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Council Ponders Future Of Water Treatment Plant

The Culbertson Town Council discussed what to do with the water treatment plant during the April council meeting Monday, April 7.
The council discussed Dry Prairie Rural Water delaying disconnection from the city water system because Dry Prairie doesn’t have a signed agreement with the Fort Peck Tribes to transport water by pipeline from the water treatment plant in Wolf Point, delaying the date when they will stop obtaining water from the city.
The city is pondering what to do with the municipally-owned water treatment plant.
Mayor Gordon Oelkers said he would like to see a private entity lease it.
“It’s an asset the city owns that we should be making some money on instead of shutting the doors on it and walking away,” he said.
“We’ve got to do something with it,” Oelkers said. “We need to get the word out that this is for lease.”
In other business, the council discussed the Phase 2 expansion of the wastewater treatment plant lagoons and setting up a discharge of grey water. The public comment period with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality ends Thursday, April 17, on a permit for the lagoons. The DEQ will finalize a discharge permit at a later date. Grant funding is possible for the project.
In another matter, the council discussed the upcoming replacement of the city’s 80-year-old water main, which is a $400,000 project. Of that, $183,000 is what Oelkers called “free money,” a United States Department of Agriculture grant.
Oelkers said the city’s portion of the cost would impact water bills by about $2.
The water main project is in addition to the ongoing street, curb and gutter and sewer project that has several blocks of Broadway torn up and closed to traffic.
The council also approved resolutions to annex the 30-acre Wheatland Hills property and approved the conditional use permit for the Wheatland Hills Subdivision. The council also approved a resolution to amend the city’s land use map

Culbertson Area Community Foundation Awards Grants

The Culbertson Area Community Foundation met at the RC Complex Monday, April 7, to recognize endowment donors and distribute awards to this year’s grant recipients. Because of contributions from individuals and businesses in the area, the CACF was able to grant $3,400 to organizations which completed the applications and met the criteria.  
The community organizations receiving grants this year are the Culbertson Saddle Club and the Culbertson Women’s Club.  
The Culbertson Saddle Club will use the grant money to purchase sound equipment to be used during the summer events at the saddle club grounds. The Culbertson Saddle Club carries on traditions a half-a-century old to the community of Culbertson. The mission of keeping the west alive for future generations is one they strive to continue in their events. The Culbertson Area Community Foundation is pleased to support the club with a $1,400 check to continue these traditions for years to come.
The Culbertson Women’s Club will use the grant funding to help with their community improvement project to convert the Culbertson wading pool into a splash deck.
A splash deck is an aquatic feature that has no standing water, but is a concrete surface with water spray attractions installed to entertain the pool patrons.
An engineer has been hired to evaluate the pool and provide a breakdown of necessary improvements, such as new bath houses that are handicap-
accessible and a lift for easy access into and out of the pool. The pool is currently used to provide physical education,  such

Hilliard Sentenced To Minimum Of Five Years

A woman arrested on drug charges at the Gold Dust Casino near Bainville six months ago was sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison in 15th Judicial District Court Wednesday, March 26.
Judge David Cybulski sentenced Tanya Marie Hilliard eight years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections with three years suspended.
Hilliard was charged with criminal possession with intent to distribute, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested her Oct. 3, 2013, in a pickup in the parking lot of the Gold Dust Casino on a California probation warrant.
A male companion was arrested inside the casino. A search warrant was executed on the vehicle and revealed crystal methamphetamine, a gram of marijuana, glass marijuana pipe and a high-powered rifle.
Hilliard was sentenced as a “persistent felony offender,” mandating a minimum five-year sentence.

Kid Safe Program Gives Youth Knowledge On Self-Defense


By Nancy Mahan
On Sunday, April 6, Peter Iacavazzi held a 90-minute Kid Safe self-defense class for children under age 12 in the
Culbertson School gym.
This class was to help teach the children and their parents how to better protect themselves while in a grocery store or another public place, while riding their bike or walking and how to react when someone is trying to abduct them.
Key components to helping the children defend themselves were by first-hand experience with defensive moves, proper phrasing when someone is trying to take them and reminders not to talk to strangers, get into cars with strangers or going with a stranger if they got lost.
Some ideas to help children defend themselves were:
– If someone tries to grab them by the arm, shout, “No, stop, you're not my mom or dad, fall down to the ground and start kicking the individual and again screaming you're not my mom or dad."
– If they are riding a bike and a car pulls up to try to get them into the car, they should start screaming, “No, you're not my mom or dad,” and not let go of the bike.
– If they get separated from their parents or guardians at a store and don’t see a store employee, they should  sit on the floor and wait for their parent.  If someone says they will help find the parent, they should say, “no.”
– Never go outside with someone other than their parent or guardian, even if the person wanting them to go outside says they have lost their dog and needs their help.
The class was a part of the women's self defense class, also held by Iacavazzi, at the Cul-
bertson School gymnasium.

Out With The Old

IMG 5542Culbertson High School teacher Mary Machart (right) gives a vintage Cowboys’ basketball jersey to Pam Zieman after school trustees voted to dispose of antiquated uniforms Monday, March 24. The uniforms are from various sports. Some are from recent years and others date to the early 2000s. Anyone wanting a vintage CHS uniform should contact the school.