Wolf Point Herald

County Seeking Bids To Fix Long Rutted McCabe Road

After repairs to McCabe Road north of Culbertson had been put off for about 20 years, the Board of County Commissioners voted, Tuesday, July 15, to call for bids to make the road once again
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said the road should be saved. It remains open, but in poor condition.
The plan is to use recent technology where a milling machine would grind removed pavement, emulsions would be added and it would be put back on the roadway. A chip seal would be needed.
The commissioners said this could be an affordable solution to a problem the county otherwise couldn’t afford to fix.
There is heavy truck traffic on the already damaged road and new oil wells are going to be drilled in the area.
There was also discussion of a weight limit and, according to Culbertson area residents who were at the meeting, weight limit signs have been removed.
“We need to get out to bid right away. The longer we put it off, the less likely we are to get it done this year,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.

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Commissioners OK Salary Hikes For Themselves And Department Heads

Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a resolution, Tuesday, July 15, that increases salaries for all county department heads.
That includes the Board of Commissioners, who have been earning $48,000. Their increase will put their compensation at $53,000.
The commissioners acted on recommendations from the Roosevelt County Compensation Board.
All raises are effective July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year, and will include retroactive pay from July 1.
“They [Compensation Board] didn’t do a percentage. They don’t like to do percentages. They passed a motion to give clerk and recorder a $1,500 raise,” commission administrative assistant Brenda Redfield said.
The new salaries were set at: clerk and recorder/public administration, $53,000; clerk of the district court, county superintendent of schools, $54,000; treasurer/assessor, $53,000; sheriff/coroner, $56,000; justice of the peace [posts No. 1 and 2], $38,250 for a three-quarter time position.
The commissioners approved second resolution setting the county attorney’s salary at $101,053 for fiscal year 2014-2015. The deputy county attorney will receive $85,895.

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Commissioners Ponder Stipend Incentive Bonus For All County Employees As A Means To Retain Workers

Roosevelt County Commissioners delayed a final decision for one week after discussing offering all county employees a stipend between $200 and $300 monthly — above and beyond their salaries — as an incentive to remain on the job during the weekly commission meeting.
“What we’re looking at is it’s been real tough to keep employees, especially on the east end of the county,” commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard said.
He added that it is difficult to compete with oil industry salaries and very low unemployment in the Culbertson, Bainville and Froid areas.
The proposal is to offer the monthly stipends as bonuses to all employees, working in all departments and in all parts of the county. Fourteen people work for the county on the east end, including sheriff’s deputies. The stipend for part-time workers would be prorated.
Oil and gas severance revenue would fund the stipends.
“If that [severance funding] goes away, this would go away,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.
“If our oil and gas revenue drops below a certain point, the stipend would go away,” Nygaard said, adding that if that happened the oil boom would be over and the stipends might not be necessary in that event.
In response to a question about county employees in the Wolf Point area, Nygaard said, “We have several positions that are open on this end of the county, too.”
Nygaard responded to a question that the commissioners would also receive the stipend.
“We based this on what the Culbertson School District has done with their employees,” he said.
Tina Bets His Medicine, a Sheriff’s Office employee, said a deputy employed on the east end of the county had to move because a rental house was sold and an affordable rental cannot be found. That deputy has four children.
“A deputy’s salary is not going to be enough,” Bets His Medicine said. “It’s $2,800 a month for a house [on the east end].”
The commissioners will make a decision Tuesday, July 22.
In other business, the commissioners approved a Fair Board request to accept the lowest bid to build a new wash bay for animals at the fairgrounds in Culbertson.
Bainville Concrete Construction submitted the low bid of $5,650, with the understanding that volunteer labor would help. The highest bid was $9,500.
The commissioners also approved a planning department request to life agricultural only restrictions on the Lodahl property near Froid.
The commissioners must approve lifting agriculture only restrictions every time such a property is slated for development.

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Froid Fund Drive


Froid held a kiddie parade down Main Street Saturday, July 12, and then sold a meal of burgers or hot dogs with all the fixings, a beer garden, a mini donuts stand and a dance later from 5 to 9 p.m., with music from Exit 53 at the Froid Community Center. All money raised went to the purchase of replacement playground equipment for the Northern Lights Park. Some pieces have been in the park since the 1960s. Established in 2008, Northern Lights Park and the committee has steadfastly devoted themselves to preserving the atmosphere of the city park. The purpose of this fund is to give the children a safe and exciting outdoor area that promotes wellness and creativity. Donations may be sent to Northern Lights Park, 3681 Hwy. 344 East, Froid, MT, to the attention of Shonny Stentoft, or at http://www.gofundme.com/.
(Photo by Nancy Mahan)

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For July 17

(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
Last week, the RCSO reported the jail roster at 18 inmates. Three were released or moved to other facilities and five new inmates were admitted to the RCJ bringing the roster to 19.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail as of Monday, July 14: Adam Alonzo, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif.; criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; Joel Campos, Las Cruses, N.M., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia; Dale Cooper, Bremerton, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; William Debbs, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Beau Ferris, Rudyard, failure to appear, contempt of court; Jarrett Frazer, Evansville, Wyo., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; April Frost, Evansville, Wyo.,  criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Jesse Gottschalk, Algonac, Mich.,  criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Gary Jones, Mesa, Ariz.; assault on a peace officer with injury; Jason Knight, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Jason Knight, Spokane, Wash.; criminal possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia; Darryl Lewis, Powell, Wyo., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Esteban Luna, Fairview, contempt of court, failure to make payments; Nicholas Marino, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Kandace Poole, Williston, N.D., out-of-county warrant; Shelby Rider, Algonac, Mich., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia; Jeremy Sepanski, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; Kyle Stevens, Tomball, Texas, felony theft; Amber Taylor, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; and Hilrio Velasquez, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

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