May 19, 2016
May 19, 2016
Commissioners Doug Tucker, John Grewell, and John Prinkki were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance
Commissioner Tucker moved to accept Justice Court report; Commissioner Grewell seconded; motion carried.
Commissioner Grewell moved to approve Commissioners proceedings for April 18th, 21st, and 25th; Commissioner Tucker seconded; motion carried.
9:00 County Attorney Alex Nixon met with Commissioners. They discussed non-elected employee salary increases.
Commissioner Grewell moved to increase non-elected employee’s salaries by $0.30/hr; Commissioner Tucker seconded; motion carried.
9:30 Beartooth Billings Clinic Chief Administrative Officer Kelley Evans, Chief Executive Officer Deb Agnew, and Public Health Nurse Roberta Cady met with Commissioners regarding Public Health Preliminary Budget. Next year the Emergency Preparedness Grant will be reduced by approximately $13,000. The revenue reduction will directly affect FTE position. As that FTE has been collaborating with Yellowstone Co. and the grant performance is tied to Yellowstone County there is concern that the performance on the grant could be affected if the position must be reduced. Kelley noted that Carbon County Public Health is currently providing services at roughly ½ the per capita cost of Yellowstone County. Commissioner Grewell asked what the Immunization Program costs; Roberta noted the program receives approximately $8,000 in grant funds but total costs are probably roughly $16,000, she does not believe that the level of service for immunizations can be reduced statutorily. Roberta noted that Carbon County’s state wide ranking for overall health outcomes has increased from #5 to #2 in the last five years. The department has been looking for grants to replace lost revenue, but most of the available grants are for capacity building and not to sustain operational costs. The total grant decreases amounted to roughly $13,481. Beartooth Billings Clinic is requesting to increase the Public Health Contract by that amount plus 3% for nurse salary increases. Commissioner Grewell asked if lost grant funds were accompanied by reporting or work load reductions; Kelley noted that requirements have not changed and ebola planning grant funds were not part of the lost revenue figure.
10:00 Election Administrator Judy Christensen and Clerk and Recorder Marcia Henigman met with Commissioners. Judy presented Fire Districts’ and Bridger Park District Election Canvases. Commissioner Tucker moved to accept Election Canvases as presented; Commissioner Grewell seconded; motion carried.
Clerk and Recorder Marcia Henigman met with Commissioners regarding her preliminary budgets. She is working with Tom Kohley on a grant proposal using Land Information Funds as the required match; she noted that revenues in that fund have increased this year. For Records Preservation she would like to increase the Records Preservation Clerk’s hourly wage to the Middle Clerk level so that the pay is in line with similar positions. She would also like to keep some funding for temporary help; Barb Thormahlen has been assisting with preserving historical documents. Marcia is requesting an increase in the Other Purchased Services line to put the current digital records online so they are more accessible to the public. The program would generate revenue through the various levels of service subscriptions. There were no significant changes to the Clerk and Recorder budget. Marcia requested that her deputies be given the same dollar equivalent salary increase as other employees, Commissioners approved the increase.
10:30 Treasurer / Superintendent of Schools Jane Swanson-Webb met with Commissioners to discuss her preliminary budgets. Increases in the Superintendent of Schools budget were requested for Operating Supplies to purchase Spelling-B t-shirts (the cost will be reimbursed by the schools) and Publications for advertisements that will also be reimbursed by the schools. There were no significant changes to the Treasurer budget. Funds from the Gas line item were transferred to Travel and Postage expenses were reduced to account for state postage reimbursements.
Clerk Commission Presiding Officer
Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Assistant