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Butte citizens contribute ideas to improve Uptown

County officials held a public discussion on what citizens think Uptown needs the most.

It was a packed night Monday in the Thornton Building ballroom. County officials held a public discussion on what citizens think Uptown needs the most.

Business owners, residents, commissioners and others were in attendance sharing their thoughts on what the district needs to thrive.

"We can drive the primary streets in Uptown Butte, and we see a number of buildings that have a significant historical importance. But they're vacant, in many cases, they're underutilized,” Butte resident Dale Mahugh said.

To narrow comments like Mahugh’s down, Montana Professional Development Center director Patrick Sullivan established a list of three or four main items that residents feel are crucial to Uptown’s success.

After group talks, sharing and some note-taking, the consensus for a better Uptown Butte was formed:

  1. Clean up the area
  2. Improve public safety
  3. Promote Uptown
  4. Create a master plan

"A lot of people misunderstand consensus. They think that it’s a unanimous thing. No, it's so everybody can live with it. So does everybody get everything that they want? Of course not,” Sullivan said.

But it's a step in the right direction.

At the meetings end, sign-up sheets were given to citizens who’d like to participate in workgroups for each item on the consensus list. In 30 days they’ll meet again to discuss the next steps.

Sullivan said it's people like Mahugh, that will make all the difference.

"Living here as long as I have, now Butte's home,” Mahugh said.

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