Frequently Asked Questions

Who is on the Board of Directors?
The Board consists of five members as established by law. The current Board members are Eric Amend, Ted Border, Ashley Kroon and David Sullivan.  

Who appoints the Board of Directors?
The Board is elected, with elections occurring in November of odd-numbered years. The term for each of the directors is four years, and terms are staggered so that only two or three directors appear on the ballot during each election cycle. The electors are the registered voters who reside within the district, along with landowners who i) own property within the district, ii) who are registered to vote somewhere in the US, and iii) who make their intentions to vote known to the County Clerk prior to the election. (See FAQ on registering landowners to vote.)

When does the Board meet?
The Board meets on the first Monday of every month at 6:30PM at the Gallatin Gateway School. All meetings of the Board are open to the public and public participation is encouraged. Agendas for the meetings are posted at the Gallatin Gateway Post Office approximately three days prior to the meeting.

Who is eligible to vote in district elections?
The electors are the registered voters who reside within the district and the landowners who own property within the district. Each registered voter gets one vote and each parcel owned by an eligible landowner gets one vote. Eligible landowners must be registered to vote somewhere in the US, and must make their intentions to vote known to the County Clerk prior to the election. (See FAQ on registering landowners to vote.)

When are the elections and what are they for?
Elections are triggered for any of the following events: to create the district (this election occurred in January 2009); to elect the Board of Directors (new directors are elected in November of odd-numbered years); to recall a director; to pass an ordinance by initiative or referendum; to incur bonded debt; to annex property into the district if the annexation would impact services delivered to the current members; or to merge two districts together.

I'm a landowner within the district. How do I register to vote in district elections?
You would need to register with the County Clerk prior to the election. The exact procedures can be obtained by contacting the Elections Office at www.gallatin.mt.gov. A form can be found in the "Documents" section of this website two months prior to any election.

How do I find out about meetings and elections?
Regular meetings of the Board are held at 6:30PM on the first Monday of the month at the Gallatin Gateway School. Agendas are posted at the Gallatin Gateway Post Office approximately three days prior to the meeting. Announcements and reminders of the regular meeting schedule are occasionally published in the Bozeman Chronicle. Public Hearings required for some special decisions, and elections are announced in the Bozeman Chronicle and notices are posted locally. The public hearing and election creating the district were announced in the Chronicle and posted locally. The district maintains a website at www.gatewaywsd.com where interested parties can find meeting schedules and agendas. The Board occasionally sends out mailers to registered voters and landowners. The Board has also gone door-to-door to try to inform the community.

How can I get into the district?
The procedures for "annexing" into the district are set by state law. If your property boundary touches the boundary of the district and if your inclusion into the district does not create additional costs for the existing members of the district, you can petition the Board of Directors to annex your property. A sample petition is shown in the "Documents" section of this website. If your property is not adjacent or if the addition of your property would adversely impact the existing members then an election is required. You may also be able to receive services even if your property is not inside the district under certain unusual circumstances. Contact the General Manager or a Board member for more information.

When will construction begin?
The District is trying very hard to complete all pre-construction items so that a construction contract can be awarded in spring 2017.

Once the system is complete, will everyone have to hook up?
If your property is located inside the boundaries of the District then you will be required to connect to the system once it is complete. The District's attorney offered this opinion on July 2, 2012
The District has the authority to establish the rules and regulations for operation, maintenance, use and availability including connection procedures.  See §7-13-2218, MCA. Within that authority granted to the District, the District’s rules and regulations may establish which properties will be required to connect and which properties could be excluded from connection. For example, the Rules and Regulations could require that every lot Within the District connect to the District's system.
Based upon this opinion and after considering all input, on July 2, 2012 the Board stated their intent to pass an ordinance requiring residents to connect to the system once it is operational. On September 3, 2013 the Board held a public hearing on an ordinance establishing rules and regulations. The rules require that every structure within the boundaries of the District must connect to the public system. This ordinance went into effect November 2013.
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