CASA looks to county for financial assistance

At their regular business meeting on Wednesday, Nancy Melby met with the commissioners to request financial assistance from the county to help fund CASA.

She noted that each county within the organization are being asked to help support CASA financially.

Front Range CASA is a non-profit organization based in Conrad, which serves children in northcentral Montana in the Ninth Judicial Court District that includes Pondera, Glacier and Toole counties. Their mission to is provide a trained advocate for every abused and neglected child in their region in order to help the court system and to represent the best interests of the child who ends up in the court due to no action of their own.

Start-up grants that CASA has used in the past are no longer available to them.

If possible, CASA would like to be included as a regular budget item in the county budget. No action was taken at his time, the commissioners agreed to take the request under advisement.

In other business, the commissioners approved a capital improvement plan for the Conrad Airport.

Project plans look like this: for FY2013, $106,000 to rehabilitate the runways, taxiway and apron. Acquire snow removal equipment; $108,000 and construct a snow removal building; $229,500.

There are no projects planned for 2014.

However, for 2015 a perimeter wildlife fence for $270,000 and install a revenue generating fuel system for $135,000 is planned.

No projects are planned for 2016, but for 2017, three projects are planned.

One is to update the airport layout plan, $22,500; conduct an environmental assessment for $18,000, and make some land acquisitions, $238,500.

The FFA had requested an updated improvement plan for the airport. Projects undertaken for the capital improvement plan are funded by federal funding and county matching funds.

Commissioners approved and signed a Sponsor Certification for Selection of Consultants, Form 7460, Notice of Proposed Construction for the FY2013 airport maintenance and environmental categorical exclusion form, all provided by Robert Peccia and Associates.

The commissioners moved to sign a partnership agreement with Northcentral Montana’s Vibrant Futures Consortium.

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

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