Courthouse needs new boiler

The boiler system in the courthouse that was installed in 1984 and services the basement of the courthouse is in need of repairs.

Due to its age, the spare parts are not readily available and it is near its expected life.

Commissioner Janice Hoppes moved to publish a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the courthouse boiler system as a whole, as well as for each individual zone within the building.

Commissioner Joe Christiaens seconded the motion. Commissioner Sandy Broesder was absent of county business.

In other business, Hoppes moved to reappoint Llew Jones and Bob Kovatch Jr., to the Pondera Regional Port Authority board of directors, each for a five-year term, ending Dec. 31, 2018.

In addition, Patrick Wheeler was appointed to complete Bonnie Field’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2014. The motion passed on a 2-0 vote.

The commissioners met with Clerk and Recorder Kody Farkell and canvassed the Nov. 5 municipal General Election returns.

Hoppes moved to approve the canvassed returns and directed Farkell to enter the official results in the Clerk and Recorder’s records. The motion carried on a 2-0 vote.

Robert Peccia submitted a federal financial report for FAA grant (Airport improvements project) to be submitted to the FAA.

The report outlined that $88,853 had been dispersed for the project. The financial report was accepted.

In a related item, the commissioners moved to accept a payment request, number three, in the amount of $17,616.34 for the Conrad Airport improvements project.

An off-site data backup services renewal with Morrison-Maierle Systems Corp., at the rate of $70 a month was approved.

From a meeting on Nov. 6, the commissioners moved to approve a grant agreement for a Port Authority planning grant in the amount of $10,000 for a railroad feasibility study, pending the approval of the agreement by Mary Ann Ries, county attorney.

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

The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend and get swept up by the buzz of your government at work.