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Week of Dec. 26 , 2003 A Y e a r T o R e m e m b e r iiiul a visa by Santa were all on tap. A meeting between members of the Big Timber City Council Police Committee and Sweet Grass County Sheriff Dan Troimul proved to be an eye opening one for the C o u n eilm e n Tronrud told Couneilmen Paul Westervelt and Phil Mouldcn law enforcement personnel had handled ¡.744 complaints Irom January to October of 2003 and approximately 66 percent, or I.I4S occurred in the city During the same timeframe 596 complaints from the county were handled The Couneilmen also learned the $124,000 budgeted by the Council to be paid to Sweet Grass County for law enforcement costs fell short of the 34.5 percent share previously agreed to by the city and county. For fiscal year 2002-2003. the shortage was $22,343 94 and another shortage in the amount of $63,882.50 was expected for the fiscal year 2003-2004 budget. Some of the blame is due to the City Council budget hearings occurring before the county budget information is available. To prevent this m the future it was decided the City Council would meet with Tronrud and others from the county in June or July of 2004 to come up with the necessary mlormation. Sweet Grass County Clerk and Recorder Sherry Bjorndal confirmed the County Commissioners would most likely expect the city to pay us 34.5 percent share in the future. The Big Timber Food Bank received a $2,700 donation from the T o w n - P u m p C h a r i t a b l e Foundation's Second A n n u a l f u n d r a i s i n g c a m p a i g n . Approximately $1,500 of the contribution were matching funds from the foundation and the rest donations from Town P u m p customers. Big Timber organizations announced their holiday campaigns to raise funds and supply food and toys for those experiencing financial hardship at this time of year The Tree of Hearts and Lights. Christmas Giving Program. Local Care Fund, PMC Gifts with a Lift, and Community Nccds/Einply Slocking Project announced their needs so generous residents of Sweet Grass County could contribute DECEMBER December 5 - 1 1 The speeil limn on McLeod Street was again on the mind of Big Timber City Council after they were told by City/Countv Planner Betty Alexander of a response she reei ived from Bruce Barrett ot the Montana Department of Transportation following her letter to Imn asking it the speed limit could be reduced to 15 mph. Barrett stated lowering the speed from the present 25 mph to 15 would not be possible because past traffic studies do not warrant any changes. After much discussion by the Council and Mayor Doug I owry’s slating. “The city should be able to set speed limits on McLeod.” and “l am fed up with bureaucrats telling us how to run our towns.\. Alexander said she would try to get the speed at least lowered by 80 percent, to 20 mph She feels this is a possibility because of the Senior Center hung located there and the stale guidelines which will allow an 80 percent reduction m speed limits without a new traffic study. Alexander also gave the Council a heads-up on a possible /.one plea they might be receiving involving a home owned by John F.sp He has been approached by a group of lawyers interested in turning the residence into an office center that would house several businesses Council members Phil Mouldcn and Paul Westervelt stated they would both be agamist such an endeavor m the residential area due to the impact it would he likely to have on residential property values and the parking problem that would result This edition of The Pioneer also addressed the availability of a Ben F r a n k l i n franchise vuili the upcoming closing of C and D Mercantile, the present holder of the franchise. The transaction is being handled by David Larson, who stated an initial investment ol $3().(W)() to $40,000. or approximately one third ot the total franchise cost, would be expected. Craig Snodgrass, owner of C and D Mercantile, stated the large M O N T A N A P A N I Y ..And a happy New Year! * 4 , Resolution: organize the kitchen cupboards! Resolution: Try a healthier new recipe each week. 717 C Fourth Avanut North natf to thaCanlarpiaca. Big Timber 932-6240 Bio Timber Ola«« and Detailing 604 West 2nd Big Timber, MT 932-6860 Thank y o u for your past patronage. We look forward to serving y o u in 2004! Your Hometown Auto Glass Specialist It's a pleasure doing business in a ll o f Sweet Grass County. Wishing you HAPPY HOLIDAYS! From C & H B U E C O N S T R U C T I O N turnout of customers since the stoic's closing was announced has left him feeling angry. \If people would suppori the community the way they have since our closing was announced, this community would blossom \ Snodgrass also expressed little regard for those who regularly do their shopping ouisidc ot Big Timber \Unless this community wakes up and gets its head out of the sand.