NOTICE: Letter to MDT regarding completion of Highway 212/310

August 13, 2019

COMMISSIONERS’ PROCEEDINGS
August 13, 2019
Commissioners Scott Blain, and Bill Bullock, and Administrative Officer Angela Newell were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance
Public Comment Wayne Engebretson met with Commissioners. Regarding pit bull and other dogs that have been aggressive in his subdivision. Noted dogs coming into his yard and will not respond to attempts to get them to leave; have been very intimidating to his wife. Would like commissioners to consider leash law and other ordinances regarding aggressive breeds.
8:45 Meeting closed to discuss the dogs seized by the Sheriff’s Office. Because of personal privacy concerns the meeting was closed.
8:55 Meeting Reopened.
DES Coord. / Fire Warden Tom Kohley met with Commissioners regarding yesterday’s structure fire. He wanted to confirm with Commissioners that his response to the incident were considered part of his DES duties; Commissioners agreed that responses to MVA’s and structure fires are in the DES wheelhouse especially because of the possibility for hazardous materials to be involved.
Commissioner Bullock moved to approve the Justice Court End of Period Disbursement for July 2019; Commissioner Blain seconded; motion carried
9:00 Commissioner Bullock moved to approve the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant Agreement with the Department of Public Health and Human Services; Commissioner Blain seconded; motion carried.
Commissioner Bullock moved to approve the Superintendent of Schools Agreement with Dan Martin; Commissioner Blain seconded; motion carried.
Commissioner Bullock moved to approve the July 29 minutes; Commissioner Blain seconded; motion carried.
9:42 CB and Dedra Brown met with Commissioners and DES Coord. / GIS Mgr. Tom Kohley regarding Farewell Road. Dedra had submitted a letter requesting the name be changed to Farwell Road as it was originally designated. She presented an article from the Montana Press from 1995 that included the history of the road and creek. She noted the road was named after her family name of Farwell. Dedra noted the historic family names for other roadways in the County such as Chilcott Road; Commissioner Blain noted it is also spelled wrong.

Commissioner Blain noted the road viewers report and commissioners’ minutes from when the road was established in 1916 read it as Farwell road; the road does not appear in the minutes again until 2013 when it was realigned. Commissioner Blain noted the current process to alter a road requires a petition from 10 landowners. Commissioner Blain agreed to the significance of the historical name. Commissioner Bullock noted what all was involved in the name change for the old alignment of Highway 212/310. Tom also noted the name error exists on USGS topo maps which have the adjoining creek spelled “Farewell;” Tom believes the map may have been referenced when road maps were made. Tom discussed rural addressing history and the change to Enhanced 911 standards to establish physical addresses for emergency services. It was noted the next item on the agenda was to discuss adopting a policy to standardize the process for changing County Road names; Tom would like to see the Commissioners adopt a policy similar to Yellowstone County.
10:10 Commissioners began the discussion regarding a policy for changing road names. Commissioner Bullock would like to adopt a policy similar to Stillwater or Yellowstone Counties to establish a formal process and standards. Commissioners would like to establish a petition process requiring signatures of 60% of the affected landowners to hold public meeting. Commissioners would also like the policy to require petitioners to pay for signs and any mailing notice costs. Regarding Farewell Road, Tom will provide a list of affected landowners to the Browns. Commissioners would like to use the existing petition form to alter establish or abandon a road.
Commissioners adjourned to deal with dog quarters at the fairgrounds.
12:00 Adjourned

Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Officer