New director hired to lead Gallatin County 911

Gallatin County is pleased to announce that Tim Martindale will take over as the new 911 Director.

Martindale comes to Gallatin County with over 14 years of experience in 911 communications. He started his career with Pacific County Communications in Washington state as a dispatcher and worked his way up to the director’s position.

During his tenure, he served as Technical Agency Coordinator for Criminal Justice Information Network, training coordinator and supervisor. As director, Martindale oversaw the installation of a new radio system, new phones and text-to-911 software, as well as the construction of and relocation to a new 911 center.

The search for a new director in Gallatin County began in June. Candidates were interviewed by a committee that included Bozeman City Manager Andrea Surratt, Belgrade City Manager Ted Barkley, Hyalite Fire Chief Jason Rivisky and Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin. Finalists for the position also met with the 911 Advisory Board, which provided feedback.

“After a nationwide search that resulted in several outstanding candidates applying, Tim stood out as the best fit for Gallatin County 911,” said Jim Doar, Gallatin County Administrator. “His technical competence, breadth of experience in a 911 center and professionalism make him the ideal choice to lead the center during this period of rapid growth and associated challenges.”

Martindale’s first day will be Friday, Oct. 11. He will take over as director for Capt. Jim Anderson, a longtime employee of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office who has been serving as interim director since August 2017.

“Jim was the steady hand at the wheel when we needed one at 911,” said Gallatin County Commissioner Don Seifert. “He was the right guy at the right time and he did a marvelous job for us. We thank him for his time and service to 911.”

Anderson will remain at 911 until mid-November to help with the transition. He will then return to work for the Sheriff’s Office.

Doar thanked Gallatin Sheriff Brian Gootkin for assigning Anderson to 911 in the interim until a permanent director was found.

“The sheriff has always recognized the importance of working together to keep the citizens of Gallatin County safe and this is one powerful example,” Doar said. “The 911 Center, and the entire public safety community, is better for Capt. Anderson’s involvement and it would not have been possible without the sheriff’s desire to help in a time of need.”

Gallatin County 911 Communications provides emergency dispatch services for 16 fire agencies, five law enforcement agencies, four ambulance services and Search and Rescue throughout the county.

As director, Martindale will be in charge of overseeing 40 positions between dispatch and records.

Gallatin County is continuing the hiring process for an assistant director as well as a number of dispatcher and records clerk positions.

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
Office: 582-3008
Cell: 595-8963
Email: whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Correction on target shooting sites open house press release

An earlier press release stated the wrong day for a local working group hosting an open house to discuss potential target shooting sites. 

The date of the event is Monday, Oct. 7 – NOT Thursday as it was misstated in the earlier press release. Apologies for the error!
– Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator

CORRECTED PRESS RELEASE BELOW

A local interagency working group will host an open house on Monday, October 7 from 6pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room on the third floor of the Gallatin County Courthouse to discuss potential safe target shooting site(s) identified through the efforts of an interagency partner group. The open house is also an opportunity for groups interested in managing potential site(s) to come forward and begin working with the interagency working group.

The interagency working group began exploring options for safe target shooting locations near Bozeman in the spring of 2017. The group includes representation from the Gallatin County Commission and Sheriff’s Office, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Forest Service, and a State House Representative. Criteria for determining potential locations include sites that provide for a high level of safety, have enough space for parking, are environmentally friendly, provide short and/or long distance shooting opportunities, and are accessible in the summer and/or winter time.  The group has also had participation from the City of Bozeman, Bureau of Land Management, Montana State University, local community members, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The working group has identified several potential locations that meet the criteria, including three sites on National Forest System lands and one on State of Montana lands.  The open house will update the community on the history of the partner group, the criteria developed to identify potential locations, display potential sites that could be developed into safe target shooting locations, and solicit interest from local groups to manage the potential site(s).

At this time, there is no proposal for moving forward with the development of any sites.

For additional information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or Gallatin County at (406) 582-3008.

Media contacts:

Marna Daley – Public Affairs Officer, Custer Gallatin National Forest
406-587-6703
mdaley@fs.fed.us

Whitney Bermes – Communications Coordinator, Gallatin County
406-582-3008
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Local working group to host open house to talk potential target shooting sites on October 7

A local interagency working group will host an open house on Monday, October 7 from 6pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room on the third floor of the Gallatin County Courthouse to discuss potential safe target shooting site(s) identified through the efforts of an interagency partner group. The open house is also an opportunity for groups interested in managing potential site(s) to come forward and begin working with the interagency working group.

