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County votes to pay back city for HACTC billing

By Staff | Jul 5, 2013

The Pierce County Commission voted Tuesday to pay the approximately $104,000 remaining that the county owes the city of Rugby for incorrect billing for boarding prisoners at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center.

The county had already paid money owed from 2011, but still owed a chunk from 2007-2010 and 2012.

The city was being billed for prisoners picked up in the city who went to district court, a bill that was supposed to be sent to the county.

The commission voted 4-1 to pay off the remaining debt, with only commissioner Joe Bohl opposing.

The commission also met with Jessica Tagestad of Wold Engineering on how it would proceed with funding from $1.6 million of oil impact money the county will be receiving for road projects.

A priority for the money will be to go to blacktop a section of Highway 30 stretching up into Rolette County, which will be doing its portion of the highway at the same time.

The commission also went over the details of its new county shop with representatives of EAPC Architects, based out of Grand Forks.

Commissioners went over the specifications of the building and got some information on the cost estimate from the engineers.

Cliff Issendorf of the Bottineau County Water Board met with the commission, giving them some information on joining the Souris River Joint Water Resources Board.

The commission also voted unanimously to terminate Community Service Coordinator David Denich, who had been on suspension since a special commission meeting on June 12.

Denich was charged with speeding, DUI, open container and resisting arrest after being pulled over in Rugby. Allegedly he was driving over 100 miles per hour on Highway 2 east of town.

The Community Service Advisory Board, made up of representatives of Pierce, Benson and McHenry counties where the position serves, had voted 5-3 to recommend to terminate Denich.

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