May 2, 2016
Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present.
Commissioner Obert asked for a moment of silence in honor and memory of former Senator Conrad Burns, who served 3 terms, and was the only Republican Montana Senator to be re-elected.
Public comment: Paul Bray thanked the Sheriff’s department for the swift apprehension of the antler thieves. Bill Amsk asked to be on the agenda. Cory Swanson requested budget training be scheduled, and asked about the county compensation board. Larry Wright asked if the public can attend the budget training meeting.
Montana Minute: Commissioner Slifka said the Spokane firm finished the core drilling on the river at Toston. Commissioner Korthals watched the NFL Draft, where a Carroll College graduate was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Commissioner Obert commended Kirk Flynn, Justice of the Peace and Rotary members who planted 54 trees at the Golf course on Saturday, and commended volunteers and partnerships in the county. Dana Rauser is thankful to live in Montana, and not in Tacoma/ Seattle where he attended a meeting last week. Wynn Meehan is grateful there was no fatality in the house fire last week, and praised the cooperation among departments during the incident.
Commissioner updates: Commissioner Slifka had several phone calls. Commissioner Korthals attended hospital meetings and met with the public. Commissioner Obert attended the Board of Crime Control “Do the Write Thing” celebration in Helena, in which Judge Sherlock was the MC. Fifteen essays on youth violence by teenagers were read, with the top two eligible to travel to Washington DC. She also attended the MHLAC (Mental Health Local Advisory Council) and LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) meetings.
Commissioner Korthals move to approve minutes dated 4/21/16 and 4/25/16. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried.
Dana Rauser, Road and Bridge, appeared for the monthly update. He attended the NACE conference in Tacoma as second vice president of MACRS (Montana Association f County Road Supervisors). During the bridge conference, Dick Anderson and Sletton Construction received national awards for the Deep Creek Bridge project. The crew is working on roads in several areas of the county. He asked the Commission to consider joining National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), a government agency serving as a municipal contracting agency. Membership is no cost, liability or obligation. Work on the old Toston Bridge was discussed.
Wynn Meehan, Sheriff, was present for the monthly update. Two officers are attending advanced core training. He has attended Rotary, Lions and City Council meetings. Public safety in the county has progressed from 110-1300 calls per year 16 years ago to 8,572 calls in 2015, an average of 24/day. To date, calls in 2016 average 31.5/day. The detention center averages 39 inmates/day, with numbers of both contract and local inmates up. City Council contributes 20% of the public safety budget; however 56% of time is spent within the city limits. BOR has agreed to reevaluate the contract, and have a full time and a part time employee available for the season.
Nichole Brown, Community Development Director, presented the Galzagorry Tract 3 Minor Subdivision for final approval. Chuck Hahn presented some objections and requested respectively that approval be denied or placed on hold. Nichole, Bernadette Swenson, Julie Lethert and Mike Delger addressed some of his objections. Bernadette stated the owners had fulfilled their obligations. She requested a decision next week, or to have a strong reason for amending the preliminary plat approval. A decision was postponed one week to give Nichole an opportunity to address concerns and report back.
After discussion, Commissioner Korthals moved to adopt the Broadwater County Hiring Procedure Check-list. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. It was confirmed the process will apply to all department heads and elected officials.
The BOR land acquisition project was discussed. Commissioners Korthals was designated as liaison with the contractor and Commissioner Obert liaises with the Trust Board. They agreed to work together. Commissioner Korthals moved to sign the contract with Griffith Environmental Consulting Inc. for Phase I Assessments for three land parcels owned by the BOR in Broadwater County. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried.
The Commission gave a verbal okay for Bob Hollister, Airport Board Chair,to hire a temporary employee to mow at the airport.
Commissioner Slifka moved to sign the Noxious Weed Trust Fund Project Grant Agreement for the Deep Creek Cooperative Weed Management Area MDA Number 2016-025GX. Motion seconded by Commissioner Korthals and carried.
Commissioner Korthals moved to sign Task Order 17-07-6-11-005-0 between MT DPHHS and Broadwater County to upgrade and enhance local public health capacity to respond to event impacting the public health, providing $27,781.00 compensation for delivery of services from 7/1/16 to 6/30/17. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried.
Commissioner Korthals moved to approve claims dated 4/26/16 for $19,487.13. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Commissioner Obert read aloud the claim amounts.
As requested, Commissioner Obert read a letter from Fred Monteil regarding the condition of Duck Creek Road.
Cory Swanson, County Attorney, asked about the MDT/Winston Speed Zone study which has already been requested; In-line Grinder will be installed in-house and does not require a plumbing permit; he will draft a MOU with BOR for the FLAP (Federal Land Access Program), and there was STIP (Short Term Investment Pool) discussion for Board of Investment’s requested resolution. Doug Ellis, Clerk & Recorder/Treasurer will be consulted.
Also in attendance were Duane Holom, Cheryl Campbell, Carole Plymale, Joan Hill, Paul Bray, Chris Wright, Larry Wright, Seth Wenzel, Scott Dunning, Val Hornsveld and Kirk Flynn.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:12 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.