The interagency working group began exploring options for safe target shooting locations near Bozeman in the spring of 2017. The group includes representation from the Gallatin County Commission and Sheriff’s Office, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Forest Service, and a State House Representative. Criteria for determining potential locations include sites that provide for a high level of safety, have enough space for parking, are environmentally friendly, provide short and/or long distance shooting opportunities, and are accessible in the summer and/or winter time.  The group has also had participation from the City of Bozeman, Bureau of Land Management, Montana State University, local community members, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The working group has identified several potential locations that meet the criteria, including three sites on National Forest System lands and one on State of Montana lands.  The open house will update the community on the history of the partner group, the criteria developed to identify potential locations, display potential sites that could be developed into safe target shooting locations, and solicit interest from local groups to manage the potential site(s).

At this time, there is no proposal for moving forward with the development of any sites.

For additional information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or Gallatin County at (406) 582-3008.

 

Media contacts:


Marna Daley – Public Affairs Officer, Custer Gallatin National Forest
406-587-6703
mdaley@fs.fed.us


Whitney Bermes – Communications Coordinator, Gallatin County
406-582-3008
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Public invited to tour Law and Justice Center

Gallatin County invites the public to tour the Law and Justice Center as part of its efforts to educate voters about November’s bond issue to help replace the facility.

Tours will feature a number of county officials on hand to explain the project and answer any questions the public may have.

EVENING TOURS:

People wanting to take evening tours will meet at the Community Room of the Gallatin County Detention Center, located at 605 S. 16th Ave., directly behind the Law and Justice Center.

Officials will give a short presentation about the bond issue then we will walk you over to the Law and Justice Center next door to see the building for yourself. The public will be able to ask questions throughout the night.

Presentations start at 6 p.m. each night. Dates include:

Sept. 19
Oct. 1
Oct. 10
Oct. 28

DAYTIME TOURS

Want to see the Law and Justice Center while it’s in action? Join us for some morning tours!

People wanting to take morning tours are asked to meet in the lobby of the Law and Justice Center. REMEMBER: there is a security screening process, so plan to get there a few minutes early to be screened! Tours will start at 10 a.m. Dates include:

Oct. 2
Oct. 7

All tours are free and open to the public.

Can’t make it to any of those dates but still want a chance to see the building and ask questions? Please call 406-582-3008 and we can arrange a tour that fits in your schedule!

For more information on the project, please visit www.gallatin.mt.gov and click the “Law & Justice Center” button on the home page.

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
406-595-8963
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

Listening sessions scheduled as part of Gallatin County Growth Policy update

Gallatin County is currently updating its 2003 Growth Policy Document and is inviting community members to participate by joining in on one of our upcoming public listening sessions in Bozeman, Four Corners and Churchill.

As the fastest growing county in Montana, the area has experienced significant change in the last 15 years and the Growth Policy needs to be updated to reflect current conditions and to provide guidance on future growth and development. It will clearly articulate the County’s land use vision, set forth meaningful goals, and provide a practical path for implementation.

As part of the update, which is called Envision Gallatin, there are a number of small group listening sessions. These sessions will be citizens’ initial opportunity to communicate current issues and opportunities for the County.

  • Sept. 11 – Manhattan Community Bank, Churchill branch – 7175 Churchill Road – 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 12 – Bozeman Public Library – 626 E. Main St. – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Sep. 12 – Monforton School – 6001 Monforton School Rd. – 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Please RSVP for a session at www.envisiongallatin.com. More information on the Growth Policy update project can also be found at the same website.

Media contact:
Sean O’Callaghan, Gallatin County Planning Director
406-582-3130
sean.ocallaghan@gallatin.mt.gov

County creates informational page for Law and Justice Center bond

In an effort to educate voters on their decision whether to help fund the replacement of the county’s Law and Justice Center, Gallatin County has created a page on its website dedicated to information about the bond, which will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

On this webpage, citizens can find everything from what the building would look like, who would be housed in it to how much it will cost individual taxpayers and what the floor plans look like.

Also included on the page is an events section that details on upcoming tours of the current Law and Justice Center as well as community events where county officials will be on hand to answer questions.

Citizens will also find a frequently asked questions section where they can find some answers to many of the questions county officials field on the project. Don’t see the answer you were looking for? You will find on the page contact info for how you can reach out to get your specific questions answered.

A direct link to the page can be found here. There is also a link on Gallatin County’s homepage at here.

The page will continue to be updated, so be sure to check back for fresh information!

Renderings provided by ThinkOne Architecture of Bozeman

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
406-595-8963 (cell)
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

County commission creates Gallatin Valley Tourism Business Improvement District

Gallatin County Commissioners have created an expanded tourism business improvement district that will raise funds to be used to help tourism, promotion and marketing within Gallatin County.

On Tuesday, July 23, the Commission adopted a resolution that officially created the Gallatin Valley Tourism Business Improvement District, which includes hotels in Bozeman, Belgrade and Three Forks.

For the last 10 years, the Bozeman Tourism Business Improvement District has been housed by the City of Bozeman.

With that district set to expire in September, the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce asked Gallatin County to create an expanded district that would be more inclusive and representative of all areas served by the district.

