City Council urged to address eyesores

Abe Winter
Star Staff Writer

Bernard Dighans wasn’t even certain where in City Hall the bi-monthly meeting of the Miles City City Council was being held.

But he certainly made his presence felt during public comment time as he addressed the council regarding campers, trailers and old cars parked on Miles City streets. Add demolished  houses and unkept yards to the list.

“You’ve got an ordinance against that,” he said.

A lack of personnel was mentioned by Mayor John Hollowell. However, the mayor said, “We do have one person dedicated to nuisances.”

That would be Mark Winkley, the animal control code enforcement officer.

“We’re working on making the fines stiffer,” Hollowell said.

That would be welcomed by Dighans, who said “word of mouth” about stiffer fines would have a better effect than public notices. Dighans would like to see police officers on patrol apply “stickers” to vehicles and, if not moved in 72 hours, towed away.

“I’m pretty mad,” Dighans said. “This is the first time I’ve been here. It’s kind of gotten to me.”

In other action, the council:

— reappointed Dona Faber and Jody Menyhart to three-year terms on the health board;

— approved the recommendation of the finance committee not to waive 2016-17 taxes on three county properties from SID levies. The amounts were $121.02; $637.34, and $3,358.12.

— approved MCII’s right to name the future Splash Pad after a sponsor as recognition for generosity. A $250,000 donation is the target, according to Dan Rice, city attorney.

— gave approval to the Miles City Jaycees to use city hall for a haunted trails events on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, from 7-10 p.m. each day.

— approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with Custer County for the joint operation of the airport at Frank Wiley Field.

— approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into mutual aid agreement s for ambulance services with surrounding communities.

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)