CASA seeks to become a budget line item

Representatives from Front Range CASA; Jamie Rogers, the vice president of the board, and Kiersta Sullivan, the CASA director, met with the commissioners on Wednesday to request financial assistance from the county.

Sullivan noted that CASA volunteers are the best advocates looking after the interest of neglected and abused children.

She explained to the commissioners that “We cover over 8,800 square miles of service area in four counties (Pondera, Teton, Toole, and Glacier). CASA would like to be included as a regular budget item for the amount of $5,000 per year.”

“Our goal is to provide CASA for every neglected child,” she said.

Rogers commented that there has been a huge increase in kids served by four counties. “We are hoping to have a line-item budget of $5,000 a year. We are struggling at this point.”

 Rogers told the commissioners that “We have a passion for children.”

Commissioner Janice Hoppes noted that just because they may become a line item, it does not guarantee they would get $5,000 per year.

At this time, no action was taken. The commissioners agreed, under the direction of Joe Christiaens to take the request under advisement.

Cheryl Curry, Director of the Pondera Regional Port Authority (PA), was on hand to present the commissioners with a request for loan funds to the PA and forgiveness of the loan payment under the current fiscal year.

PA members present discussed the PA’s role in economic development and the need for the loan forgiveness in order to keep up operating costs as well as to maintain a fund for further economic development.

Members included Ted Kronebusch, Cyndi Johnson and Conrad Mayor Wendy Judisch.

Broesder moved to approve the loan and forgiveness of repayment ($14,962.50) and to treat the loan as a transfer of funds.

With a second by Hoppes, the motion passed on a 3-0 vote.

Following that, the commission passed R-48.

The county receives $14,962.50 for an annual payment from the city for Blue Sky Villa.

The county loaned the PA $14,962.50 to be used by their revolving loan funds for small businesses within the county and as operating funds.

That amount from the county PILT fund to the PA fund will be forgiven and treated as a transfer under the terms of the Oct. 26, 2011 loan agreement.

The resolution passed on a 3-0 vote.

In other business, the commission approved an encroachment agreement requested by the Kellogg Ranch, Inc. on Coalmine road for an approach with a 15-inch culvert on the north side of the road, .6 miles west of Hawkeye Road.

Commissioner Hoppes moved to deny the right-of-way forage
removal agreement requested from Trunk Butte Road by Randy Nicklaus based on last year’s growth, and the potential of growth this year of perennial pepper weed.

The motion passed on a 3-0.

Broesder moved to approve a task order to the Master Contract for the office of public health systems improvement.

The county will receive $25,000 for federal FY-2014-15. The motion carried on a 3-0 vote.

Broesder also moved to approve the task order for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant.

The county will receive $28,143 for emergency public health preparedness activities.

Hoppes moved to approve a task order to the Master Contract for the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. The county will receive $6,175 for federal FY-2014-15.

An agreement with Morrison-Maierle systems for Website development was approved.

The county program currently used to update and maintain the county website is no longer a supportted program.

The county needs to update to a supported program.

Morrison-Maierle systems provided a proposal to the commission for a website development using WordPress Content Management.

The total cost for website development is $525.

Hoppes moved and Broesder seconded the motion and it passed on a 3-0 vote. The development will be paid for from Emergency Preparedness grant funds.

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

 

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