April 23, 2015


          April 23, 2015

          Commissioners Doug Tucker and John Prinkki were present.

Red Lodge Mayor Ed Williams and Police Chief Steve Hibler met with Commissioner Prinkki to discuss the feasibility of opening a County jail.

8:30 Pledge of Allegiance.

          Alistair Baker Carbon County News was also present.

Chief Hibler and Mayor Williams also discussed dispatch cost increases. They are concerned about the cost increase that resulted from the installation of the simulcast communications system. They also expressed some concerns about the dispatch services they receive.

9:00 Road Superintendent Shawn Mains met with Commissioners to discuss road maintenance issues.

Commissioners signed updated strategic plan for Carbon County and Beartooth Billings Clinic Public Health.

           10:00 Don Boehm and Bob Bartosh from Montana Limestone Company met with Commissioners to discuss New and Expanding Industry Application for additional pin mill to expand their product offerings. The additional pin mill will also require electrical upgrades. Montana Limestone would also like to purchase trucks and trailers to increase quarry production. They noted that much of the product is sold outside of Montana at benefit to State of MT and the tax abatement will help them stay competitive in the market. Commissioner Tucker moved to accept Resolution 2015-07 for New and Expanding Industry Assessment for Montana Limestone; Commissioner Prinkki seconded; motion carried.

          10:30 Sheriff Josh McQuillan, Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Darrel Krum, County Deputy Fire Warden Melvin Hoferer, Local Emergency Planning Committee Chair Tom Kohley, Red Lodge Rural Fire Assistant Chief Tim Ryan, and Jeff Stockwell US Forest Service Fire Management Officer met with Commissioners regarding establishing a burn season and burn permit system. Currently the Sheriff’s office has not allowed open burning on red flag warning days, but without establishing a fire season there is no mechanism to enforce the ban. There is an online burn permit system that Carbon County could use to facilitate the issuance of permits and activation of a permit on the day the burning will take place. Commissioners will work on drafting a resolution to be adopted at a later date.

11:30 Brent Moore met with Commissioners to discuss Floodplain Administration and enforcement issues. He will be meeting with FEMA on April 28th  for a review of Carbon County’s Floodplain Regulation enforcement.