Wolf Point Herald

Speech And Drama Coach Unsuccessful Getting Her Job Back

School district trustees gave away Chelly Harada’s job as Wolf Point High School’s speech and drama coach the past three years, despite her telling the board she wants to continue during the monthly school board meeting Tuesday, June 9.
Harada had not applied to be rehired when the position was recently advertised in The Herald-News and The Journal.
Harada said the students that participate in the speech and drama program want her to fight to retain the position.
She said she knows the students on the team and knows their needs.
“I hope you will reconsider putting me back in the position because that’s what the kids want,” Harada told the board.
Superintendent Joe Paine said only former school board member Jaronn Boysun applied when the speech and drama position was advertised.
“The other person [Harada] who was here did not apply,” Paine said.
The board approved Boysun by a 5-0 vote. District 1 trustee Corey Reum was absent from the meeting.
Boysun and Harada are both parents of students that participate in speech and drama.

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Commissioners Address Vicious Dogs, Heavy Trucks On County Roads

The Roosevelt County Commissioners discussed the needs for ordinances addressing vicious dogs and heavy trucks using county roads to avoid scales Tuesday, June 16.
No action was taken. Both proposed ordinances were tabled and could be passed as early as next week.
Several had asked the Roosevelt County Attorney for a dog ordinance that would impose penalties of $250 for first offenses for owners of dogs that bite and break skin. Second offenses would carry a $500 fine.
The commissioners also delayed a decision on an ordinance that would establish weight limits for commercial trucks and prohibit through traffic on county roads.
The proposed ordinance is a response to numerous complaints that oil industry truckers from North Dakota use McCabe Road in the Culbertson area to avoid state scales, resulting in damage to the roadway.
During a recent meeting where construction on McCabe Road was discussed, a woman who lives on the road asked the commissioners if oil trucks could be kept off the road.

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Council Told Of Youth Misbehavior In Small Park Beside Library

Mayor Chris Dschaak expressed concern to the Wolf Point City Council Monday, June 15, about the current condition of the small park with basketball hoops and an abundance of weeds located next to the Roosevelt County Library.
Dschaak said it has become a hangout for intoxicated adults and teenagers behaving disrespectfully, including the placement of graffiti. Dschaak acknowledged that some youths are using the park properly.
He said he cleans up the area daily, often filling a full 33-gallon trash bag.
“It is getting to a point where if we don’t address this, it’s going to get worse,” Dschaak said.
Police chief Jeff Harada said he will have officers increase patrols in the area.
The council will address the park during a future meeting.
In other business, Harada said 911 calls for police service have increased during recent months and reached 476 calls in May.
The council also approved the use of Sherman Park for Art in the Park during the Wild Horse Stampede/Wolf Point Centennial celebration Saturday, July 11.
The council also discussed plans by the Wolf Point Centennial Committee to include bed races and three days of parades during Stampede.
The council also discussed closing Main Street only for the parade and bed race and not from noon until 5 or 6 p.m., which had been previously considered.
In other business, Dschaak told the council that Wolf Point Village developer Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed & Associates of Colorado Springs, Colo., recently contacted him saying he might try to revive the project. Reed withdrew from his plans to build the proposed 24-unit rental complex, that could have provided affordable rental housing.
Dschaak said the city paid out about $25,000 in engineering fees and environmental assessments for Wolf Point Village and that Reed should reimburse the city if the project is revived.
In another matter, Dschaak said the environmental cleanup of the former site of Gysler Furniture and Appliance on Anaconda Street will be completed at the end of this week.
Dschaak said the now city-owned site will be advertised for sale in the future. A fire destroyed both Gysler buildings in March 2014.
The council also accepted the resignation of Ward 1 council member Vivian Schultz who told the council she is resigning because she bought a home outside the city limits.
Schultz, a teacher at Wolf Point High School, was appointed to the council in November, replacing Travis Braaten who resigned in July, also because he moved outside the city limits.
Dschaak will appoint a replacement for the Ward 1 position at a later date.
Ward 1 extends east from Third Avenue South to the city limits east of First Avenue South and from the railroad tracks to the southern boundary of the city.

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School Activity Drivers Get 74 Percent Raise

The Wolf Point School Board gave activity bus drivers a 74 percent raise to retain drivers and bring the hourly wage in line with other school districts in the area during the monthly trustees meeting Tuesday, June 9.
The drivers that transported students to athletic and other extra curricular activities away from Wolf Point have received $11.50 per hour the past several years. The drivers are not represented by the Wolf Point Educational Support Staff Association and not included in collective bargaining agreements.
The four part-time activity bus drivers will receive $20 hourly the next school year.
Activity bus drivers in other area school districts receive: Frontier School District, $25; Poplar district, $22; and Circle, $30.
Superintendent Joe Paine cited safety issues the drivers deal with including icy roads during winter months.
“The athletic fund has plenty of money,” Paine said.
The board approved the pay raise by a 4-1 vote. Board chairman Mark Kurokawa cast the no vote and Corey Reum was absent from the meeting.
Kurokawa said he was not opposed to giving drivers a raise but questioned whether the board should approve the raise at the current time before incoming district superintendent Gary Scott looks at the district’s financials.

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Mayor Takes Tester To Task For Comments, Not Returning Calls

Mayor Chris Dschaak told the Wolf Point City Council Monday, June 15, that Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., failed to respond to his requests to speak to him about comments criticizing the city for not immediately connecting to the Assiniboine and Sioux Rural Water System.
Tester called the city’s delay to connect to the ASRWS “not good judgment” during a meeting in Poplar with the Land Committee of the Fort Peck Tribes Executive Board, Wednesday, May 27.
“At some point, make the call and go around them. It’s their mistake if they don’t do it.”
Dschaak, who was not present during that meeting, said he was not pleased with Tester for making the comments without speaking to city officials.
Tester did not respond to requests by Dschaak to return phone calls.
Dschaak said he finally called Tester’s Washington, D.C., office earlier this week and spoke to the chief of staff, telling him that Tester’s comments to tribal officials were not fair to the city.
Retaining water rights the city currently holds are at issue, Dschaak said.
“One step at a time and I just hope the Tribes are patient with us,” Dschaak said.

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