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Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 8:20 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Wynn Meehan, Brandon Harris and Seth Wenzel, Sheriff’s Office, were present for a working meeting for budget review, postponed from Monday, 6/6/16.  Currently, the detention center budget is in good shape; the public safety budget is not.  Long term issues need to be addressed to not rely on “soft” money from out-of-county prisoners, currently averaging 28/day. There are currently 13 county inmates, all felonies.   ACLU has submitted a third request for information on racial profiling.  Short term budget is the first priority, then deal with long term issues. A coalition of City Council/ County Commission/ public members should be formed to address what public safety for the county should be like.  Members will be Gerald Sanderson, City Council member; David Clouse, city citizen at large; Nick Korthals, County Commission; Wynn Meehan, Sheriff, and Cory Swanson, County/City Attorney, with a county at large citizen to be appointed. David Stinar and Susanne Hill, AirMedCare Network, appeared to present information on county membership for emergency air transport for medical necessity.  The annual fee of $24,060.00 will cover cost for all insured county residents for transport from a pickup location in Broadwater County.  After discussion, Commissioner Korthals moved to sign a contract for $24,060.00, with payment from PILT.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried.  Service will become effective the day payment is made. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve purchase of an audio/video recording system for the Sheriff’s interview room, with funds drawn from either the building CIP fund or PILT. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Commissioner Korthals moved to sign the CenturyLink Loyal Advantage Agreement to improve networking services for the county. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Commissioner Korthals stated he wants what is best for the community, has talked with contractors and others involved with the building project, then moved to proceed with opening bids for the project. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Bids were received from Montana Post Frame -$75,700 plus $18,500 for overhead doors for a total of $94,200; Rock Hard Construction -$44,500 for concrete plus $11,250 for pillars for a total of $55,750; Northern Building Supply – $48,000 for labor & equipment, $40,250 for clear-span metal building, $11,000 for cavity fill insulation for a total of $99,250; Guy Tobacco Construction – $647,200 for  general contractor – building, concrete and electrical; Townsend Electric – $11,843 for electrical.  The bids were given to Mike Myers, County Building Supervisor, who will review the bids for completeness and report back of Monday, June 13 at 1:00...

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Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Public comment:  Shirley Wilson encouraged everyone to vote and to consider taking election judge training; questioned why budgets are just now being addressed; asked if the county may contract weed and mosquito control, why is a storage building needed; why not consider utilizing the building in a heap by the road shop, why the grader on Clopton Lane has not moved for 5 Mondays and commented her taxes increased 19% last year.  Commissioner Obert said budgets are an ongoing project and consistently on the agenda; contracting all services is very expensive, a difference of $100’s/hour; ownership of the dismantled building is in question; only votes of citizens, Department of Revenue or legislative action can raise taxes.  Brian Hohn, Solid Waste, said his board had researched using that building and it was cost-prohibitive, over $300,000.  Dana Rauser, Road, said the grader had maintenance issues, and will be moved when fixed. Montana minute; Commissioner Slifka said everything is going pretty good.  Commissioner Korthals related Montana became a territory in 1866.  Commissioner Obert saluted teachers who are ready for summer.  Ann Rauser commented today is the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, also known as “Operation Overload”. Commissioner update:  Commissioner Slifka fielded phone calls, will divulge information at the appropriate time.  Commissioner Korthals pursued information on the building project and participated in a baseball tournament.  Commissioner Obert attended the Safety Committee meeting, where the MACo representative suggested holding a meeting with pizza to get the involvement of commissioners and department heads to review accident claims.  Commissioner Slifka stated Safety awareness training isn’t needed. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve the meeting with pizza.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Obert.  Voting in favor – Korthals and Obert; voting no- Slifka.  Motion carried. Dana Rauser, Road and Bridge, appeared for the monthly update.  He reiterated the old Forest Service building would be cost prohibitive to bring to code.  HWY 437 has been graveled, and other roads have been graded or will be as time and weather permits.  The contract for the LTAP director was not renewed, so all training is on hold.  His crew wants    a decision on whether the county will grant longevity.  Commissioner Slifka stated MACo said to be careful about granting it, and it should be all employees or none.  Interviews for the road position start tomorrow.  He has received a bid for a new CAT 160 all-wheel drive grader in the amount of $264,000.00 from NJPA, a national bidding firm, and plans to trade the 1996 grader.  He is to contact legal counsel at...

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Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Nichole Brown, Community Development Director, appeared to request final plat approval for Galzagorry Tract 3 minor Subdivision and Galzagorry Tract 4 Minor Subdivision.  She stated all required items have been completed, including the affidavits for water rights.  After discussion Commissioner Korthals moved to grant final approval for Galzagorry Tract 3 Minor Subdivision.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Obert.   Voting in favor- Obert and Korthals; voting against- Slifka.  Motion carried.  Following more discussion, Commissioner Korthals moved to grant final approval for Galzagorry Tract 4 Minor Subdivision.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Obert.   Voting in favor- Obert and Korthals; voting against- Slifka.  Motion carried.  Commissioner Slifka declined to sign the Certificates of Survey (COS). Letters from Helene Galzagorry, Katherine VanderLinden and Chuck Hahn protesting the subdivisions were read.  Nichole Brown answered all points as they were presented. More comments were made by Mr. Hahn, County Attorney Cory Swanson and Planning Board member Jenny Schauber. Public Comment:  Cary Hegreberg, Executive Director of Montana Contractors Association, addressed his opinion regarding the building project bid process, stated the commission is within its legal purview to not open bids and asked the bids not be opened, put out specs and plans and award to one contractor. Montana minute:  Commissioner Slifka stated things went good for the weekend.  Commissioner Korthals thanked all who served in the military, including his grandfather.  Commissioner Obert echoed his thanks, and commended Barbara Kirscher for the tremendous difference she made in our community and for her grace and wisdom.  Cory Swanson commended the participants in the State Track Meet. Commissioner update: Commissioner Slifka toured the JLUS area in a Blackhawk helicopter. Commissioner Korthals attended the LEPC meeting where they discussed the fire season and the wild fire evacuation process.  Commissioner Obert also participated in the JLUS tour, which addressed complaints from Lewis & Clark County about low flights; and attended the Commission working meeting on Wednesday discussing the weed and mosquito control programs. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve minutes dated 5/23/16.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Mike Myers, Maintenance and Jeremy Fadness, WWC, were present for opening of bids for the building project for Search and Rescue, EMT Ambulance, 4-H Extension, Weed and Mosquito.  Discussion included merits of county acting as owner’s representative and overseeing the complete bid project, increased cost for delays and potential for not being done this season, and having a work session to address complaints and exploring ideas.  A decision was postponed to June 6. Mike Koehnke, DES, appeared for the monthly update. He has applied for...

