November 6, 2017
November 6, 2017
Commissioners Doug Tucker, Scott Blain, and Bill Bullock, and Administrative Assistant Angela Newell were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance
Gordon Sirrine was present
9:00 Commissioner Bullock moved to approve the Lease of Sander Truck and Winter Maintenance License Agreement with Red Lodge Mountain; Commissioner Blain seconded; motion carried.
9:30 Sanitarian Josh Juarez met with Commissioners to discuss Floodplain Administration. He was frustrated representatives from the National Flood Insurance Program and Department of Natural Resources and Conservation did not have unified message for the “Common Ground” meeting in October. Josh noted his efforts to ensure regulations are being uniformly administered but noted Floodplain Regulations do not have a good mechanism to require Regulation compliance unless there is a loan associated with the property. Josh confirmed the current regulations are the minimum regulations required by FEMA for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Josh discussed the results of the community site visit; FEMA has requested documentation of every property flooded in 2011, regular monitoring of the floodplain and floodway to police new construction, and “findings of fact” be issued with permits. Josh expressed concerns about being stretched too thin; he thinks in both his and the County’s best interest to take floodplain administration out of his office. Commissioners will look at options to reassign Floodplain Administration. Commissioners thanked Josh for doing a great job in his duties. Josh noted he has 110 licensed establishment inspections to do before the end of the year in addition to septic inspections if the nice weather holds. Commissioners confirmed they would like him to focus on establishment inspections.
10:45 DES Coord. / GIS Mgr. Tom Kohley met with Commissioners for his monthly update (report attached). The Roberts Fire District has asked if the Road Department can try to avoid creating a berm when snow plowing by the fire hall. Commissioners noted it is too time consuming for the road crew to clear berms while plowing; the District Board could contract for snow removal. Tom noted significant changes have been made to the Big Horn County WY Mutual Aid Agreement. While the Agreement is being finalized, Big Horn Fire District #5 in Frannie, WY has requested a letter of commitment to continue mutual aid assistance; Commissioners approved the letter presented by Tom. Tom has been working with contract Planner Forrest Mandeville to update the fire suppression portion of the Subdivision Regulations; they are looking at metrics to evaluate fire risk and hope to have a system that is objective and tied to actual risk. Tom asked what his role should be with regard to “emergency” floodplain work. He sees his role limited to flooding that affects public infrastructure; Commissioners agreed.
11:15 Commissioner Blain moved to approve October 2nd minutes; Commissioner Bullock seconded; motion carried.
11:30 Commissioner Bullock moved to approve October 2017 Claims as presented; Commissioner Blain seconded; motion carried.
Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Assistant