Brady light assessment doubled

After some discussion at their Wednesday meeting, the county commissioners noted that the assessment charged to pay the utilities for the street lights in Brady has been insufficient to cover expenses.

As of June 30, the fund had a negative cash balance of $247.35.

Commissioner Cyndi Johnson noted that, “We need a reserve of $3,000.” Commissioner Joe Christiaens commented, “We need to double the figure then.”

In the 2010 census, the population of Brady was 140 residents, resulting in an average of $22.07 per resident, per year.

The average parcel will need to be doubled and keeping in mind that not all parcels are residential, but some are commercial.

The commercial parcels which are larger will bear a larger assessment than a parcel classified as residential property.

Commissioner Christiaens moved to double the assessment per parcel in the Brady Street Lights fund. Commissioner Sandra Broesder seconded the motion and it passed on a 3-0 vote.

In other business, the county approved a lease agreement with Dave Huge and Vance Raines for the Valier Airport hangar.

Commissioners approved an amendment with the WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children) subcontractor agreement. This just changes the effective date and period of performance.

A date and time was set for a public hearing on the potential increase in the amount the county will pay for gravel.

The hearing will be on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ office in the courthouse, 20 4th Ave. SW in Conrad.

A resolution was passed allowing the commission to have the Clerk and Recorder effect a loan to funds that have a negative cash balance at the end of the fiscal year.

Funding will come out of the general fund or the State Allocated Federal Mineral Royalties Fund and the Oil and Gas Severance Accelerated Tax Fund.

The loan(s) are to be repaid as soon as possible.

Generally, government accounting does not allow for negative cash balances in any fund, (including reimbursable grant funds) at the close of the fiscal year. The county has 10 funds that have a negative cash balance as of June 30.

They include the Predatory Animal Control, Brady Street Lights, Oil and Gas plugging grant, two Homeland Security grants, a CDBG grant (Community Center grant), Buckle Up Montana, Women, Infant and Children, Tobacco Use Prevention, and ARRA Hub and Spoke DEQ grant.

Commissioners approved a Clear Zone Management Policy that became effective immediately.

In noting that drivers become distracted and vehicles leave the roadways, the wider and smoother a recovery area is, the better chance a driver has to recover.

The purpose of the policy is to control woody vegetation within the county’s road right-of-way.

The full policy may be viewed during normal business hours at the Clerk and Recorder’s office. You may want to call ahead to give the office time to look it up. In addition, the I-O has a copy in the editor’s office.

The commissioners meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to conduct business. The public is always welcome to attend to see their government at work.