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NOTICE OF VACANCY FOR A COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE TO SERVE ON
THE ENNIS PLANNING BOARD

The Madison County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a County Representative to serve on the Ennis Planning Board per the following:

“The board of county commissioners may designate a representative of the county to the mayor for appointment to the planning board. This representative may be a member of the board of county commissioners or an office holder or an employee of the county. In the event of the failure of the county to so designate a member, the mayor may appoint a person of his/her own choosing and at his sole discretion as the representative of the county.”

If you are interested in filling this vacancy, 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

 
   
Madison County Sheriff’s Office Announcement
We are excited to announce that a law enforcement canine program will be returning to the Sheriff’s Office soon! This process has been underway for months and we are finally nearing the end.
Deputy Tyler Mursch has been a driving force in the research, planning and execution of our new canine program. Because of his hard work, passion and commitment, Deputy Mursch was selected to be Madison County’s new K-9 officer. In the coming months, he will attend handler school with his new canine and his patrol vehicle will be outfitted for canine use.
The K-9 will provide the Sheriff’s Office with an invaluable tool for scent tracking and contraband detection! We would like to thank everyone who has made our new canine program possible: Molly McKinney (owner/operator of McKinney K-9), the Madison County D.U.I. Task Force, Jeff Gerth (Emergency Vehicle Solutions), Christine Keltner (the Sheriff’s Office Administrative Assistant), and the support of the residents of this great county! More info to be released when the program is fully up and running, but we here at the Sheriff’s Office were too excited not to let everyone know!
In other news, we would like to announce an upcoming Mass Casualty Training Event, organized by the Madison County Department of Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Office. This event will occur in the first half of next year. The training will include multiple fire departments, hospitals, and emergency medical services. The incident training will provide the Sheriff’s Office and the other agencies with experience in handling mass casualty incidents. Mass casualty incidents can range from bus accidents to structure fires. This training will help us identify weaknesses and give us the opportunity to correct them. More information on this training event will provided.
And finally, if you pay close attention to our vehicles you may have noticed some new equipment in them. We have upgraded our in-car and body camera systems, along with our video evidence storage. Our current system was nearing the end of its life cycle and was not adequately meeting our required needs. The new system will automatically upload to one source. This will allow for a seamless process for the storage and dissemination of video evidence, and will free up more of a deputy’s time to focus on investigations and patrolling the county.
We would like to thank Deputy Trever Dowton for his hard work and passion to make our new camera system possible. Deputy Dowton worked with Hanna Brook (Madison County Grant Administrator) for a portion of the funding. He was also involved in the scheduling, installation and configuration of the entire system, working closely with Jeff Gerth (Emergency Vehicle Solutions) and Motorola Solutions.
As always, nothing we do would be possible without the citizens of this great county. We are very grateful for your continued support. Thank you all again!
Respectfully,
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office

 
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Wednesday, August 24 at 16:44, the Madison County Communications Center received a report of possible unexploded ordnance near mile marker 23 on Montana Highway 41 South near Twin Bridges. The original call described three pieces of what the reporting party believed to be dynamite. The dynamite was found in an outbuilding that was set to be demolished.
Madison County deputies responded to the residence. At great risk to themselves, two deputies entered the building and confirmed the pieces to be unexploded ordnance and other possible materials were located at the scene. The two deputies, one with prior military experience in explosive materials, documented the ordnance and exited the building. The United States Air Force 341st Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit from Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls was informed of the situation and responded to the scene.
In cooperation with multiple agencies and resources, the Madison County Sheriff's Office and the USAF EOD team destroyed the explosives after being safely transported away from the residence onto state owned land. The EOD team identified the explosives as highly unstable and responded as such. Montana Highway 41 South was closed for a brief period to mitigate the risk to the public. Ruby Valley EMS and the Twin Bridges Volunteer Fire Department were also on scene during the incident to provide any needed aid.
This incident is not only an example of the bravery of America's service members, law enforcement, emergency medical services and firefighters, but also demonstrates the danger of holding onto unexploded ordnance. Please do not allow situations like this to repeat themselves. The reporting party did the correct thing by immediately notifying law enforcement. A sweep of the property was performed and no more ordnance was located.
A big thank you goes out to the United States Air Force, Ruby Valley EMS, Twin Bridges Volunteer Fire Department, and the Madison County Communications Center for their assistance in this incident.

 
   
NOTICE OF BOARD VACANCIES:
The Madison County Board of Commissioners has one vacancy on the Airport Board; one vacancy on the Big Hole River Advisory Board; two vacancies on the Board of Health; two vacancies on the County Compensation Board; one vacancy on the DUI Task Force; one vacancy on the Mental Health Local Advisory Council; one vacancy on the Planning Board; three vacancies on the Road Review Committee; one vacancy for a substitute member on the Tax Appeal Board; one vacancy on the Sheridan/Alder Park District Board; and one vacancy on the Taylor 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
 
   
   
Notice of Final Budget Hearing and Mill Levy Requirements
The Madison County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Court Room of the Madison County Administrative Office Building, 103 West Wallace, in Virginia City, Montana, to review and finalize the County Budget and Mill Levy Requirements for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
Tax payers are welcome to review the budget and make comments.

