Commissioners oppose Postal Service closure plans

At their regular meeting on Wednesday morning, the three commissioners stood firm in their resolve to oppose Postal Services proposals to change postal service standards, close some offices, and consolidate mail processing centers.

Commissioners Cyndi Johnson noted that the citizens of the county rely on the Postal Service to deliver mail, six days a week.

Commissioner Joe Christiaens felt the rural areas are being required to shoulder a disproportionate burden in an attempt to balance a budget.

Along that line, the commissioners passed, on a 3-0 vote, R-32 which opposes closures and consolidated mail processing centers.

In other business, an approach agreement with Jim Nelson was approved to encroach on the Pondera County road right of way on Bullhead Road for the purpose of installing a temporary approach on the south side of the road.

There will be no culvert. The approval passed on a 3-0 vote.

Another approach agreement was also approved with Kip DeBoo to install an approach on the east side of Belgian Hill Road with a 15-inch culvert.

Commissioners also passed R-33 declaring a 1986 Chevy pickup as surplus property, and as such, allowing for the sale of the truck.

A preliminary grant application was given approval and is based on the 2013 FY Disaster and Emergency Services Budget. Final approval will come in April when the final application is due.

It was a morning of resolutions, as the commissioners also passed R-31 that authorizes budget amendments to the general funds.

The MCA grants commissioners the power to amend the budget during the fiscal year by conducting public hearings at regularly scheduled meetings and to appropriate money received from the federal or state governments, regardless of the time the money was received.

The Montana Department of Military Affairs have notified the county of grant funds for HMEP training for hazmat operations in the amount of $2,500.

The DES will incur expenditures for that purpose, not to exceed such funds to be paid from the revenue received. A public hearing was conducted at the Wednesday meeting. No one showed up to object and on a 3-0 vote, R-31 passed.

The commissioners meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in their office to conduct county business.

The public is always invited and encouraged to attend as see their government at work.