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COMMISSIONER MEETING 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...

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COMMISSIONER MEETING March 14, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioner Franklin Slifka was also present.   Public comment: Tim Ravndal complained he was not on the agenda for today as he had requested to discuss the safety and security of the citizens. Hugh Van Swearingen said immigration is important for the nation but is not a county issue.  Duane Holom agreed with Tim.  Chairman Obert replied that according to Montana law and County policy, the agenda must be specific to accurately inform the public of the subject; this was not done, and a presentation must be shared with the Commission to determine if a Commission meeting is the right venue; this was not done. Montana minute:  Commissioner Slifka commented the boys had a good tournament, placing 3rd at State.  Nancy Marks is proud of the boys, and the wrestling team, the talent show with 22 acts, and the Leprechaun Festival, which sold out – we have a good community.  Commissioner Obert saluted leadership in the county – the elected officials and the applicants for the commissioner position. Commissioner update:  Commissioner Slifka attended the interviews for the commissioner position and fielded numerous phone calls.  Commissioner Obert participated in a conference call concerning CDBG grants; worked on the preliminary architect report (PAR) ; attended the Airport Board meeting, where they are changing the way to operate the gas pump; Board of Crime Control which sponsors “Do the Right Thing”, a program for students to write about abuse and or bulling; grant writing workshop; planning for the Crime Prevention Congress in October; and Fall Fest planning meeting. Commissioner Slifka move to approve minutes dated 2/29/16.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Obert, and carried. Bernadette Swenson, Schauber Surveying, presented the Cysewski family transfer for review.  Commissioner Slifka moved to support the COS exemption.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Obert and carried.  She presented the Boswell, Lodge Paradise boundary relocation for review. Commissioner Slifka moved to support the COS exemption.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Obert and carried. Brian Hohn, Solid Waste, appeared for the monthly update.  The excavator has been repaired.  Per a request via email for the cost of recycling to the county, he explained there is no separate cost.  The money received for recycled products more than offsets the cost that would be incurred for tipping fees, and keeps 400-500 tons out of the landfill each year. Where Solid Waste has hired 2-3 part time seasonal employees in the past, he has hired 1 permanent employee. Allison Kosto, Extension/Mosquito, was present for an update.  Extension activities include Ranchers’ Round Table, crop school; the no-till drill being used;...

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COMMISSIONER MEETING March 15, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. Commissioner Franklin Slifka was also present. Public comment: Don Thompson spoke on hospital finances. Commissioner Obert read a letter from elected officials listing their choices for Commissioner in alphabetical order: Mike Delger, Nick Korthals, Lary Richtmyer and Bill Upthegrove. An email from Cory Swanson, County Attorney listed his choices: Nick Korthals, Bill Amsk, Lary Richtmyer and Larry Wright. Dan Hutching asked whoever is chosen to abide by MACo mission statement and guidelines for duties. Dave Flaskey questioned Bill Upthegrove’s involvement with the hospital. Commissioner Obert moved to appoint Lary Richtmyer as interim County Commissioner. Motion died for lack of a second. Commissioner Obert moved to appoint Nick Korthals as interim County Commissioner. Motion died for lack of a second. Commissioner Obert moved to appoint Bill Upthegrove as interim County Commissioner. Motion died for lack of a second. Commissioner Obert moved to appoint Bill Amsk as interim County Commissioner. Motion died for lack of a second. Commissioner Obert moved to appoint Larry Wright as interim County Commissioner. Motion died for lack of a second. Earl Campbell told Commissioner Slifka to “Stand your guns”. Tim Ravndal asked for deference and respect to him, as did Duane Holom. With some very spirited remarks, Philip Knaub, Doug Ellis, Linda Huth, Bob Graveley, Helen Turcotte, Bill Amsk, Dan Hutching, Don Thompson, Bill Upthegrove, Eric Crusch, Brad Campbell, Wynn Meehan, Ann Rauser, Valerie Hornsveld, Bobbi Wade, Duane Holom, Dee Gannon and Scot Dunning all urged Commissioner Slifka to make a decision. He stated he needed more time and had questions to ask each candidate “one on one”. Also in attendance were Walter Rauser, Melissa Lowery, Leonard Myers, Deputy Anderson, Jessie Underwood and Julie Lethert. The meeting was adjourned at 11:33 a.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10:00...

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