Public/Legal Notices

   
INVITATION FOR BIDS: Sealed bids will be accepted at the Madison County Commissioners’ Office, P.O. Box 278, 103 W. Wallace, Virginia City, Montana, until 1:00 PM on October 13, 2020, for acquisition and delivery of one 2021 or newer Motor Grader to Madison County. Please contact the Commissioners’ Office at (406) 843-4277 or email madco@madisoncountymt.gov for bid specifications and terms. Bids will be opened at the regular Commissioners’ meeting in Virginia City on October 13, 2020, at 1:00 PM.  BID SPECIFICATIONS AND CONTRACT DOCUMENTS  
   
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: The Madison County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Court Room of the Administrative Office Building in Virginia City, Montana, to receive public comment on a petition requesting to relocate the right-of-way for Axolotl Lakes Road through the Smith property to begin at the southeast corner of the property and run approximately eight-hundred and eighty-eight feet to the west along the south boundary of the property line and join with the remaining original four-hundred and twelve feet of right-of-way which ends at the southwest corner of the property. Copies of the petition are available for public review and comment at the Madison County Commissioners’ Office. Comments on the proposal are welcome. Written public comments may be submitted or delivered to the Madison County Commissioners’ Office, P.O. Box 278, Virginia City, MT 59755; faxed to (406) 843-5517; or emailed to madco@madisoncountymt.gov.
​ Written comments must be received by close of the September 29, 2020, public hearing.
 
   
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: The Madison County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Court Room of the Administrative Office Building in Virginia City, Montana, to receive public comment on a petition requesting to close the alley between Hanley Street and Isdell Street in the Original Township of Pony. Copies of the petition are available for public review and comment at the Madison County Commissioners’ Office. Comments on the proposal are welcome. Written public comments may be submitted or delivered to the Madison County Commissioners’ Office, P.O. Box 278, Virginia City, MT 59755; faxed to (406) 843-5517; or emailed to madco@madisoncountymt.gov.
​ Written comments must be received by close of the September 29, 2020, public hearing.
 
   
Message from the Commissioners regarding the 2020 Census:

​August 11, 2020

​Dear neighbors,

​ It’s summer in Madison County. Like many of you, our days are filled with sunburns, hard work, and spending time outside with loved ones. However, as your County Commissioners, there is one pressing topic that we would like to visit about with you, one which is often out of sight and out of mind compared to other priorities: the 2020 Census.

​ We are concerned because only 31.9 percent of Madison County residents have responded to the Census. That puts us at 47th out of 56 counties. Census efforts have been compromised by the COVID-19 shutdown, like so many other aspects of our economy and daily lives, and that means it is up to us to get every single Madison County resident counted.

​ Our county has a lot at stake during this census cycle – school funding is based on census data and county roads don’t pave themselves. We work hard to make smart decisions with your tax dollars, and we combine your property tax funds with federal highway funds to grade and pave our roads and highways across the county. The amount of federal dollars we receive depends on our population, and our population is determined by census responses. Each person not counted represents $20,000 in missed funds over the course of the next decade.

​ Alongside school funding and roads, census data also impacts funding for projects in our county, through:
​              • Highway planning and construction
​              • Federal Transit Formula Grants
​              • Formula Grants for Rural Areas
​              • Community Development Grants
​              • Capital Investment Grants
​              • Water and waste disposal systems for rural communities

​ On August 11 census workers will start door-to-door visits to households that have not yet responded – save yourself time by completing your census online or by phone today at 1-844-330-2020 or www.my2020census.gov.      
​Do it for your neighbors, for your pocketbook, for our schools, roads, healthcare centers, and for the quality of life we all enjoy.
​     
​ Rural communities like ours have enough challenges these days. Imagine if a sizable portion of our population wasn’t counted just because our neighbors didn’t bother to respond to the census? What would be lost from our community fabric? How much more might you have to pay on your property taxes to backfill our school and road maintenance budgets? What would it be like to have more legislators from other communities far away representing us in Helena and Washington DC?

​ Be a good neighbor. Step up for our community today and complete the 2020 Census!

​ Sincerely,

​ Dan W. Allhands, Chairman
​ James P. Hart
​ Ronald E. Nye
​ Board of Commissioners Madison County
 
   
NOTICE OF BOARD VACANCIES: The Madison County Board of Commissioners has one vacancy on the Big Sky Transportation Board; one vacancy on the Board of Health representing Commission District 2, i.e. Twin Bridges, Silver Star, Harrison, Norris or Pony areas; one vacancy on the DUI Task Force; one vacancy on the Library Board; three vacancies on the Mental Health Local Advisory Council; one vacancy for a Substitute Member on the Tax Appeal Board; one vacancy on the Solid Waste Board; one vacancy on the Madison Valley Rural Fire District Board; and one vacancy on the Madison Valley Cemetery District Board. If you are interested in filling any of these vacancies, please contact the Commissioners’ Office at 406-843-4277, or by email at madco@madisoncountymt.gov. PDF application forms can be found on the county website at https://madisoncountymt.gov/DocumentCenter/View/833.  Please return completed applications to: Madison County Commissioners’ Office P.O. Box 278 Virginia City, MT 59755  
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2020

​CONTACT: Chelsi Bay, MT Dept. of Agriculture, (406) 444-3684
​                    Bob Ballensky, MT Dept. of Agriculture, (406) 444-3950

MDA Asks Public to Report Receipt of any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds Helena, Mont.
​The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has received multiple reports from Montana residents that have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have been shipped from China. Individuals are urged to contact the department if they receive a package matching this description. Please contact the Seed Program at (406) 444-3950 or bballensky@mt.gov.

