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Commissioners April 28, 2023 Minutes

May 5, 2023

April 28, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 by Commissioner Turley. Commissioner Pancratz and Commissioner Goffena were present.

Pledge of Allegiance.

Commissioner Pancratz made the motion to approve the agenda after adding the Department of Revenue meeting at 9:00 to discuss a public meeting schedule for tax assessments. Commissioner Goffena seconded the motion as amended. Motion carried.

Commissioner Goffena made the motion to approve the April 21, 2023 minutes as written. Commissioner Pancratz seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Commissioner Turley attended the April 25, 2023 Refuse Board meeting. The new hire was discussed and some upgrades they are wanting to do.

All Commissioners attended the Homes on the Range meeting on Monday April 24, 2023 with Carly Wheatley from Snowy Mountain Development. They have people working on the issue of what can be done to replace or repair the building to make it safe and are perusing the next steps.

Commissioner Goffena attended the Central Montana Health Board Meeting on Tuesday April25, 2023. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Board (PHEP) cut the budget by $50,000.00 so they need to budget accordingly. They are still determining just how much each County is distributing to CMHD.

Commissioner Goffena also attended the Musselshell County Council on Aging (MCCA) meeting on Tuesday April 25, 2023. They are feeding over 100 people three days a week at the Senior Center. The Commissioners are still trying to find an alternative building to address the Thimble issues. The MCCA still has ARPA funds and they are going to use them to update the kitchen.

Commissioner Turley and Commissioner Goffena attended the 911 Committee meeting on Thursday April 27, 2023. They are still working on the east tower. They discussed how each department should be spending their money. They will be having more meetings in the future.

All Commissioners attended the Dean Creek area residents meeting regarding concerns about their roads and traffic. They will be having a meeting on Thursday May 4, 2023 with the Amish Community and local residents.

Chad Beckman and Lis Franz with the Department of Revenue met with the Commissioners regarding having a public meeting for residents of Musselshell County regarding the property assessments that will be dated June 30, 2023. Treasurer Hetrick was also present. The meeting will be for educational information.

Sheriff Lesnik and DES Director Russell met with the Commissioners. County Attorney Larsen was also present. There is a new dispatch employee hired. Sheriff Lesnik is working on the COPS Grant. Judge Spaulding joined the meeting. Smith Road easement issues were discussed. It is a privately maintained road and some residents are encroaching on the easements.

County Attorney Larsen told the Commissioners the Victim Witness Advocate is going to need a new computer.

Cody Samuelson from Key Insurance and Shannon Chamberlain from MACo met with the Commissioners to go over the 2023/2024 Property and Casualty renewal.

Department Head meeting.

Ambulance Director Solberg and Assistant Vivirito met with the Commissioners to discuss their budget.

Public comment:

David and Wendy Shreeve, Warren Hanson, Sherri Flanscha, Ken Naylor, Dan Main, Richard Durgin and Michael Jacko were present.

Wendy Shreeve and Sherri Flanscha asked the Commissioners if they could use the kitchen at the Commons to make bread.  The Commissioners will talk to MACo.

Mr. Durgin is concerned that the chip seal on #4 Road is breaking up.

Ken Naylor wanted clarification on if the Regional Water Authority is going around the Roundup Mesa Subdivision. The Commissioners confirmed that they are going to be going south around the subdivision.

Michael Jacko asked about a decay ordinance for the County.  The Commissioners will ask County Attorney Larsen what needs to be done.

End of public comment.

Commissioner Pancratz made the motion to sign Resolution 2023-27 Cancelling uncalled Warrants on First Security Bank from June 2021 – June 2022. Commissioner Goffena seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  The following are the uncalled warrants.


Date Warrant # Amount Name Date Canceled
10/21/2021 71541 $568.05 McCleary Distributing 4/28/2023
12/3/2021 71761 $20.00 Patrick Contini 4/28/2023
1/21/2022 72007 $20.00 Ryan Buffington 4/28/2023
1/21/2022 72056 $119.99 Ray Allen Manufacturing 4/28/2023
2/4/2022 72097 $12.59 Christian Barber 4/28/2023
2/4/2022 72122 $21.36 Eric Eliasson 4/28/2023
2/4/2022 72137 $14.93 Corin Heron 4/28/2023
2/4/2022 72196 $16.68 Owen Thatcher 4/28/2023
2/4/2022 72198 $13.17 Frankie Thompson 4/28/2023
2/4/2022 72212 $12.59 Michaela Viviano 4/28/2023
3/4/2022 72329 $155.50 Empire Heating and Cooling Inc 4/28/2023
3/4/2022 72336 $40.25 L&J Design & Mfg 4/28/2023


Commissioner Goffena made the motion to sign Resolution 2023-28 Appointing Special County Attorney Burt Hurwitz. Commissioner Pancratz seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Commissioner Pancratz made the motion to Sign the Standard Audit Contract Amendment submitted by Denning, Downey & Associates.  Commissioner Goffena seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

End of meeting.

Monday May 1, 2023 Road Department meeting.

Commissioner Turley, Commissioner Goffena, Road and Bridge Supervisor Stockert and Secretary Newman were present.

Senate Bill 536 Regarding State funding for bridges and secondary roads was discussed and needed to be opposed. The millings on some of the roads is coming up. They are going to check on making Eagle Rock Road “non-maintained”

End of meeting.

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