Airport paving contract goes to Billings firm

The Conrad Airport paving contract came out of a holding pattern as the commissioners made a decision on Wednesday.

The award went to G&Z Sealing and Coating, the low bidder out of four contractors for $86,847.84.

Other companies putting in bids were United Materials from Great Falls for $103,590.40, Road Products, Inc. out of Spokane for $88,869.75 and Wharton Asphalt, also from Billings for $87,396.41.

The next step in the project is to write a letter to the FAA and advise them who the paving contractor is.

In other business, a right-of-way forage agreement was approved, as requested by Ray Denney for the north and south sides of the Pondera Coulee Road, between Price Road and Moulton School Road.

Rita Christiaens was re-appointed to the Central Montana Tourism Board of Directors. Motion passed on a 3-0 vote.

Commissioner Janice Hoppes moved to contract with Stahly Engineering to update Pondera County subdivision regulations. The cost, about $1,800, will be shared with Toole, Glacier and Teton counties and may go lower if Glacier and Liberty counties decide to participate.

There were two requests for extensions on vacation time, one from Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Suta Angela Brown from the Clerk and Recorders office.

Sheriff Tom Kuka and Clerk and Recorder Kody Farkell both requested the commissioners approve an extension time. Time off could not be taken due to staff shortages.

The commissioners passed the request on a 3-0 vote.

Two tax abatement cancellations were approved, one for $211.48 and the other for $8.97.

A report of Jeanne Moon, treasurer, was accepted. In part it showed there was a Stockman Bank balance of $10,984,559.34.

The county commissioners meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in their office to conduct the counties business and meet with constituents and interested parties.

The public is always welcome to attend.