at Stevenson’s Park.

A reservation application is being drafted now and will be available soon.


Fee schedule adopted

Within various City Municipal Ordinances, the City has set fees or stated within the ordinance that the Council will establish fees via resolution.  In order to streamline this process, the Council adopted a "cheat sheet" of fees, referred to as the Fee Schedule.  We hope this helps you find what you may be looking for:

 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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BOARD VACANCIES

The City of Three Forks is also seeking volunteers to serve on the Impact Fee Advisory Committee.  This committee serves every five years to review impacts to the City’s services, such as water system, wastewater system, fire and streets.

Per Section 7-6-1604, MCA the committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council and shall have at least one representative from the “development community”.

The committee’s purpose is to review and monitor the process of calculating, assessing and spending of impact fees.

If you are interested in servicing on this board, please complete the board application available at City Hall or on the City’s website at www.threeforksmontana.us.

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


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Is it illegal to park perpendicular along the City of Three Forks streets?

In fact, it is!  Ordinance #7-2-5-D says a vehicle parked upon a public street shall be parked parallel to the traveled way and facing the same direction. 

We sent out letters this past week reminding folks that we are all supposed to park facing the same direction of traffic flow, and that we are all supposed to park parallel to the street.

But why?
Well, it promotes safety for one thing.  In fact, the Departments of Transportation across many states have studied it and found that there are less collisions on streets where vehicles park parallel to the traffic flow compared to streets with perpendicular or angled parking.  Oregon's study found parallel parking to have 50-70% less crashes than angle parking.

On Adams Street there were two crashes in the past 12-months because the vehicle backing out could not see any oncoming traffic until it was too late.  No one was injured thankfully, other than damage to vehicles.

Unfortunately, it has become a habit for some of us to park the most convenient way to access our property, and often this goes again Ordinance #7-2-5.

Upon receipt of our letters many of you have called in questioning the law stating, "I've parked this way for 20 years!"  We understand your frustration in receiving our letter.  Please know the letter is not a notice of violation - it is simply a reminder in hopes we all become more cognizant of city ordinances and help us live in a safe community.

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But what's the goal after safety?

Glad you asked!
Let's increase our driving area
With most of our streets being 66-feet wide from property line to the property line on the opposite side of the street, there is room for a sidewalk, boulevard, curb/gutter and then the driving area.  A single lane of traffic needs at least 10-12 feet clearance (see picture below).  When a vehicle parks perpendicular this greatly reduces the available space for two-lane traffic flow.  A parking space needing to be at least 9-feet wide by 18-feet wide.  If you think about, parking angled or perpendicular just used up 22-feet of safe driving space.
Let's increase the maintained area
Because of parking habit the past two decades, the roads have become more narrow.  We water our lawns and they start growing farther out into the driving area, pushing our parked cars farther out too.  Public Works maintains the roads by street sweeping, plowing, sanding, grading and applying a dust reduction agent.  With so much encroaching into the right-of-way, the area to be maintained gets harder and harder to get to.

You can help!

Change your habits - it's that first small step towards us returning to abiding by the law and getting our streets safer and wider.

Park with the flow of traffic, parallel to the street edge.

 

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