important Announcements


SORRY! Yes, I misprinted when your most recent bill is due. It was printed (bill date) on 11/30/2018 and says it’s due on 11/20/2018. My error and I apologize! Bills with the bill date showing 11/30/2018 are not due until 12/20/2018.


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LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPEN

Do you love reading and being around books?  Do you have some spare time in your life available for a part-time job doing what you love?  If so, we have the job for you!

The City of Three Forks and the Three Forks Community Library Board are seeking applications for the position of a part-time Library Assistant for the Three Forks Community Library in Three Forks, MT.

A complete job description may be obtained from the Three Forks Library Director at (406-285-3747).  Wage is $9.00 per hour.  Applications must be submitted by 3PM on December 14, 2018, or until filled.  For more information contact the Bozeman Job Service (406-582-9200), or the Three Forks Library.  Submit application/resume to tflibrary@hotmail.com, or to the Bozeman Job Service.

 

Public Hearing Notice

A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Board of Adjustments on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 7:00 P.M. in the City Office, 206 Main Street, Three Forks, Montana on the following application:

·         Public Hearing and Decision on a Request by Kedrowski Holdings, LLC for Property Located at Lot 2, Block 23 of the Original Townsite of Three Forks (Commonly Known as 306 2nd Avenue E) for 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 in all directions of the proposed residential structure.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY will be accepted at the hearing in support of or in opposition to this request.  Written testimony will be accepted 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).

Public Hearing Notice

Notice is hereby given for a Public Hearing to be held before the Three Forks Zoning and Planning Board on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 7PM in the City Office, 206 Main Street. The following applications will be heard:

·         Request by Rick Lamb, with approval of Property Owner Tom & Susan Vander Vos, for a Zone Map Amendment per Section 11-19-4A of the Three Forks Zoning Code on Lots 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A and 5B of Block 12 Headwaters Addition from Residential Medium Density to Neighborhood Highway Business

·           Request by Rick Lamb, with approval of Property Owner Tom & Susan Vander Vos, for a Conditional Use Permit on Lots 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A and 5B of Block 12 Headwaters Addition to allow an 18 space RV campground site as allowed by Section 11-17 of the Three Forks Zoning Code

·         Request by Ben Murphy for a conditional use permit for property located at Lot 9, Block 3 of the Original Townsite, Plat D-18, commonly known as 9 N. 1st Avenue East.  Said request is for approval to operate a home business of a Bed & Breakfast-style rental of a basement apartment within the home via advertisements like Air B&B.  The property is zoned Residential.

Plans and specifications for these applications may be viewed at City Hall at 206 Main Street, Three Forks, MT.

The recommendations of the Zoning & Planning Board will be heard and another public hearing before the City Council for a final decision on January 8, 2019, at 7PM in the City Office, 206 Main Street on these same applications.

Public comment will be taken in support of and in opposition to these requests at both hearings.  Written testimony is preferred and may be emailed to ksmith@threeforksmontana.us. If there are any questions concerning these requests, please contact Kelly Smith, Zoning Official (phone 285-3431).

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.


Thank you for your donations!!

Donations to the Headwaters Trail System:

·       In memory of Jeff Owens and Jack Heebner by Gene & Pat Townsend

·       All profits from book sales from Jim & Diane Philips

·       In memory of Jeff Owens, Ray Lau and John Holliday from anonymous.

·       Jake and Colleen Kimm

A donation to the Three Forks Community Library was made by Dale & Justine Ebert.

A donation was made to the Three Forks Rodeo Arena specifically for bleachers by Tom Kanta.

A donation was made to the Three Forks Ponds Bellach Memorial Park by the Headwaters Kiwanis.


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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