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Commissioner’s Minutes January 8, 2018

January 18, 2018

January 8, 2018

the meeting was called to order at 9:30 by Commissioner Goffena. Commissioner Borner and Berry were present.

The minutes from the January 2, 2018 meeting were reviewed and approved by all Commissioners.

DES Coordinator Carlson met with the Commissioner regarding a personnel issue behind closed doors.

Sheriff Thomas and Under Sheriff Lesnik gave their weekly report to the Commissioners. Mr. Lesnik told the Commissioners that in the last week of 2017 there were 5 drug related warrants served in a 48 hour period. The roof is leaking at the office. The Commissioner said they can’t roof in this weather and the roof is scheduled to be repaired as soon as possible. They will be going out for bids on the roof project once the weather is better. Mr. Lesnik told the Commissioners that they are working with IT Specialist Adam Toombs on going electronic to up the transfer rate with their case files. They are going to change Court Compliance Officer Vohs hours to scan and input documents to utilize her time. This will save money and get the Deputies out on the streets more.

IT specialist Toombs met with the Commissioners with a security issue behind closed doors.

Maintenance worker Harry Foster met with the Commissioners with a personal issue behind closed doors.

Accounting Supervisor Angel gave her weekly report to the Commissioners. Ms. Angel discussed various Grants and what information is needed for the County to be reimbursed. Since it is a hardship for a poor County such as we are to come up with money up front for these grants, it was suggested to put in for the money before anything is done. The soft match for the PDM (pre disaster mitigation) and FMA (flood mitigation assistance) cannot be completed until the weather breaks. As of now it is scheduled for February.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Stockert and Secretary gave their weekly report to the Commissioners. Ms. Kenner asked if any of the Commissioners planned on attending the MACRS (Montana Association of County Road Supervisors) conference this year? Commissioner Berry said he would like to go since he has never been to one. Ms. Kenner informed the Commissioners that she turned in the departments insurance updated list to Key Insurance as requested. The Commissioners approved a one time 6 month probation raise for the newest employee.

Mark Qualman with Quest Service Corp. Gave his weekly report to the Commissioners. The Commissioners asked what could possibly be done as a temporary solution for the leaking roof at the Sheriff’s Department until able to fix it? A tarp was suggested. The Commissioners told Mr. Qualman that we need to put an invitation to bid in the local paper for the roof project. At the January 22, 2018 meeting Mr. Qualman will have Al Rapacz with Schutzfoss with him regarding possibilities for funding a new jail. Sheriff Thomas and Under Sheriff Lesnik will be encouraged to attend. Mr. Qualman told the Commissioners that they are starting the layout and framing at the Musselshell County Central Commons and there have been no problems so far.

Clerk & Recorder Tomassi informed the Commissioners that she will be out of State the week of January 22, 2018.

There was a Department Head Meeting over the lunch hour.

Robin Rude, Tammy Bowling and Jill Johnson with the Department of Revenue met with the Commissioners to update them on office closing around the State and to see if there were any questions. As of now Musselshell County will not close for another year. They are not sure what’s going to happen once other offices close. It depends on who stays. They do know that the office will be working directly with the Treasurers Office. Ms. Rude said that it would be good if the County could possibly start doing a “County issued permit” for anytime someone is building. Commissioner Goffena said that an ordinance is possible. If the office closes they will need to have a room for when they visit to talk with taxpayers. The Commissioners assured them that something will be available.

There was no public comment.

Item #1 to discuss the Wireless Point to Point estimate submitted by High Point Networks and Adam Toombs was tabled until there is another estimate. Commissioner Berry is going to talk to Mid-Rivers to see what they can do also. Item #3 to consider seeking an engineers report on the scope & cost of the purposed Big Pond components was tabled until more information is gathered regarding water rights and Contract water.

Commissioner Borner made the motion to sign the letter to The Melstone Town Council regarding the Melstone Transfer Site. Commissioner Berry second the motion. Motion carried.

Dave and Pam Liggett wanted to talk to the Commissioners on a private matter behind closed doors.


County Attorney Peterson met with the Commissioners to discuss business.

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

On January 11, 2018, Commissioner Goffena and Borner went to Lewistown to talk to DNRC (Scott Irvin- DNRC Regional Manager, Michael Everrett- DNRC, Doug Mann-DNRC, Andy Brummond- FWP) regarding the Flood Mitigation Grant and the proposed Pond Project.

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