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SIDNEY HERALD SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012 1 ! A Around our area Value of building permits in 2011 more than double the total of 2010 BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD City and county building in- spector Alton Hillesland is- sued more than double the value of building permits last year compared to 2010, though that number is dwarfed by WiUiston, N.D., numbers. Last year was busier than 2010. Total permits issued last year for Sidney came in at 159 for a value of $29.9 million. Permits were issued for 29 new homes and 60 manufac- tured homes, together worth $7.46 million, but lower than the 10 permits for commercial construction at $13.87 minion. During 2010, 112 building permits were issued totaling $11.9 million. New homes clocked in at 10 and manufac- tured homes at 22. There were four homes built in 2009. Sidney's figures are minus- cule compared to Williston, which set a record, according to the Williston Herald, of 929 permits totaling $357.7 mil- lion, which beat out 2010 at $106.2 million permits. The previous record was set in 2009 at $44 million. The trend appears looks like housing development is on the rise. Hillesland himself is busier than a few years ago. "I would say it's probably dou- bled as far as time and build- ings are concerned," he said. Numerous people enter his of- fice during the two hours a week he's in his City Hall of- rice. Then there are the phone '1 would say it's probably doubled as far as time and buildings are concerned.' Alton Hillesland Cil?, counly building inspector calls from local residents and contractors, mostly from western Montana, wondering what the need is for develop- ment. He tells them houses. January, typically the slow- est month, has had 10 permits issued so far; six of those for manufactured homes. If the trend does continue to grow, Hillesland told the Sidney City Council that, "I think we'll probably top this one." In the city/county planner's office, Marcy Hamburg on Wednesday was preparing her report for county com- missioners. According to records for 2011, 61 plats were submitted for review, which included 13 minor and 14 ma- jor subdivision applications. That compares to 33 applica- tions seen on average in pre- vious years. Hamburg is currently work- ing to review two minor sub- divisions and seven major ap- plications. Most applications are for man camps, RV parks and trailers, single- and mul- ti-family residential. There have been a few for commer- cial development and light manufacturing. She expects to see another four applications within the next couple weeks. "It has in- creased a lot," Hamburg said of applications being submit- ted, inquiries for develop- ment, the walk-ins and phone calls. That's why the county is now in the process of invest- ing in contracts with two con- sulting planners who would contract services with the county, utilizing technology through Internet video chat- ting software like Skype to keep costs down. Hamburg had already be- come a full-time employee last year to keep up with the increasing amounts of paper work. "It's going to be inter- esting," she said. "I'm very much looking forward to get- ting the assistance they can provide." The city of Sidney is on the verge of major changes. It is currently in the process of annexing a number of prop- erties into its city limits. That's in addition to two up and coming major subdivi- sions, which in some esti- mates could increase the city's population by 30 per- cent and change Sidney's landscape forever. "I believe that's what we're going to see, and most of it is at the north part of town," Hamburg said. Tester will keep working for pipeline BY BILL VANDER WERE SIDNEY HERALD U.S. Sen. Jan Tester, D- Mont., told state reporters Thursday he was disappoint- ed with President Obama's re- cent decision to reject an ap- plication for the TransCana- 'We're going to encourage everybody to come to the table. I think it will be done, but doors, now they have a new business around," Tester said. "It brings some chal- lenges." The senator notes heavy im- pacts are felt on education and infrastructure in these areas. "We're looking at opportu- ili!i!i!iiiiii!i!!iiiiiii la : BIEL VANDER WEELE 1 SIDNEY HERALD Past president's award David Seitz, left, is presented the past president's award from John Seitz at the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture banquet Monday. The award is sponsored by the Sidney Country Club. Bodyfound near Bainville identir, e ] as I:i( Roosevelt County Sher- iff/Coroner Freedom Craw- ford has released the identity of the man found in the ditch along US Highway 2 near Bainville. The body has been identi- fied as Brian Doyle, 49, from Florida. Until approximately two weeks ago, Doyle had worked for an oil field maintenance company out of North Dako- ta. Foul play has not been ruled out in the investigation into Doyle's death. Authorities have set up a tip line at ibr any tips or information about Doyle's death. Anyone with information - M&M's l NOW Making . , o,or :otton Candv! Jelly Belly's 32 flavors 108 E. Main, Sidney * 433-2263 or a franchise nearest you. 40 years of Experience construction/ custom homes ida man can a so' 'me Stoppers in the Roo e,elt County Sheriff' it 406-653- 2811. : "i : "; Yellowston00 Cldropractic Work Injuries ' Accidents Other Pain Conditions da Keystone XL Pipeline. ,"I've long supported build- ing a responsible pipeline," Tester said. Gay. Brian Schweitzer has said that Nebraska not ap- proving a route is the main cause for the project's delay. "The Nebraska issue is im- portant," Tester agreed. "We're going to encourage everybody to come to the table. I think it will be done, but it will take time." The senator doesn't think the answer is U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg's legislation to have the Federal Energy Regulato- ry Commission approve or de- ny the pipeline's permit rather than the state depart- ment. "I don't know if throwing another agency in is the solu- tion," Tester said. "I've been it will take time.' Jan Tester U.S. senator pushing for this thing, and I will continue to push." In other oil industry related issues, Tester continues to hope that Silver Airways, for- merly Gulfstream, will add flights between Billings and the Sidney/Williston area. "I think it would benefit them and benefit oil work- ers," the senator said. Tester is working on ways to decrease the oil impact ar- eas felt from the increased population. "The impact on schools, the impact on the community, people never locked their National Guard receives national honor nities for solutions," Tester said."We'reworkilI)ri'Ways 'l Gary Ince , , : "r , ,, to help." 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It is awarded to Air Force inter- nal, unnumbered organiza- tions that are entities within larger organizations. The headquarters received the award for exceptionally mer- itorious service for the peri- od of July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011. Last week, Brig. Gen. Walsh announced that the Montana Air National Guard's 120th Fighter Wing and the 219th RED HORSE Squadron were selected to re- ceive the U.S. Air Force Out- standing Unit Award. Sidney Telokan is a Dea Myrrh-Moo Do Assn. Schod Sidney Judo Classes begin Feb. I t2 years & older $25 per month Wednesday, 7-8:15 p.m. Tae Kwon Do Classes All ages $40 per month 2 evenings per week Call for times For preregistration and more call Mike Bergh at 4=88-8222 or 488-8590. nrl Saturday February 4 Childbirth instructors, Usa Verschoot, RN and Joyce Schulz, RN will take you through the childbirth process answering any questions and help to prepare you for the best birth experience possible. Please call the Clinic Receptionist at 488-2510 to reserve your spot. The class is free of charge; however, donations up to $25 are gladly accepted to cover expenses. PHON E: 488-2510 TO REGISTER Childbirth Class Schedule: 9;OO AM - 4:00 PM Sidney Health Center Classroom February, May August. November Thursday March 15 H EAH tCFA R Stop by Richland County Fair Event Center between 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM to get FREE health screenings and visit more than 40 community booths on various health topics! II SIDNEY HEALTH. CENTER Exceptional Care for Life 216 141h Ave SW, Sidney, MT Phone 406,4882100 tL[, uipmen iz