The last Christmas tree pickup will be Saturday, January 25. We once again would like to
thank our volunteer group for helping our community collect the trees. Christmas trees
will be chipped and repurposed.
We have one forestry crew that is continuing to prune on 3rd Avenue East with a second
crew moving to the Cottonwood and Blue Herron subdivisions to do some train pruning
as they have completed work in Northview Heights.
Park crews completed 136 work orders in 2019. Work orders usually come from special
requests for work above the normal routine of parks operations.
We had a great turnout for our annual FHS Cheerleading Camp on
January 11. The girls worked hard and did a wonderful job at the
varsity basketball halftime performance. Special thanks to the
Flathead coaches and cheerleaders for their enthusiasm and
dedication to help get the camp participants ready to perform.
We are half way through our ice skating lessons at the Woodland Ice
Center. These introductory lessons allow skaters with little to no skating
experience to build confidence while learning to skate. We still have
spots available for Session 3 (starting January 21) and Session 4
(starting February 4).
Our winter youth sports leagues start in the next few weeks. Kalispell
Kickers (indoor soccer for preschool thru 4th grade) starts on Saturday, January 25 at
Rankin Elementary School. Our Little Squirts Basketball league for 4-5 year olds starts
the following Saturday (February 1) at Elrod Elementary School.
The full end of year activity report can be found here
In 2019, K9 Cairo and handle Officer Jason Parce conducted 52 search warrants,
conducted 53 searches, completed 10 Agency Assist, and referred 61 cases for
prosecution. These cases resulted in excess of $62,000 in street value drugs being seized
by the Kalispell Police Department. Officer Parce’s work is supported by over 200 hours
of training in the last year.
Detectives finished 2019 investigating 572 Felony cases.
The Kalispell Police Department responded to 36,000 calls for service in 2019. This
compares to 34,909 in 2018, 33,744 in 2017.
Chief Overman, Sheriff Heino, and Officer Cory Clarke completed an on-site visit with
the Gallatin County Sheriff and Bozeman Chief of Police on the embedded social worker
program. Valuable insight was gained on lessons learned while implementing the
program. Western Montana Mental health and Flathead County have received a grant for
the corresponding social worker. The program should begin early this spring and assist
Law Enforcement with mental health calls.
Since the last update, the Kalispell Fire Department has received 130 calls for service.
Fire department staff member and Hazardous materials team member Firefighter Hansen
recently attended a USDOT sponsored AWR-140 Radiation Nuclear Awareness train the
trainer course in Billings. This course is generally offered to those who work within fire/
medical and emergency response services. This course presents a radiological/nuclear
WMD overview consisting of ionizing radiation fundamentals, terminology, health
effects, and recognition factors.
Fire department staff are finalizing and submitting year-end demographics and data as
required for our reporting purposes. Fire department Paramedics are also completing their
required testing for their Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) certifications this week.
The Planning Board met on January 14 and heard a request from Spartan Holdings, LLC
for a PUD and major preliminary plat application within the B-2/PUD and RA-2/PUD
Zones. The subject property is located at 2890 Highway 93 North, generally bound by the
Stillwater River on the west and south, U.S. 93 North on the east and Northern Pines Golf
Course and Falkor Defense on the north. The Board did unanimously recommend
approval of the two requests after lengthy discussion and that recommendation will be
forwarded onto the Council for their consideration at the February 3, 2020 meeting.
In the last 2 weeks, we have issued permits for 1 single-family home and 6 townhomes.
That will bring the total of new single-family/duplex and townhouse units for the year to
7, compared to 0 last year at this time. At the end of 2019, the building department had
issued permits for a total of 84 Multi-family units. At this time, for 2020, we have not
issued any permits for Multi-family units, however there are currently two large Multifamily
projects under review; The Crossings located on Two Mile drive which would
contain 324 units on full build out and Frontier Village located at Treeline Drive which
would contain 126 units at full build out.
There were a total of 97 building inspections completed in the last 2 weeks.
Residential – 50 Plumbing – 6
Commercial – 9 Mechanical – 15
Electrical – 12 Fire – 5
Fire/Life Safety inspections were conducted at the following school locations; Flathead
HS, Kalispell Middle School, Glacier HS, Hedges, Peterson, Elrod, Russel, Rankin,
Linderman and Edgerton. These inspections were conducted during the 2019
Christmas/New Year’s break. Our Fire/Life Safety inspectors continue to work with the
district on remedying issues that were found.
During the month of December, there were a total of 148 Fire/Life Safety Inspections and
9 re-inspections completed.
The City has filed for a one-year extension of its Notice of Interim Trail Use (NITU)
permit period with the Surface Transportation Board. The City of Kalispell and BNSF
have completed negotiations for the railbanking and sale agreement so the time extension
simply allows for completion of the required steps for the sale to close.
