MACo enhances the public service mission of counties by promoting integrity and providing proactive leadership while acknowledging and respecting Montana’s diversity.
Given these unprecedented times, and after MUCH discussion, we have come to the difficult decision that this year’s district meetings will be virtual as opposed to in-person. The annual trip around Montana is something we very much look forward to—it’s a true pleasure to be able to see the different areas of Montana and your respective beautiful communities. However, given the current situation, we can’t justify bringing together large numbers of people in confined areas, nor putting MACo members in the difficult situation of choosing whether or not to attend.
Due to the repercussions of COVID-19, the Montana Department of Commerce has received many public comments expressing concern over the May 1, 2020 TSEP Construction application deadline. Commerce has: (1) extended the application deadline to June 12, 2020; and (2) will allow TSEP Construction Application public meeting documentation to be submitted any time up until August 3, 2020.
Apply now for livestock loss prevention grants. The Livestock Loss Board has $80,000 available for wolf only loss prevention projects. Limited money will be available for grizzly bear loss prevention projects. Applications are available at www.llb.mt.gov or by calling the Livestock Loss Board Office. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2020. All projects must be for loss prevention for the following animals: cattle, sheep, horses, mules, goats, swine or llamas. Other animals such as chickens or bison are not eligible for our loss prevention grant funds. Also agricultural crop damage prevention is not covered.
The second session in our series of townhalls focused on the Governor’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force. MACo Executive Director, Eric Bryson, reported on the progress and guidance that came out of the Governor’s Task Force, which was assembled to provide direction and advice on how to best use $1.25 billion appropriated to Montana through the Federal CARES Act.
Cascade County is currently seeking a Prevention Services Division Manager. This position performs administrative, supervisory and technical duties in planning, coordinating and implementing the Prevention Services Division chronic and communicable disease prevention and control programs and activities.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services, Addictive and Mental Disorders Division (AMDD), recently released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Mobile Crisis Unit Grant; however, the the total appropriation during the initial RFP was not expended, so the Department is now seeking to re-release the Mobile Crisis Unit Grant to provide an additional opportunity for communities to access funding for critical crisis and diversion services.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to: protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees; implement guidance from federal, state and local authorities; and ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
I am writing you all to say hello and to wish you, your family, and friends all well in these uncertain times. Thank you to all the counties and their public staff and health departments that are working many hours and extra days to ensure the safety of their counties and cities.