Commissioners recommend speed limits

   The Pondera County Commissioners, in earlier action, had requested a speed study on the Conrad-Dupuyer Road from the Montana Department of Transportation (MDoT).
   That study has been completed and recommendations made for the commission to review and respond to.
Commissioner Joe Christiaens made the motion to recommend to the MDoT to have the paved portion of the Conrad-Dupuyer Road posted at 70 mph during the day, 65 mph night/trucks, from the end of the 45 mph transition zone outside the city of Conrad and continuing west to mile marker 23.2.
   This would make that section of the road consistent with other rural paved secondary roads, and to request that the gravel portion of the road from the transition zone east of Dupuyer to the commencement of payment at mile post 23.2 be posted at 65 mph with perhaps a 60 mph night/trucks designations.
   The commission also supports the recommendation of the City of Conrad for the 25-35-and 45 mph zones that transition into the city.  That motion passed on a 3-0 vote.
   On Sept. 30, 10 a.m. in the commissioner’s office there will be a public hearing on the county budget. The public is encouraged to attend and make comments.
   In other business, Commissioner Cyndi Johnson moved to designate the Secure Rural Schools funding at 85 percent to Title I of the program and 15 percent to Title III.
   The Title I funding is available to the schools each year and the Title III funding is held by the federal government until used by the counties.
   Commissioners are still looking into allowable uses of the Title III funding and have until FY-2011-12 to use the funds and request reimbursement from the federal government. The motion passed.
   An excavation agreement requested by Sun River Electric to engage in excavation on and under the intersection of Kelly Road and Pondera Coulee Road for the purpose of installing a low voltage service wire across 60 feet or road was OK’ed.
   Commissioners accepted the proposal of SimplexGrinnell for removal and replacement of the fire sprinklers in the jail.
   The project will cost $3,454 and will take about two days to complete.
   In the aftermath of the public hearing on library funding, commissioners met with representatives on Wednesday morning concerning information given out at the public meeting.
   A library delegation, led by Carolyn Donath gave the commissioners information supporting their numbers and a request for increased funding.
   The group from Valier invited the Conrad Library Foundation to a meeting in Valier on Sept.15 to discuss a resolution to the funding formula issue and then make a presentation for the commissioners.