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Stevi mayor says he will return to fire service if AG opinion supports it

Dewey delivered a statement as he resigned Monday night(STEVENSVILLE)- Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey says the fire department is "his life" and he'll plan to return as a volunteer if a future Attorney General's opinion supports the idea of him serving as mayor and firefighter. 

Dewey is agreeing to step down from his job as a volunteer firefighter after getting pressure from the Town Council. 

The council voted unanimously Monday night to ask for Dewey's immediate resignation from the fire department, where he's been a volunteer and administrative assistant for several years. The panel was concerned about possible conflicts of interest, with the city attorney saying his service falls under state law that addresses "incompatible positions." However, the city is still waiting to see if the AG's office issues a more definitive opinion on the matter. 

Dewey says he feels like the request was a "personal attack", but agreed to step aside. 


Stevensville chips in to save Bitterroot rail line

Stevensville Mayor Gene Mim Mack says use of tax increment funds will allow money to be paid back over time(STEVENSVILLE)- The Stevensville Town Council will dig into tax increment funds to come up with the money to help keep freight rail service running up the Bitterroot Valley.

Local governments in Ravalli County have been working to assemble funding to help make up the difference of what shippers are able to spend using the Montana Rail Link line this year. MRL is agreeing to keep the line in place if it has the combination of business and government commitments.

Ravalli County and Hamilton already agreed to fund the shortfall, putting all the attention on the Stevensville Town Council.

Wednesday night the council initially discussed contributing 15-thousand dollars, which is half what county commissioners had been hoping for. But after hearing expressions of support for the plan, and the importance of rail service to the town’s economy, the council voted to up the contribution to 20-thousand dollars.

“But basically those funds are going to come from our tax increment finance district, which will benefit directly from the use of the rail line," explains Mayor Gene Mim Mack. "So it’s basically the users of the district paying back these funds, over a probably 10-year period out of their tax revenues that they pay. So it’s a really good way to allow the funds to be spent. But the direct beneficiaries of those will pay them back.”  

Ravalli County commissioners will meet Thursday morning to discuss Stevensville’s contribution and whether they can finalize the county’s share of the 62-thousand dollar package. 


Ravalli leaders struggling to finish rail funding plan 

(HAMILTON)- That idea of using a combination of local government and business money to save rail serve to the Bitterroot is running into some problems.

Ravalli County and government and business leaders have been scrambling to come up with a combination of funds that will help convince Montana Rail Link to leave the Bitterroot branch line in service. Last fall, MRL filed a notice of intent to discontinue the line because it was no longer profitable.

Several shippers in Ravalli County, including the Selway Corporation in Stevensville and local feed stores have committed to give MRL a certain level of business over the next year. And Ravalli County and local city leaders have been trying to generate about $62,000 to complete the package.

Ravalli County commissioners agreed to spend $22,000 and had asked Stevensville and Hamilton to come up with the balance. But Stevensville has balked at committing the full $30,000, or at least doing so without another month to work out the plan.

Ravalli County Commissioner Greg Chilcott told Montana’s News Station Wednesday that’s put the county in the position of deciding what the county can do to keep the plan in play. Commissioners will meet this morning in Hamilton to discuss the latest developments.

MRL said last week its hoping to re-open the line as soon as May 1st, and had crews inspecting the track to see what repairs and other work might be needed. The line hasn’t been used since last May. 


Stevensville scrambles to balance its books

(STEVENSVILLE)- Stevensville leaders are frantically shopping, not because of Black Friday, but because they need to find a new auditor to review the town's books, an audit which is nearly 6-months overdue.

The Bitterroot Star reports the town's contracted auditor, Terry Burke, was supposed to have wrapped reviewing Stevensville's financial information for the 2009-2010 fiscal year this past June. But the town finally got word from the state earlier this month that Burke was canceling his contract because he couldn't finish his work in time. 

The development throws a financial monkey wrench at the city, which is in need to up-to-date accounting not only for its own purposes, but to satisfy several major grant and loan programs being used for special projects right now. 

Read more on the story from the Bitterroot Star.