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Getting Ready for Spring? I couldn’t be the only one looking forward to warmer weather. The seed catalogs have been on the coffee table for a month. My husband and I, along with many of you, are already planning for the garden and yard. Not unlike the seed catalog in January, this newsletter topic may seem a little premature, but Spring is coming along with the subject of Local Government Review.
In early February, Council Members Lawretta Miller, Greg Koczur and I were able to take advantage of some training in Laurel, offered for local government officials. These opportunities are a real benefit to each of us as elected officials, since one seldom knows what they are getting into till they are in it: a common experience to us all in one area or another of life. Hopefully the workshops will benefit you as we work toward doing a better job. The subjects discussed covered a broad range: local ordinances, budgeting, council procedures, libraries, safety concerns, liability issues, responsibility to the public, abiding by Montana State Law and the upcoming Local Government Review.
In the Montana State Constitution it is required that each unit of local government shall conduct an election once every ten years to determine whether the local government will undertake a local government review procedure. So, the question of conducting a review will be on the ballot on June 3, of 2014.
You, the voters of Colstrip, have the opportunity to review the form of government under which your local community has been functioning for the last ten years. It may be decided that our current form of government, Commission(Council)-Executive(Mayor), suits us well; in which case we would proceed as usual. In the case that a majority of voters felt another form of government may be a better fit for the community, a study commission would be appointed to explore options allowed by the State of Montana: Commission-Manager, Commission Government or Commission-Presiding Officer.
Colstrip has a Self-Governing Charter, with a Commission-Executive form of government. Under Montana’s Constitution those with a self-governing charter-- May exercise any executive, legislative, administrative power not prohibited by the Montana Constitution, law, or charter. Charter shall define powers, structures, privileges, rights, duties and limitations of the local government. Montana Code Annotated MCA 7-3-701 & MCA 7-3-709. The Commission Executive form of government consists of the Elected Commission (Council) and Elected Executive (Mayor) MCA 7-3-301. Simply stated, the Council is the decision making body; the Mayor is responsible to carry out the decisions of the Council.
I would like to welcome each one of you to visit City Hall to pick up information on our current government form as well as the options available through State Law. They will be available at the front desk and on the City Website: www.cityofcolstrip.com. It will be up to you, the people who live and work in Colstrip. Does our current form of government work for us?
Enjoy the upcoming Spring celebrating new life as Easter approaches, the streams and rivers thaw, hillsides green up, flowers pop out and gardens are planted.
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