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Meetings continue to address concerns living near Flathead HS

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Jun 06 2013 09:12:27 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 06 2013 10:21:58 PM MDT
KALISPELL, Mont. -

For a handful of Kalispell residents, living near Flathead High School comes with its challenges. We've listed out their concerns several times, including trash and safety issues. On Thursday, community members attended their third meeting on the issue where residents demanded answers.

Despite the meetings, neighbors said they're still fed up with the behavior that goes on in front of their homes during school hours.

"Because it's so heavily congested I back out of my driveway every day wondering 'Am I going to get hit today,'" questioned Marta, a neighbor who lives on 3rd Avenue West.

"The reality of it is our streets are jam-packed," said fellow neighbor Ray. "They're smoking dope, having sex, and vandalizing our homes."

City Planning Director Tom Jentz tried to mediate. He stated there was too much negativity surrounding the students, and not enough talk about the end result.

"We know it's bad. I think that's the feeling with the rest of the crowd. So it's bad -- let's not document how bad it really it is. How can we come up with solutions? That's kind of where we are," said Jentz. "Everybody in this room is going to have to come together for every solution we do. If we bloody up the neighbor, the neighbor is not going to support you when you need help."

In the short term, residents will sign up for several subcommittees designed to address possible solutions. They'll continue to meet in these smaller groups throughout the summer.