County, CofC meet to see about expanding Christmas decorations

County commissioners met with Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce members on Wednesday morning to see about expanding lighting decorations at the front of the courthouse for the holiday season.

Representing the CofC board were Gerald Miller, 2nd VP, Barbie Killion, executive secretary, and board members Mike Harding and Laurie Eisenzimer. Also on hand was Ron Moon, the county building maintenance supervisor.

The purpose of the meeting was for the CofC to work with the county in creating a larger display of holiday decorations on courthouse lawn and possibly on the building.

Miller commented, “We want to promote this area big time, and get more people in town.” It seems like we’re getting less and less people out for the stroll and we’re looking at different ideas.

He also noted he has lots of Christmas decorations to use.

The commissioners agreed to allow the decorations and to work with the CofC members for a new festive holiday display.

In other business, the commissioners acted on a petition to create a county water district, north and west of Conrad.

The petition was received in August for consideration.

The petition has been reviewed by the county attorney and since it is signed by all property owners to be included in the district, no election to create the district needs to be conducted.

However, a hearing is required to be held on the petition before it can be incorporated as a district.

Commissioner Sandra Broesder moved to set Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. in the commissioner’s office as the date, time and place for the hearing. With a second from Commissioner Joe Christiaens, the motion passed on a 3-0 vote (Cynthia Johnson).

The auditing firm of Denning, Downey and Associates, auditors for the county, submitted a letter and proposed services for the fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014. The commissioners accepted the proposal, voting 3-0 to do so.

The commissioners acted on a request from Treasurer Jeanne Moon to cancel a tax bill for a personal property tax parcel.

The parcel has been inactive since 2002 and the mobile home is no longer in the county. The tax bill was for $1,081.91.

A motion was made to cancel the bill and it passed on a 3-0 vote.

In a related matter, the county accepted the treasurer’s securities report on investments.

The commissioners declared four pickup trucks as surplus property and will sell them by sealed bids to be opened on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ office.

One of the trucks is a 1972 Ford F100 valued at $1,000; a 1971 International F1800 valued at $500; a 1994 Chevy 3/4 ton pickup valued at $800; and a 1989 Chevy pickup valued to $800.

The commissioners reviewed the specifications for the lease/purchase of eight motor graders for the county road department.

Bids on the graders will be opened on Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ office.

Justice of Peace Audrey Brown requested the use of a third floor storage room for her office as it can be locked.

Broesder moved to approve the request. On a second from Christiaens, the motion passed on a 3-0 vote.

The commissioners meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to conduct business.