Hill County Commission Approves Contract Amendments

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Commission convened on Wednesday morning for their weekly business meeting and unanimously approved two amendments to contracts.

The first amendment is for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant, and allows for the Health Department to receive an additional $70,000 in funding from the state health department for supplemental funding for COVID-19 contact tracing. It can also be used for other COVID response measures if deemed appropriate. The money will be disbursed in three separate payments between January 2022 and July 2023.

The second amendment is for the Hill County Agency on Aging, and allows them to receive over $135,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. This will be used for a variety of needs, including preventative health, aging support, and meals. Hill County is providing a $19,700 match on the funding.

Also at the meeting, the Commission announced that Joe Jette has been appointed to the Rural Fire 1 District Board.

Jette was sworn in on Monday morning. The Board still has two more openings, but now that they are back up to three members, they are once again able to establish a quorum at meetings.

The Board was briefly up to four voting members prior to Courtney Tait resigning in mid-September and Susanne Tharpe stepping down in late October.

Rural Fire District 1 is essentially a ring around Havre in which the Havre Fire Department provides services under the current agreement. The Board is responsible for ensuring enforcement of fire codes.

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