Message from the Mayor
I hope we have seen the last of winter. It seemed that it lasted forever. Now we just need it to dry out a little so the farmers can get their crops in.
My first year as your Mayor seemed to fly by; all and all it was a good year for me and a good year for the city. There were a few little bumps in the road but I expected that. We completed the New SRE Building at the airport which houses a new Fixed Base Operator area as well as storage garage for snow removal equipment. This project was long overdue and turned out very nice. If you get a chance, drive out and take a look. I am sure Debbie would be glad to show you around.
After five years of working on garbage (MSW), I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our Municipal Solid Waste Transfer Station is up and running. Pending Council’s approval we will be delivering our garbage to the Billings City Landfill around the first of July at a cost of $57.00 per ton (that includes tipping fees and transportation cost). Based on 5,000 ton per year, which is probably low, this will amount to approximately $155,000 dollars a year reduction in garbage disposal expense for the City of Powell. MSW disposal is still very expensive, but at this time I don’t see any better options.
We have seen positive growth with a couple of new subdivisions and some building activity in Water Tower West. This activity along with normal maintenance have kept our City crews very busy this past year.
We are looking forward to next year. We have no major projects planned. We will be doing our normal maintenance, slurry seal, chip seal, hot mix, electric pole replacement, finish replacing the light fixtures downtown and other street repairs. Our budget for next fiscal year should be finalized in the next couple of weeks, and I am hoping we can put a little money in our General Fund Reserve like we did last year and get it back up to where our auditors recommend it should be.
We will be looking at water and sewer mains that are old and need to be replaced. I requested that the Engineering Department and the Water Department come up with a priority list which they have done. These mains are very old and we need to come up with a replacement schedule and cost. This problem is not going to go away the longer we prolong; the worse it is going to get.
I hope you enjoy your summer.
Don E. Hillman
City of Powell
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