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Framnas Township requests Stevens County road services

STEVENS COUNTY - The Framnas Township Board is dissatisfied with the cost and quality of their current road maintenance service and would like to renew service with Stevens County, a representative from their board told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

"All of the residents of Stevens County have certain expectations for road maintenance, and we in Framnas Township feel that we are falling short of those expectations with our present situation," said Kathy Dingman.

"We also feel that when the Framnas Board terminated county services three years ago, it was done hastily and with little or no forethought," Dingman continued.

Framnas Township asked to renew services about a year ago, but was turned down because of staff and equipment concerns in the highway department, said Board Chair Ron Staples.

However, the board decided not to vote on the township's request before consulting with County Engineer Brian Giese who was not at Tuesday's meeting.

Upcoming meetings

• The board scheduled a budget work session for Monday, Nov. 14 at 8 a.m. to iron out the final details of the approximately $12.3 million preliminary budget.

• The board scheduled a Truth in Taxation hearing for Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Stevens County Courthouse.

• The board changed the date for one of their regular meetings in December. The board will not meet on Tuesday, Dec. 6. That meeting has been pushed to Monday, Dec. 12 prior to the Truth in Taxation hearing at 7 p.m., the starting time to be determined based on what issues need to be addressed at the meeting.