WATER-WATER — Notice the sign in the middle of the picture. Is it directing the water which way to go? This was taken on June 6 at the Tiber Dam Upper Campground area. Photo courtesy of Ted Kronebusch
At their regular meeting on Wednesday, the county commissioners took part in a conference call with the Regional Manager of the Montana Driver’s License Bureau the Northern Region.
The purpose of the call was to discuss changes in the service dates and on-site storage of camera equipment at the travel sites.
Conrad is considered a travel site in the region and the home base site is in Cut Bank.
After some discussion the commissioners agreed to allow the storage of the camera equipment at the courthouse which will mean more hours for the Conrad office. This comes from the fact that the driver’s examiner will not have to set up and take down the equipment to be moved to the next site.
Pondera County will be served by an examiner from the Great Falls office on every Wednesday as well as the fourth Tuesday of each month, resulting in more hours of the examiner being available. The office used by the drivers’ examiner will still be shared with the Montana Job Service and the Montana Veteran’s officer.
In other business, an excavation agreement requested by 3 Rivers Communications to excavate on and under Crestview Road for the purpose of installing copper and fiber phone cable for a service area upgrade was approved by the commissioners.
There was one abatement to act on and it passed in the amount of $748.84 for farm equipment valued in error.
From an earlier meeting, an agent, Pam Walling, of MACo Health Care Trust gave a presentation of a plan for group health insurance for county employees. At the time, the proposal was taken under advisement.
Later, the commissioners approved an option for the group health insurance renewal proposed by Joint Powers Trust.
Under the option chosen, the premium will be reduced by four percent. The county committed to a three-year renewal and 50 percent of the plan participants are required to attend the annual education and wellness presentations. The commissioners approved an amendment with MSU-Bozeman sponsored programs, under which the county will received an additional $5,000 for nutritional and physical activity services through June 30.
Because the county incurred expenses in excess of the budgeted amount for expenditures, the county moved to amend the budget fund for expenditures amounting to $4,621.14.
The commissioners meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to conduct county business in their courthouse office. The public is always invited to attend to see their government in action.