Hill County Commission Approves Contracts

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Commission convened on Thursday morning for their regular monthly meeting and approved several contracts.

One of the contracts will have the County pay Maddox Roofing and Construction $12,775 for repairing storm damage to the Beaver Creek Lodge.

Another contract approved was for professional services for a Preliminary Architectural Report for the Rudyard Senior Center. This will be paid for out of a $40,000 CDBG grant.

Other actions taken:

  • Appointment of Richard Shulund to the Rural Fire District 1 Board
  • Approval of a gifted survey transferring about 20 acres of land from Russ and Julie Verploegen to their son, Jacob. The land is approximately 240′ by 3,640′ and is located off St. Joe Road north of Havre
  • Approval of payment of the second half of the County’s share of 2022 funding for the participation in the Bear Paw Economic Development District in the amount of $10,625. Commissioner Jake Strissel abstained from this vote, stating that since his wife works at Bear Paw Development, voting on the matter could be viewed as a conflict of interest

One item not on the agenda was approving the recommendation of a five percent cost-of-living wage increase for elected county employees, and matching that recommendation for non-elected employees for the upcoming fiscal year. Commissioner Mark Peterson said they are working to see if the raises would fit in the budget, and that they may not take action until August or early September. If approved, the pay increases would be made retroactive dating back to July 1st, 2022.

“At the last meeting, what we agreed is there’s going to be a review to see if there is funds to be able to do it. That’s kind of what we’re waiting on, for that study to be done to see if there is funding available,” Peterson said.

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