County Commission to consider doctor contract, grant for bulletproof vests, rezoning for industrial property

The Cascade County Commission has a lengthy agenda for their Tuesday morning.

Their meeting, like all commission meetings, is open to the public and begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex, 325 2nd Ave. N., Room 111.

Among the items being considered is an employment agreement with Dr. Christine Potterjones for family practice services at the Community Health Care Center.

The agreement runs April 1 to June 30, 2020 and the first year annual salary is $173,000.

The CHCC has been working to add another doctor at the facility for some time and Potterjones was in town earlier this year for a site visit.

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“We’re excited to bring her on board,” said Kelsey Gummer, chief operating officer at CHCC.

Commissioners will also consider accepting grant funds through the Bureau of Justice Assistance Award FY 2017 Bulletproof Vest Partnership.

Capt. Scott Van Dyken of the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office told commissioners during last week’s work session that their office purchases the vests and the BJA grant reimburses the department for half. The total BJA funding to the county is $6,812.37 for fiscal year 2017.

It’s a recurring grant program for CCSO, Van Dyken told commissioners.

Commissioners will also consider retaining Dorsey & Whitney, LLP to represent the county related to Fox Farm Rural Special Improvement District to document the interfund loan and warrants held by the general fund to show the fund is entitled to repayment. The fees to the law firm are estimated to be $5,500 to $8,500.

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A contract with Anderson Software for $1,700 the first year and $1,500 the following years. The software is an automated system for Crime Stoppers and the cost will be split equally with the City of Great Falls.

The system allows for the submission of tips from phone apps, emails and landline calls.

Van Dyken told commissioners during last week’s work session that the system increases tips and decreases calls through dispatch. It also allows for anonymous tips.

“It’s a pretty good deal for us,” he told commissioners.

A memorandum of understanding between the Community Health Care Center and Great Falls Public Schools is also on the agenda. The agreement is so that the CHCC can provide primary care medical, dental and behavioral health services within the school based health centers.

Commissioner Jane Weber said during the work session last week that “this is a wonderful service” and will help students, teachers and families in the community.

Commissioner Jim Larson said he thinks it will be a “really great project.”

In addition to the contracts, commissioners will also consider rezoning property at 4725 22nd Ave. N. from I-1 Light Industrial to I-2 Heavy Industrial. The property owner requested the zone change and other adjacent properties are also zoned I-2, according to county planning.

The property is near the Steel Etc property off River Drive North near 52nd Street.