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Missoula City Council Chambers.

With the new paint still fresh on the pavement, the Missoula City Council unanimously approved a direction to restripe Linda Vista Boulevard Monday night, per the neighborhood’s wishes.

The council’s initial directive to the city streets department came last week and they wasted no time in painting what was a blank slate after the street was chip sealed earlier in the summer and left with no painted lane markings at all.

Residents got what they asked for though: parking on both sides of the street and sharrows instead of bicycle lanes.

Also approved Monday night was the city’s tax levy for fiscal year 2018. It levied 252.27 mills (worth almost $122,000 apiece) equaling around $30.7 million. Due to increased mill levy value, taxes will drop for residents whose property values stayed flat or fell this year.

Mayor John Engen also read a declaration for Suicide Prevention Week, recognized Sep. 9-15.

City-County Health Department Suicide Prevention Specialist Heidi Kendall told the council Missoula County has had 25 suicides this year as of August 2017, higher than average.

She thanked them for funding an additional part-time employee in her office in this year’s budget, adding $50,000 for the worker and materials. 

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