County and FWS agreement approved

   Commissioners approved on Thursday, a wildlife extension agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
   The county and FWS will each participate in conducting restoration work over approximately a 400-feet length of stream with a focus on improving the eroding bank on the Jones Memorial Park (lands) in Dupuyer which is owned by the county.
   The term of the agreement is for 10 years and the FWS is granted the authority to complete a wildlife habitat development in the Park with restoration work over about a 400-foot length of Dupuyer Creek.
   Funding for the project will be $3,000 in FWS funding and the county will provide in-kind contributions of material and equipment.
   Commissioner Cynthia Johnson made the motion, seconded by Joe Christiaens. With Sandy Broesder voting in favor, the motion passed on a unanimous vote, 3-0.
   Another agreement was approved, this one with Teton County for the administration of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Grant.    Underprivileged women may receive up to $100 to get help for the screening.
   On Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. or immediately following the hearing on the proposed budget in the commissioner’s office, there will be a public hearing on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
   A contract with the Port Authority on the NSP, running through 2013, was approved which will enable the county, through the Pondera Regional Port Authority to purchase and fix up foreclosed single family homes..
   In addition an Interlocal agreement was OK’ed to approve the NSP Sub Recipient Interlocal Agreement with the Port Authority.
   This agreement will have the P.A. operate, manage and maintain the NSP program for the county.
   On a related matter, there will also be a public hearing in the commissioner’s office on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. concerning a proposal to close county offices on Nov. 27 – the day after Thanksgiving and for a half-day on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve).
   A memorandum of understanding with the Montana Wool Growers Association was approved as well concerning predator animal control. The funding for the program is from an assessment of 60-cents per head on the sheep and stock cattle in the county.
   The commissioners moved and approved to enter into an agreement between the county and Nelson Architects, LLC for services and subcontractor negotiations for the remodeling of the Conrad Community Center.
   Pending the planning board’s recommendation, a Denney and Hastings minor subdivision were approved.
   There was on abatement of $18.53 on the VandenBos property. The Department of Revenue reappraised the property resulting in a decrease in taxable value.