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7:00 Call to Order

  • Welcome Board Members and Guests
    • Introduction of Kyla Schleuning, Administrative Assistant
  • Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
    • Ally Capps Motioned to approve
    • Steve Morris seconded
      • Motion passed
    • Public Comment- NA

7:10 Operational Reports

  • Board President
    • Action Item – New Finance Committee Chair; Amy Rolandson
      • New committee members; Emma Morrison, Krista Stubblefield, Aaron Clingingsmith
    • January Board Training / Reorientation
      • Collaboration with MCC
      • Possible date, time, venue- Thursday, January 16th afternoon/evening
      • Put on by Dan Clark can provide 4 hours. Would like to involve leadership class and community
    • Professional Development for Executive Director
      • Beginning the coursework for Certified Economic Developer
      • First Class in January, ED 101 NDC
    • Executive Director
      • Nine project folders on my desk
        • Potential new businesses in Miles City
        • Potential business growth in Miles City
        • RLF Loan Activity – 4 pending loans
      • Opportunity Zone potentials for Miles City
        • Please direct questions about opportunity funds and use of funds in the opportunity zone to Elizabeth – she would be happy to have a conversation and share contact information
      • Update on Partner Meetings and Partner Investment Levels
        • Elizabeth has connected with most of our ongoing partners and will continue to make connections
      • SEMDC quarterly meeting took place on 10/10
        • There is a lot of potential loan activity – business start-up and growth in the four-county region
      • MCC presidential candidate community tours
        • 5:15- 6:30 open community forum MCC Room 316, and 7:30- 9:30 at country club meet and greet (November 8, 13, and 15)
  • Committee Updates
    • Finance Committee – Financial Reports, Krista Stubblefield
      • Set up meeting time to orient Committee Chair and new members, Amy
    • Leadership Committee – Class updates, Tara Andrews
    • Project Committee – Trails – Jenny Sloan, Cook Lake – Lew Vadheim
      • Welcome Garrett on trail committee
    • Trail will need to settle over winter, there will be a fence separating trail and fairgrounds
    • Erin Thormosard’s sculpture in Riverside park, adding information/ history kiosks – suggestions for kiosks:
      • Comanche, chain still existing around a tree for the ferry, mural on back of Lions Club- did not get to add a kiosk to tell the history, fair grounds used to be a POW camp, how the bull ended up on the fairgrounds- interview the man who knows. Jenny- KMBC received some grant money to do some landscaping around the fairgrounds bull- building coming down put a stop to that. Kiosk at the bull.
    • Cook lake- Lew- including child’s fishing dock, benches, a few picnic tables- stocked by fish and game. $5,000-$6,000 grant
      • Trash receptacles possibly by KMCB
      • On city property and will be maintained by the city. Tables are on concrete pad, FWC stock with perch- stocking is 5,000 fish… yellow perch. Sunfish. Blue gills…?

7:40 Updates or Items of Interest

  • Custer County updates – Keith Holmlund (Event Center, VA)
    • Pubic meeting in December with architects…
      • No increase on tax for this or VA. John suggested marketing like they did with jail, public invited to meetings and really hoping for public support
      • Two meetings; one on a Friday meeting and then on Saturday morning
      • Ballots- mail out in December, counted in January.
      • VA- property has been nominated to be listed as historical building
      • If It becomes historical registry than it will need to be put into the parks service and not sure they will take it- John Laney
    • Fairgrounds building new crow’s nest
      • Ready to put platform up- they are building it in a separate building, taking it apart, and then back together on site

 

  • SEMDC updates – Jim Atchison, Executive Director (CEDS Meeting, Potential Loan Activity)
    • Units 1 and 2 will be shut down within the next 6 weeks. Jim had nothing to share on job loss or economic impact. Move a lot of folks into 3 and 4 which will continue running. He says it will have large psychological impact and will be reducing production by a 3rd.
    • The physical infrastructure will be left but they will drain all fluids, except sewer/ water lines which are connected to the other units that will stay running. Everything will look the same except there will be no power in units 1 and 2
    • DEQ working with power plant companies in the process of cleaning up Colstrip. The biggest challenge he can see the community is facing right now is keeping workers. Stores closing, stores coming in, restaurants closing and some expanding.
    • DLA grant app had 191 applications with a large frenzy for infrastructure grants but only ¼ will possibly get rewarded.
    • Custer county had two applications- one from the city (Darling addition), one from county for fire and EMS building. Each county had funding gap of 1.5 million. Looking pretty good to get those awarded in our county. Lots of need in rosebud county. “circus” 80. mil in requests. Hoping to hear the grant receivers in January.
    • CEDS town hall meeting on November 21st at 6:30. It is casual, informal and they earmark projects deemed important by community members.
    • Grain elevator miles city. More conversation needs to happen about this

 

  • City of Miles City updates – Rick Huber, Ally Capps
    • Strevell has been on a halt due to compact issues but is looking nice down by Wibaux park.
  • Other updates and comments from Board Members
    • John Laney- Christmas decorations are in.
      • Hopefully have a meeting about dispatch cities next Wednesday, reminding them senate bill 308- they said they were going to do things and didn’t/haven’t.
      • In the works. Dispatch cities – closest one is Billings. Secure a dispatch city here. Pushing for Sidney too
      • Gavilon leaving- grain elevator. Problem for our area economically. Hopefully meeting for mid-December. Get producers together. Pompey’s pillar and other places. (220 miles) .55 cents a bushel to take it to Pompey’s. Get spur built and Gavilon could stay/ or people willing to put together a co-op; just need the land to do it. Railroad spur. Horse pasture that runs along the highway?. Full mile loop/ track.
      • Massive agricultural petition to get started, signed by locals, sent to our local government? Not asking for a handout- asking for permission to buy the land from DOI – this is very difficult.
    • Wind Farm- moving forwards with Rosebud County. Start production in mid spring. either Miles City or Forsyth for staging. Potential for positive things in MC and MCAEDC.
    • Meeting today for fire center. Urban renewal applying to get some grants and do some updating downtown

 

Dates to Note

  • Veterans Day – November 11, 2019, office closed
  • Leadership Class, Healthcare Day – November 21, 2019, Holy Rosary
  • CEDS Meeting – November 21, 2019, 6:30 pm, MCC Room 106
  • Executive Committee Meeting – November 25, 2019, 4:00 pm, MCAEDC office
  • Thanksgiving Holiday – November 28, 2019, office closed 28 and 29
  • Board Meeting – December 5, 2019, 7:00 am, MCC Room 106

8:20 meeting adjourned