May 31, 2022
May 31, 2022
Commissioners Scott Blain and Bill Bullock; and Administrative Officer Angela Newell were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance.
Sandra Randolph met with Commissioners regarding Robertson Draw Road improvements. Randolph has been in contact with a member of congress regarding possible grant funding. Bullock noted meeting with BLM last month regarding possible working group, but need to wait until they get a better sense of what possible runoff effects may be. Also discussed access for various subdivisions and possible consolidation of access. Bullock noted discussion with Forrest Service regarding waiting to see what road looks like after spring run-off.
8:50 Forrest Mandeville met with Commissioners. Discussion about off Premise Signs in the Marijuana Business Interim Zoning Regulations.
9:00 Contract Planner Forrest Mandeville, Clerk and Recorder Christine Stovall, Deputy Clerk and Recorder Macque Bohleen, and Lynn Essex were present for the Amended Plat of Lot 6, RnR Elk Resort Subdivision Preliminary Plat. Mandeville reviewed the Planning Board Recommendation to Commissioners. Blain having reviewed and considered the application materials, project memorandum, public comments and all of the information presented, moved to approve the Amended Plat of Lot 6, RnR Elk Resort Subdivision, with the findings and conditions included in the project memorandum (attached); Bullock seconded; motion carried.
9:30 Contract Planner Forrest Mandeville, Clerk and Recorder Christine Stovall, and Deputy Clerk and Recorder Macque Bohleen were present for the Amended Beartooth Business Park Subdivision Preliminary Plat and variance request. Mandeville reviewed the Planning Board Recommendation to the Commissioners. Blain, having reviewed and considered the application materials, project memorandum, public comments and all of the information presented, moved to approve the Amended Beartooth Business Park Subdivision and variance request, with the findings and conditions included in the project memorandum (attached); Bullock seconded; discussion regarding past practice of lien requirement; development permit process that would insure payment prior to septic permit being issued; motion carried.
10:00 Contract Planner Forrest Mandeville, Clerk and Recorder Christine Stovall, Deputy Clerk and Recorder Macque Bohleen, Paula Wilson, Elianna Wilson, Scott Waples, Wanda Alger, Becky Grey, Shawna Brown, Barc Corbus, Denise Rivette, and John Ashton were present for the Waples Conditional Use Permit. Mandeville reviewed the Planning Board Recommendation to the Commissioners and requested variance. Mandeville noted subsequent public comment. Bullock requested clarification of Planning Board’s vote; Mandeville noted there were 5 members voting with one abstention. Blain having reviewed and considered the application materials, project memorandum, public comment and all of the information presented, moved to conditionally approve the Waples Conditional Use Permit and variance request with the findings and conditions included in the project memorandum; Bullock seconded; discussion about imposition of setbacks for wind towers and variance granted for the Pryor Mountain Wind Project which was in the development process before the imposition of setbacks in regulations. Bullock noted residential nature makes variance challenging at best especially because they are so outside of regulations. David Lehnherr joined the meeting. Scott Waples read his written comments (attached). Paula Wilson at 4 Harnish Lane is 400’ from the proposed site; Wilson opposes the project because of impacts to view sheds. Wilson noted that in consultation with a commercial wind turbine developer it was noted the extensive impact studies that are done for commercial projects. Discussion about studies that recommend Turbines be setback from residential structures by 1-2 KM because of possible health effects from shadow flicker, noise, or ground turbulence, increased risk of seizures, and effects on wildlife. Also expressed concerns about ice shedding and ice throwing up to several hundred meters. Noted support of education component, but no guarantee that will continue. John Ashton 17 Harnish Ln concurred with comments on view shed impediments and expressed his opposition to the project. Shawn Brown concurred with previous comments. Waples emphasized the need for all alternate energy components to be on same grid for his education program. Motion failed. Commissioners directed Mandeville to amend findings that variance is not consistent with regulations and is potentially injurious to the adjoining residential properties. Motion failed.
11:00 Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) Coordinator Cyrina Allen and Sheriff Josh McQuillan met with Commissioners. Blain approved CodeRed Agreement renewal; Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Allen and Mcquillan discussed issues with C-Tac Repeaters at Shane Ridge, Greeno, and Rock Creek. Would like to use Industrial Settlement Funds to purchase replacements. Commissioners agreed to purchase from Industrial settlement funds.
Blain moved to hire Will Graber to the full time Permanent Road Maintenance Worker and Nicholas Teesdale as a Temporary Road Maintenance Worker; Bullock seconded; motion carried.
Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Officer