Spotted Eagle attracts Scouts

A Boy Scout Camporee will draw Boy Scouts from across eastern Montana to Spotted Eagle Recreation Area in Miles City for a two-day campout the first weekend of May.

Dave Swogger, one of the Miles City troopmasters, told the Miles City Council at its meeting Tuesday there were going to be many scouts from many towns, including Billings and Glasgow. He said the scouts will camp out for two nights and there will be a lot of activities.

The city will donate the water for drinking and doing dishes for the event. Two 500-gallon tankers will be brought to town to hold the water.

Swogger attended the meeting with four scouts who came to learn about public meetings. He thanked the city’s fire, public works, public utilities and police departments for helping local Scout earn merit badges. 

Another task the scouts undertook recently was to write a letter to the editor of the Miles City Star about the need for more bike paths in the city.

City Planner Dawn Colton said the scouts will be happy to know that the need for bike paths is addressed in the city’s Long-Range Transportation Study, which the council will vote on May 25. 

The council also approved a new policy for selecting a person to fill an empty council seat until the next city election if a council member leaves mid-term. The new policy requires that all council members receive copies of all the letters from interested people no less than three days before the next council meeting. 

Any review comments by council members must be given to the city clerk who will get those to the other council members. At the next meeting, or at a special meeting if there are more than three candidates, the interested candidates will give opening statements and then be interviewed by the council. 

Someone will make a motion to nominate one of the candidates, and if seconded, the council will vote on it. A simple majority is needed. 

If no candidate gets a majority vote, the search will be reopened.

In other news the council:

— approved Miles City Economic Development Council Executive Director Tracy Baker to the Urban Renewal Agency Board of Commissioners Liaison.

— applauded news that city building inspector Dennis Hirsch received an award for outstanding performance from the International Code Council. The award is for city codes that Hirsch has authored pertaining to buildings, fire and energy.

— learned that new city Public Utilities employee Eric Hoff passed his water test on the first try. The test has a 60 percent failure rate for first-time test takers.

— was told the low diving board in the city swimming pool was repaired after fasteners came out last year. Water will be pumped into the pool as early as Friday. 

— approved a Downtown Façade Improvement Grant for $1,250 to 1885 Entertainment LLC for a new entrance door at Trails Inn Tap Haus and Mama Stella’s Pizza at 607 Main St.