MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
BUTTE-SILVER BOW COUNCIL OF COMMISSIONERS
FOR NOVEMBER 20, 2013
Dennis Henderson, Butte-Silver Bow Commissioner, District No. 5, requesting
the District Ranger for the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest, Dave
Sabo, give an update on the status of the proposed haulage route for
Commissioner Henderson stated he has had discussions with Mr. Sabo regarding this project
and he understands Council and the public have many questions.
Dave Sabo, District Ranger, Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest, stated the following:
❖ A plan of operation has been submitted by Timberline Resources in March of 2013.
❖ A letter was sent to the public in April 2013 with many responses to the letter received
by Mr. Sabo.
❖ He has narrowed the range of alternatives.
❖ He thanked Council for their letter dated August 12, 2013.
❖ Each proposed route has been reviewed.
❖ An analysis will determine the impacts of hauling on National Forest property.
❖ The decision will be made based on hauling on National Forest land.
Chief Executive Vincent asked if this process will be done within forest service resources and
would it be completed in January, and if so, when in January.
Mr. Sabo stated the target date is January 24, 2014.
Chief Executive Vincent stated this mine pre-dates his administration and is several years in the
making. He stated that over $20 million has been invested and that this body will work
diligently with the mine owners. He also stated it would be better if this was over soon.
Commissioner Henderson thanked Mr. Sabo for coming to the meeting to discuss the project.
Mr. Sabo thanked Council for their time.