January and February were both busy and productive months for the City of Hamilton. Much of this work was accomplished by the city council, city employees, community partners and the mayor. Some of the highlights are as follows:
Partnership with Bitter Root Land Trust: The Bitter Root Land Trust and City of Hamilton are working together to secure 70 acres of riverfront property that will eventually become a city park. The location of the new park is directly south of the current River Park and will double the size of that park and offer public access to the river and nature trails. Fundraising efforts are in full swing and people will have many opportunities to share resources to bring this project to fruition.
Daly Sewer Project: The City of Hamilton, Hamilton School District and Ravalli County have entered into a memorandum of understanding concerning a sewer line project on Daly Avenue. This project is necessary to accommodate the needs of the new Daly School. The project should begin in late summer/early fall 2018.
Third Street Water Project: The City of Hamilton has contracted a water project on South Third Street. The water lines will be replaced from Ravalli Street to State Street. The project is currently underway and the city hopes to complete the project soon to lessen the impact of the Farmer’s Market.
Urban Renewal District Public Hearing: The city hosted a public hearing to listen to the concerns of private citizens and business owners within the boundaries of the proposed project. The hearing was well attended and everyone had a chance to speak. City Attorney Karen Mahar, Public Works Director Donny Ramer and Ravalli County Economic and Development Authority Executive Director Julie Foster presented information concerning the creation of the district. There will be more public hearings, community education and discussion in the near future.
Creation of a Disc Golf Course: The City is hosting a walk-through of Hieronymus Park to determine the layout of a new disc golf course. Many disc golf enthusiasts, city councilors, city staff and the mayor will walk the park and put the wheels in motion to build the course. The impact on the park will be minimal but the benefits of the course will be significant. The creation of the course will allow disc golfers a local course where lessons and tournaments can be held.
Community Cares Clean-Up Day: The City of Hamilton is organizing a Community Cares Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 14. The concept is that residents of Hamilton who need help cleaning up their yard waste will apply for service and volunteer action groups will apply to help. The elderly, infirm, lonely etc. may apply for assistance and church groups, service organizations, clubs or private individuals may create a clean-up team. Those in need will be matched with those who will help and the yard waste will be bagged, bundled and placed near the street for pick-up. Afterwards the participants will assemble for refreshments and share stories of the day.
The Hamilton City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. The Committee of the Whole meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. These meetings are open to the public and held at City Hall in the Community Room. City Hall is located at 223 S. 2nd St., in Hamilton.
Mayors of Hamilton and Stevensville join the Ravalli County Commission in providing a monthly report in the Ravalli Republic’s Sunday edition.