Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Sep 25, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

This week we were joined by Deb Shea from the Montana Standard as Tim's guest, as well as Darla's daughter Kaitlyn. Matt and Michaela from the Circle K were also here.

Ken gave us an update on the Southwest Montana Federal Credit Union Customer Appreciation Barbeque on Sunday. We served 150 hamburgers, 75 hot dogs, and 20 Beer Barron Brats. Attendees also had two kinds of potato salad, baked beans, and pistachio salad, assorted chips, and chocolate and yellow cake.

Shane introduced Matt Vincent, candidate for Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive. Matt's biggest concern is that we can do better as a community. We are still a Class 1 city, though the smallest in the state with that designation. However, we have the highest property taxes supporting the county, but that doesn't appear to be reflected in the community. Matt believes that this can be attributed to a state of complacency which has risen over the last dozen years or so.

Matt has spoken with nearly half of the 500 city/county employees, and many of them expressed feelings of disengagement or being undervalued. Matt wants to bring both citizen and employee engagement into the city/county government to help address these issues.

Matt also wants to foster coordination and communication between various levels of government (city, state, federal) to better take advantage of services and opportunities.

He wants to have open communication between citizens, businesses, and service groups with the local government to help improve the community. Part of his goals for open communication is making the application process for any government position transparent and insure that every position is published before it is filled. He also wants to follow the initiatives passed at the last election and provide transparency and accountability in the local government. This includes making the budget available in printed and graphical format for public review and scrutiny, as well as requiring review of the Chief Executive and making that process transparent.

Matt Vincent, Candidate for Chief Exectuive
French Dip and Fries
Event Updated
10:12 Friday, October 12, 2012