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County board approves hazard mitigation update

September 7, 2018
Bryce Berginski - Tribune Reporter , Pierce County Tribune

In a regular meeting Tuesday morning the Pierce County Board of County Commissioners approved updates to the county's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

There was one caveat however: The approval was per completion of a public meeting. A public meeting was held later that day at the Rugby Fire Hall.

At the public meeting Daniel Schwartz, of Nexus Planning & Consulting LLC, went over results of a HAZUS a computer-generated model where a disaster simulation is run analysis. The analysis showed a 100-year flood event (a flood that has a 1 percent statistical chance of happening in any given year) and how it would affect Pierce County and the city of Rugby.

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A HAZUS scenario showing a 100-year flood event. In the scenario, the city of Rugby would be split in two.

Schwartz said if there were to be a 100-year flood event, the city of Rugby would be "sliced in half." Schwartz and attendees also discussed other effects of the simulated disaster, including economic losses of over $17,000 per capita in county and over 200 persons displaced.

Comments on the plan, and a potential mitigation project in Rugby's sewer system were also discussed.

The update to the plan will be sent to the N.D. Department of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for review.

HACTC gets bid proposal

Filling in for Administrator Mike Graner, Sheriff Josh Siegler informed the board of the Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center's bills and financial standing, which included information on a bid proposal for the facility's parking lot.

HACTC received a bid proposal from Mayo Construction, of Cavalier, for 4-inch hot bituminous paving patching which includes removals, fabric, 12-inch base material and four inches of asphalt pavement for a 600 square foot area for $10,200. The board voted to deny the proposal.

Siegler informed the board of HACTC's financials. The facility accrued $224,378.01 in revenues in July, but also incurred $229,580.09 in expenses, ending July with a $5,202.08 deficit. The facility currently houses 111 inmates, with the average daily population at 105 in August and 99 in July. The facility is also fully-staffed.

HACTC also received an inspection report from the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation which had "no glaring issues."

The board approved HACTC bills and financials.

County gets Stonegarden grant

Siegler and the board also discussed the $90,000 Pierce County received as part of a Stonegarden Grant. The moneies would go toward a vehicle, overtime for eight officers and 10 hours a month for enhancing border security.

In a related motion, the board approved a policy for the sheriff's department that allows for overtime reimbursement as one had not been in place previously.

Other actions

- The board approved issuing a call for fuel bids.

- The board approved payments of $2,594.20 to Tofte Township, $18,483.20 to Meyer Township and $9,635.60 to Rush Lake Township from the 2017 Disaster Fund.

- The board approved an application and utility permit for Turtle Mountain Communications to install fiber optic cable in a county right of way in Juniata Township.

- The board approved a motion to set the Pierce County Courthouse as the polling place for the 2018 general election.

- The board approved the meeting agenda; August meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and treasurer's checks.

 
 

 

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