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Commissioner Minutes January 16, 2018

February 2, 2018

January 16, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 by Commissioner Goffena. Commissioner Borner and Berry were present.

The minutes from the January 8, 2018 meeting were reviewed and approved by all Commissioners.

Floyd Fisher from DES met with the Commissioners regarding his DES and EMS hours conflicting. The Commissioners told him to just do what he can.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Stockert and Secretary Kenner gave their weekly report to the Commissioners. The Commissioners signed a leadership registration form for classes for Mr. Stockert to attend. There is a Coal Board Meeting at MSU in Billings Thursday the 18th.

Sheriff Thomas and Under Sheriff Lesnik gave their weekly report to the Commissioners. Court Compliance Officer Charle Vohs will be working at the Sherrif’s office in the afternoons on Tuesday through Friday. Mornings will be at the Courthouse. Mr. Lesnik told the Commissioners that their office has found that they can save a lot of money by buying online supplies rather than using some of the company’s other departments are using. It will be mentioned at the April Department Head Meeting.

Mayor Jones met with the Commissioners regarding the new hours for the library. Kathy Pfister was also present. The reason for the new hours is safety for students during the day. The Interlocal Agreement the Library has states there will be 20 public hours. With the Office of Public Assistance Closing down the concern for computer access is understood. There needs to be a place people can go. They will be looking into grants for computers and trying to find a place to put them. Ms. Jones also let the Commissioners know that the City is working on changing the structure of water rates.

Accounting Supervisor Angel met with the Commissioners. The bill for the shredding service with Montana Records Management was discussed. The bill will be split between the County Attorneys Office and the Clerk of Court. Ms. Angel said that the County Telework Agreements for designated employees need updated. ( this is permission to work from a home based office or other area)

Public Meeting Adopting the Amended Policy on Flex Time in the Policy Manual.

No Public comment- no public present

The new language for flex time will be given to all employees. All flex time needs to be used within the same week and certain departments are exempt.

Mark Qualman with Quest Service Corp. Gave his weekly report to the Commissioners. The was an issue regarding a floor drain in the kitchen of the Musselshell County Central Commons. The additional cost is $750.00. The Commissioners agreed that the cost is necessary. The Commissioners went on a tour of the Commons.

Laura Nowlin with the Musselshell Watershed Coalition and Bill Milton met with the Commissioners. Ms. Nowlin gave the Commissioners the Watershed 2017 projects update. They are working on canal efficiency. 10 canals were studied equaling 130 miles of canals. Info is to be used to secure funding for planning and repairs. They are working with FWP (Fish Wildlife & Parks) and DNRC (Department of Natural Resources and Conservation)on long range planning for prevention of Invasive Mussels. There are 8 gaging stations along the Musselshell River with 18 local partners which they would like the County to continue to be a part of at the cost of $125.00 each year for a 2 year period. They also worked with the Montana Conservation Corp with fencing crews for the Lodgepole Complex fires. Ms. Nowlin gave the Commissioners a USDA Salinity Irrigation Warning Threshold chart. All information and charts are available for review at the Clerk & Recorders Office. The Musselshell Watershed Coalition meets the second Tuesday of every even numbered month at the MSU extension Office.

Public Comment:

Theresa Doumitt, Bill Milton and Troy Evans were present.

Theresa Doumitt told the Commissioners that when she first moved here she was shocked by the fact that there was noone utilizing available grants. Ms. Doumitt feels that DES Coordinator Carlson is an asset for his grant writing and willingness to work to diversify the grants and funds.

Bill Milton said that he has been excited about the projects on the river and that he hopes they continue because it is very important.

Mr. Evans told the Commissioners that he has talked to people in the mitigation program about what will happen if there is a personnel change. What about all the work that has been done? Mr. Evans asked what the status was with DES Coordinator Carlson? Commissioner Goffena said that it is an ongoing personnel issue and can not be discussed.

Public comment closed.

Item #1 to discuss the Wireless Point to Point estimate submitted by High Point Networks and Adam Toombs was taken off the table until after the April Department Head Meeting and talking to Ambulance Director Solberg regarding some work he is going to be having done. Item #2 to consider seeking Engineers report on scope & cost of Big Pond components was taken off the table because the Commissioners feel it does not need to be done.

Commissioner Borner made the motion to adopt the amended policy regarding flex time and lunch breaks as written in the County Employee Policy Manual. Commissioner Berry second the motion. Motion carried.

There being no further business the motion was made to adjourn. Motion carried.

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