The Missoula City Council agenda is a doozy this week.
Carmike Cinemas wants to add 800 seats and a couple big screens in an expansion, plus bike and car parking. (And “pedestrian facilities,” although I haven’t read committee minutes and am not sure what that means. A shoe shine station like at the airport?)
The city wants to raise fees for huge loads rolling through town, and also make sure giant trucks — not just big houses — are charged. The proposal is to bill $200 instead of $100 a load, and Public Works director Steve King said the fees haven’t been updated since 1988. He said the Kearl project prompted a review of the fees. (There’s bonding requirements, too, but unless I’ve missed something, they only apply to the over-sized homes. Maybe that’s ’cause the Montana Department of Transportation would collect enough money from Exxon/Imperial Oil so there’s money to fix stuff the bigrigs ruin? That’s a guess.)
There’s also some assessments on the docket. Normally, they wouldn’t be controversial, but this year, maybe the council will hear some comments. A couple of the assessments are for traffic calming, and those are at the request of citizens and so I wouldn’t think they’d be controversial. We’ll see.
There’s a contract for painting bike lanes, and a request to extend the protest period for the road and park districts through Sept. 7. Currently, the deadline is this Wed., 5 p.m.
You know how they say the busier you are, the more you get done? Well, sometimes, that’s true at the council meetings. When there’s just a couple things on the agenda, someone gets windy and off topic and the meeting goes on and on and on.
Maybe tonight, with so much to do, efficiency will reign, and a good time will be had by all.
— Keila Szpaller