Mark Jones, Tiffany Nitz and Cale Younce of Pondera Medical Center (PMC) met with the Commissioners regarding several topics that need the approval under the terms of the Lease Agreement between the County and PMC.
Jones advised the commissioners that PMC has been approached by a dentist needing space to rent to establish a private practice. In Jones’ discussions with the dentist, it is understood that the practice would not be a PMC service but a private practice with its own billing, appointment and reception services. Commissioner Broesder moved to allow PMC to lease a portion of the clinic building for the private practice dental office and it was approved.
Jones also reviewed the plans for a parking lot sale of surplus property of the facility. After reviewing the list of items for sale, the Commissioners indicated no concerns with the sale of the items.
Younce, manager of the Extended Care Unit at PMC, reviewed plans to improve the grounds area around the extended care facility by establishing a place for children and their families to play an interact with residents. The plan includes walking paths, benches, raised sensory gardens, bird-viewing areas and fountains surrounding a playground which will provide ample opportunities for recreations, fitness and fellowship for the entire community. It is anticipated that funding for the project will come from donations, fund-raising projects and grant awards.
The Commissioners will have the County Attorney review any plans for possible liability issues before making a decision.
Commissioner Broesder moved to approve the Approach Agreement requested by Kirby Swanson to encroach upon the Pondera County Right of Way described as Swift Dam Road for the purpose of installing an approach on the south side of the road. No culvert is required. The motion was carried.
Commissioner Broesder also moved to approve the invoice for the Wildlife Extension Grant in the amount of $560 for labor and expenses of U.S. Wildlife Service in Sheep Creek Restoration – Dupuyer Creek. The invoice will be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for payment to Pondera County. Upon receipt, the County will pay the funds to the contractor of the project.
The commissioners meet every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. to conduct county business. The public is always encouraged to attend these meetings and view their government at work.