important Announcements



notice of public hearing

The Three Forks City Council will hold public hearings on April 23, 2019, to hear a resolution providing establishing fees for “park user groups” as defined in Title 8, Chapter 6: “Parks”.

The hearing will be held at City Hall, 206 Main Street, Three Forks, Montana at 7:00PM.  Please contact the City Office at (406) 285-3431 for any questions.  Written and verbal public comment will be accepted at the hearings, or may be submitted via email to cturner@threeforksmontana.us or ksmith@threeforksmontana.us. Suggestions submitted so far have been $0, a refundable deposit, or even $100 for a full day’s use as a fee (no deposit, non-refundable).


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are you past due to license your dog for 2019?

Per #6-4A-4, it is every dog owner’s responsibility to provide the City office proof of rabies vaccination and license their dog. (We don't need to have a copy...just to see it on your phone, email/faxed to us, or just see the hard copy.) In return, we provide you with a City tag and the courtesy of a phone call if your dog is ever found away from home. This saves you a trip to Heart of the Valley to pick up your pet, and the possibility of a “Dog at Large” ticket for violating #6-4A-8.

The fee is $15/year per dog. (More than 3 dogs requires a kennel license, so if this is you please call us 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.


Arbor Day is April 22, 2019! Please join us in celebration by planting a tree with us. We hope this will occur on April 22 but we will let you know as we finalize plans.

Arbor Day is April 22, 2019! Please join us in celebration by planting a tree with us. We hope this will occur on April 22 but we will let you know as we finalize plans.


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