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Diuii' liusisi - Wednesday May 14, 2014 Page A-3 Proud family Joe Horrocks gets sworn in by Mayor Mike Klakken after his appointment as a full-time Dillon Police Officer by the City Council last week, while his wife, Jennifer, and three children watch on. M P Regan photo Council Continued from page A-1 Dillon's previous mayor, Marty Malesich. Designed in part to help the elderly residents of the Bicen- tennial Apartments, on North Railroad Street, to move to and from the downtown area, the project was rejected by the Street and Alley Committee at its March 2014 meeting. That rejection came even though, be- tween contributions from CTEP and a pledge of additional funds .from the Bicentennial Apart- ments, the project may well -end up costing the city nothing .to complete. At the March 19 City Council meeting, Klakken reminded the ouncil that the CTEP funds - needed to be spent by Septem- ber 2015 or the city would have lo repay the federal government the thousands of dollars it has already spent on engineering !fees for the project. - The Street and Alley Corn- :tnittee subsequently decided to revisit the project at its meeting on April 14, when it voted unani- inously to approve it and send :the project to the full Council for :a vote at its meeting last week. The Bannack Street/Railroad .cTAP project will install iciewalks, curbs and gut- ters on both sides of Bannack Street from Montana Street west to Railroad Street, with a handicap corner placed at each of the four street corners. New crossings or panels would be installed on the sets of the rail- road tracks that don't have them already. A new sidewalk, along with curbs and gutters, will be constructed on the west side of Railroad Street, north from Bannack Street to the Bicenten- nial Apartments, where another handicap corner will be placed. A 2009 estimate put the cost of all that at $195,253 —$169,050 of which will be paid for with funds already pledged by CTEP. The Bicentennial Apartments has pledged to cover most of the difference, and Turner said at the April Street and Alley Com- mittee meeting that the project may now cost significantly less than that original estimate. The Council also gave its 5-0 approval last week to the next step in another project involv- ing sidewalks that won't cost the city any money. An $81,331 bid submitted by Dillon's R.E. Miller & Sons to install side- walks across Cottom Street from Parkview Elementary and Dillon Middle School gained the Council's endorsement. The project will be paid for by federal Safe Routes to Schools funds. The Council also gave five thumbs -up to an application by the Shriners to hold a parade in Dillon on May 31. Unanimous endorsement was also granted to a resolution to hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to hear public comment on proposed amendments to the 2013-14 city budget. Look for a story in next week's Dillon Tribune on the hearing. Great enthusiasm was also bestowed upon the announce- ment at last Wednesday's Coun- cil meeting that Dillon had for the fourth consecutive year gained designation as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation (see sidebar). The meeting ended with an unusual request. During the public comment period, former Dillon Mayor George Warner asked the Council to tell him exactly how much he owed the city so he could write a check and end a legal dispute that has dragged on for over five years and cost the city more than $25,000. \I am here this evening to discuss and/or determine an amount certain, so I can pay you for our recent litigation and finalize it. Does anybody know Outside smear attack Continued from page A-1 for the actual expansion. He said he wanted to hear about the impacts of the possible expan- sion, particularly as they might positively help rural hospitals. The second mailer started \ABCs and Birds and Bees?\ The disclaimer said Montana Family Foundation, with Kristin Johnson of Laurel as treasurer, paid for the piece. The mailer said, \Welborn voted against parents' rights.\ The flyer ac- cused Welborn of supporting legislation that would teach first graders about homosexuality, and teach fifth graders about \different sexual positions and sexual variations.\ House Bill No. 423 entitled \An act requiring a school district to obtain written con- sent from a parent or guardian before instructing students in human sexuality education; requiring a school district to inform a parent or guardian when events or courses on human sexuality will be held or taught; prohibiting a school district from allowing any abortion services provider to offer materials or instruction at a school; amending section 20-5-103. MCA; and providing a delayed effective date.