Broadwater County Commissioner Meeting


COMMISSIONER MEETING May 16, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Julie Zipperian, Centennial Insurance, and Shannon Sholtzholter, MACO (Montana Association of Counties ), were present to discuss property and casualty insurance premiums, which will increase 3.16% for Broadwater County this year; and workers’ comp insurance, which will decrease this year for the county. In response to a question from Cheryl Campbell, Shannon stated all employees and elected officials are bonded under the blanket policy. Debbie Kelley appeared to review the budget process, citing the  power point presentation complied by Harold Blattie, Director of MACO, which has been sent to all department heads and county candidates.  Lary Richtmyer asked about CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) funds – they are accounted for separately, and any interest earned is allocated to the respective funds. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve minutes dated 5/9/16.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Communications received: graph showing Broadwater’s taxable value has not kept up with inflation; Broadwater has one of the lowest tax burdens in the state and a 56.63% increase in residents over 60 years old; handout for Mental Health Month; DPHHS rabies notice; MDT Butte District construction priority list; Local government Services Bureau information; Department of Agriculture list of partnerships between national forests & local governments; American City & County magazine; FS Chief’s letter of intent re: 2016 wildland fire season; DNRC scoping notice pertaining to investment opportunity  on Forest in Focus Initiative; request from Board of Investments to complete and return the STIP resolution ASAP.  Communication items are filed in the commissioners’ office as deemed necessary and are available for review. The Commission agreed to keep the 55 mph school zone speed limit at Winston, as the other option MDT would approve was to adjust back to 70 mph. Commissioner Slifka moved to allow the claim to Yellowstone Environmental Solutions which exceeded the $5,000 authorized to the Sanitarian for said services. Motion seconded by Commissioner Korthals and carried. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve claims dated 5/11/16 for $5,932.56.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried.   Commissioner Obert read the claim amounts. Public comment:  Valerie Hornsveld, Clerk of Court, said she is advertising for a part time position in her office; the windshield on the county vehicle is cracked, and thanked the Commission for their support and good relationship.  Duane Holom and Bill Amsk questioned why Bill was not on the agenda.   It was revealed when Bill produced his letter from  the Commission that he had misunderstood that he had agreed to a delay to next week. Montana minute: Commissioner...

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COMMISSIONER MEETING May 9, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Montana minute: Commissioner Slifka commented on the Canada fire.  Commissioner Korthals commended amazing mothers.  Commissioner Obert added Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. Community update: Commissioner Slifka attended the DES meeting on the dam.  Commissioner Korthals met with the Sheriff and Undersheriff re: the budget.  Commissioner Obert participated in interviews for the position in the Justice of the Peace office, and attended the DES Hebgen Dam training. Commissioner Korthals move to approve minutes dated 4/18/16; to approve minutes dated 5/2/16; to sign a letter to Bill Amsk re: procedure he has questioned; and to sign department head time sheets.   Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried.  Commissioner Obert read the claim amounts. Communications received: Memo re: the budget; MBAC quarterly report of revolving loan fund; Rural Montana magazine;  and claim from Commissioner Slifka submitted without proper verification.  Communication items are filed in the commissioners’ office as deemed necessary and are available for review. Commissioner Korthals move to approve claims dated 5/21/16 for $77,478.87.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Commissioner Slifka moved to approve payroll for pay dates 4/15 and 4/29/16 in the amount of $321,813.09.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Korthals and carried Allison Kosto, Extension, appeared for the monthly update.  The contract for mosquito control needs to be signed.  The mosquito truck with fogger need $800 repairs immediately, with more necessary later.   The old truck is for sale.  Broadwater is the only county with Extension managing mosquito control. Most counties have weed and mosquito together.  She will attend a wheat diagnostic clinic at Kansas State.   Five people graduated from the Master Gardener Course, and are volunteering in the county.   The no-till drill is being used by several growers.  She will help with 4-H Camps and has planned two rancher tours this summer.  4-H Clubs are helping with Ag Day on May 26. Brian Hohn, Solid Waste, was present for the monthly update.  The Board discussed a better way to track fee appeals, and developed a form to be used.  He asked permission to proceed with the appeal form.  Commissioner Korthals moved to grant approval to move forward. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Brian stated the KOA pays solid waste fees, but the department receives no fees for the campground area.  He is working on the FY17 budget.  The equipment shed is complete, with the baler inside. Nichole Brown, Community Development Director, presented the Galzagorry #3 and #4 Minor Subdivisions for final approval.  Per Montana Code, the commission cannot add conditions...

