Bill May resigns, attorney approved for Kara Thompson

35_lions-casa_0022BIG CHECK  — Mike Harding President of the Conrad Lions Club presents Stacy Eneboe, President of the Front Range CASA a check for $1,000. The proceeds came from cooking the Lions famous Whoop-Up burgers at the Christmas Stroll. Incidentally, the Lions ran out of hamburgers at the Stroll. Way to cook ‘em guys!  I-O Photo by Barb Endler




By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

At the regular business meeting of the county commissioners on Wednesday, a letter of resignation from Public Administrator Bill May was read.

He has served the county at public administrator for 28 years. After reading the letter, commissioners moved to accept his resignation.

Following that, there was discussion about consolidating his office with another county office.

It was decided to consolidate   May’s position with the office of Mary Ann Ries, County Attorney.

There will be a public hearing on Dec. 30, 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ office with the purpose being that any registered voter may voice their opinion, pro or con, on the consolidation proposal.

The commissioners were informed a court action against Clerk of Court Kara Thompson in her official capacity as the clerk.

She is entitled to have a private attorney to defend her in this action. Commissioner Joe Christiaens moved to hire William Bieler as defense counsel for Thompson. Sandy Broesder gave a second and the motion passed, 3-0 with Chairman Cynthia Johnson also voting yes.

The suit is being brought by Meghan Sutton an attorney in Great Falls who was quoted a $2 search fee and didn’t want to pay it.

A motion to dismiss charges has been filed by Bieler, but action on this will not be taken by the court until next year.

Three property abatements were approved, one for $172.04, one for $40.20 and the third of $2,702.05. The latter property had the market value lowered after an on-site review and income and expense data review.

A letter was received from Cheryl Curry at the Port Authority to re-appoint Bev Widhalm and Del Styren to the Pondera Regional Port Authority.

The commissioners were presented with   Promissory Note and Collateral Security document from Larcan USA Inc.

The county has been asked to execute these documents on behalf of the Conrad TV District in order that the district can have Larcan install digital equipment to replace the analog equipment currently in place.

The expenses will be reimbursed by a grant that Larcan will apply for on behalf of the district.

The TV District has sufficient funding on deposit with the county to pay any matching funds required and the county is not obligated to repay the Promissory note unless the grant funds are not received.

Commissioner Broesder moved to approve the note and security document. After a second, it passed on a 3-0 vote.

In other action the commissioners talked about a certificate of Substantial Complete presented by Nelson Architects on behalf of Pheasant Run Builders,

The document, as presented states that a cost estimate of work is incomplete or defective at zero dollars.

The commission discussion was that there was at least $5,000 in incomplete or defective work which the contractor, the county and the architect is aware of.

Commissioner Christiaens moved to change the amount from zero to $5,000 for incomplete or defective work and then to approve the document.

On a second by Broesder, the motion carried on a 3-0 vote.

The county was presented with a copy of the minutes from the Pondera County rural Dire District along with a resolution requesting a capital improvement account in the county accounting system.

The fund will be funded by transfers from the district’s operating fund. The commissioners approved the request to establish the fund via resolution.

The county commissioners met every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in their office at the courthouse.

The public is always invited and encourage to attend these meetings and see their government at work.