This Meeting will be available by Webex.
Meeting link: https://globalpage-prod.webex.com/join
Meeting Number (access code): 182 863 8009
Password: VCMadison
Join by phone +1-408-418-9388
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JOB NOTICE:
The Madison County Commissioners’ Office is accepting applications until filled for the full time position of Commission Office Clerk. The primary duties of this position include working closely with the Executive Assistant to help process the flow of information to the Commissioners and other individuals as necessary. The position provides clerical support to the Commissioners’ Office and assists with the secretarial duties including drafting and presenting written minutes for weekly Commission meetings and other meetings as requested. This position assists with answering and directing calls, processing and distributing mail, making copies, responding to office email, sorting/filing, and maintaining office files, maintaining office inventory, and assisting with other everyday office procedures. Starting wage for the position is $18.81 per hour. Interested candidates may request a full job description and employment application by contacting the Madison County Commissioners’ Office at 406-843-4277, via e-mail at madco@madisoncountymt.gov or visit our website at www.madisoncountymt.gov.
Madison County is an equal opportunity employer.

 
   
PUBLIC NOTICE
Ennis and McAllister Cemetery Improvements
The Madison Valley Cemetery Board is wishing to make improvements to the Ennis and McAllister Cemeteries.
These improvements involve the straightening, and re-erection of Tombstones and Monuments that have fallen, settled or are tilting to the point of failure. The Cemetery Board is reaching out to the owners of these headstones/monuments but the age of most (75 to 100 years) will make it difficult to locate family members and responsible parties.
The Cemetery Board has entered into discussions with an experienced, reputable contractor who specializes in tombstone/monument corrections. The work will be performed in a professional and discrete manor at no cost to those who may own the monuments.
The Cemetery Board will wait for responses until September 30, 2022. If you or someone you know has questions and/or knowledge of ownership, please contact the Madison Valley Cemetery Board at MVCemetery1866@gmail.com , 406-581-0367, or email the County Commissioners at madco@madisoncountymt.gov.
Thank you,
John S. Heckler, Madison County Commissioner, District 3

 
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 10:05am, the Madison County Communications Center received a 911 call from the area of South Main Street in Twin Bridges.
Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to an initial report of an adult female victim that had been injured in a possible assault. The reported suspects were two adult males that had fled the incident scene. Witnesses at the scene reported the fleeing suspects were possibly armed with a firearm.
Madison County Deputies and Montana Highway Patrol responded to the Sheridan area in an attempt to locate the fleeing vehicle and suspects.
The male suspects were reported driving on Mill Creek Road outside Sheridan. At 11:38am, MHP Troopers and Madison County Deputies performed a high-risk traffic stop with the individuals near the 200 block of Mill Creek Road. One of the suspects was arrested on scene with charges now pending. The second suspect was detained at the scene and subsequently released without charges.
The female victim was transported from the scene to a medical facility to receive care for her injuries.
If you witnessed any part of the incident or have any further information regarding the incident, please contact the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 406-843-5301.

 
   
NOTICE: PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION LICENSE REQUIRED BY LAW
DO YOU OWN AND/OR OPERATE A SHORT-TERM RENTAL PROPERTY SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, AN AIRBNB OR VRBO? MONTANA STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT ALL SHORT-TERM RENTAL PROPERTIES BE LICENSED THROUGH THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. *SEE MONTANA CODE ANNOTATED 50-51-201.

PLEASE CONTACT THE MADISON COUNTY SANITARIAN OFFICE TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING YOUR PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION LICENSE.

 -ZACHARY KOZICKY, RS
 CELL: 406-465-7339
EMAIL: ZKOZICKY@MADISONCOUNTYMT.GOV
OFFICE PHONE: (406) 843-4275
FAX: (406) 843-5362
 
   
Notice to Madison County Irrigators
Madison County Ordinance 3-98 prohibits water from any irrigation ditch or sprinkler system to flood or spray upon any county road or to thereby obstruct or prevent vehicular traffic or render the road unsafe for vehicular passage. Any person found guilty of purposely or knowingly violating the terms of this ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100) and/or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both.

 
   
NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS:
The Madison County Tax Appeal Board will be in session from July 1 through December 31, 2022 for the business of hearing property valuation and classification appeals. Any taxpayer who disagrees with the appraised value or classification of his or her property may file an appeal with the Madison County Tax Appeal Board within 30 days of receipt of a Notice of Classification and Appraisal, or Notice to Change Valuation (assessment notice) established by the Montana Department of Revenue. Appeal forms are available from www.mtab.mt.gov. Appeals must be filed with the County Clerk and Recorder who will notify the County Tax Appeal Board to schedule a hearing.
For further information, contact:
Laurie Buyan, Secretary
406-843-4277
lbuyan@madisoncountymt.gov