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Rig Timber & Sweet Grass County, Montana Vol. 113, No. 44 - August 30 - September 5, 2002 I I The Big Timber City Council voted 2-2 at a regular meeting Monday, Aug. 19, on a proposed ordinance that would make it illegal to park within 30 feet of any inter- section in town. Mayor Tom Hanel broke the tie by voting for the ordinance, which means it will get another reading and be discussed and voted on again at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3. All new ordinances must be read twice and voted on twice before becoming part of the law. As of right now, there is a zon- ing ordinance that says no trees, shrubs or other tall plants may be within 30 feet of the intersection. This produces a triangle of visibility on the corner of all the streets. There is also a law on the books that says vehicles may not park within 20 feet of a crosswalk. City Attorney Bill Frazier, the author of the proposed ordinance, said that law does not apply to very many streets in Big Timber because in order to have a crosswalk, there has to be sidewalks. The new ordinance would cover all areas in town, with or without sidewalks, Frazier explained. Frazier was approached by sev- eral citizens who were concerned that it is difficult to see around cor- "hers. Many people thought with school 'starting, there will be a lot more children walking, and now is a good time to make a new parking ordinance. City/County Planner Betty Alexander suspected if the new ordi- ' nance passed, two parking spaces on each block (one on each end of the street) would be removed in the downtown area. Councilmen Cory Conner and Randy Rembold, who both voted against the proposal, thought the new ordinance would be difficult to enforce. There are no curbs on most Continued on page 2 II This photograph was taken at a gas station in the West earlier this summer. Gas ,rices have already gone up 20 cents in Montana since the picture was taken. (contributed photo) The Main Boulder Road is narrow and, in spots, has only one lane of traffic. The road, built of native rock and soil, follows the local terrain both horizontally and vertically. In one area near Chippy Park, the road pinches into a narrow twelve foot, one-lane passage with a steep drop into the Boulder River on one side and a steep hill with a rock slide coming down to the river on the other. "There are more cars on the Main Boulder Road than some of the other county roads," said Larry Juell, Sweet Grass County Road Supervisor~ In the summer, the current volume of traffic is approximately 200 vehicles a day. "We need to improve the road to meet the volume of traffic or let it deteriorate to discourage traffic," he stated. Juell prefers to improve the road. With the approval of the Sweet Grass County Commissioners, Park County Commissioners and the U. S. Forest Service, he applied this month for a Montana Forest Highway Program grant to improve the bottleneck on the upper Boulder Road. If the county receives the grant, the money won't be available for improvements until 2007. The commissioners from the two counties took a tour of the Main Boulder in early summer with Bill Avey, Big Timber District Forest Service Ranger, and Juell. When they got to the bottleneck, Juell told them what he had in mind for the road. "I knew I wanted a 26 foot, two-lane road through that area," Juell stressed. This portion of the road could Continued on page 2