Wolf Point Herald

MDT Uses Right-Of-Way Authority To Nix Protecting Downtown Sculpture

The Montana Department of Transportation has nixed a request by the artist who created the bronze monument of a horse and rider in the triangle in downtown Wolf Point, leaving the city council powerless to act on it because it is in the MDT right-of-way.
Mayor Chris Dschaak told the council Monday, July 20, that there is no more the city can do to address the request by Floyd Tennyson “Tenny” DeWitt of Bozeman to raise the base of the monument higher and place a low fence to protect it.
Dschaak said the MDT will not allow fencing or any alteration, including a higher base, but would support moving the sculpture to a different location, which DeWitt has said he opposes.
“It’s a non-issue for us. There is nothing more we can do,” Dschaak said.
DeWitt, 81, was born and raised in Wolf Point and was a Wolf Point Police officer during the 1950s. He has not lived in Wolf Point for many years.
DeWitt recently told The Herald-News he is hoping more will be done to protect and promote his sculpture of a rider who has taken his hat off as a reverent gesture to all who shaped the community Wolf Point became.
The bronze cast monument has stood 39 years near the point of the triangle between Anaconda and Main streets near the Wolf Point Café.
Dschaak said he has contacted DeWitt with the information about the MDT decision.

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Frontier School Board Authorizes Purchases

The Frontier School board approved authorizing an increase for purchases by superintendent Christine Eggar from $4,000 to $7,500 without prior school board approval during the monthly meeting Tuesday, July 21.
In other business, the trustees approved hiring Michelle Hilkemann as a substitute teacher.
The board also approved a contract for returning counselor Dave Riggin, an independent contractor.
In another matter, the board approved hiring former Brockton teacher Jeanine Granada to teach kindergarten at Frontier.
The board also increased the district credit card limit from $20,000 to $30,000.
In other business, the trustees accepted a quote from A-Core of Missoula for $3,887 to cut cement due to a sewer drainage problem.
The board also approved nine kindergartners, two first-graders, one third-grader, three fourth-graders and one sixth-grader from outside the district and reapproved most returning out-of-district students. Four are on hold until the Aug. 18 meeting to determine if the school will be able to accommodate them.

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Armed Man Threatening Officers Prompts Call For Heightened City Hall Security Measures

An incident in late June where Wolf Point Police officers confronted an armed man who is alleged to have threatened police prompted a discussion of city hall security during the Wolf Point City Council meeting Monday, July 20.
Officers disarmed and arrested Tyrule Davis, 43, of Los Angeles, Calif., on June 26, on the 200 block of Fourth Avenue South after Davis allegedly made threats with a handgun. He is held in the Roosevelt County Jail facing a felony charge of assault on a peace officer or judicial official.
Police chief Jeff Harada said most police and sheriff’s offices, and municipal and county buildings require people entering to be buzzed into buildings.
Metal detectors are in place for people entering many courtrooms.
“Things are changing. They’re not the locals anymore,” council woman Tina Bets His Medicine said of the high number of arrests in recent years of felony offenders from out of state.
“I think that a secure building is something that should be looked at,” she said.
Mayor Chris Dschaak said he wants the council to discuss security for entrances to city hall and the police department on Monday, Aug. 17, the next  council meeting.

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Public Hearing To Address Proposed Doubling Of Street Levy

Wolf Point residents will have an opportunity to comment on a proposal to double the street maintenance levy during a public hearing Monday, Aug. 5.
The proposal is to raise the assessment from $39.60 to $79.20 to fund major street maintenance projects municipal officials say are necessary because grant funding is not available.
“We need to fix our streets, which are going to be terrible,” mayor Chris Dschaak said.
The full budget, which the council is scheduled to adopt Monday, Aug. 19, remains a work in progress.
“I don’t foresee any increases in water, sewer or garbage,” City clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum said. “We have dire need,” she said.
The council voted unanimously to move forward with the proposal.
The meeting will be advertised in The Herald-News.
The public hearing will be held in the council chambers Monday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m.

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Commissioners Push Vicious Dogs Ordinance Closer To Approval

The Roosevelt County Commissioners passed a vicious dog ordinance on a required first of two readings Tuesday, July 14.
The commissioners are likely to pass it into law with approval on a second reading next week.
Under the new ordinance, an owner of a dog that bites or attempts to bite will face a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum fine of $250 and possible destruction of the dog or the mandatory implantation of an identifying microchip. It becomes mandatory that biting dogs be euthanized on second offenses. The fines for an owner after a second offense goes to $500.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office or any other local law enforcement agency will be authorized to impound and quarantine any dog that bites.
The Roosevelt County Attorney requested the ordinance after several people asked for stricter laws addressing vicious dogs.
In other business, the commissioners authorized the County Road Department to purchase two front end disks for $32,500.
The commissioners also approved electrical work at the fairgrounds in Culbertson at a minimum cost of $2,700.

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