\ Welborn points out that his long standing stance regard- ing education has been to keep local control and that he feels confident in the decisions made by school boards in Mon- tana schools, particularly in Beaverhead County. \School curriculums, sex ed or whatever it may be, are set by local school boards, with local control, elected by you and me, and again not the legislature,\ wrote Welborn in his Monday response. \With that said, this establishes how absurd these attack pieces from the extrem- ists really are.\ Both Welborn and his primar- ily election opponent Erb agree that local elections should be decided by the voters in the district. \The voters of House District 111111! 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Chips Fresh Fruit/ Veg Cookie Milk/Juice This menu Is brought to you by the Dillon Tribune. 04.4 1 14 how much money I owe?\ asked Warner, who said the amount was to be determined by Duke Gilbert, the former city attorney the Council hired at a special Council meeting in February to complete four cases for the city, including the Warner case, after Klakken fired Gilbert for insubordination on February 5. \I will check with Mr. Gilbert tomorrow and find out what that is,\ responded City Councilper- son Lynn Westad. On March 19, Judge John W. Larson, of the Fourth Judicial District Court, filed a ruling awarding the city $1197.51, plus 10 percent in interest, for the disputed installation of a meter pit at Warner's Dillon home. But the judge denied Gilbert's request to compel Warner to reimburse the City of Dillon for the amount it had paid Gilbert over the last five years in fees and benefits while he pursued the case, which at one point ended up before the Montana Supreme Court. According to Klakken, the city had paid to Gilbert $27,435.92, as of March 2014, to gain what will likely amount to about $2000 from Warner. Mary Innes School sale decision on tap By M.P. Regan Dillon Tribune staff At its monthly meeting last night, the Dillon School District 10 Board of Trustees considered the bid it received last month for the Mary Innes School. The meeting came too late to cover in a story in today's Dillon Tribune, but will be covered in next week's paper and in an online story to be posted today on the Tribune's website, www. dillontribune.com. Delivered last month to the SD 10 board by local real estate professional Chip Rule, the bid is for $100,000. Rule said he was bound to keep the identity of the would- be buyer secret until he or she became the legal owner of re- cord of the nearly century -old, 14,000 -square foot Mary Innes building and the approximately one acre of land it sits on be- tween South Washington and South Pacific Streets in down- town Dillon. The SD 10 board voted last month to table the offer so it could perform some due dili- gence. \Since we represent th..! public, I would like to take some time to ask them how they feel about this deal,\ said SD 10 board Vice Chair Kathy Hilton. In December 2012, the SD 10 board voted unanimously to accept a $300,000 offer for the Mary Innes property from the Old Town Improvement Group, a pension fund started by Dr. John Paul Micha to serve the dozens of employees of his California gynecologic oncol- ogy practice, the largest on the West Coast. Micha's group has purchased and spent over a million dollars renovating several other build- ings on Idaho Street in down- town Dillon, including the Dillon Implement Building, the \Turret Building\ and Andrus Plaza (aka The Dilmart Building). But near the end of the six-month inspection window granted by the 2012 purchase agreement for the Mary Innes, Micha's group exercised its option to negate that deal after encountering higher than antici- pated estimates for renovating the building, which was com- pleted in the 1920s. SD 10 moved its administra- tive offices and kindergarten classes out of the Mary Innes earlier in 2012 after the comple- tion of an extensive building and renovation project that joined Parkview Elementary School and Dillon Middle School on Cottom Street. It has rented out space in the Mary Innes during the last two years, but the rental income cov- ers only a small fraction of the costs SD 10 incurs to maintain the building. SD 10 Superintendent Dr Glen Johnson last month re- vealed that SD 10 spends be- tween $85,000 and $100,000 per year maintaining the Mary Innes, while bringing in only about $18,000 in rental income from it \I agree that any offer is a good offer, considering the money we put into it, but I want to make sure the deal is good for Dillon,\ insisted Hilton last month. For a story on how the SD 10 board responded at its meeting last night to the $100,000 offer for the Mary Innes, see next week's Dillon Tribune or go online today to www.dillontri- bune.com. Get the word out FAST! Advertise your event in the Dillon Tribune! 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