Wolf Point Herald

Council Ponders Fees For Vendors Operating On Private Property

The Wolf Point City Council discussed Wild Horse Stampede vendors operating on private property with no city licenses and producing a significant amount of trash during the recent Stampede while meeting, Monday, July 21.
The council is considering an ordinance that would mandate at least assessing garbage fees, and possibly a street cleanup assessment, from those vendors and will address the matter during a future meeting.
“Something that would be enforceable where we could send the police down there and make them get a license or shut them down,” Mayor Chris Dschaak said.
He called on the council to address Stampede vendors operating without licenses on private property and cleanup issues within the next three or four months.
In other business, the council accepted the resignation of Ward 1 council member Travis
Braaten, who attended the meeting, is resigning effective Wednesday, July 30, because he is moving outside the city limits.
In another matter, the council discussed ongoing requests by residents of East Johnson and East Indian streets and First Avenue North from Johnson Street to the Alco store for a posted speed limit.
The state imposes a residential speed limit of 25 mph unless otherwise posted.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice has also asked the city to post the 25 mph limit to make enforcement easier.
Dschaak called the area a “race track.”
The council also discussed a recent public hearing on the Gysler Furniture and Appliance fire site cleanup and the federal Brownfield Program loan process that would fund much of the project.
Both Gysler buildings on the 100 block of Anaconda Street were leveled by a fire in March that left a fenced off area of rubble in the downtown area.
“October or November of this year are possible for getting it cleaned up,” Dschaak said.
Bids for construction of Wolf Point Village are about a week behind schedule. A bid opening is now likely during early August. A groundbreaking remains scheduled for Aug. 15.
In another matter, the council voted to re-bid for drainage work at the airport due to only one respondent to the first call for bids and a high bid of $265,000.
The council discussed the possibility of obtaining bids of about $80,000 less than the first bid.
In other business, the council discussed plans for a ramp for the gazebo in Sherman Park that are expected to be completed within one week.
The council also discussed an offer for donated labor, trees and a trash receptacle for an improvement to Sherman Park and the likelihood that the project would move forward.
The council discussed the declining Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department membership, which as dropped to about 12 members, less than half of what a full department would be.
Dschaak said the WPVFD and ambulance service are both seeking applicants.
He also noted the death of retired WPVFD firefighter Terry Blevins Sunday, July 20.
Dschaak, who is a WPVFD member, said Blevins recruited him at a time when the department had a membership of more than 20 and it was difficult to become a firefighter in Wolf Point.
In other business, Dschaak said the Wolf Point Centennial Committee has requested a $20,000 donation from the city. The council will address the request at a later date.
The council also discussed the ongoing flushing of fire hydrants by the water department and that some hydrants need to be repaired or replaced.
The council will hold a public hearing on the budget for the new fiscal year, Wednesday, Aug. 6, a special council meeting for budget adoption, Monday, Aug. 11, and a regular meeting, Monday, Aug. 18.

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Frontier School Board Hires Coaches, Staff

The Frontier School board rehired several coaches and staff during the monthly meeting Monday, July 14.
Returning coaches who were rehired by the board included: Rebecca Zilkoski Hall, volleyball; Nicole Boos, volleyball assistant coach; Marianne Reece, fifth- and sixth-grade girls’ basketball; and Mark Kurakawa, seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ basketball.
The trustees also hired John O’Neil as the new clerk of the board.
The board amended the job description for the clerk.
Kitty Boysun  was hired as the new library aide and computer teacher.
In other business, the board approved Summer Fun at Frontier School, a summer school program that will focus on getting children back in the routine of the school day. It will be held Aug. 4-14.
In another matter, the trustees approved one incoming sixth- grade student from outside the district.
The next school board meeting will be Monday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

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Wyoming Sex Offender Held For Failing To Register

A convicted sex offender from Wyoming appeared in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16, for probation violations that include failing to register as a sex offender in Roosevelt County and for failing to register as a violent offender.
William B. Debbs Jr., 43, of Casper, Wyo., is listed on the National Sex Offender Registry as a Level 3 sex offender and a “sexually violent predator.”
He was convicted in Wyoming of sexual assault, first-degree and indecent liberties with a minor. The female victim was seven years old at the time of the assault, according to the registry.
The registry also lists Debbs with a Butte address.
Debbs said he was admitting allegations during the admissions hearing, but defense attorney John Wheatcroft said he was reluctant to allow him to do that. Debbs then denied the allegations.
Alleged probation violations also include alleged alcohol and drug use.

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Little Known About Stabbing In Wolf Point

The Wolf Point Police Department reported that officers responded to Seventh Avenue North and assisted the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice at the scene of a stabbing, Saturday, July 19, at 2:15 p.m.
City police did not release any additional information.
A telephone call to tribal police in Poplar was not returned Tuesday, July 22, as of presstime.

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Drug-Carrying Amtrak Passenger Sentenced In District Court

The Washington man who was found unconscious and in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana onboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder in Wolf Point was sentenced in 15th District Court, Wednesday, July 16.
Dale Andrew Cooper, 38, of Bremerton, Wash., pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A state charge of carrying a dangerous drug on a train was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Judge David Cybulski found Cooper guilty of the three charges and sentenced him to a five-year deferred sentence under the supervision of the Montana Department of Corrections.
Cybulski said later that Cooper will have to begin his deferred sentence with probation in Montana but could get it transferred to Washington at a later date.
Cooper told the court that he lives in Washington where marijuana is legal but he realizes that it is not legal in Montana.
Wolf Point police took Cooper into custody, Friday, June 6, at Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus after he had been transported by ambulance and treated at the hospital.
Police reported that they were called to the Wolf Point Amtrak depot along with emergency medical personnel for an unconscious male onboard an eastbound train.

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