Commissioners set public hearings

The county commissioners set two public hearings at their meeting on Wednesday.

Both are on Oct. 28, 7 p.m. upstairs in the courtroom.

Because of Jo Stone’s resignation as County Superintendent of Schools last week, her office is now vacant.

The second hearing will deal with the subject consolidating her elected position with another elected office.

The first hearing will deal with the proposal to close the county offices on the day after Thanksgiving.

In other county business, the county approved a proposed update to the Pondera County subdivision regulations. There were no written or oral comments from the public, for or against adopting the new regulations, from the public hearing held on Sept. 11.

Commissioner Janis Hoppes move to adopt the regulations and Joe Christiaens gave it a second. The motion passed on a 2-0 vote. Commissioner Sandy Broesder was away on county business.

A building permit request submitted by Sandry Construction for the Brady waterline project was approved.

An encroachment agreement was also approved at the request of Rocky Mountain Contractors, on behalf of CenturyLink, to encroach on the west side of Manta Road for a utility installment.

The Clerk and Recorder’s office is going to purchase three DS200 ballot tabulators and scanners from ES&S for the upcoming November general election. The new equipment cost is $22,575 and includes implementation services and Election Day on-site support.

The contract for Buckle Up Montana was approved in the amount of $35,000 to run from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Commissioners also moved to approve the WIC (Women, Infants, Cervical) Contract for the County Health Department in the amount of $17,805 to run from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014. On a related matter, a Breast and Cervical grant contract between Pondera and Teton counties was approved for the fiscal year.

It will cost $100 for each breast and cervical screening.

Two resolutions were passed, R-12 and 13. R-12 is for a budget amendment dealing with the cleaning up of line items for the budget and R-13 deals with property surplus items for the county.

It was noted that Pondera County Extension Agent Dan Picard is going to retire on Oct. 31.

The commissioners meet every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in their office at the courthouse. The public is always welcome to attend and get swept up by the bustling civics-in-action buzz of your government at work.