Union tries to make end run around PMC

   The PMC is still not in the black and cash flow difficulties have been predicted for the month of July. Pay raises, new incentives for insurance and better employee discounts on in-house services have been offered to the union.
   One other sticking point is that the PMC feels all employees should be free to decide for themselves if they would like to join the union and pay their dues. The union, however, proposes that no choice be given to employees and that every employee pay dues or risk losing their job.
   J.D. Duncan, Human Resources Director at the PMC commented, “We always strive to be fair to our employees and be fiscally responsible. We have to operate within our means, and we believe our employees understand that.”
   In other business, the commission passed Resolution-34 which will allow the loaning to funds having negative cash balance. They also passed R-34, giving forgiveness of repayment of a $14,962.50 loan, treating this as a transfer from the General Fund to the Port Authority Fund.
   They also approved the final payments on the Valier CTEP project. The first payment was for $6,964.45 and the final payment was for $1,500.
   Commissioner Johnson moved to appoint Clerk and Recorder Janice Hoppes, Broesder, and herself as county signators for the Brady Water/Sewer CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) grant. Motion passed.
   A forage removal agreement with Leonard Wilke on the Mallard Springs road was approved, and a quote from Conrad Building Center for repairs to the county road shop  in Conrad OK’d and a farm rental agreement was passed with the Bouma brothers (Howard and Ray) for farmland by the airport.
   One abatement, number 683, was approved, a road opening agreement was passed, allowing 3 Rivers Communications to install fiber optic cable under Birch Creek Colony Rd., and a another forage removal agreement was passed, this one for Skorupa Farms.
   The commission holds their regular business meeting on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. in their office at courthouse. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend.