By Patrick Burr
The Courier 

City Council Roundup


The Glasgow City Court received a $333,167 federal grant for the establishment of an adult treatment court. “Not a lot of limited courts of jurisdiction are awarded these grants,” said City Judge Lynn Gilbert. “This is something we’ve been working long and hard on, since May of last year. I’m proud of what we’ve done; we and Valley County are very fortunate.”

The court plans to hire two new workers – a Drug Court Coordinator, a position which Gilbert demands be filled by someone with a minimum five years’ administrative experience, and a Community Supervisor/Parole Officer. Both are 24 hours per week, part-time jobs.

Judge Gilbert relayed the news of the petition’s acceptance at a city council meeting whose agenda was crammed to the brim with boons, fiscal and otherwise.

Brianna Vine and Tori Matejovsky, representatives from Great Northern Development Corporation, stopped in to give update the council on the status of the city’s petition for a Noncompetitive Resiliency Grant.

“I believe GNDC is looking forward to another Eastern Montana project,” said Matejovsky.

Director of Public Works Robert Kompel compiled a comprehensive list of investments the city could make which, if awarded the grant, would make it “more resilient.” The combined cost of this list’s projects totals $17.5 million. It has been forwarded to the deciding parties, and the city awaits final determination.

Passed was Resolution No. 1997, which “established budgetary authority in the Victim Assistant Program Grant Fund for the receipt and expenditure of monies received from the Montana Board of Crime Control.” The amount in question is $55,618.

In Street Department news, Foreman Karl Krause relayed that his team’s energies are focused on two projects: first, the repair of cracked roads, notably 3rd Ave. N .; second, the construction of Candy Cane Park. At present, the park’s assembly is complete but for the installation of the “400 to 500-pound slides” and the sowing of grass seed.

Police Chief Bruce Barstad informed the council of the Board of Crime Control’s Oct. 20 site visit. “It’s basically an audit,” he said. “They go through our program and books from top-to-bottom to make sure everything’s in order.”

Movements to accept bids for the department’s decommissioned 2003 Ford Crown Victoria (min. $1,000) and 2006 Chevy Trailblazer (min. $2,000) were also approved.


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