Summer is nearly over: the grain fields have been harvested; a few areas have another cutting of hay; the fair has come and gone; and school is starting soon. I would say it has been a quiet summer but the few dramatic thunder/lightning storms we have had were far from quiet. The City’s Water Treat-ment Plant took a hit on the electrical system. Our Public Works employees spent many extra hours to repair the damage. They continued to operate the system manually for several days until replacement parts could be installed. Thanks to their great efforts, there were no interruption in water service or flows.
THANK YOU, PUBLIC WORKS SUPERVISOR AND STAFF!
Speaking of water, the City recently had an ISO rating done which is part of a Public Protection Classification. The Fire Department, the Police Department Emergency Dispatch and the Public Works Department all worked together to provide the information to complete this study. ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) lists a large number of items a community should have to fight fires effectively and assigns credit points for each item. Using those credit points and various formulas, ISO calculates a total score on a scale of 0 to 105.5. To receive certain Public Protection Classification (PPC™) ratings, a community must meet minimum criteria. After a community meets those criteria, the PPC depends on the community’s score on the 100-point scale. Much like the A,B,C grades we are familiar with from school, 90-100=1; 80-90=2; 70-80=3; 60-70=4 on down to level 1. Again, the City has an excellent rating of 4. Very impressive for a small community.
GREAT JOB and THANK YOU, first to the FIRE CHIEF & VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, with Police Department and Public Works support.
The City Council, I and the Clerk/Treasurer have been working away at the budget for 2015-2016. Our budget year runs from July 1st, of each year to June 30th, of the following year. By the time you see this newsletter, the proposed budget should be available for public review, along with our capital improvement plan. Unlike many of the small communities in Montana, budgeting is less stressful for us, due to our large tax base. This allows the citizens of Colstrip many amenities that others do not have; a Police Department, snow plowing, street sweeping, sidewalks and more. I for one, am very thankful for being able to live in a safe, clean, well-maintained community.
This time of year, when many of our young people head back to school at home, at college or at the public schools, reminds me of the old patriotic songs that I learned as a child: My Country Tis of Thee, America the Beautiful, God Bless America, and the Star Spangled Banner. Even though it was not the Fourth of July, we sang them in school quite often; they were considered part of our educa-tion.
So as our families gear up for school, or work at home or outside the home, I would like to remember Irving Berlin’s, God Bless America:
God Bless America, Land that I love, Stand beside her and guide her Thru the night with a light from above;
From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans white with foam, God bless America, My home, sweet home. God bless America, My home, sweet home.
Mayor Rose Hanser