​If you receive a package of this type, please DO NOT open the seed package, or plant the seeds. It is also important that individuals also do not throw the seeds away. The types of seeds sent in these packages have not been identified yet. Other states have also reported having received similar unsolicited packages through the mail. These unsolicited seeds could be invasive, meaning they may have the potential to introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Instead, please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label.

​MDA is awaiting official guidance from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on how to proceed with safe disposal of the mailed materials. This guidance will be shared on the department website at agr.mt.gov/news as soon as it is available.

​The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit agr.mt.gov.
 
   
MADISON COUNTY PLANNING BOARD - NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Madison County Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 6:15 pm in the Public Meeting Room of the Madison County Administrative Office Building, 103 W Wallace, Virginia City, Montana. The Board will consider the agenda item and make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners who will take final action.

A request by Lone Mountain Land Company on behalf of MB MT Acquisition LLC for Preliminary Plat approval of Lee’s Pool Subdivision and Planned Unit Development (PUD), a 132-unit residential/commercial development that would divide the 233.78-acre subject property into five Condo lots, one future development lot, and two Open Space lots proposed to be developed as follows: Condo Lot 1 (35.60 acres) - four lodge buildings with 81 units, a spa facility, restaurant, and 13 detached guest cabins; Condo Lot 2 (14.95 acres) - a Ski Lodge, one chairlift terminal, and two detached residential condominiums; Condo Lot 3 (14.08 acres) - 17 detached residential condominiums; Condo Lot 4 (9.19 acres) - 9 detached residential condominiums; Condo Lot 5 (7.57 acres) - 10 detached residential condominiums; Lot R (89.72 acres) - to be re-divided and developed in the future; Open Space A (40.40 acres); Open Space B (9.91 acres). Accessed from Jack Creek Road via Lone Mountain Trail and Moonlight Trail, the subdivision would be served by an extension of existing public water and sewer services operated by Moonlight Basin Water & Sewer LLC. The proposed PUD regards a requested modification to standards outlined in Section IV-B-1(c)(3) of the Madison County Subdivision Regulations, to reduce the applicable construction setback from onsite waterways from 100-ft to 40-ft. Located within the Moonlight Basin Overall Development Plan area, the subject property is legally described as Tract A1 of Certificate of Survey 2508 in the NE1/4, SE1/4, SW1/4 & NW1/4 of Section 12, Township 6 South, Range 2 East, P.M.M., Madison County, Montana. 

Public participation is encouraged. Written comments should be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 29, 2020, and may be sent to the Madison County Planning Board by: Mail to P.O. Box 278, Virginia City, Montana, 59755; E-mail to planning@madisoncountymt.gov; Verbal comments may be given at the public hearing. 
Additionally, the public hearing will be live-streamed via Webex video conferencing platform: 
 
- Meeting number: 126 584 1336 
- Meeting password: VCMadison
Join by phone: 1-408-418-9388 
Access code: 126 584 1336 # 
Numeric Meeting Password: 826 234 76 #
The preliminary plat and supplemental information pertaining to the proposal is available for review at:
• Madison County Planning Department, 103 W. Wallace, Virginia City; 
• Madison Valley Library, 210 West Main Street, Ennis;
• Big Sky Fire Department, Station 2, 9091 Lone Mountain Trail, Big Sky
Call (406) 843-5250 for more information. 
Darlene Tussing, President, Madison County Planning Board 

 
   
MADISON COUNTY TAX APPEAL BOARD 2020 SESSION: In accordance with 15-15-101(6) MCA, the Madison County Tax Appeal Board will be in session from July 1st through December 31st, 2020, for the business of hearing appeals of property valuations set by the Montana Department of Revenue. Any taxpayer who disagrees with the appraised value of his or her property may file an appeal with the Madison County Tax Appeal Board within 30 days of the date on the Notice of Classification and Appraisal or Notice to Change Valuation (assessment notice). Appeal forms are available at the Madison County Commissioners’ Office, the Madison County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, or at www.mtab.mt.gov . Upon receipt of the appeal form, the Board will notify the appellant and schedule a hearing. The Madison County Tax Appeal Board consists of three members, Monty Simonsen, Don McCune, and Kristi Millhouse. For further information, contact the Madison County Tax Appeal Board’s secretary at 406-843-4277. Dated this 21st day of May, 2020.  
   

NOTICE: Re: April 27, 2020 Planning Board ‘virtual’ public hearing - Postponed to a subsequent date to be determined.