PMC wants a say in trustee selection

   Cheryl Curry from the Regional Port authority was on hand as well, giving a report on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
   Under the program, through the Montana Department of Commerce (MODoC), the P.A. can acquire foreclosed or abandoned residential properties, fix them up and offer the property for purchase to low-income applicants.
   Those individuals with incomes at or below the 120 percent area median income may qualify. There is an emphasis on families earning less the 50 percent area median income.
   Curry told the commissioners that at the present there is one house in Brady that meets the program standards. The P.A. pays the expenses through its revolving fund and costs are reimbursable through the program.
   She is also looking at a broadband Internet grant which might be available for financial help on the new Community Center.
   On a related topic with Curry, Clerk and Recorder Janis Hoppes requested approval to delete Curry and to designate the three commissioners and the Clerk and Recorder as authorized signers on the CDBG checking account at Stockman Bank. A motion was made and passed.
   Jeanne Moon, county treasurer reported that the county has investments with RBC Wealth Management, Wells Fargo Bank, Stockman Bank, Montana Board of Investments and Salomon Smith Barney.
   The commissioners moved to appoint Wayne Ashworth and re-appoint Vicki Newmiller to the county health board, each for a three-year tour of duty. This is also retroactive to July 1.
   A task order with the County Board of Health was also approved. It covers the county’s master contract for the Immunization Action Program (IAP).
   The county will receive $2,860 for immunization services by the CHD for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.
   The commissioners approved two draw downs for the Brady County Water and Sewer District Project CDBG funds. One is for $16,500 and the other for $305,500, The amount granted to the project was $322,000 and the two draws complete the funding.
   A prior draw from March was retracted. The MODoC Community Development Block Grant had approved a budget change in the Brady Water district project and there was a request for $128,849.18 from the CDBG program.
   The budget changes and draw down request were approved, however, the draw down approved in March was erroneously prepared by the project manager and was never paid out.
   The prior draw approval was retracted on a 3-0 vote by commissioners.
   The commission meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in their office at the courthouse. The public is always encouraged to attend these meetings.