WINTER WONDERLAND — Welcome to the first “official” day of winter! Conrad and the surrounding area was hit with a freezing rain storm along with some snowflakes on Monday ... just in time for Christmas! I-O Photo by Chelsey Anderson
At their regular Wednesday business meeting the county commissioners moved and passed a new snow removal policy.
The first priority for snow removal will be school bus routes Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday as emergencies may dictate.
The second priority will be mail routes during daylight hours, Monday through Friday and on the weekend for emergencies only. The third priority will be county roads other than (those) above will be done on a first come basis expanding from county road shops during daylight hours, Monday through Thursday except for life threatening emergencies.
No plowing or sanding will be done at night on any roads except for life threatening emergencies.
In other business, the commissioners moved to approve a payment for $3,923.18 for services from Dec. 10, on the Conrad Airport pavement restoration project.
The work was done by Robert Peccia and Associates, Inc. Funding for the project is from a Federal Aviation Administration reimbursement grant of 95 percent and a local match of five percent.
The project is 92 percent complete and has been shut down for the winter.
There was also news about the Conrad I-15 interchange.
Because of the importance to the future of the city and county, the Montana Department of Transportation has written a letter to Mayor John Shevlin saying they will pay the future required match associated with project and a bid date of March 25, 2010 has been set.
Any cost overruns to complete the project will be paid for by MDT (assuming that funding is available to MDT).
Jim Lynch Director of the MDT also noted that it is anticipated that Federal Interstate Maintenance will be used to cover this project costs in excess of the grant amount.
The project will play a big role with MDT’s interstate system and a diamond shaped interchange is necessary to facilitate future development and incorporate a future rest area here.
In addition, there were policy manual revisions that were approved in the county employee handbook and policy guide.
The revisions are a result of working with department heads over the course of two years.
From an earlier meeting the commissioners approved a price increase in the sale of the County Road Atlas to $25 per copy.
The increase will bring the atlas in line with the actual cost to produce the book.
The commissioners held a discussion on the Wilderness Bill (S-1470) and the invitation that was extended to MACo President Mike McGinley to testify in front of the U.S. Senate.
It was decided to have Commissioner Cynthia Johnson prepare a statement for the approval of Commissioners Sandy Broesder and Joe Christiaens and forward to McGinley, after a review and acceptance. The commissioners are not in favor of S-1470.
A motion for an expense in excess of $500 was approved by the commissioners.
The Road Department had a request for an expenditure of about $2,500 for the replacement of lights in the Valier Road shop and the installation of electricity to a small utility building in the middle of the Valier Road Department yard.
The commissioners also approved a food inspection agreement, on Dec. 10, with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for Sanitarian Corrine Rose to conduct food inspections, effective from July, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2011.
The commissioners hold their regular business meeting, unless otherwise posted, every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. in their office at the courthouse.
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