By Michael Heins
Awards were passed out to six Havre city employees for their years of good work by the city council.
Mayor Phyllis Leonard and the city council passed out the awards for good conduct to the following employees:
A 30-year pin Mike Badgley;
A 10-year pin Dave Bessette, Randy Owens, Joe Chamberlain, Ray Griffith and Jeff Jinsen.
"We do appreciate your services and we think the world of you guys," Leonard said.
Dave Wilson spoke about the city of Havre's recent nomination for Tree city USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Havre has been named a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation for its efforts in tree planting. This is the 10th year the city of Havre has received national recognition by The National Arbor Day Foundation.
A correspondence letter was received from the Havre Chamber of Commerce showing appreciation to the city workers for cleaning up the streets of Havre. The director wanted to make sure the workers were thanked.
Eagle Manor is applying for grants for additional lands to expand its operation. A motion was passed by the city council to put it before a streets and sidewalk meeting.
Ron Bastin spoke about the water main replacement on First Street and Bear Paw Development Corporation's help in getting the grant and their agreement in the management process. The city council approved the management process.
Two resolutions were discussed at the meeting.
3306 is a resolution for vacating a portion of Main Street, 19th Avenue and the alley ways in block 4 and 5. The area to be vacated has never been used by the public and the vacation will enable the development of park land and residential property to benefit the residents of Havre. A motion was passed for abandonment for these streets by the city council.
3307 is a resolution of intention to annex certain real property to the city of Havre, to designate the zoning for the property, to fix a date of public hearing and to provide for publication of notice.
The zoning of the areas proposed will be considered at a public hearing held by the city council in the council chambers May 15 at 7 p.m.
The city clerk will prepare and publish a legal notice of the 20-day comment period for real property owners of the area to be annexed to submit written comments approving or disapproving the annexation.
The council will consider all written comments received by the city clerk at the next regular council meeting following the expiration of the 20-day comment period.
A public hearing will be held concerning the Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) to discuss the application for TSEP funds. TSEP funds for the city of Havre main water line replacement project have been approved, but the city is applying for funds to the loop line south of Havre to connect an existing water main. The hearing is April 17 at 8 p.m.
The council also discussed what to do with the remaining Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) funds. The council talked about using the remaining $37,797 for a bike path, but tabled the idea.
Currently, the city's CTEP funds are being used for the following:
Fort Assinniboine $10,000;
H. Earl Clack Museum 23,000;
Havre Youth Hockey $97,000;
Havre Beneath the Streets - 16,900;
This is a total of $146,900 and leaves a remainder of $37,797.
The council also approved March claims and manual warrants