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01/14/15 trttttAuTor*3-DIGIT 525 MONTANA HI3TORICAL LIBRARY EC EON 201201 HELENA, MT 59620-1201 11111111111111111111111111111 P 111 ' 1 1111111 1 1111P9uIP1111116 1 WEDNESDAY, Noxi 111KR 5, 2014 - N'm 111. 133, Nt NIISF It 45 MAKINt, Lb 0)1.INES SINCE 1881- D11.1,0N, MONTANA -75 Cr \ I • I 14 F,F? f Election results The General Election results were not released until after this edition of the Dillon Tribune went to print. You can find the election outcomes at Dil- lontribune.com. Football tickets Tickets for the Class A quarterfinal football game set for Friday night, 7 p.m., at Belgrade can be purchased at BCHS through Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Adults $7, students $6. 683-2363. Veteran's events The third annual Military Dining Out will be held Friday night at the UMW Lewis and Clark Room. All branches, reserve, active or retired are invited. Prime rib $21.95, Chicken Picatta $15.50, vegetarian lasagna $13.95. For more information call MAJ Trent Gibson (683-7506). VETERAN'S BREAKFAST - The community is invited to a free \Break- fast with the Vets\ on Veterans Day, Ibesday, Nov. 11 at the National Guard Armory from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM -The Dillon Middle School will honor veter- ans on Nov. 11 with a program from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Student band and choir numbers and a guest speaker highlight the event. Veterans will be in- vited to a free lunch with DMS students after the program. RSVP 683-2368. ri\r‘cirDE Don't miss the November edition of Montana Best Times inserted in this edition of the Dillon Tribune. Halloween fun The Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture sponsored the annual Hal- loween Party at Montana Western's Keltz Arena Friday night. Children of all ages gath- ered for games and treats. In the photo above, a costumed family takes a dinner break. At right, a young princess uses a unique style at the pumpkin bowling booth J P Plutt photo - a, Projects top council agenda By M.P. Regan Dillon Tribune staff Several projects aimed at perking up downtown will be discussed at tonight's Dillon City Council meeting. The Council will consider a proposal to renovate the intersection of Montana and Bannack Streets with period light- ing, landscaping, benches, bulb -outs and improved sidewalks using mostly federal funds from the Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP). The project would also place an \En- tering Historic Dillon\ sign southeast of Atlantic Street between South Side Boulevard and Barrett Street. The Council tonight will also discuss a splash pad and bike camp in Dillon. The particulars of those projects have not been formally approved or even established. But the ideas of installing a splash pad to provide a new recreation option for residents and a bike camp to attract touring cyclists were discussed by about two dozen people from the community at last month's meeting of the city's Parks & Cemetery Committee (see story below). The potential sites for these poten- tial projects will be discussed tonight during the report of Parks & Cemetery Committee Chair Swede Troedsson. That list of potential sites (so far) includes: Vigilante Park, West Side Park, Ray Lynch Park, lbeyville Park, Monaco Park and Depot Park, as well as land on Swenson Way adjacent to the YMCA. The Finance Committee will present a recommendation to the full Council on setting up an account with data firm Carhonite to back up the city's comput- ers, and another to pay the paralegal certification fee for Crystal Thompson. who was appointed city judge at the last City Council meeting. The Council will also consider a resolution setting the salary and en- rollment in the city's health insurance program for Judge Thompson. WWC Engineering, a multi -state firm with regional offices in Helena. will offer the Council examples of its work in other towns as part of a discus- sion about Dillon's growth policy. The meeting agenda includes its usual range of reports from city offi- cers, boards and committees, as well as the often informative public comment period at the end of the meeting. The Nov. 5 meeting of the full Dillon City Council starts a 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 125 N. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon. Splash pad, bike camp, amphitheater eyed for Dillon By M.P. Regan Dillon Tribune staff The idea of adding amenities that would pro- vide more cultural and recreational options for Dillon residents and visitors has been a popular topic of discussion around town for years. But that discussion grew weightier and more focused in recent weeks, when it took center stage at a pair of official get-togethers in the city. The Beaverhead Development Corporation (BDC) presented the idea of installing a splash pad in Dillon at meetings this month of the Dillon City Council's Parks & Cemetery Committee and the Dillon School District #10 Board of Trustees Subsequent discussions at those meetings also reviewed ideas to establish a local hike camp for travelling cyclists and an amphitheater downtown to host musical and theatrical performances \We feel like Dillon needs another amenity, and a splash pad would provide kids with a great place to go play in the summer,\ BDC Committee Member Michelle Morganthaler told the SD #10 Board at its Oct. 14 meeting. A splash pad (aka spray park or aquatic park) provides a warm weather recreation site by pumping potable water to spigots, showerheads, fountains and/or movable nozzles situated on a large concrete or rubber surface area that can be equipped with various objects to enhance the attractiveness and recreation value of the site A drainage system keeps water from accu mulating on that surface to minimize health and safety hazards Splash pads have been installed and proven popular in a number of Montana cities, including Butte and Belgrade. \We'd like to help make .Jaycee Park a more family -friendly park,\ explained BDC Committee Member Rayann Sutton, who also reminded the SI) #10 Board of the idea of placing an amphithe- ater in the south end of Jaycee Park. \The Southwest Montana Arts Council had a model of an amphitheater it presented to us six or seven years ago,\ said Superintendent Dr. Glen Johnson, of SD #10, which owns Jaycee Park. \We all thought it would he a good idea.