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Big Sky County Water and Sewer District board member Brian Wheeler said the Dec. 18 meeting as the most important meeting in the last 25 years for Big Sky. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

A plan to ease the pressure

A bold move for legislation, years of effort and countless meetings. Now, some community members believe they have a plan to help Big Sky find some breathing room.

 

“It was probably the most pivotal meeting I’ve attended in 25 years,” Big Sky County Water and Sewer District (BSCSD) board member Brian Wheeler said.

 

PHOTO COURTESY JIM MUSCAT

Water woes

On the world stage, water is becoming an increasingly valuable player. 

It is back to the drawing board for finding water on the mountain for Big Sky County Water and Sewer District (BSCWSD). 

A photo shared by Big Sky County Water and Sewer District general manager Ron Edwards at the board meeting shows water flowing from test well 2 on the mountain. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Water on the mountain

The quest for water on the mountain was pursued with vigor by Big Sky County Water and Sewer District (BSCWSD) in early October in an effort to track the potential for usable water at a strong enough flow to prepare for the impending growth of Big Sky. The board is being proactive and so far, the results are positive. 

The Big Sky County Water and Sewer board discuss findings from the AE2S study that resulted in a rate hearing. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Addressing rate discrepancies

Ryan Graf with AE2S engineering firm teleconferenced with the Big Sky County Water and Sewer (BSCWS) board at the Oct. 22 rate hearing. 

He explained that the study was established to understand and fine-tune a plan to address cost of service incongruities between water and sewer users in the district. 

Board members Buz Davis and Sarah Blechta consult their calendars to plan for the next meeting.  PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Snow and taxes

As Big Sky greeted the first major snowstorm of the season on Oct. 9, Big Sky Resort Area District (Resort Tax) held its regular meeting at the Big Sky Water and Sewer building. The board ran through the first reading of the newly amended Ordinance 98-01 or the taxability ordinance. 

Lane Wintermute addresses the BSFD board and explains findings from the Long Range Master Plan. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Positive findings

Lane Wintermute, senior associate with Emergency Services Consulting International guided the Big Sky Fire District (BSFD) board through the Long Range Master Plan Update on Sept. 25. The study assesses and projects up to 2025. 

 “There’s been a lot of change in this community,” he said. 

Attorney Kim Beatty gestures toward the working redlined document shown on the screen. The board was able to edit section by section. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Tackling the tedious

Big Sky Resort Area District Board (BSRAD) had a special meeting on Sept. 20 to work through the amendment of the current taxability ordinance – Ordinance 98-01 to include all alcohol and tobacco sold in the district and to clean-up ambiguous language within the ordinance.  

Revamping rates

Big Sky County Water and Sewer District (BSCWSD) board found themselves in a continuous onslaught of numbers at the July 16 board meeting. Number crunching was the name of the game as they were walked through the current water and sewer rates and a recent rate design study conducted by engineering firm AE2S.

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