\ staled Snodgrass, \they're going to have to go to Walniari for everything because there will be no local businesses left \ Sweet Grass Sheriff Dan Tronrud told The Pioneer of two recent incidents occurring at The Fort and Town Pump in which purses and olhei items were removed from unlocked cars al file businesses He urged everyone to not leave items unattended in unlocked vehicles A new business. Montana Pantry, was highlighted. Owner Raima McCauley said she is ready to supply Big Timber cooks with a ready supply ol fresh herbs and spices as well as g l u i e n free products. For the first time m nearly two decades the Big Timber Science Olympiad team almost swept die state competition The Sweet Grass County team earned 246 points out ol a possible 294 in ilicir victory Fire totally destroyed a house on property owned In Matt Cremer that is known as the Old Sullivan place The state Fire Marshall participated m the investigation which indicated the fire, which Big Timber Volunteer Fire Chief Murk Stephens staled did between $30.000 and $40.000 in damage, was an accident. Louis Todisco. infant son of Joe and Becky Todisco of Big Timber, received a new heart on November 30. The baby had been balding an infection the Iasi several weeks that had left doctors stumped and damaged his hcait. December 12 - 18 Sweet Grass County Clerk Sherry Bjorndal stated the costs for the Hobble Fire that swept the eastern part of the county during August lopped off at $212.464 80. t f l í d ú i g g o u e v e r y h r g g u n e u i h h & T o ß d a g ( f e r n e n a n d t h r o u g h o u t t h e c o m i n g g e a r . Ç / h o n u i â S t o g l m C d U o t m y a t i £ a u > QAiisfimg you nld a ^Wonddiffull Woftdöij Season, footing jo ¡wand to sewing you jolt the Qjeaft 2004! 'tJitOlll P a p e r C r e a t i o n s S t è f J u u u e y o o t U f ( OPEN 9-12 Dec. 24 &31 > CLOSED Dec 25 & Jan. 1 j Jan. 1, 2004 — BIG TIMBER (MT) PIONEER — Page 15 Of this amount the county received partial reimbursement for 75 percent of these costs, or S I59.348.60, lrom the Federal Emergency Management Agency, leaving the county with a monetary loll of $53.1 16 20 JoAnn fuller, owner of the Timber Bar said donations for die annual food drive to benefit the Big Timber Food Bank arc down tins year from last, prompting her to possibly change the date ol the drive next year Tana I’ansi of the Big Timber Food Bank told The Pioneer the loud bank had been hit harder in November and December tilts yeai but donations from area churches bad enabled the needs ol the hungry to be met. December 19 - 25 Sweet Grass County Attorney Rich Malagasi took a voluntary leave of absence from Ins job alter two county employees. Janu Moody and Arlene Yost, filed temporary orders of protection against him. Court papers filed by the vvoiiil ii in Disii u I t mu I iiul ..... . they weioeniue ned lui then salciv and teartul tlie11 lelationslnp with Malagisi would \estuiate to include not only verbal but some tv pc ol physical abuse 'lost and Moody met w i t h S w e e t G r a s s C o u n t v Commissioners Fetore t a k i n g die action and were assured by the gtoup the .situation bei ween themselves and Malagisi would he addressed During Malagisfs absence Park County officials would be contaeied. according to Clerk of Court Deanna Novotny Two trials arc scheduled in January that arc being prosecuted by Malagisi, according to Novotny, and she is uncertain what w i l l happen in ihose cases. Tins Christmas issue of The Pioneer also featured pictures of Big Timber Grade School students performing in die annual Christmas Program and offered a \Christmas f h i o u g h the Decades\ section containing stones reprinted liom past issues of The Pioneer H A F F Y H O L I D A Y S INSURANCE Randy M o o re Agent Big Um ber 932-9473 m m Bureau F I N A N C I A L S E R V I C E S Happy Nnv Year! • Life / Disability • Retirement Planning • Farm & Ranch • Estate Planning • Home / Ruto • Commercial 201 McLeod • P.O. Box 1170 Bip Timber, MT 59011 Stop in for a free Financial/lnsurance review •seccarne» * jE w y ic^» E ^ u r p ^ u s r m arkctino WEST DCS MOINES, IA 60206. 677-860-2904 P r o s p e c t o r P i z z a H A P P Y ! H A P P Y ! N E W Y E A R ! ! ! f t ? m - O W E WILL BE CLOSED ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, JANUARY 1ST 1 2 1 fîQc&cocl St. SigTimbcr, fOT 9 3 2 - - O