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Froid Town Council Conducts Ordinance Review

The Froid Town Council held their regular meeting March 21. Mayor Sheri Crain and council members Gale Strandlund, Gregg Labatte, Tyler Harris and Laurie Young were in attendance, as was clerk LeAnn Johnson.

Area resident and business owner Leah Meeker addressed the council during non-agenda discussion time. She said the summer tournaments sponsored by Meeker and her husband last year are again in planning stages for another round.

Public works director Michael O’Toole resigned his position, effective immediately. A replacement is being sought. Mayor Crain thanked local residents who stepped up to move snow during the recent weather.

Johnson told the Community News that a local resident is being sent to the Montana Rural Water Systems’ annual conference in Great Falls this spring to pursue certification for the public works director position. Absences in this department are proving increasingly difficult to fill in this part of the state.

A local resident spoke during public comment regarding problems with area ditches, culverts and sewers. Johnson said these and other infrastructure concerns will be looked into as soon as the ground isn’t covered with snow and ice.

The town reports all American Rescue Plan Act funding as pending, with summer start dates likely for water and sewer projects, including work on manholes and broken curb stops.

An ordinance review was conducted for Title 7 “Health and Welfare” and Title 8, regarding animals. A systematic review is being conducted, according to Johnson, to address badly outdated language. Public hearings will be hosted prior to finalizing changes to ordinance language.

A building permit was approved for a fence on First Street N.

The next regular meeting is set for April 17.

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