The Valley County Commissioners met for their regular Discussion and Decision meeting on Nov. 30 inside the Board of County Commissioners in the Valley County Courthouse. The agenda included the City of Glasgow’s request for an increase in funding for the Valley County Pool Campaign as well as further discussions on how to spend the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund which Valley County has received $1.8 million this year and is set to receive another $1.8 million in 2023.
The Valley County Commissioners had already pledged funds to the campaign prior to the 2020 pandemic which came from Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding. During the Nov. 30 meeting, Ann Kulczyk and Ruth Ann Hutcheson, from the Valley County Pool Campaign, Executive Director of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Lisa Koski, Recreation Director of the Valley County Recreation Center Jory Casterline and City of Glasgow Public Works Director Paul Skubinna were in attendance requesting the additional funding. In a unanimous vote, the Commissioners approved to increase the previously authorized amount of $20,000 to $100,000, which will be taken from the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund.
As of Nov. 30, the Valley County Pool Campaign has raised over $2.94 million, including the money authorized by the Valley County Commissioners during the Nov. 30 meeting. According to members of the committee, the cost of a new swimming pool is sitting at $3.68 million.
The Pool Committee members also stated they hope to demolish the current pool this coming spring and have construction start in the early summer. Bid requests have been put out to contractors as well as published requesting sealed bids for the construction of the new pool.
Sealed bids are due on Dec. 21 to the Glasgow City Hall and the bid request can be read in full in the Nov. 21 or 28 editions.
In addition to providing additional funds to the Valley County Pool Campaign, the Commissioners further discussed other uses of the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund. In previous meetings, the Commissioners have already committed $1 million to gravel, $135,000 for Long Run tender truck, a fuel truck for the airport and $68,000 to fix the heating and cooling at the Valley County Courthouse. Other needs were discussed including equipment for Courthouse maintenance a new tractor and new belly dumps as well as soffits for the Senior Center.
The Commissioners welcome any and all feedback and discussion of Capital Improvement Plan priorities for the use of the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund. They meet every Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioners, inside of the Valley County Courthouse.