Commissioners designate Pondera as 4th Class county

The commissioners had a light agenda on the table for their regular Wednesday meeting.

There were no abatements or contracts to cover.

A resolution, R-5, was passed on a 3-0 vote that designated Pondera County as a Fourth Class county.

The Class of a county is determined by the taxable valuation for the year in which such order is made in accordance with the MCA codes. The taxable valuation of the county is $19,759,618.

The designation becomes effective the first Monday in 2011.

The classification of counties is used for a complex funding system and at one time was used to determine the salary of elected officials. Now there is a salary committee that meets once a year for that purpose.

It is also used to determine the dues structure for MAC. While not a significant amount, the county dues will drop slightly.

In other business, a cooler for the remodeled Community Senior Center will be paid for with funding from the oil and gas severance fund.

There will be a public hearing on Oct. 13, 10 a.m. on the proposed closing of county offices on the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26.

The commissioners received a letter from the Dupuyer TV District asking that the District be dissolved.

Equipment for the Valier TV District has been removed. Commissioner Cynthia Johnson moved to adopt a resolution of intent to dissolve the two TV districts. Commissioner Joe Christiaens seconded the motion and it carried on a 3-0 vote.

There will be a public hearing in the commissioner’s office on Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. on the intent to dissolve the Dupuyer and Valier TV districts.