By Katie Morrison, Big Sky Weekly Contributor

This past week, both Madison and Gallatin counties took steps to finalize the Big Sky Trails, Recreation and Parks Special District.

In order to create the district, the counties needed to pass its own district, then also enter into an interlocal agreement with one another.

On Jan. 31, the Madison County Commission passed a resolution affirming the original resolution that passed in October 2011. This additional step was added in order to notice each parcel owner within the district.

The Gallatin County Commission followed suit Feb. 7 by passing the interlocal agreement, allowing the two districts to be managed by one board to serve the greater Big Sky area.

The board will constitute of two members who live in Gallatin County and are residents or own property within the district, and two members who live in Madison County and are residents or own property within the district. A fifth member can be from either county, but must be approved by both Commissions.

Board positions will be advertised for 30 days prior to appointment. Those interested in participating should contact their county commissioner’s office.