March 14, 2023
March 14, 2023
Commissioners Scott Miller, Scott Blain, and Bill Bullock; and Administrative Officer Angela Newell were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance.
Miller discussed the needed repairs to the Rock Creek Canal and the need for an entity to sponsor the grant for the repairs after the Conservation District declined.
Discussed request for a letter of support for the Home of Champions Rodeo tourism grant; the issue will be placed on Thursday’s agenda.
8:45 Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) Coordinator Cyrina Allen met with Commissioners regarding replacing the generator at Rock Creek Tower. Radio Committee is requesting to take $12,916 from PILT and 911.
Conversation on the Rock Creek Canal repairs continued with Ty Gardener on the line. Ty noted the Canal currently has an EWP grant currently with Conservation District as the sponsor; the District had indicated it would sponsor the ARPA grant but last they voted it down. ARPA Grant is for the purchase and installation of culverts; EWP is to restructure the canal and creek and associated reclamation. In the process of getting Federal System of Award Management (SAM) Registration for the application, but want a backup if they cannot be their own sponsor. The contractor would be paid by the sponsor and then reimbursed by ARPA. Permits in place.
9:10 Geospatial Information Systems Coordinator / Fire Warden Tom Kohley met with Commissioners regarding a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Road Fire Fighting team. Kohley noted a $400 stipend covers the minimum boot price. If the Commissioners allowed the stipend to roll over, there are a number of other options. Employees can elect a more expensive option but would have to pay the difference. Bullock thanked Kohley for the comprehensive document. Discussion of procedure for incorporating the SOP into the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Bullock moved to accept SOP; Blain seconded; Commissioners again thanked Kohley for his diligence; motion carried.
9:30 Bullock noted his discussion with Truman Neprod regarding T&E bid for the grader. Noted Delivery of April 2024 and will honor trade value regardless of additional hours due to delayed delivery. Bullock moved to approve T&E Bid for a 160 15A AWD Motor Grader; Blain seconded; discussion of amount for trade and difference between the two; motion carried.
Commissioners approved Asbury’s line item transfer request to purchase an HR printer.
Commissioners discussed early check run requests for Piedmont Research.
10:00 Blain moved to approve the Surplus Property program representative; Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Commissioners discussed the observatory being constructed south of the Airport on City property. Discussion about the lack of agreements for lease or use of the property, indemnification for the City, and the offer of a County Road Storage yard for parking. Commissioners requested letter clarifying County’s position be placed on the agenda.
10:50 Bullock moved to approve employee time as submitted; Blain seconded; discussion of overtime commitments for a number of employees; motion carried.
Blain moved to approve the Commissioners’ Proceedings for February 7, 2023; Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Commissioners discussed Floodplain Administration and the need for coordination with Conservation District.
11:00 Dave MacAusland met with Commissioners to discuss the election investigation. Miller provided County’s press release. MacAusland expressed concerns regarding voter registration and the possibility of duplicate or fictitious registrations and that voter challenges may not be taken seriously or investigated by the Election Administrator. He also requested the replacement of a sign at Roscoe that was washed away in the flood. MacAusland expounded on suspected election fraud, the demographic populations that he believes propagated the fraud, and general complaints regarding the Federal Government. MacAusland also made a book recommendation for Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China.
11:25 Blain moved to accept Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreement between Carbon County; USDA, and Forrest Service Custer-Gallatin National Forest; Bullock seconded; motion carried with Bullock voting against. Bullock noted frustrations with Forest Services’ lack of cooperative efforts especially with regard to forest management and thinning that needs to be done; Bullock noted the USFS’ endorsement of the White Bark Pine Endangered Species listing.
11:30 Newell outlined the telecommunications evaluation services being proposed by SpyGlass and the fee structure if any recommendations are implemented (12 month cost equivalent of service savings). Blain moved to approve SpyGlass Agreement; Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Officer