New walkway proposed for PMC

29_pmc_8821CRUMBLING  — This view of the walkway into the Pondera Medical Center shows the deterioration underneath the bridge that is fast becoming unsafe. The PMC board would like to replace the walkway with a new one, similar to this artist’s rendering shown below the bridge.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler





County commissioners, Cynthia Johnson and Joe Christiaens, met with Pondera Medical Center (PMC) trustee chairman Ted Kronebusch on Wednesday.

The purpose was to discuss a proposal for a new walkway into the main entrance of the PMC.

The original cement walkway at the front entrance is deteriorating to the point that it is almost a safety issue and needs to be replaced.

The PMC building is owned by the county and Kronebusch was requesting approval for the hospital board to move ahead with the project and was asking for county approval for the work to be done without going out for bids.

Since the building is (essentially) owned by the public, the board was not certain if they could run with the project without going through the bid process.

He noted that the board has a proposal from Nelson Architects and intends to pay for the project without county funds.

In order to help keep costs down he asked that the county provide demolition and disposal services when the cement is removed and prepared for replacement.

Johnson contacted MACo (Montana Association of Counties) to get some clarification and was advised they would need to have the project go out for bids.

No action was taken, however, Kronebusch will request a letter from Mark Jones CEO/PMC requesting permission to proceed with the project.

In other business, the commissioners issued notices to proceed to Heartland Mechanical for the HVAC system at the community center and to Pheasant Run Builders for windows and doors. You may recall that bids were approved last week. The proceed order allows work to begin.

The commissioners also dissolved the Valier and Dupuyer TV districts. After a public hearing was held at the courthouse, where no protests were recorded, either verbal or written.

The Valier TV district had $13,489.13 left in an account with the treasurer’s office.

There were no outstanding debts or warrants and funds did not come from private grants or gifts that might restrict its use. Those funds will be transferred to the county general fund.

The same guidelines were met for dissolving the Dupuyer TV district and the remaining assets of $94.51 were transferred to the county general fund.

Conditions of the preliminary subdivision approval for the Dyer minor subdivision were met and commissioners gave final approval for the Dyer Minor subdivision.

The commission meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to conduct county business. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend a meeting.