First drawdown for senior center is approved

The first drawdown(s) on the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) for the Conrad Community/Senior Center were approved by commissioners at the March 16 meeting.

The first one was for $16,247.82 and the second was on an EECBG (Economic Energy Community Block Grant) for $91,604.53.

Commissioners also approved all of the road approach and opening agreements submitted by the Montanan Alberta Tie Line (MATL).

There were 16 roads affected and they were bundled into one motion and included Loess, Granite, Healy Spring N, Midway W, Overpass, Chance, Circle S Wiest, Armstrong, Bullhead, Willow Rounds, Christiaens, Williams, Dry Forks W, Dupuyer and Coalmine.

The commissioners had a discussion on an Intercap Loan application which was approved to cover the Community/Senior Center.

Due to the fact the current Intercap leaning rate is 1.95 percent and the projected shortfall of building funds of the CCSC is estimated to be $106,106, commissioners moved to apply for an Intercap loan not to exceed $150,000 to finish the center building project.

Greg Beck and Bill Roach met with the commissioners and Attorney Mary Ann Ries on Wednesday to request a change in the flood prone designation on Beck’s property at 1645 Sollid Road.

He purchased the property and had Triangle Engineering run elevation settings and Salois Construction to run perc tests on the property to document his reasons that the areas on the property are not flood prone.

He also provided historical data from surrounding landowners regarding flood issues to their property.

Beck has been working with Corine Rose, County Sanitarian and DES coordinator LeAnn Hermance as well as DEQ officials.

While not adverse to making a change, the commissioners took the matter under advisement and will follow-up on the request.

A representative of North Montana Insurance, Pat Greany, met with the commissioners regarding the availability of insurance for parties renting public facilities such as the community center once it is available for events.

Greany will provide further information to the commissioners before a decision is made.

Commissioner Sandy Broesder moved to designate the Center for Mental Health as the county’s provider of services for alcohol rehabilitation. It was noted that funding for these services are earmarked funds paid to the county by the state of Montana. On a second by Joe Christiaens the motion passed.

A memorandum of understanding between the Northern Montana Joint Refuse Disposal District (NMJRDD), the county, and the cities of Conrad and Shelby was approved.

These entities will work together to seek funds and initiate a regional recycling program for northcentral Montana.

The county agrees to transport paper and aluminum and tin recyclables to the NMJRDD from the Pondera County Recycling Coalition recycling building using the flatbed trailer purchased for hauling the Gaylord boxes in exchange for using the trailer for county business.