important Announcments

ORDINANCE CHANGES:

...on December 12, 2017, at 7:00PM at City Hall (206 Main Street, Three Forks) for the first reading of the following ordinance amendments:

  • Title 11, Chapter 2, Section 2 of the Three Forks Municipal Code to add a definition of “Building Residential”
  • Title 11, Chapter 12, Section 2 of the Three Forks Municipal Code providing in depth submittal requirements for Conditional Use Permits

The second readings on these ordinances are scheduled for January 9, 2018, pending no major changes at the first reading.

Please contact the City Office at (406) 285-3431 for any questions on any of these ordinance amendments.  Written and verbal public comment will be accepted at the hearings.  Written comment may be submitted at cturner@threeforksmontana.us or ksmith@threeforksmontana.us.

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We are in need of your help!

The City is still seeking applicants for the Impact Fee Advisory Committee.  This committee consists of five (5) members, one of whom must represent the development community.  Interested parties are encouraged to contact City Hall at 285-3431.

NEW LAWS:

Ordinance #377-2017 will take effect on January 11, 2018.  This ordinance amends Title 12, Chapter 1, Section to implement an after-the-fact floodplain permit fee.

Ordinance #378-2017 will take effect effect on January 11, 2018.  This ordinance amends Title 11, Chapter 20, Section 2 to implement an after-the-fact zoning permit fee.

The City intends to set this fee (via resolution) at twice the application fee.  The application fee for a zoning permit is based on structure type; the minimum fee will be $50.00 for an after-the-fact permit.  The floodplain permit fee is currently $150.00, so an after-the-fact permit fee would cost $300.00.

Ordinance #376-2017 took effect on November 9, 2017.  This ordinance amends the requirements of parking certain vehicles on city streets.  Essentially, vehicles will be required to move a parked vehicle after being parked in the same location for 72-hours.  Movement will require the vehicle to be parked on a different side of the street or different street entirely.

This ordinance also prohibits living/staying in campers/recreational vehicles anywhere within the city limits unless in a defined campground.

PRESS RELEASE

The City of Three Forks is pleased to announce will begin snow plowing of an “emergency services and high traffic route”.

Snow plowing operations will commence when the accumulation of snow on streets reaches three (3) inches, or as weather conditions warrant.  All City streets will be plowed according to a master plan which assigns first priority to essential safety and community services.  Our goal is to plow all residential streets in Three Forks as quickly as our small, but dedicated staff will allow.

Below is the map highlighting priority routes (in red) and shared responsibilities with the Montana Department of Transportation (in blue).

All other City streets will be plowed after the priority access streets.

While we are excited to be able to provide this service, we need your help to make this happen. Please:

·         move vehicles off of the street when there is three inches or more.  Vehicles left of the street may end up getting plowed in.

·         try to pile snow on lawns, boulevards, or in the parking area as much as possible.  It does not make sense for the City to plow streets if snow gets pushed to the traffic area.  This is in violation of Ordinance 8-4-1 Obstructing Streets.

Please be aware that because this is a new service, it is subject to change as we get the system figured out.

Be aware that even plowed streets can be slick so please drive slowly and heed the 15mph speed limit.

Thank you in advance for your help in making our streets safer and more passable for everyone!  Have a great winter!

If there are any questions concerning this, please contact City Hall at 406-285-3431.

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A Message from Mayor Hamilton Regarding Fireworks Regulations

Under State statutes, fireworks will be permitted to be set off within the corporate limits of Three Forks beginning December 31, 2017 from 8:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m. of January 1, 2018. This is the only time during the New Year’s holiday fireworks are allowed to be used in Three Forks.

The sale and use of fireworks is regulated by §50-37, MCA and City Ordinance 6-2-3.

  • Fireworks may only be sold on specific dates as sort forth in§50-37-106, and cannot be sold within 300 feet of any service station, church, or hospital and may not be set off within 100 feet of any fireworks sales place as per §50-37-103.
  • 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.
  • Anyone setting off fireworks on public property, please pick up and dispose of the remnants properly, especially if using the parking lot at the Three Forks ponds.

Thank you,

Steven B. Hamilton, Mayor

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 Christofferson
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