Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Oct 16, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Today Matt and Michaela from the Circle K joined us again, and Darla brought her daughter Kaitlyn.

The board quickly voted to approve this year's payment on smoke detectors for newborns at St. James.

Michaela went over the Kick It program again,and sent around a signup sheet for members interested in sponsoring a Circle K member. Lee also reminded everyone about our installation dinner coming up next Friday at the Vigilante Saddle Club. In addition, next weekend we have a Tech football game, and then Treat Street the following Wednesday.

Lee then red us the first three of the six Kiwanis objects:
To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.

Lee then introduced Chief Executive Paul Babb who is running for re-election.

Paul reminded us that the job of the local government is to provide good services. Paul was a commissioner for four years, then has served for eight years as Chief Executive. He believes that when any citizen asks a question, they deserve an answer. He also explained that any county employee is a county employee, and they should always report any issues they see, even if the issue is the responsibility of another department. This will help get issues addressed before they become major problems. The biggest challenge to local government is to meet high expectations with a limited budget.

Paul has three main objectives for Butte-Silver Bow: Economic Development, Infrastructure Maintenance and Improvements, and Community and Environmental Cleanup.

When he took office the industrial park between Rocker and Ramsay had just one business. Now there are several, as well as other businesses in negotiations. The Babb administration has a policy of not disclosing what organizations they are in negotiations with before the organization is ready to break ground.

The county has extended sewer and water service over the last few years, allowing additional development not only in the industrial park, but also further out on Harrison. In addition, they are in progress on $30 million of upgrades, repairs, and improvements to the water system.

Cleanups in the area vary from improved dog ordinances and neighborhood cleanups to environmental cleanup on the Butte Hill. The new businesses opening on East Mercury and East Park over the last few years have improved the appearance of that entrance to the main uptown commercial area.

Thompson Park is the only cooperative project between the Federal Government, the US Forest Service, and a municipal government to provide a service or facility.

Paul Babb, Chief Executive
Ham and Cheese Omlet
Event Updated
5:31 Tuesday, October 16, 2012