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Commissioners Laura Obert and Franklin Slifka and Kirk Flynn, Justice of the Peace, appointed due to the absence of Commissioner Korthals, met at 8:00 a.m. under the direction of Doug Ellis and Joyce Irvin, Elections, to canvass the votes from the Primary election.

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Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Public comment:  Paul Bray said he and his wife are vacationing in Montana this year, and there are many amazing places to visit. Montana minute: Commissioner Slifka said he’s glad we’re here.  Commissioner Korthals reported the largest gold nugget was found in the Atlantic Quartz mine in 1889.  Commissioner Obert announced the 20th anniversary of the end of the Freemen standoff in Jordan with the help of Nick Murnion.  Paul Bray commented the dinosaur museum at Glendive is creation-based. Commissioner update:  Commissioner Slifka fielded many phone calls and street conversations, which he will share later.   Commissioner Korthals attended the City Council meeting and participated in the Road Department interview process.  Commissioner Obert attended the City Council meeting, Fall Fest meeting and Montana Board of Crime Control, which approved grants for Broadwater County for victims’ witness advocate position and DUI task force.  Federal support for such programs is shrinking. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve minutes dated5/31/6, 6/6/16 and 6/8/16.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Commissioner Slifka moved to accept the bid from Broadwater Ford with trade for a vehicle for the Sheriff’s Office.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Obert. Voting in favor- Obert and Slifka; abstain – Korthals.  Motion carried. Brian Hohn, Solid Waste, appeared for the monthly update.  Several canisters have been rented, including one at Hellgate for the carp shoot event. Canister lids are being repaired.  He and Sharon Walker have agreed on transfer of funds for cost of waste disposal at Silo’s/KOA. Tri-County Disposal is looking for more private customers in the county.  The $128/household fee doesn’t cover the cost of farm trash generated, and the Board is looking for a solution to the problem. He has applied to DEQ for a burn permit to burn 2-year accumulation of wood, as it isn’t economically feasible to have it ground as has been done in the past. Communications received: DNRC notice that updated of the Interagency Incident Business Management Handbook are online; MGC Consultants’ availability to do opencut mine permits; DEQ notice of wastewater discharge permits in Montana City and at Town Pump, Three Forks; DEQ notice of work on Beaverhead River; MDT 2016-2020 final Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) on line; request for information from Citizens Action Group for the Silos Recreation Area; letter of concern from Al & Cindy Christophersen about speed limits or lack thereof in the Silos area.  Communication items are filed in the commissioners’ office as deemed necessary and are available for review. Nichole Brown, Community Development Director, was present to request...

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Phyllis’s Sugar Cookies


Posted By on Jun, 2016

Phyllis Cooper’s Sugar Cookies Ingredients • 1 c powdered sugar • 1 c white sugar • 2 eggs • 1 c vegetable oil • 1 c shortening • 4 c + 4 rounded tbsp flour • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp baking soda • 1 tsp cream of tartar • 1 tsp vanilla Mix together the first five ingredients. Cream good before adding the rest. Form dough into balls and coat in sugar. Flatten slightly with a fork or other desired method. Bake at 350° for about 15...

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Posted By on Jun, 2016

Mary Lou’s Apple Praline Pie Filling: 4 c (6) apples, peeled and sliced ¼ c sugar ¼ c flour 1 t cinnamon ¼ t salt 2 T butter Topping: ¼ c butter ½ c brown sugar 2 t milk ½ c chopped pecans Mix well first five ingredients and pour into a 9 inch unbaked pie shell. Dot top of apple mixture with butter and cover with pie crust. Cut vents in top of pie. Bake at 425 for 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Mix topping in saucepan over medium heat until well mixed. Pour over top of baked pie and return to oven until topping is bubbling, about 3 to 5 minutes. Note: I always cover the crimped edges of pies with a strip of foil during baking to prevent burning of edge, works on all...

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Ruth Miller’s Carrot Cake


Posted By on Jun, 2016

Ruth Miller’s Carrot Cake 2 ½ c flour 2 t baking powder 1 ½ t baking soda 1 t salt 2 t cinnamon 2 c sugar 1 ½ c oil 4 eggs 2 c shredded carrot 1 8oz can crushed pineapple – drained ½ c nuts 1 c shredded coconut Bake at 350° for 35 mins. Cream Cheese Frosting ½ c butter 1 8oz cream cheese 1 lb powdered sugar 1 t vanilla...

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