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RD-BR 2015 03-03 ROAD AND BRIDGE REPORT March 3, 2015 Present: Commissioners Leonard Wortman, Cory Kirsch and Bob Mullen and Road Supervisor, Rory Parsons. Rory Parsons reviewed the road and bridge report with the Commissioners. Montana City Crew and Boulder Crew The crew has been sanding and plowing icy roads this morning. Weather permitting, the crew will begin patching some roadways this week. They will also spend time cleaning up the shop area. Whitehall Crew Pat Kountz is working on Cedar Hills road today. This week the crew will be grading roads in the valley and cleaning up the shop area. The cattle guard in Milligan Canyon was finished last week. Lower Valley Road Project Parsons talked with Brent Bushnell and they will be meeting soon to look at the road and decide how to proceed on the project. Gilman does not expect to start on the highway project from Elk Park to Berniece before May so the county will not get millings until Gilman starts the project. The county should receive millings from the previous contract in the Elk Park area. Parsons met with Franchi and McCauley on the road. Discussion was held on how to replace the fencing. The landowners were given the option of replacing the fence and billing the county for the cost or the county will hire a contractor to do the work. Parsons is working on the contract for this project and would like to make it mandatory for the bidders to attend the walk through on the project. The county attorney will review the contract. Traffic Sign The traffic control signs have been posted on Little Boulder Road. Parsons noted that there is no stop sign on Patty Lane. He will install a sign as soon as possible. The sign has not been put up in Montana City. The school put a flashing sign up where the crew was going to put the county sign. Parsons will need to decide on an alternative location for the county sign. Snow Plow Truck Due to the absence of Keith Vetsch no new information was available on the purchase of snow plow trucks. Clancy Foot Bridge Helen Auch, Administrative Assistant, received an email from Sharon Lian regarding the condition of the Clancy foot bridge. Mullen will call Ms. Lian and arrange to meet with her and look at the foot bridge. This issue may be put on a Commission agenda for public discussion. Pine Street in Basin Parsons met with Jim Wing to look at the drainage problems on Pine Street. Parsons thought the county could fix the road later this summer. Approach Permit Joe Schmaus submitted an approach permit on Lump Gulch Road. Schmaus does not have an easement from BLM. Parsons will talk with the County Attorney about this issue and report back to the Commission. Forest Service David Sabo, Forest Service Ranger, met with the Commission regarding McCarty Creek Road. Discussion was held on who has jurisdiction of the roadway, historical use of the road, and how best to address the repair and maintenance of the road. The county has provided the Forest Service with all documents of record. Mr. Sabo has been meeting with Jocelyn Dodge, district road programs and Brandon Smith and Mark Lodine, with the office of general counsel for the forest service, regarding the jurisdictional status of the road from the viewpoint of the forest service. The Elkhorn Working Group is very interested in the status of this road. The Forest Service will be sending the county a letter asking for a response to several questions, which may include what rights the county believes they have on the road, what needs to be done with the road, and anticipated future use of the road. The historical records regarding this road were on record before the Forest Service was created. Wortman pointed out that the Supreme Court ruling stated that the county must provide motorized access to the forest service boundary. Sabo replied that if the road is determined to be a forest service road an easement or agreement could be granted to the county giving the county jurisdiction over the road. Discussion was held on whether the county or the forest service had jurisdiction to temporarily close the road due to resource damage. The Commission would want to put this issue on the agenda for public comment before closing any portion of the road. The road needs to have culverts installed or repaired and the area around devils slide needs work. The road is used by the public so we need to determine who has jurisdiction, what the road issues are and make any repairs as soon as possible. The county and forest service may need to work together to resolve law enforcement issues on this road as well as other trails throughout the county. Wortman asked Sabo if the forest service has a map of all the trails in the county. The forest service has an inventory of all walking trails and other trails on GIS layers. There is some question on the validity of the information and the designation of the roads. Kirsch is putting together a working group who has interest in the trails. The group plans to work on a comprehensive map of all trails in the county that could be used by everyone. Parsons noted that the forest service agreement should be reviewed and updated. Sabo will get with Parsons on this issue. ATTEST: Bonnie Ramey Leonard Wortman, Chairman Clerk and Recorder xl-GL� Bob Mullen, Commissioner Cory Kirsch, Commissioner `SGOV FRED 1N e�T Jefferson County Road & Bridge 111 ODYSSEY LANE Post Office Box H Boulder, Montana 59632 (106)225-1071 / (406)225-1169 Fax V���eRSONCOV March 3, 2015 Road & Bridge Report to Commission Road & Bridge Department Montana Ci , Crew *Plowing and sanding. *Shop cleanup. *Patching. Boulder Crew *Plowing and sanding. * Patching. Whitehall Crew *Spring cleaning. * Grading roads in the valley. Lower Valley road improvement project. Call outs Milligan Canyon road cattle guard complete. Spring break up. Installed new traffic control signs on little Boulder Road. Snow plow truck update.