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Elaine Little resigns HACTC

By Staff | Jul 9, 2012

Elaine Little, administrator at the Heart of America Correctional and Training Center (HACTC) in Rugby, announced to county commissioners at their July 3 meeting that she is resigning. Little, who has been at the helm of HACTC for the past 7 years and successfully guided the facility through various challenges, said, “It is time for me to attend my grandchildren’s activities.”

The commissioners, knowing that this day was coming, accepted the resignation saying to Little, “Elaine, you have done a great job.” She replied, “Thank you for all of your help.”

Little has had a lengthy career serving in corrections for over 20 years, and for state government for 30 years.

Little will assist in the hiring of her replacement by providing a job description, advertising the position in various professional venues, and screening candidates. The application deadline for filling the position is August 1. She will make her recommendation to the commissioners at their August 7 meeting.

The county commissioners also announced at this meeting the hiring of a new Pierce County Agent. The position has been vacant since longtime County Agent Karlyle Erickson, retired on March 30. Yolanda Goodman will begin as county agent on August 1.

During the regular county commission meeting a public hearing was scheduled on zoning for crew camps. Commissioner Dave Migler reiterated an earlier statement that he had made that the county does not need to permit crew camps here until there is activity in Pierce County. After some discussion, the commissioners approved an article added to an amendment regarding crew camps and fees recommendation. They had decided it was prudent to have something in place in case a situation would present itself. Crew camp owners would still need to apply to the commission and the commission could accept or deny the application at that time.

In further business before the commission, the commissioners approved painting the Selz County Shop for a cost of $5,000. The shop was looking a little worse for wear. This paint is expected to last 12-15 years.

The county approved the cutting down of the hedge between the courthouse property and a residential home. Complaints from the homeowner spurred the decision. County employee Rick Srur will be instructed to maintain the hedge after it grows back.

Gary and Lincoln Larson were on the agenda to share their opposition to the Hexagon hog farn provisional permit extension granted by the commissioners at an earlier meeting. They are concerned about how the proposed facility will affect their nearby family farm. The commissioners accepted their comments with very few comments of their own. One of the commissioners did caution the Larsons not to leave any religious information behind as it was not appropriate in this situation.

A motion was approved by the commission to upgrade to the Next Generation 911 system as requested.

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