Staff will be working with WGM group on Task Orders necessary to complete the
planning, permitting, design, bidding, and construction administration of the Airport/18th
Street urban renewal project recently approved by the Council via Ordinance 1835. The
goal is to have the project BID and under contract this Spring.
Annual Bio-Solids Report
The City of Kalispell Wastewater Treatment Plant maintains and operates Bio-Solids
Disposal under the regulatory oversight of United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). Annually, staff reports the amounts of bio-solids generated at the
Kalispell WWTP by completing and sending in a “Bio-Solids Report Form”. The report
consists of reporting production of bio-solids in dry metric tons. In 2019, the WWTP
process generated 626 dry metric tons of bio-solids, 433 dry metric tons were delivered to
Glacier Gold LLC for composting, and 183 dry metric tons went to the Flathead County
Solid Waste Landfill.
Traffic Signs and Signal Sign Inventory
TSS staff has been populating an assets management program with Kalispell’s sign
inventory. The asset management program allows staff to track and record activities and
costs associated with sign installation and maintenance.
Quarterly Finance Report
Attached, please find the printouts reflecting the activity for the 1st half of fiscal year
2020. This printout reflects payroll earned thru Dec. 21, 2019, and accounts payable
claims received by the end of December. All funds are included with the exception of the
debt service funds.
General Fund tax revenue reflects taxes collected thru December 31. Some first half taxes
received by the County aren’t distributed to the City until the County completes the
distribution in January. The City has not yet received the January distribution. Last year,
the general fund received almost $700,000 of first half taxes in January. A similar
distribution this January would bring collections to about 56% of the fiscal year 2020
budgeted amount of $6,380,000. The City is currently carrying less than $18,000 in
protest taxes in the General Fund – protest tax dollars are held by the County.
Liquor licenses are billed once a year and are due by June 30.
City Court fines and fees revenue only reflects July thru November (5 months).
Parks tax revenues should be about 56% after the County’s January distribution. Youth
camps revenue, and many of the other user based parks fees, historically receives more of
their revenue in the 2nd half of the fiscal year (spring).
Ambulance fees for services ($393,824) are up over 27% from last year ($308,201). The
first half of the County EMS levy has not yet been received. Inception of lease (BOI
loan) is for the purchase of an ambulance and may be carried over to fiscal year 2021.
Building department permits and fees are outpacing the budgeted annual amounts. The
approximately $370,000 of permits and fees collected in the first half of this fiscal year is
about 53% of the annual budget.
Metered water sales thru December were $1,816,914, a decrease from last fiscal first half
of about 8%. It is normal for July thru December metered water sales to be in excess of
50%, normally about 60%, of the annual amount because of late summer and fall
sprinkling and irrigation. The decrease from fiscal year 2019 water revenue can be
attributed to the hot and dry summer that was experienced in Northwest Montana in
2018. Water impact fees are over 65% of the fiscal year 2020 budgeted amount of
Sewer service charges were $2,293,079, just over half (51%) of the budgeted amount.
Last year’s 1st half sewer service charges were $2,339,398. Sanitary sewer and treatment
plant impact fees are both over 80% of the anticipated fiscal year 2020 amount.
Storm sewer and Solid Waste revenue reflect assessments billed for fiscal year 2020.
Actual assessments collected for the storm sewer fund are about $700,000, and for the
solid waste fund are just over $440,000. These amounts do not include the January
distribution from the County. The January distribution of first half assessment
collections should bring total collections to excess of 50% of the annual budget for both
of these funds. Storm impact fees ($71,392) are 55% of the budgeted fiscal year 2020
General Fund expenditures reflect 47% spent. Some major expenditures such as liability
and property insurance are paid during the first quarter for the entire year. This can result
in expenditures not being evenly distributed over the fiscal period.
For most funds, expenditures/expenses include the 13th (25 of 52 weeks) payroll period
ending December 21st. Most departments and/or funds have over 52% remaining in the
salaries and retirement lines which should be adequate. The majority of fire department
and ambulance fund employees are paid 13 times annually. This 1st half report includes
the 6th of 13 (23 of 52 weeks/44%) pay periods for these employees. Health insurance is
paid 12 times per year and includes 5 months (42%) on this report for all funds.
With a few exceptions, administrative, central garage, and information technology
transfers are done monthly and should show 50% remaining. This is the same on the
revenue side for fees for services (Central Garage), internal services (Information
Technology), administrative charges (General Fund), and many of the transfers between
funds. The general fund administrative charges may vary slightly as some charges are
based on a percentage of revenues collected.