Commissioners pass resolution to put Conrad library levy on the ballot

During their regular business meeting on Wednesday, the county commissioners passed a resolution, R-27.

The commissioners received a request from the Conrad library trustees to place a levy request on the June 5 primary ballot.

After some discussion, the request was passed on a vote of 3-0.

Voters will decide on an additional mill levy to provide $125,000 each year, plus an inflationary factor (allowed by Montana law) to provide $125,000 each year for eight years.

The purpose of the levy is to fund the operations at the library.

The financial impact on a home having a market value of $50,000 is estimated to be $5.89 each year of the levy, $11.78 for a home with a value of $100,000 and $23.56 for a home having a value of $200,000.

Dave Doran, CFO-PMC, was on hand to briefly meet with commissioners regarding the preliminary Medicaid match agreement survey for the year.

The county participates with the PMC each year to obtain this funding for the hospital.

Commissioner Joe Christiaens signed the preliminary survey for the county.

Kyle Harlan was also on hand for a visit with the commissioners.

A certificate of occupancy has not yet been issued for the new community center and the approval of Harlan’s contract for commercial building inspection services in the county has not arrived yet either.

Both items have been requested from the state and so far there hasn’t been a response from the state.

Harlan provided contact information for the division Administrator at the state. Commissioner Cynthia Johnson said a phone call would be made at the finish of the business meeting.

A number of excavation agreements were approved, all requested by 3 Rivers Communications.

They were at Rock City and Beaverhead Roads, Buena Vista Road, Beaverhead and Swanson Road, Bullhead Road, Bullhead Road and Sullivan Bridge Road.

The excavations are for the purpose of installing fiber optic phone cable. The agreements were approved on a 3-0 vote.

On a somewhat related issue, Commissioner Johnson was named as a voting representative for the county at the annual meeting of 3 Rivers Communications board of directors.

In other business, Commissioner Sandy Broesder moved to transfer $2,577 for the Pondera County payments of a prorated share of unfunded expense for Alcohol Rehab Services.

On Oct. 19, 2011, the commissioners approved payment of the county’s pro-rated share of the deficiency in funding of the Hi-Line recovery program.

The following is an excerpt from the Oct. 19, 2011 commission meeting minutes.

“From July 1, 2008, Pondera County, along with several other counties in the area, contracted for alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation services with Hi-Line Recovery.

Due to an error by Hi-Line Recovery, the contractor received  duplicate Medicaid payments in error which had to be paid back.

Due to the inability of the contractor to repay the duplicate funds (which had been spent by the contractor)), Toole County, one of the participating counties, paid the liability from their county funds with the expectation that they would be reimbursed a proportionate about by the other participating counties.”

Commissioner Broesder moved to pay Pondera County’s discretionary cash in the State Allocated Federal Mineral Royalties Fund. The motion passed on a 3-0.

The next meeting of the commissioners has been moved to March 8 10 a.m. because Johnson and Broesder will be attending the National Association of Counties Conference.