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Havre City Council starts search for new member

National Guard doing flyover Wednesday


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Havre City County member Lindsey Ratliff smiles while talking to Tim Solomon Monday during a council meetng.

A vacant seat was declared open in Havre City Council's Ward 3 after council member Caleb Hutchins resigned his position at the council meeting Monday.

The council also heard about an air Montana National Guard flyover to salute the people on the front lines in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hutchins announced earlier this month he had accepted a job with Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington.

"I just want to thank Caleb for being a great mentor and sitting next to me on the council," council member Lindsey Ratliff said. "He'll be missed and I wish him well in Spokane with his family."

"Hopefully he does great out there," Havre Mayor Tim Solomon said. "It's a big good move for Caleb."

Applications to fill the vacant seat will be accepted till May 15.

Quarter ending pledged securities for Independence Bank were also approved at the meeting.

The Finance Committee met before City Council Monday and approved the April claims and manual warrants, council and Finance Committee member Ed Matter said.

No other committee reports were discussed.

Solomon said during the public comment section that the Havre-Hill County Library is still closed, but it is doing curbside delivery service for people who need books and is doing reading online.

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Six city council members meet while social distancing Monday during a Havre City Council meeting.

The Havre Community pool is also still closed, he said, adding that the playground equipment at city parks is off-limits.

"But, the parks are open for people to go out and enjoy the outdoors," Solomon said. "They can sit at the tables, I'd be cautious as far as make sure you bring your own wipes, but they are not being sanitized by the city right now."

The Montana National Guard is going to be doing a fly-over Havre and other cities in Montana Wednesday at 10:40 a.m.,he said.

"It's a salute to health care, first responders out there as far as on the front lines," he added. "I thought it was a nice gesture for them."

"Not that I have ever doubted where I wanted to live, but I feel much better now," Matter said.

The next Havre City Council meeting is Monday, June 1.


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