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Culvert Will Replace Narrow Bridge On County Road 1013

A culvert will replace a narrow bridge on County Road 1013 between Culbertson and Bainville that has been deemed dangerous. Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday, Sept. 25, to use state gas tax funds for the approximately $117,000 project.
The 19-foot bridge with a metal guardrail is just 24 feet from Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad track.
In other business, commissioners approved a contract with ECOLAB for rodent control at the McCabe shop and two trailers on the property. The cost is $85 per visit. Commissioner Gordon said exterminator visits could be quarterly.
ECOLAB is a St. Paul, Minn.- headquartered environmental services company.
In another matter, the commissioners approved $2,163 in matching funds for streets and alleys in Brockton. The monies were formerly Brockton city funds prior to disbanding the municipal government.
The commissioners also approved a renewal of an interlocal law enforcement agreement with the City of Poplar that calls for a 25 percent decrease in funding for Poplar’s community police contract Tuesday, Sept. 25. The lower funding will reduce the daily number of hours of sheriff’s patrols within the Poplar city limits.
Poplar will pay Roosevelt County $142,500 for police services. The first Poplar offer for the coming year was $90,000. Sheriff Jason Frederick said he negotiated the contract renewal and convinced municipal officials to raise the offer. The reduced amount is a $47,500 decrease.
The commissioners approved the original interlocal agreement with Poplar Jan. 30, 2015, following the dissolution of the Poplar Police Department. Two members of Poplar’s city council contacted Frederick during January 2015 with the request for the Sheriff’s Office to take over law enforcement services. Poplar was having difficulty hiring and retaining certified police officers. The former Poplar Police Department operated with a $210,000 annual budget.
Frederick said daily patrols in Poplar will decrease from 20 hours down to 15.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice also provide policing service in Poplar. Montana law mandates that incorporated cities maintain police services, whether they have their own departments or contract with county sheriff’s offices.
Other business included renewal of an annual contract with Northeast Montana Health Services for nursing services and pharmaceuticals at the Roosevelt County Detention Center for $129,000 annually.
Frederick said the nursing and pharmaceuticals contract was a cost-saving measure last year. He said there were 320 inmate visits to the nurse last year.
The commissioners also lifted the burn ban due to recent rainfall.