Canal company to increase assessments by fifty cents

NICE DONATION  —  From the left, Ross Oveson and Shelley Batson of Sun River Electric present a check for $2,150 to Conrad Mayor Wendy Judisch. The funds will be used to pay for a handicap assembled door opener for the recently remodeled city hall. Rich Anderson PWD, has a special certificate of appreciation for Sun River for their donation to the city.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




Commissioner Sandy Broesder reported that the Pondera County Canal and Reservoir Company will be increasing their assessment charges by $.50 (fifty cents) per share.

That news came out of their recent annual meeting.

Twenty-five cents will go to the moss and algae treatment program of the canal system and $.25 cents will go to operation and maintenance costs. It was also noted that Bob Sill and Jerry Johns will remain on the PCCRC board of directors.

In a report on the Northern Transit quarterly meeting, it was noted that individuals within the county are riding the buses but not to the extent of ridership in other counties.

To date, there have been no riders from Dupuyer or Brady and only two from the Valier area.

Art and Eloise Erickson from Valier attended the meeting to express their support of the transit system and their satisfaction with the service.

New brochures have been printed and will be distributed throughout the counties served by the Northern Transit system.

Commissioner Janice Hoppes will work on more outreach programs in the communities in Pondera County. One possible idea was to have I-O Editor Buck Traxler go for a “ride along” and do a story. No action has been taken at this time.

Also on hand was Laura Swanson, the juvenile probation administrator. She requested a letter of support from the commissioners to be included in the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) application from the Montana Board of Crime Control that the 9th District Youth Court is applying for.

The commission has drafted a letter of support and given it to Swanson.

It was announced that there will be a public meeting for the purpose of discussing proposed uses for the Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTP) funds.

The hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27, 10 a.m. In the commissioner’s office at the courthouse, 20 4th Ave. SW.

A number of people were approved and appointed or re-appointed to various county boards by the commission.

They included Jerry Walt on the TV board; Ron Jones to the planning board; Joel Farkell to the weed board; Eddy Erickson to the community service board; Guy Miser to the Conrad cemetery board; Jim Sheble to the Valier cemetery board, Kip Keller and Loretta Grubb to the park board; and Ken Wheeler, Sr. to the planning board.

The commissioners accepted a report from Jeanne Moon, county treasurer on securities and bank balances.

In seven accounts, the county has a balance of $26,960,847.55.

The county commissioners will  not meet on Wednesday. All three were attending a MACo meeting in Helena.

They will meet again on Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. in their office at the courthouse.

The public is always invited to attend these open meetings and see their government at work.