Wolf Point Herald

Missed Corner


This semi missed the corner First Avenue North and U.S. Hwy. 2 and slid over an embankment on the road leading to the elevator Monday, July 27, a little after 3 p.m. Wolf Point police did not cite the driver. (Photo by John Plestina)

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Facilities Committee Discusses Gym, Parking Lot, Prioritizes School Repairs

The Wolf Point School District Facilities Committee prioritized needed repairs to all school buildings Tuesday, July 21.
Replacements of the Wolf Point High School gym floor and bleachers, and parking lot repaving were discussed. Voters rejected a levy in May 2014, which would have funded those projects. Potholes were filled in the parking lot for safety reasons, but complete repaving remains necessary.
The gym and most of the junior/senior high school building is aging. The current school was built during the late 1960s to replace the original building that was destroyed by fire.
Superintendent Gary Scott said he wants to find out if the bleachers could be repaired.
Some seating would need to be removed to make the gym handicapped accessible.
He said new bleachers could cost about $400,000.
“We need to do this parking lot and, if we’ve got the money, we need to get it done,” school district trustee Brandon Babb said.
Work on the gym ceiling has begun. The floor will be refinished as a temporary fix.
The possibly of the district borrowing to fund replacement of the gym floor was discussed.
School building priorities the committee set were: No. 1, WPHS parking lot and sidewalk drainage; No. 2, Northside School fifth- and sixth-grade restrooms; No. 3, repair of bricks at the high school; No. 4, roof leaks at Northside School; No. 5, repair or replacement of boilers and air handlers; No. 6, red moss on the roof of Southside School; No. 7, replacement of gym floor and repair or replacement of bleachers; No. 8, subsidized teacher housing; No. 9, doors and entries; No. 10, floors.
Scott will obtain quotes for costs of all 10 proposed projects.
Scott will determine how much the district could spend on facilities.
The district has some funding available and state impact aid has grown over the past several years. A recommendation to the school board would be needed with board approval before impact aid could be used for facilities.
The committee also discussed a need for subsidized housing for teachers. Several other school districts including Poplar, Culbertson and Bainville own houses and apartments that are rented to teachers for lower than market rent.
“One of the big problems we have is teachers can’t find housing,” Scott said. “It’s [housing provided by the school district] a real benefit for beginning teachers.”
Addressing another issue, Scott said a surplus equipment sale is needed. He said the district owns seven weedeaters and many desks.
What cannot be sold would be disposed of.
“It would warrant having [auctioneer] Robert Toavs come in and do an auction,” Babb said.
Scott discussed some of the needs at the various buildings.
“At Southside School, for one thing, there is red moss growing on the roof,” Scott said.
The exterior of Southside School was recently painted.
Needs at Southside include replacement of carpeting in three rooms, a hot water heater, uneven sidewalks and repainting entrance doors.
At the junior/senior high school, needs include sidewalk drainage where slippery conditions exist during winter months, light fixture replacement in the gym, repairs to showers and shower stalls in locker rooms, one new toilet, new seats in the auditorium, sanding and sealing of the auditorium stage, exterior lights by the southwest entrance to the auditorium, new ceiling tiles in the woodshop, repairs and replacement of interior exit signs and emergency lighting, repairs to junior high rest room exhaust fans, concession stand exhaust fan, large lights at top of gym for parking lot illumination, water main line leaks, replacement of a gas range in the lunchroom kitchen, sheetrock repairs, removal of graffiti and carpeting in the conference room.
At Northside School, there are roof leaks in parts of the main building, repairs are needed to ceilings, sinks and toilet, and eaves on the main building are rotting or missing. A new kitchen range and painting the building are also on the list.
Scott also wants every custodian to study for and obtain a boiler license.
Mosquitoes are also a problem on the football field and for spectators in the stands.
“The football players tell me the mosquitoes are terrible Scott said.
He also wants the district to dismantle the old crow’s nest on the west side of the football field as a safety measure.
Scott addressed dangers associated with nearby railroad tracks.
“That railroad over there is a huge threat to the school,” Scott said of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line that is located a few hundred feet from the junior/senior school.
Scott said he estimated the speed of an oil train at about 65 mph while passing the school and entering Wolf Point.
Scott said oil tanker cars could explode and possibly propel to the school building.

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Little Interest In Running For City Council

With the filing period now closed for the November Wolf Point City Council election, no races are contested.
Filing for reelection and running unopposed are Laurie Evans, Craig Rodenberg and Judy Page. All would be elected for four-year terms.
Ward 2 council member Ashley Moran did not file and said she missed the June 3 filing deadline. No one else filed. Moran, or whoever is elected in Ward 2, on the south side of the city, will be by write in.
Mayor Chris Dschaak appointed Moran to fill a vacancy during April 2014. The Ward 2 seat became vacant three months prior when Dschaak resigned to become mayor.
Dschaak also appointed Vivian Schultz to the council in November to fill a vacancy in Ward 1, also on the south side. She recently resigned because she moved outside the city limits. Schultz was appointed after former Ward 1 councilman Travis Braaten resigned in July 2014 because he moved outside the city limits. No one filed to run for the two-year position by the deadline. Dschaak said he will make an appointment.

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Summer Reading

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Children attending the summer reading program at the Roosevelt County Library in Wolf Point Thursday, July 23, created their own super hero story. Pictured are (from left to right) Reilly Rees, Murias Ricker, Sam Bird Tail Jr., Harmony Hanson and Nora Hanson.    (Photo by John Plestina)

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Man With Gas Mask And Gun In A Fanny Pack Allegedly Threatens Judge In Culbertson

An incident outside the office of Culbertson Justice Court Judge Penny Hendrickson Monday, July 27, is construed by law enforcement as a possible threat to the safety of the judge.
Sheriff Jason Frederick told the Roosevelt County Commissioners that security must be stepped up.
Frederick said a man entered the justice court office and asked if he could park in the parking lot while he would be in the nearby library. A court employee told him it would be OK.
“He got in the truck, put on a gas mask and backed up to the judge’s window,” Frederick said.
The court staff called 911 and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and arrested the man who Frederick said had a concealed handgun in a fanny pack.
Frederick identified the man as Daniel Boyle, 66, of Culbertson. He is charged with unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.
Boyle remained lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail Tuesday morning.

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