The proposed district includes 30 hotels in Bozeman, four hotels in Belgrade and three hotels in Three Forks. None of the hotel owners protested the creation of the expanded district.

The district collects a $2 fee per night from hotel rooms, which will bring in approximately $1.2 million in Bozeman, $200,000 in Belgrade and $13,000 in Three Forks annually.

In the past, the district has assisted:

  • Bringing five major high school tournaments to the area every year for the past decade
  • Increasing the number of direct flights from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport to 17.
  • Supporting more than half of the concerts at Montana State University, including the first outdoor concert at Bobcat Stadium in decades.
  • Raising money to have three Visitor Information Centers in the area.
  • Helping redesign tourism improvement district’s website, www.bozemancvb.com.
  • Supporting many local tournaments for both youth and adults.

Commissioner Don Seifert noted that while the district has been housed with the city, “it has become apparent that a lot of the tourism business happens in the valley” and expanding the district to include Belgrade and Three Forks is “really a logical place for it to be.”

“On behalf of the Gallatin Valley Tourism Business Improvement District, we look forward to expanding our representation of Gallatin County and appreciate the prompt attention from the Commissioners to all employees that assisted our short time frame to create this district,” said Daryl Schliem, president and CEO of the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to the Commissioners’ support, we will not miss a beat in our marketing of Gallatin County and all it has to offer.”

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
406-595-8963 (cell)
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

 

Progress Report on Flood Portion of Hazard Mitigation Plan

Gallatin County is a participant in FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) Program.  This program offers landowners in County jurisdictional areas a discount on their flood insurance premiums dependent on an evaluation and scoring of the County’s floodplain management program.

Gallatin County is currently categorized as a Class 8 community, which provides up to a 10% discount on flood insurance policies through the National Flood Insurance Program.  One of the activities that Gallatin County is currently receiving CRS credit for is the maintenance of the Gallatin County Hazard Mitigation Plan (adopted by FEMA on September 18, 2012).

To continue to receive credit for the Hazard Mitigation Plan we are required to prepare an annual progress report on the flood-related portions of the Hazard Mitigation Plan and provide copies of that update to the governing body and the media.

The attached matrix (see link below) outlines recent activities that support the flood-related goals established in the Hazard Mitigation Plan. This annual progress report was adopted by the Gallatin County All Hazards All Disciplines (AHAD) Group on June 20, 2019. Please contact Sean O’Callaghan with any questions.

Sean O’Callaghan, CFM, Floodplain Administrator
Gallatin County Department of Planning & Community Development
(406) 582-3130
sean.ocallaghan@gallatin.mt.gov

Hazard Mitigation Plan Annual Report 2019

 

Fees for copies of birth, death records increasing next month

Starting next month, fees for certified copies of birth and death records in Montana will be increasing.

During the 2019 Legislature, which met earlier this year, lawmakers passed House Bill 126 that increases the fees for a certified copy of a birth certificate from $5 to $8, and a death certificate from $3 to $5.

The fee increase begins July 1.

In Gallatin County, copies of birth certificates and death certificates can be obtained from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, located at the Gallatin County Courthouse in downtown Bozeman.

Applications can be found online at this link, or in person at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 311 W. Main St. room 203.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by phone at 406-582-3050, by email at clerkandrecorder@gallatin.mt.gov or stop by in person at the Gallatin County Courthouse.

Gallatin County Commission to consider ballot issue changing county elections to nonpartisan

At their June 18 public meeting, Gallatin County Commissioners will consider asking voters if they want to change county elections from partisan to nonpartisan for Gallatin County offices.

In this year’s Legislature, Montana lawmakers passed House Bill 129, which allows Montana counties to ask voters if they would like to change the types of elections held for county officials from partisan to nonpartisan.

Commissioners will decide Tuesday if they would like to add this question for Gallatin County voters on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Gallatin County has 12 elected positions that this would impact: three County Commissioners, two Justices of the Peace, Sheriff, County Attorney, Treasurer, Clerk and Recorder, Superintendent of Schools, Auditor and Clerk of District Court.

To get this question onto this fall’s ballot, Commissioners must pass an ordinance, which they will consider Tuesday. Read a draft of the ordinance here.

If passed, the ordinance will have a second reading at the Commissioners’ Tuesday, July 9 public meeting. If passed at that meeting, the question will then be placed on November’s ballot.

Citizens are encouraged to submit public comment on this topic by:

  • Attending Tuesday’s public meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. in the third floor Community Room at the Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.
  • Submitting written public comment by email at commission@gallatin.mt.gov or dropping it off at the Commission Office, located in room 306 at the Gallatin County Courthouse.

Commission meetings are audio streamed live online, televised on cable channel 190, and are recorded.

For any questions, please contact the Gallatin County Commission Office at 582-3000.