May 3, 2006

On May 2 voters approved a community council for the Bonner-Milltown area, reports the Missoulian. The council, which is a volunteer advisory organization with no power to legislate or tax, was approved 94 to 89. The slim margin of approval will trigger a recount.

The idea for the council grew out of the conceptual plan proposed by the Milltown Redevelopment Working Group. The group recognized that with the cleanup of the Milltown Reservoir and removal of the dam that the area could face considerable new pressures. Important issues like growth and infrastructure would best be dealt with by a community council.

“It’s a way for us to make sure we can have our opinions heard,” said Sue Furey, member of the working group. “The only way we’re going to be able to keep this a cool place is to be able to voice our opinion” about matters that affect the community.

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