December 22, 2022
December 22, 2022
Commissioners Scott Miller and Bill Bullock; and Administrative Officer Angela Newell were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance.
9:12 Accounts Payable Clerk Piney Helmuth discussed early check run. Miller provided the missing W9 for his vendor
Miller moved to approve Commissioners Proceedings for November 15 and 22; Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Red Lodge Mayor Kristen Cogswell called noting she did not have any issues to discuss; Commissioners did not any items for the City at this time.
Miller moved to approve early claims run for December 2022; Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Newell discussed yesterdays FEMA call. Discussion regarding the program for upfront payment of Architect and Engineering costs associated with large projects (East Side Road and Meeteetse Bridges and rip rap projects on Granite and Riverview Ln).
10:00 Commissioner Scott Blain and County Attorney Alex Nixon joined the meeting. Discussion about conversation with Judge Wald in regards to the Cedar Wood Villa facility remodel; Wald is concerned that the project would be handled like Stillwater’s move to an old hospital with minimal remodeling and a courtroom that does not have sufficient facilities for a dignified courtroom. Nixon and Commissioners agreed the need for a proper remodel and to ensure there are properly facilities with the proper esteem for a court. Discussed Papez’s most recent response to Gallus regarding Lisa Bennett’s records request and law suit. Nixon noted he has received the crash report from the Division of Criminal Investigation regarding the Deputy involved death; expects a coroner’s inquest late winter or early spring.
10:30 Seright Subdivision Preliminary and Final Plat Application. Bill Karas Red Lodge Surveying, Contract Planning Forrest Mandeville, and Clerk and Recorder Macque Bohleen were present. Mandeville reviewed his staff report noting it is a 1 lot first minor subdivision. Miller, having reviewed and considered the application materials, project memorandum, public comments and all of the information presented, moved to approve of the Seright Subdivision, with the findings included in the project memorandum; Blain seconded; discussion about cleaning up septic violations; motion carried. Bohleen and Karas departed.
Blain provided an update on Extension Agent interviews yesterday. Only one candidate for each position; Blain felt they were both great candidates. Discussion regarding housing challenges, Blain noted one candidate has family in County. One candidate has quite a bit of experience as an extension agent in Richland County. The other candidate has significant 4H experience. Discussion about interactions with Fair Board and emphasis that Extension Agents are not Fair employees and do not answer to the Fair Board.
11:00 Martin – Elevated Variance Request from Signage Requirements. Mandeville and Bohleen in attendance. Mandeville reviewed staff report; the current sign is not in compliance issues with Interim Zoning for Marijuana Businesses. Miller having reviewed and considered the variance request, staff report, public comment, Board of Adjustment Recommendation, and all of the information presented, moved to approve of the variance request for a relaxation of signage requirements for Elevated, subject to the conditions included in this memorandum; Bullock seconded; Blain noted owner did initiate the application for a variance before any compliance action had been taken, that he had not received any complaints regarding the sign, and emphasizing the signs placement long prior to the adoption of Interim Zoning; motion carried.
Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Officer