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COMMMISSIONER MEETING April 25, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Public comment:  Carole Plymale asked about repairs to the damaged fence on Ross Gulch Road, and added thanks for fixing the fence at Dennison’s.  Commissioners Obert and Korthals replied after review the county was not responsible for the damage. Montana minute: Commissioner Korthals is impressed with the Volunteer Fire Department and DES. Commissioner Obert saluted the Rotary District Conference in Butte which 6 adults and 4 youth from Broadwater County attended. She is impressed with youth leadership and reported that in the fight against polio only 11 cases were reported in the world last year. Commissioner update:  Commissioner Slifka attended the Conservation District and building meetings.  Commissioner Korthals attended the Fire Board and building meetings.  Commissioner Obert attended the Trust Board and building meetings; HR Regional Training in Butte with Michelle Beebe and Joni Brooks; Board of Health meeting. A letter and proposed contract was received from gec, Inc. for Phase I assessments for 3 BOR parcels as requested by the Trust Board to facilitate the transfer of said parcels from BOR to Broadwater County.  Mike Delger and Bill Amsk offered comments.  The County Attorney will review the contract before action is taken. Debbie Kelley, Accounting Manager, appeared to discuss the increase in health insurance premiums, $30/ employee/month and how it should be paid.  The County paid the March increase to avoid late payment as the insurance company did not give any advance notice of the increase.  Commissioner Slifka move the have the employees cover the March, April and May increases.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Korthals, who then amended the motion to have employees pay the April, May and June increases and the County pay the March increase.  The amendment was accepted by Commissioner Slifka. The amended motion carried. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve and sign the Secondary Roads Capital Construction Program Priority Change from MDT involving projects in Park County.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Nichole Brown, Community Development Director,, appeared to request consideration of several projects. #1. County Day of Recognition; hold tentatively May 19 in Memorial Park, have a speaker and refreshments, involve student as well as adult volunteers.  #2. Consider a County Coffee Hour each Wednesday at 7:00 a.sm. rotating among businesses and officials in charge.  #3. Recreation opportunities: hold an evening meeting to compile a “wish list” for projects, collaborate with schools and organizations.  #4.  Hiking trails:  There are no wilderness walks in Broadwater County.  She has mapped the parks and is willing to map trails, working...

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COMMISSIONER MEETING April 21, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Mike Myers, Maintenance, re-visited the in-line grinder need, the engineering packet is completed, the project will be under the $75,000 limit for advertising for bids.  This is a City/County project but County responsibility. There is no city permit required. Commissioners Slifka and Korthals will call local businesses re: submitting a proposal for the project, and a decision will be made on May 9, with installation scheduled for May 16. A lively discussion ensued on the building project. The tentative plan is for Search and Rescue and Ambulance to use the new storage unit, with Weed and Mosquito to use the current S&R building for storage.   Extension, Weed, shower facilities and meeting rooms will be in the modular building. The discussion involved current needs, future growth needs, history and the financial plan.  It may have been simpler for each department to do their own thing, but it would have been much more expensive in the long run. There will be no new or additional special taxes to fund this project.  The building will be financed by an Intercap loan at 1.25% over 10 years.  Departmental payback plans are already budgeted. Commissioner Slifka read a letter opposing the building complex, requesting both weed and mosquito control be contracted and Extension be at the fairgrounds. He declined to divulge who signed the letter and refused to share the letter with the other commissioners or submit it as part of the public record. Commissioner Slifka moved to reconsider the building project in its entirety, except for the Search and Rescue restroom and new storage building constructed at the Silos.  Commissioner Obert, per Robert’s Rules of Order, stated since he had voted against the original motion, can’t bring up the same motion again for reconsideration. Comments in support were received from Mary Mystic, Tammy Rauser, John Hedstrom, Brandon Harris, Jenny Clowes and Scott Dunning.  Questions were received from Larry Wright and Bill Amsk.  Comments were received from Cory Swanson and Dana Rauser. Commissioner Korthals moved to proceed with the bid process and follow that procedure to get real financial numbers.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Also in attendance were Doug Ellis, Nichole Brown, Cheryl Campbell, Eric Crusch, Barbara DeMartin, Tom Christensen and Kyle Hopstad The meeting was adjourned at 12:20 p.m.    The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:00...

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COMMISSIONER MEETING April 18, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioner Franklin Slifka and Commissioner Nick Korthals were also present.   Public Comment: Bill Kearns said the Broadwater Community Foundation fundraiser over the weekend was a success. He also stated the Foundation awards $20,000 in grants every year, and encouraged people to apply. He stated it is a one page simple application. Mr. Kearns also mentioned that on May 11 (he thought that was the correct date) Hal Stearns, Historian, will be speaking to the school kids about Lewis and Clark. He will also be giving a presentation to the public that night titled “Montana Towns; Past, Present, and Future”. Montana Minute: Commissioner Slifka mentioned the good moisture we received last week.  Commissioner Korthals commented on the good weather and rain, and noted many students are getting excited for graduation. Commissioner Obert said the High School Rodeo was held over the weekend, and Townsend kids did well. Commissioner update:  Commissioner Slifka attended the Elkhorn Restoration meeting. Commissioner Korthals met with the County Attorney to get up to speed concerning MCA and County policies. Commissioner Obert attended an Agency on Aging meeting. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve minutes dated 4/11/16.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Commissioner Korthals motioned to approve payroll in the amount of $164,314.92. Commissioner Slifka seconded and the motion was carried. Commissioner Obert stated that she consulted with Chief Legal Counsel with MACo concerning certifications/qualifications of County Maintenance staff. It was verified that Mike is BOC 1 & 2 certified, and Eric is BOC 1 certified. Facts of construction work were verified, and everything was above board according to MCA. Commissioner Obert stated that if anyone has concerns about building projects that they need to contact the department heads that are overseeing the work. Commissioner Korthals stated that he knows that Mike works really hard to follow MCA rules and that he has visited with him. Bill Amsk asked if this was in reference to the roof on the museum. Commissioner Obert then read a letter from Linda Huth, Museum Curator, concerning the recent roofing project and her support of the County Maintenance staff. Communications received: DEQ notice of wastewater discharge permit for Bozeman; MDT STIP program notice concerning switch of projects in Park County, the county needs to vote per MDT requirement. Commissioner Korthals moved to address the issue next week. FYI from Debbie Kelley, Insurance Committee, concerning increased premiums for county health plan. Issue of whether county will pay for increase or employees. Commissioner Obert stated that Debbie should be consulted about who will pay and possible...

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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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