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Department Of Revenue Ends Lease With County

The Roosevelt County Commissioners held their regular public meeting at the commissioners office in Wolf Point Tuesday, Jan. 22. Commissioners Gary Macdonald and Gordon Oelkers were in attendance.
The Montana Department of Revenue terminated its lease with the county for a space in the courthouse building, according to a letter from department director Gene Walborn dated Jan. 14.
The letter states that the termination is motivated by “significant budget reductions in the current biennium because of the passage of House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 261 by the 2017 Legislature.”
Area residents with department business will have to travel 50 miles each way to Glasgow as of March 1.
New Roosevelt County Attorney Austin Knudsen described the action as political gamesmanship.
“If you want my frank assessment,” said Knudsen, “it’s retaliation.”
A letter of support endorsing a Fort Peck Tribes plan to build a buffalo trail was approved by the commissioners.
According to a letter addressed to the Montana State Trails Advisory Committee, the project goals include the construction of signage, the relocation of place boulders from all corners and communities on reservation lands as trailhead markers and prayer offering stones, the construction of parking areas, trailhead gates, basic trail construction and “minimal impact walking boardwalks” for sections of the trail that cross Box Elder Creek and its wetlands. Project goals also include the construction of buffalo viewing areas, ADA-accessible toilettes, a picnic shelter and “buffalo-proof” fencing.
Oelkers stated that the county will not be responsible for funding or maintenance.
“We’re just saying it’s a good idea,” Oelkers said.
The commissioners approved a request from Roosevelt County examining land surveyor Pete Olson to raise his examining surveyor review fee from $175 to $200.
They also approved a standard interlocal agreement between the county and the Montana Department of Justice Motor Vehicle Division.
E-Vonda Red Boy was approved as a new detention officer at the Roosevelt County Detention Center and maintenance employee Donna Block’s resignation was approved by the commissioners.
The commissioners’ regular scheduled meeting for Jan. 29 has been canceled.