\ The SD 010 Board also liked the idea of a splash pad in Dillon, and discussed the possibility of allowing the city to use part or all of Jaycee Park for the facility, though its five members only discussed and did not vote to take any action on the matter last month. \Whether it would he a donation, lease or out- right sale, all these things need to he discussed further,\ said SD #10 Board Vice Chair Kathy Hilton. Sutton emphasized that where to locate the splash pad remained a key, unresolved point of discussion when the BDC presented the project at the Oct. 22 meeting of the Dillon City Council's Parks & Cemetery Committee. \We're really at the baby stage right now, try- ing to decide where to locate it,\ Sutton announced to the approximately two dozen people in atten- dance at the city's Parks & Cemetery meeting. \We have talked to School District 010 about utilizing Jaycee Park and that could entail moving the tennis courts, putting it there,\ added Sutton, who said the BDC was looking at cost estimates of around $2500 per year to maintain the splash pad, and about $150,000 to construct it. Sutton said the BD(' would seek to secure grants to cover the project's construction costs. Parks & Cemetery Committee Chair Swede Troedsson said the tennis courts are located in the ward he represents as a city councilperson and that he often sees people playing on them. Troedsson added that the Dillon Jaycees, should have input on what happens with the park's tennis courts, which they paid to install. \We want the chance to fix up the tennis courts and make it all work together,\ said Jack Berge- son, who represented the Dillon Jaycees at the city meeting \It doesn't really make sense to tear out one recreation facility to put in another,\ added Berge son, who said he thought that the Jaycees might be able to donate volunteer time to help install the splash pad somewhere else in Jaycee Park. \We have looked at other locations as well,\ added Sutton. Other potential locations for the splash pad within Jaycee Park were brought up at the city meeting, as were other parks in town that could host the facility, including Vigilante Park, West Side Park, Ray Lynch Park. Iheyville Park, Mo- naco Park and Depot Park. Southwestern YMCA CEO Todd Rouse urged those in attendance at the Parks & Cemetery meet - ing to also consider putting the splash pad on the BDC land adjacent to the local YMCA. \The splash pad—it's a wonderful idea and it is something that the Y should and could he a part of. We're not out here to tell you where you should locate it or any of that kind of thing. All I'm here to say is that the Y is very interested in being part of it in some respect,\ said Rouse, who also sits on the SD #10 Board \We do have a certain amount of knowledge on pumping water and treating water. So I really feel we could he a big asset.\ added Rouse. Bike camp brought up Participants at the Parks & Cemetery meeting also discussed the top potential sites in the city for a bike camp—a sort of rest stop for travel- ing cyclists, with amenities like a shower, sink, toilet, hike repair stand, reference books and picnic tables Sutton said that Twin Bridges had installed their hike camp with materials costing around $9,000, an amount the town recouped from dons tions made by cyclists using the facility in 2009, its first year of operation \Bike tourism is a huge thing We should emu- late what Win Bridges did in putting in a hike camp so we can get more cyclists into town,\ asserted Sutton, saying that many long-distance cyclists pass by Dillon each year while travelling the Adventure Cycling Association's TransAm- erica Trail. \It's something different to offer them,\ said Vans Taylor, owner of Taylor Realty in Dillon. \These people usually have money,\ added Taylor, saying the cyclists tend to use a good amount of that money to patronize restaurants and breweries in the towns they stop in. \They each spend something like $75 a day and stay up to eight days,\ added Parks & Cemetery Committee Member Bill Shafer \Analysis of lburing Cyclists: Impacts, Needs and Opportunities for Montana,\ a study released last December by the University of Montana's Institute for lburism and Recreation Research (ITRR) concluded that touring cyclists spend $75.75 per day while in Montana, and stay an average of eight or more nights Undertaken to gain a greater understanding of the niche market of touring cyclists and the potential for cycling tourism in Montana, the study gleaned its data from surveys of cyclists from 48 states and 18 countries who had visited Adventure Cycling's Montana headquarters in 2013 or purchased Montana section maps between 2010 and 2013 The study also found that touring cyclists tend to engage in other activities that benefit the econo- mies of the towns they stop in, including visiting historical sites and local breweries. Those in attendance at the Parks & Cemetery meeting offered input on what they felt were the pluses and minuses of each potential local location for the hike park and the splash pad Illiedsson said minutes of the meeting that included a summary of those locations and their perceived benefits/deficits would he distributed so they could aid discussions at subsequent meetings that included the splash pad and/or hike park on their agendas. A discussion of the possible locations for the splash pad and hike camp appears on the agenda of tonight's Dillon City Council meeting a 08613i 11140 n Si PM PIPI 10 1111 1)111 0\ TPIPI N.I 101)11 e NI I 683- 2.331 1 -N1A11 I 01 P I ‘t '10 F.I)11 (IR01)11.1 \ I P lit! \ I .(