August 23, 2022
August 23, 2022
Commissioners Scott Miller and Bill Bullock; and Administrative Officer Angela Newell were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance.
Rick Moser, Mary Moser, Pat Plowmen, Mary Horman, Daniel Horman, and Election Administrator Crystal Roascio were in attendance for Public Comment Period. Rick Moser discussed the report published by the Elections Integrity Group regarding possible fraud in Carbon County; believe it shows that something happened and request that the paper ballots be retained and that Roascio produce the cast vote records for them to review. Canvassers took County voter roll and went door to door to produce the findings of their report. Rick Moser requested a tour of the elections vault; Roascio noted the elections room is not open to the public per guidance from the Secretary of State (SOS) and Roascio reviewed email from the SOS regarding the Cast Vote Records; these records were not applicable to Carbon County for the 2020 election because Carbon did not use the hardened laptop that would have produced those records. Roascio noted the GOP reviewed the findings of the Election Integrity group in Missoula and found them to be faulty. Roascio noted the County Attorney has recommended the ballots be destroyed according to schedule. Bullock recommended the group retain legal representation and file a complaint with the court to get the resolution they are looking for. Rick Moser confirmed that they are in that process. Bullock noted the Report contains quite a few statistical assumptions. Roascio noted the canvassers that produced the report have not requested any information from the election’s office. Roascio noted her office and the Sheriff’s Office have received over 50 complaints related to the canvasing. 8:50 Commissioner Scott Blain joined the meeting. Roascio noted statute of limitations for processing civil elections issues is three years. Moser believes the investigation into the machines are still open. Mary Moser stated the concerns are regarding the machines not accusations related to acts of Carbon County officials. Roascio noted the report produced by a non-partisan committee that reviewed elections machines and confirmed there are no modems in the machines. Moser alleges that the algorithms in the machines are rigging the votes.
9:00 Sheriff Josh McQuillan, HR Specialist Kate Asbury, and Deputy Kelly Carrington met with Commissioners to discuss county IT services. Newell noted the current contract will be on the 5-year schedule for a request for proposals after this fiscal year. At this time the County does not have funding to support in-house IT. Commissioners would like to setup a meeting with the current contractor DIS Technologies to discuss contract extension and services.
Commissioners discussed scheduling an Insurance committee meeting to discuss an Insurance Request for Proposals.
9:30 Fair Board vacancies. Blain moved to appoint Mike Ruprick for the remainder of Nardinger’s term and Shane Warehime for the remainder Erickson’s term; Miller seconded; motion carried.
10:00 Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) Coordinator Cyrina Allen met to discuss debris removal from the spring flooding. No navigable areas on Clarks Fork, but 400 Ranch to 19th Street Bridge is claimed as navigable and could request state to remove items.
Commissioners reviewed a draft letter to employees directly supervised by them regarding schedule changes, overtime, vacation requests, and sick leave notifications.
10:50 Miller moved to approve minutes for August 2, 2022; Bullock seconded; motion carried.
11:00 Airport board meeting. Steve Smith, Gary Harem, Merrill Pfeifer, and Bo Ewald were present.
Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Officer