County amends lease with PSSC

29_grainery-down_3838ELEVATOR DOWN  — An old elevator on Front Street, across from Kay’s Auto, was taken down on Thursday morning, Jamie and Jesse Fuson were operating the two big Cats that finally sent the elevator tumbling down in a cloud of dust. The reason the elevator was torn down was due to it leaning toward the BNSF railroad tracks. In order to make the elevator fall easier, there was a large trench dug on the south side at the base of the building. Fuson Excavation was in charge of the demolition and cleanup of the debris. Additional pictures were published in this week's issue on page 8. I-O Photos by Buck Traxler




On a motion of Commissioner Sandy Broesder, the amended lease with the Pondera Shooting Sports Club went on to be approved on a 2-0 vote, that coming from Cynthia Johnson. Commissioner Joe Christiaens had an excused absence.

The lease is now for 4.859 acres increased from 2.1. It is contingent upon the filing of the certificate of Survey with the Office of Clerk and Recorder.

The commissioners had the second reading of an ordinance that will make it unlawful to permit water from any irrigation ditch or sprinkler system to be on a county road.

Readers will recall that a person commits an offense when permitting irrigation water on a county road.

An individual convicted under this ordinance shall be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days.

The ordinance will be enforced by the PCSO.

29_grainery-down_3841While all the requirements for adopting the ordinance have been met, (publication notices, two required readings and a public hearing), adoption was put on hold so affected citizens may be included in drafting the enforcement policy.

Delaying of the adoption of the ordinance was approved on a 2-0 vote by Johnson and Broesder.

Pam Converse, the county weed department coordinator, met with commissioners regarding her nomination to an executive, elected position with the Montana Weed Conrad Association board.

She told the commissioners that the association requests the nominees to discuss the potential position and time commitment with county commissioners prior to accepting the nomination.

Broesder moved to encourage Converse to pursue the elected position, which required a four-year commitment. On a second by Johnson the motion passed on a 2-0 vote.

Commissioners meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in their office to cover county business.

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