Commissioners approve oil, gas plugging grant

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

On a unanimous vote the county commissioners moved to approve an application for an oil and gas well plugging grant in the amount of $100,000 on Wednesday.

The grant will be administered by Corrine Rose, the county sanitarian and reimburses producers for part of their expense to plug nonproductive wells.

An abatement was made for a tax reduction of $77.35 on a parcel of land, adjusted by the county tax appeal board.

The commissioners received a copy of an application for the Log Cabin Bar in Brady for a liquor license.

In the application, the commissioners are given the opportunity to object to one being issued.

Commissioner Cynthia Johnson moved and Commissioner Joe Christiaens made the second not to submit any objections as the application does not violate any ordinances of the county and it will be in place at a location previously occupied by a business with a liquor license.

Mayor John Shevlin was present to discuss a couple of items of mutual interest, one of which was the city’s request that the commissioners resolve the library funding issue in a more equitable manner than has been followed in the past.

Commissioner Chairman Sandy Broesder noted that Valier was expected to address the funding issue at its meeting on Thursday and once the county has an agreement with them, the parties will once again be called to the table to discuss the funding pro-rate.

He also noted that the company doing the paving on the Midway Road is contacted to do other paving on the interchange connecting road. The company, Nalcon, anticipates having hot mix left over which they will make available to the public and the mayor is advising people as well as businesses of this.

The commissioners will talk to the road supervisor to see if there is any interest in obtaining some of the hot mix.

There was also some discussion to damage being done on Blazen Road by the contractor’s gravel trucks. The commissioners will contact the State Highway Department for a resolution on this matter.

The mayor congratulated the commissioners on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding award for the community center.

In one more item, Christiaens advised the mayor that the airport is experiencing a water leak.

The airport is not within the city limits, however, it is served by water via a city hookup. Discussion centered on installing a hydrant at the time the line is fixed.

Mayor Shevlin said he would discuss this with the city’s public works director Rich Anderson.

Jeanne Moon, county treasurer, met with the commissioners regarding entering into an agreement with a new company for the processing of credit and debit card payments to the county.

Currently, the treasurer can accept card payments, however, she noted, the processing is very cumbersome.

A new company will be a more efficient provider but the county will need to purchase a card-swipe machine.

A motion was made and passed to approve the agreement with the processing company and to purchase the card-swipe machine from them with the funding coming out of the county management budget.

A motion was made and passed to pay for the expenses of Clerk and Recorder Janice Hoppes and Executive Director of the Ponder Regional Port Authority Cheryl Curry to attend a grant administration training session in Helena in June.

The county will be reimbursed these costs under the terms of the CDBG award to the county for the Community Center improvements.

Readers will recall that a taxpayer had met last week with the commissioners requesting a payment plan for his delinquent personal property taxes.

After a discussion with County Attorney Mary Ann Ries, it was moved to write a letter outlining the provisions allowing for installment payments of the taxes.

The county commissioners have a business meeting every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in their courthouse office. The public is always invited to attend to see their government at work