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Missoula County Weekly | June 1-July 8: Fireworks reporting hotline open; Jury pool notifications for District Court are in the mail

Post Date:07/01/2024 4:00 PM

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Missoula County offices will be closed Thursday, July 4.

Some offices may also be closed Friday, July 5

Fireworks reporting hotline open through Friday, July 5

While fireworks are legal on private land outside city limits, they can frighten or disturb neighbors, pets, livestock and wildlife. Fireworks also pose a serious risk of residential and wildland fires. If your holiday plans include fireworks, follow these tips to enjoy them safely:

  • Light fireworks in clear, open areas away from flammable debris like grass or wood
  • Always light fireworks on a flat surface to ensure they don’t tip over
  • Have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher close by
  • Soak used fireworks in water before throwing them away

Click here to read more safety tips.

Report illegal fireworks through Friday, July 5, by calling 406-258-4850, and law enforcement will respond as capacity allows. Fireworks are prohibited within city limits, on federally and state-managed land and on county open space and parks. This hotline helps free up 9-1-1 dispatchers for emergency calls. To report a fireworks-related emergency, like an injury or fire, call 9-1-1.

The county commissioners and emergency officials urge residents to use extreme caution if they choose to light off fireworks this summer. If your celebration starts a fire, you are responsible for the cost to put it out, which can be millions of dollars.  

Jury pool notices for District Court are in the mail

If you get a hot pink postcard in the mail soon, it's your heads up that you're in the pool of potential jurors for the upcoming year and may get summoned for jury duty in District Court. You don't have to report for jury duty yet, but you do need to scan the QR code and fill out the form.

If you do get called but don't show up for jury duty, the law requires the Clerk of District Court's Office to alert the sheriff so a deputy can ensure you report for your civic duty. Click here to learn more.

Commissioners seek applicants for planning board

Do you live outside city limits and want a chance to weigh in on development happening in the Missoula urban area? Apply to serve on the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board! Missoula County is currently seeking applicants to fill a vacant alternate seat on the board, with a term that runs through Dec. 31, 2025. 

The board ensures that Missoula County and City cooperate so future development positively impacts the health, safety, convenience and welfare of residents. Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Courthouse Annex Sophie Moiese Room or virtually via Teams. 

For more information and to apply, head to https://boards.missoulacounty.us/board/2563

Mythbuster: “Missoula County chooses to allow fireworks, even though they are illegal within City limits.”

This is FALSE. The City of Missoula has self-governing powers, meaning it can enact any ordinances, such as banning fireworks, as long as state law doesn't specifically prohibit them. Unlike the City, Missoula County is a general powers government limited to what state law explicitly gives counties the authority to do, and certain conditions must be in place before commissioners can enact fire restrictions on private property.

In this case, Missoula County cannot ban the use of fireworks on private property outside of city limits. Please note that fireworks are prohibited on county open space and park areas.

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Don’t miss these opportunities to get involved with county government:    

Job openings  

Looking for a job with great benefits? Join our team at Missoula County! Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance; paid parental leave and vacation, sick and holiday leave; free and confidential counseling services through an Employee Assistance Program; and enrollment in the Public Employees’ Retirement System. The following departments are hiring:       

  • Animal Control
  • Clerk of District Court
  • Fairgrounds
  • Facilities
  • Financial Services
  • Larchmont Golf Course
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Missoula Public Library
  • Missoula Public Health
  • Partnership Health Center
  • Planning, Development and Sustainability
  • Public Works

See the full list of job openings at Missoula County and apply today!  

Missoula County in the News:

Selected Upcoming Events:

Find more events this week on the County’s Event Calendar!            

What are the commissioners up to? 

Recently, the Missoula County commissioners…

  • Attended a community conversation with residents in Clinton.
  • Approved a resolution to modify the start date for impact fees from July 1, 2024, to Aug. 1, 2024, to allow more time to solidify the interlocal agreement between the City of Missoula and county. They also approved an interlocal agreement with Frenchtown Fire for the collection of impact fees in their service area.
  • Approved a contract with Structure West for the removal and replacement of the retaining wall around the perimeter of the Courthouse.
  • Approved a memorandum of agreement between the County, the City, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Clark Fork Coalition in support of the River Ambassador Project.
  • Approved a contract with Missoula Community Access Television to continue providing public programming, including coverage of commissioners’ public meetings online and on public access television.
  • Approved a notice of award for the Lolo Wastewater Improvement Project, funded through American Rescue Plan Act funds. This project is part of the Lolo Rural Special Improvement District, where people who live within the district pay directly toward its management.
  • Approved and signed a buy-sell agreement with WyMont Realty for a parcel within the Missoula Development Park for $520,000.
  • Signed a resolution to designate Russian olive as a noxious weed in Missoula County.

Keep up with the commissioners yourself by attending a public meeting. Commissioners’ meetings and selected board meetings for the upcoming week are listed below, with links to agendas and Microsoft Teams links: 

Tuesday, July 2

 Wednesday, July 3

  •   No meetings scheduled

 Monday, July 8

Please note that agendas for department and administrative meetings are published two business days before the meeting, and public meeting agendas are published the Friday before the meeting. Administrative and public meeting video recordings are available on the Missoula County YouTube page, and MCAT plays the public meetings live on Spectrum Channel 190.

Email bcc@missoulacounty.us or call 406-258-4877 if you have any questions or comments on an upcoming meeting.