Grant offer for airport accepted and approved

At the commission meeting on Wednesday, the grant offer submitted by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)) in the amount of $128,700 was accepted by the commission on a 2-0 vote.

The grant will fund 90 percent of the pavement maintenance on Runway 6/24, taxiways and apron at the Conrad Airport.

Funding for the grant comes from federal aviation fuel tax and the county’s 10 percent funding is from a grant from the Montana Aeronautics Division and ground leases at the airport.

Janice Hoppes made the motion and Joe Christiaens gave it a second. Commissioner Sandy Broesder was absent with permission.

On a related subject, the commissioners moved to approve the contract documents with Robert Peccia and Associates for engineering services for the airport project.

Funding for these services will be from the FFA grant in the amount of $128,700 and the county matching funds of $12,870.

They were approved on a 2-0 vote.

The commissioners approved the Mission Statement for the Pondera County DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Task force.

The mission is to promote a healthier and safer environment for county residents by reducing the number of alcohol related traffic crashes through public education, awareness, legislation and enforcement strategies.

Funding for this comes from fines assessed against offenders.

A contract amendment was approved with the Department of Commerce for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

The amendment will extend the original contract to March 14, 2014 and provides funding for the construction of a garage on property owned by the Port Authority for a house in Brady.

The motion passed on a 3-0, with Broesder back at the meeting.

Earlier, the county issued an RFP (Request for Proposals) for the county road department for tractors.

Three proposals were received and were reviewed by the commissioners. It was decided not to take any action until John Stokes, Supervisor of the Road Department was able to meet with them.

Along this line, the commissioners moved to leave the meeting open until the end of the day in order to allow time to discuss the proposals with Stokes. Motion passed on a 3-0 vote.

In other business, a preliminary plate for the Fosen Fields subdivision as requested by Jacob Johnson was approved.

The subdivision will create five residential lots, four being 20 acres in size and one being 35 acres in size.

The subdivision is located about 2.5 miles southwest of Valier.

Broesder had been at a NACo meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, to which she commented, “They are always interesting.”

While she made it back home, her luggage didn’t. Storms in the mid-west cancelled flights had them back on, cancelled them again, with this happening several times.

She was finally put on a different airline and got home. No telling where her luggage went to visit. We’ll keep you posted.

The county commission meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the courthouse. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings and get swept up by the bustling civics-in-action buzz of your government at work.