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MACo Issues Refuse Operations Loss Control Guidelines

By | Association News

Loss exposures associated with the operation of container sites, landfills and transfer stations are significant. Liability losses (3rd party claims) suffered by MACo member entities have exceeded $1.5 million between July 1, 1995 and April 18, 2018.  Total incurred Workers Compensation costs for this period exceed $100K, including one employee death. To address this issue, a working group was established to identify liability and workers compensation exposures that most refuse operations have in common and then develop recommended loss control guidelines that will assist in reducing risks. Through these efforts MACo has developed the Refuse Operations Loss Control Guidelines.

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Dale W. Lauman

By | Obituaries

Dale W. Lauman, 80, a third-generation Montanan and lifelong Somers/Lakeside resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer and other serious health challenges.

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How the 2020 Census Impacts Montana

By | State News

For every Montana resident counted, the Census estimates the state will receive nearly $2,000 per person each year in federal funding. The $20,000 per person coming into the state over the next decade is used across Montana counties for medical assistance, educational programs, need-based support, infrastructure, highway planning and over 300 other programs. Spending just a few minutes to complete your Census form will help ensure Montana gets its fair share of federal funding. Filling out the form is quick, easy, safe and important.

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Safety Corner: Distracted While Walking

By | Safety Corner

Everyone has seen the commercials and the billboards warning people of the dangers of texting while driving. What about the dangers of using a cellphone while walking? There are many videos online of individuals who are distracted while walking and end up injured. While some of these videos can be innocent and funny, the consequences of this unsafe act can be severe.

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Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing Attacks

By | County News

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks. Phishing emails may appear to come from a real financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency, or any other service, business, or individual. The email may also request personal information such as account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers. When users respond with the information or click on a link, attackers use it to access users’ accounts.

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MACo Seeking HCT Member Services Specialist/Office Coordinator

By | Employment Opportunities

The Montana Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking a Member Services Specialist/Office Coordinator for its Health Care Trust. The primary focus of this position is to perform a variety of administrative, clerical, and technical support including providing administrative support of all Health Care Trust activities and assisting with enrollment, customer service, and managing the day to day office needs of the Trust.

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Action Alert: Sign Letter Urging Congressional Leaders to Support PILT & SRS

By | NACo

With 2019 nearing an end, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is leading a coalition of counties, school districts and other interested organizations in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to fully fund the Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for FY 2020 and reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program until a permanent solution is developed. Congress must work quickly to pass several bills to keep the government open and fund important programs before the end of the year – ideal opportunities to fully fund PILT and reauthorize the SRS program.

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