Hill County Commission Lifts Fire Restrictions, Accepts Another Extension Agent’s Resignation

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Commission met for their weekly business meeting on Thursday morning.

The Commission read a notification from Hill County MSU-Extension Ag/4-H Agent Tom Allen that he plans to retire from the position at the end of the calendar year.

Allen is the second of Hill County’s two extension Agents to declare their intent to leave their role in the near future. Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Extension Agent Jasmine Carbajal is leaving at the end of the month in order to be closer to her family.

It is unclear if both positions will be filled, or if MSU-Extension will look to find one person to fill both roles. There are currently no job postings for the soon-to-be open positions on the MSU-Extension website.

Also discussed at the meeting:

  • By unanimous vote, the Commission approved lifting Stage 1 fire restrictions for Hill County, effective Friday morning, September 25th. The Commission said that this decision is due to recent rains and cooler weather
  • District IV HRDC Executive Director Carilla French provided the Commission with a Community Action Plan for how they plan to use their CARES Act funding dollars. This was supposed to be on the agenda for the meeting, but the Commissioners forgot to place it on the agenda. The Commission will vote on approval of the plan next Tuesday at 9 AM. The plan is for these funds to go towards updating their outdated phone system. Any CARES funds left over would go towards updating the Information Technology system and software, and fixing the air filtration system at the District IV Headquarters. Currently, the building uses 100 percent recycled air, which poses a health and safety risk. Once the plan is approved by the three County Commissions in District IV’s service area (Hill, Blaine, Liberty), it will go to the state and the federal government for final approval
  • While the elevator at the Hill County Courthouse remains out of order, the Timmons Room on the ground floor will be used as a handicapped accessible polling place once early voting for the General Election begins on October 2nd
  • A vote to put a bid package out for the project to remodel the Detention Center Control Panels was tabled in order to rework the bid specifications

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