NOTICE OF SALE
Department of Natural Resources & Conservation Timber Sale
The South Fitzpatrick Timber Sale is located within Sections 29, 30, 31, & 32, T35N-R24W, on the State’s Stillwater Unit. Approximately 10,728 tons of sawlogs consisting of Engelmann spruce, white fir, Douglas-fir, and lodgepole pine sawlogs is offered for sale. Sealed bids will be opened at the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation, 2705 Spurgin Road, Missoula, Montana on February 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Bids may be hand delivered or mailed and will be accepted any time prior to the bid opening. DNRC recommends that bidders contact the Trust Land Management Division (406-542-4300) prior to the bid opening to ensure that your bid has been received. Bids must be accompanied by a deposit of $6,549.00, representing 5% of the minimum bid of the sale in cashier’s check, certified check, bank money order or bank draft to be applied to the stumpage for the successful bidder. Bid bonds will be accepted and, for the successful bidder, will be closed upon execution of the Timber Sale Contract and Timber Sale Bond. The sale will be awarded to the highest responsible bidder. If the successful bidder is unable to execute the contract within 30 calendar days from the date the sale is awarded, the bid deposit will be retained by the Department as liquidated damages. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids. Prospective bidders can obtain the sale prospectus, sale contract and bid forms from the Department of Natural Resources & Conservation, Trust Land Management Division, in Missoula (406-542-4300), the Northwest Land Office, in Kalispell (406-751-2257), or the Stillwater Unit Office in Olney, MT (406-881-2371). Visit our website at http://dnrc.mt.gov/Trust/Timber/Bids.asp for upcoming sales and bid results /s/ Sonya Germann, Chief Forest Management Bureau, Trust Land Mgmt Division MNAXLP
Published in the Tobacco Valley News, Eureka, Mont., on Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, and Feb. 12, 2015.
Tobacco Valley Needs Assessment Public Meeting, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m., Riverstone Family Lodge, 6370 US Hwy 93 N., Co-hosted by Eureka Rural Development Partners, Town of Eureka, Town of Rexford, and Lincoln County District #3. AGENDA: 6:00-6:10, Welcome and Introductions; 6:10-6:45, Review of Funding Programs for Economic and Community Development; 6:45-7:00, Overview of Current Projects and Upcoming 2015 projects; 7:00 -8:15, Community Conversation- What are the Needs in the Tobacco Valley? 8:15-8:30, Closing Comments and Questions. Information gathered at the Tobacco Valley Annual Needs Assessment Public Meeting will be used to update the North Lincoln County Economic Development Strategy as well as ERDP’s 2015 work-plan. For questions on this event please call Eureka Rural Development Partners at 406.297.7374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. MNAXLP
Published in the Tobacco Valley News, Eureka, Mont., on Jan. 29, and Feb. 5, 2015.
January 27, 2015
FINAL FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
TO ALL INTERESTED GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AND PUBLIC GROUPS As required by state and federal rules for determining whether an Environmental Impact Statement is necessary, an environmental review has been performed on the proposed action below: Project Location Project Number Total Cost EurekaMidvale Wastewater System Improvements Project Eureka, Montana
WPCSRF Project # C303200, $2,400,000 ($1,400,000 Phase 1a, $1,000,000 Phase 1b) The Town of Eureka, Montana through the 2007 Wastewater Facilities Planning Study (PER) and subsequent April 2010 Addendum and a March 2012 Memorandum, all prepared by The Dyer Group, LLC, has identified the need to extend their wastewater collection system to serve the Midvale community, which was recently annexed by the town of Eureka. In addition to replacing their primary lift station and replacing approximately 900 feet of gravity main piping, the town proposes to construct approximately 22,500 feet of new gravity piping (8” and 10” diameter), install approximately 80 manholes, seven grinder pumps and 3,000 feet of small diameter force main. The proposed sewer main will cross Highway 93, which will be bored and not opencut. Several streets will be impacted by the construction and will be repaired with similar surfacing. Approximately 193 existing homes and businesses are currently in the Midvale area and could eventually be connected to the Eureka wastewater treatment system. An additional 29 (222 total) homes and business are expected to connect in the 20year planning period. The proposed improvements, including administration, engineering, and construction, are estimated to cost approximately $2,400,000. Due to the cost for all proposed improvements, the project will be split into two phases. Approximately $1,400,000 has been secured by the town to fund the first phase of improvements, which are expected to be completed in the summer of 2015. The first phase (Phase 1a) will include the construction of approximately 4,800 feet of 8” and 2,400 feet of 10” gravity pipe, install 24 manholes, replace approximately 900 feet of 8” gravity pipe on 1st Avenue East, and replace the existing primary lift station. Most of the Phase 1a work will occur along the Highway 93 corridor and for properties on the west side of Highway 93. Just over half of the Midvale community (111 homes and businesses) will be served by the Phase 1a improvements. The Phase 1b improvements will be constructed when funds are available and will include the Midvale area located east of Highway 93. The town hopes to use grants as much as possible to fund the project, but expects to use low interest loans also. The proposed first phase of improvements includes a grant from the Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) for $625,000, and the town will borrow $775,000 from the Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund (WPCSRF) at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Funding for the Phase 1b improvements has not been determined, but may include another grant from TSEP grant, a grant from the Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) program, which is administrated by the Montana Department of Natural Resources, a grant/loan from the USDA Rural Development program, and loan from the WPCSRF program. Federal and State grant/loan programs will fund the project. Environmentally sensitive characteristics such as wetlands, floodplains, historical sites, and threatened or endangered species are not expected to be adversely impacted as a result of the proposed project. No significant longterm environmental impacts were identified. An environmental assessment (EA), which describes the project and analyzes the impacts in more detail, is available for public scrutiny on the DEQ web site (http://www.deq.mt.gov/ea.mcpx) and at the following locations: Jerry Paddock, P.E., Department of Environmental Quality 1520 East Sixth Avenue, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-09011 email@example.com. LeeAnn Schermerhorn, Mayor Town of Eureka, 108 Dewey Avenue, Eureka, MT 59917. Comments on the EA may be submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality at the above address. After evaluating substantive comments received, the department will revise the environmental assessment or determine if an environmental impact statement is necessary. If no substantive comments are received during the comment period, or if substantive comments are received and evaluated and the environmental impacts are still determined to be non significant, the agency will make a final decision. No administrative action will be taken on the project for at least 30 calendar days after release of the Finding of No Significant Impact. Sincerely, Todd Teegarden, Bureau Chief, Technical and Financial Assistance Bureau MNAXLP
Published in the Tobacco Valley News, Eureka, Mont., on Jan. 29, 2015.
Notice of Public Hearing for Budget Amendment
There will be a public hearing on a proposed budget amendment at the Glacier Bank community room on February 9, 2015, at 7 p.m. The Town proposes to appropriate an additional $625,000 from a TSEP Grant and $775,000 from a SRF loan for sewer project expenditures. The Town proposes to amend the 2014-2015 budget to reflect the amount of $1,400,000 which will be received in the form of a TSEP grant and SRF loan, to be transferred to and expended in the Town’s 5310 Fund. The Town proposes to transfer $3,000 from the General Fund 430200 Road and Street Services fund to the General Fund 410360 City Court for unexpected trial expenses. The proposed amendment will not increase anyone’s taxes or other costs or fees. For further information regarding the proposed budget amendment, please contact the Town Clerk at Town Hall, PO Box 313, Eureka, MT 59917 or call 406-297-2123 during regular business hours. Lisa Flynn, Town Clerk. MNAXLP
Published in the Tobacco Valley News, Eureka, Mont., on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 2015.