City approves Senior Center extension

The Red Lodge City Council approved a plan to allow for a 3,200 sq. foot expansion to the Red Lodge Senior Center. The current building is 6,000 sq ft.

Architect Susan Hovde spoke on behalf of the Senior Center, saying there is a need to expand their thrift shop.

The expansion will be to the south of the present building and will not involve a reduction or addition to the parking lot.

“It is a neat and clean project,” she said.

The current thrift store will become offices and a meeting room, and bathrooms will be more ADA accessible.

Leon Odegaard, a Senior Center Board of director, said the thrift store is crowded, “we receive tremendous amounts of good merchandise and it is becoming difficult to display. The money we receive from this helps provide with meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” he said.

An endowment fund of approximately $250,000- $300,000 is being used to cover the project.

The Council also voted to approve the appointment of Lee Eichelberger to the Police Commission, Jack Exley to the library board and Bill Larson to the Red Lodge Rural Fire Oversight Committee.

The Council further approved a CDBG Planning Grant Application Per Waste Water System including the allocation of $10,000 as match funds from the Enterprise Funds for Spray irrigation.

The 2014 Zoning Regulations are available for the public to see either in hard copy or online. The regulations are subject to change after a public meeting is held in August.

Bill Foisy talked about the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research out of UM planning to carry out an economic impact study of the Beartooth Highway and an economic assessment of the Home of Champions