A new committee is in place to advise the county on Superfund cleanup activities and decide future spending from a $15 million county trust fund that is tied to past mine pollution.
Commissioners confirmed 11 nominees as voting members to the Superfund Advisory and Redevelopment Trust Authority during a special meeting held Wednesday night prior to the council’s regularly scheduled business.
Chief Executive Matt Vincent said he selected his eight at-large nominees based on individual qualifications as well as a "collective set of expertise" sought for the entire group.
A new ordinance that established the board said its at-large members should have demonstrated knowledge or expertise in such fields as finance; investment or accounting; physical, biological or engineering science; parks and recreation; education; and local business management.
Former Commissioner Mark Moodry, who is an alternate member on the Airport Authority Board, is the only one of the eight at-large members who serves on another board, Vincent said.
The others are committed to Butte, he said, and bring a fresh perspective to Superfund issues the community has faced for 30 years, he said.
“I think this gives us an opportunity to look at Superfund with a new set of eyes and maybe chart a different path as we make some very important decisions and spend these limited funds,” Vincent said.
Matt Vincent appointees:
Appointed by separate boards
-Health Board -- Danette Melvin
-Historic Preservation Board -- Mitzi Rossillon
-Planning Board -- Richard LaBreche