November 30, 2023

November 30, 2023
Commissioners Scott Miller and Scott Blain were present.
8:30 Pledge of Allegiance.
9:30 Administrative Officer Angela Newell joined the meeting.
Commissioners discussed last night’s flood recovery meeting.
9:40 Commissioner Bill Bullock joined the meeting. Discussed bank stabilization matting placed by the contractor in the bridge replacement projects. Also discussed True North’s liquidated damages due from bridge deck delays.
Bullock noted Allen was approached by Fish Wildlife and Parks employees for a one-on-one meeting, Bullock directed Allen to not meet individually with any permitting agencies.
Asbury noted an email she received regarding plowing at the airport.
County Attorney Alex Nixon was not available for his regular meeting.
10:30 Sheriff Josh McQuillan met to discuss indigent burials. Currently, the county has an agreement with Smith Olcott to process indigent burials for $2,350.00. Dahl has an agreement with Yellowstone Co. for $1,900. Deputy County Attorney Robert Spoja has had a discussion with a funeral home in Lewistown for less. McQuillan noted current agreement is not an exclusive contract with Smith Olcott, and has had conversations about picking up and delivering to Billings to another funeral home. Transport cost is included in the current contract rate. Discussion of disposition of indigent remains; Yellowstone has its own cemetery. Discussion of issuing a solicitation for indigent cremation services. Discussion of entering into an agreement with Rockvale Cemetery District for plots for indigent burials.
Bullock moved to approve Commissioners’ Proceedings for October 31 and November 2nd; Blain seconded; motion carried.
11:30 Treasurer Lori Lynde and Superintendent of Schools Assistant Lori Kane met regarding State Equalization Mills following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the authority of the State to levy 95 Mills. Discussed the possibility of a special legislative session to possibly drop the number of mills. Discussed waiting a week to see if there is any movement at the State level.
12:00 Adjourned.

Respectfully submitted: Angela Newell, Administrative Officer