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May 10, 2018

COMMISSIONERS’ PROCEEDINGS
May 10, 2018

Commissioners Robert ‘Pits’ DeArmond, Scott Blain, and Bill Bullock were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance
George Mann stopped in with bid for crosswalk work in Joliet. Commissioner Blain will refer the issue to the Town of Joliet.

DES Coord. / GIS Mgr. Tom Kohley met with Commissioners to discuss the evacuation table top this Saturday the 12th in Red Lodge. Tom also noted river levels are coming in less than projected; he will advise the Clarks Fork Valley communities. The emergency siren in Joliet has had some power issues; it will need to be exchanged or updated with the vendor in Denver.

10:00 County Attorney Alex Nixon, Deputy County Attorney Shannon Foley, and Civil Deputy Jacque Papez met with Commissioners for their regular meeting. The discussion included working with Red Lodge Cemetery District Board regarding their Bylaws and other matters regarding their status as a board; the Burgan matter and case progress; and review of the Industrial Communications Simulcast Radio System Complaint. Attorney’s are hoping for a response from Industrial’s primary insurer to attempt to bypass filing a complaint.
Regarding the Mutual Aid Agreement with Big Horn County, WY approval has been received by the Attorney General so that issue is about ready to wrap up.
Regarding Court House Addition issues, there has not been a response from the contractor or architect yet. The County will need the third party architectural report to determine what will need to be done and by whom. Attorneys recommended that any corrections wait and be done by the responsible party.
Commissioners and Attorneys discussed conflicts in scheduling and communications issues for IT work at the Sheriff’s Office. There have been issues between Sheriff Office Staff and Morrison Maierle Systems, who is contracted to perform IT services for the County. Alex prefers one approach, where one company performs all IT related services rather than the current configuration where Sheriff staff also does IT work for the office. Commissioners and attorneys discussed previous IT work in the Sheriff’s Office; Alex reviewed the history of prior conflicts.
Scott discussed continuing issues with a landowner doing their own dust control on E Pryor Rd; depends on whether there is any interference or threats to road crew or road and whether the product used is hazardous and causes a liability issue for county.

They also discussed safety concerns to operators and the public. Alex agrees that if the landowner is blocking the easement or the work of the road crew it can be considered a chargeable offense. Scott prefers the landowner use the county’s product.
Update on litter ordinance violation in Boyd; progress is being made.
Discussed flooding concerns; predation concerns.

11:00 Safety Committee meeting. Jane Swanson-Webb, Pam Schwend, Lola Ashby, Jeff Schmalz, Tom Kohley, Josh Juarez, Tessa Brangers, and Judy Prinkki.

12:00 Meeting adjourned

Minutes taken by Bill Bullock and Marcia Hennigman