Commissioners finalize Big Sky Parks District

The Madison County Board of Commissioners finalized Resolution 37-2011 at their regular meeting in Virginia City on Tuesday, officially creating the Big Sky Mountain Trails, Recreation and Parks Special District.

The resolution expands the existing park district in Big Sky and strips it of existing taxing authority. It also draws Madison County into an interlocal agreement with Gallatin County for the management of the new district and a contiguous park district in Gallatin County.

Katie Morrison, executive director of the Big Sky Community Corporation, was pleased to see the project she began work on almost a year ago to the day come to completion.

“It’s a huge sense of accomplishment,” she said. “At this point, with there being controversy in the beginning, I’m glad that it’s so easy right now and that everyone’s on the same page.”

Morrison noted that the Madison County Board of Commissioners played an important role in pushing the project through.

“They really helped work through all this,” she said. “They participated a lot in making this happen. It’s a great thing for the community of Big Sky to have a district and to have it be both Madison and Gallatin County really cooperating for the entire community.”

During Tuesdays meeting the board also worked with facilities and maintenance coordinator Tom Shaffer to come up with facilities job description. The job is for a part-time, fill-in winter custodial maintenance position starting at $12.58 per hour with an approximate average of 20 hours per week. Duties for the position include assisting Shaffer with snow removal as well as other winter maintenance tasks.

The board also carried a motion approving the acquisition in of a motor grader for maintenance of county roads. The county will trade in a 2002 motor grader valued at $98,800 for a 2012 John Deere motor grader valued at $284,555, which will cost the county a total of $185,755.

In other news the board carried a motion to accept a certificate of completion for the Lone View II subdivision in Big Sky and release a subdivision improvement agreement and letter of credit. The Madison County Board of Commissioners meeting will hold a joint meeting with Jefferson and Beaverhead counties on Thursday Oct. 20 at the extension office in Whitehall where they will receive a tour of the Golden Sunlight Mine.

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