Commissioners act on abatements and contracts

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At their Wednesday business meeting the commissioners had a full slate of abatements, contracts and agreements to decide on.

There were 10 abatements from protested settlements with Qwest and one publically owned parcel that was not taxable, totaling $37,350.40, which passed on a 3-0 vote.

The contract for Pheasant Run Builders of Great Falls for $65,000 was approved. They will be installing windows in the Community Center that is being remodeled. Funding for the project will come from a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Energy Grant.

Another contract, with Heartland Mechanical, was approved, also for $65,000 to install the heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) at the Community Center.

Funding for this project is also funded by a DEQ energy grant.

A contract with Kronebusch Electric in the amount of $12,726.94 to complete Phase 1 electrical work on the HVAC units and exterior wall electrical work was approved.

Funding for this project comes from a DEQ energy grant and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Commissioners, on a 3-0 vote ,also approved the contract with Pheasant Run Builders for $526,857 to complete the exterior siding, interior finishes, electrical, mechanical, parking lot lights and all other items associated with a complete project that are not part of the previous phases in the community center.

A DEQ grant and/or the CDBG grant will fund the project. Along with the contract was also a notice to proceed with the project.

Still more contracts were gone over and approved, one being a DUI Task force between the county and the Montana Department of Transportation was approved. This is a safety program aimed at the prevention of impaired driving.

Funding will be from a portion of fines paid to Justice and District courts in the county for impaired driving violations.

On a 3-0 vote, the county moved to approved a contract between the county and the Teton County Health Department under which Pondera County serves as a satellite of Teton (lead county) to administer the supplement nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC).

Pondera County will receive $25,105.08 for the period from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2011 with funding coming from a federal grant.

On a 3-0 vote the county moved to approve the contract between the county and the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, the Montana Coalition.

Pondera County will serve as the lead agency for Pondera, Teton and Toole counties to administer the Buckle Up Montana (BUMT) occupant restraint program.

The county will receive $20,000 for the period from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2011. Funding for the program comes from a federal grant which is administered by the MDoT and Community Highway Safety program.

In other action, the commissioners moved to write a letter to Sweetgrass Development saying that the county will authorize $2,000 to them for the calendar year 2011.

However, Sweetgrass runs their operation on a calendar year and the county is on a fiscal year and these funds will not be available to Sweetgrass Development until July 1, 2011.

An approach agreement was approved with Daryle Swanson on Dupuyer Creek Road, three miles west of the town. The purpose is to install an approach on the north side of the road. This passed on a 3-0 vote.

And, the commissioners authorized the payment on invoices from a final close-out report from Robert Peccia and Associates (P&A) for an airport runway rehab project of 2008, funded by the FAA (Federal Aeronautics Administration). Included in the report were two bills, a drawdown (number five) for $9,365 which was broken down at $1,610 for P&A for professional services; $7,677.45 for Potomac Aviation (weather monitoring equipment-final bill) and $77.55 for the Department of Revenue and draw number six for $1,000 from P&A for professional services in preparation of the final closeout report.

Commissioner Cynthia Johnson moved to accept the final report, pay the amounts billed and apply for reimbursement of the costs from the FAA.

The motion passed on a 3-0 vote.

The commissioners meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to conduct the business of the county.

Meetings are held in their office in the courthouse, 20 4th Ave. SW. the public is always welcome to attend and see their government in action.