Notice of Public Hearing

§ 7-14-2615 (2) MCA

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT a petition has been filed with the Stillwater County Commissioners submitted by Robert & Lorri Scarr, et al, to abandon a portion of SWINDLER ROAD, Township 1 North, Range 18 East, beginning at the NE4 SE4 of section 32, travel 1-1/2 miles in a northerly direction between sections 32 & 33 and sections 29 & 28, and ending at the NE4 of Section 29.               

A public hearing on this petition will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM, in the Meeting Room on the First Floor of the Courthouse, located at 400 E 3rd Ave N, Columbus, MT.  For further information or questions on the petition, call the Road Department at (406) 322-5335.  All written comments will be accepted at or before the public hearing and addressed to Stillwater County Commissioners, P.O. Box 970, Columbus, MT 59019.

/s/ Board of County Commissioners: Mark Crago, Chair; Tyrel Hamilton and Steve Riveland, Members.

Please publish in the Stillwater County News on July 22nd and July 29th, 2021.


Effective June 30, 2021 at 12:01 A.M. See Stage 2 Fire Restrictions PDF for details. Contact the Stillwater County Fire Warden for further information or questions at 322-8060.

Notice of Public Hearing


§ 7-6-4021, §7-6-4024

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners has prepared its preliminary annual budget for FY 2021-2022.  The preliminary budget is available for public inspection in the Clerk & Recorders Office and the Finance Office located on the 2nd floor of the County Courthouse during office hours.  A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 9:30 AM, for any taxpayer or resident to appear before the Board and be heard for or against any part of the preliminary budget for FY 2021-2022. The Commission will meet to approve a final budget and make appropriations on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 9:00 AM. Both meetings will be held in the meeting room on the first floor of the County Courthouse located a 400 E. 3rd Ave. N, Columbus, MT. For further information contact Joe Morse, Finance Director, PO Box 795, Columbus, MT 59019, or call 322-8014.

/s/ Stillwater County Board of Commissioners Mark Crago, Chair; Tyrel Hamilton and Steve Riveland


The Stillwater County Board of County Commissioners passed Resolution 2021-13, a Resolution of Intent to Adopt the Stillwater County Development Regulations, at their meeting of June 15, 2021. The decision followed a public hearing held on March 16, 2021.

The boundaries of the Development Regulations include all unincorporated areas of Stillwater County. The proposed Regulations establish existing system and process for review of certain land use proposals, including a conditional use process requiring a public hearing for industrial, commercial, and multi-family uses.

The Stillwater County Commissioners will accept written protests to the proposed Development Regulations until July 19, 2021. Written protests should be addressed to the Stillwater County Commissioners, PO Box 970, Columbus, MT 59019, and should reference the proposed Development Regulations.

The proposed Development Regulations are available for public inspection at the Stillwater County Clerk and Recorders Office or online by CLICKING HERE.

 Questions can be directed to Forrest Mandeville, contract planner, at (406) 690-1933 or by email at

Publish June 17 and June 24

Myers Creek Road Closure

As of June 10, 2021, Myers Creek Road from the Ranger Station to the end has been closed. The road is unpassable and not safe for public travel. The County will be working towards a repair that can make the road safe at least for ATV travel.

Stillwater County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

Beartooth Front Decision

Johnson Lane Bridge

After some recent inspections of the Johnson Lane Bridge, it has been decided that due to the existing condition of this bridge it is not in the public’s best interest from a safety standpoint to reopen this structure to any vehicle or pedestrian traffic until replacement of this structure is complete.  MDT, Stillwater County Commissioners, and Sletten Construction Company all agree that closure of this bridge is in the best interest to all responsible parties.  This bridge is under contract to be replaced this summer with construction beginning July 1st, 2021.  Therefore, the Johnson Lane Bridge will remain closed.  The North Stillwater Road will be opened back up as soon as the Box Culvert replacement is complete.

Road Closure

Starting on April 7th, 2021 there will be a road closure at the intersection of Johnson Bridge Road and North Stillwater Road to install a new box culvert.  Currently the Johnson Lane Bridge is closed until such time as it can be replaced. MDT plans to reopen the North Stillwater Road as soon as the installation of the Reinforced Box Culvert is complete. The project is anticipated to be finished the week of April 26, 2021. The North Stillwater Road will remain open during construction of the new bridge unless construction activities require it’s periodic closure. Access to the West side of this intersection will be from the Spring creek Road and access to the East of Johnson Bridge road will be from the intersection of N. Stillwater Road and MT Highway 78, by Jeffrey’s Landing.

This Box Culvert replacement is part of the Stillwater River-2 M NW Absarokee bridge replacement project.  This box culvert must be installed before the irrigation water gets turned on for the year.  The bridge replacement will not be started until July 1st, 2021.

Increase Solid Waste Assessment