County approves load limit restrictions, speed limit
The Pierce County Board of Commissioners approved single- and tandem-axle load limits at their regular meeting on Tuesday.
Single axles cannot exceed 12,000 pounds and tandem axles cannot exceed 12,000 pounds per axle on county township roads, while limits are in effect. The speed limit will be 45 miles per hour, while limits are in effect, and 35 mph on 2 1/2 miles of N.D. 3 going east into Selz.
The council held separate conference calls with McHenry and Bottineau counties on the possibility of one of the entities taking over the responsibilities of the Community Service program the counties share.
Community Service Coordinator Yvonne Hagen informed the board she would like to continue both of her jobs. She is also a dispatcher, but the county can’t pay her the overtime required if she works both positions. Bottineau and McHenry counties said they would each have answers by the April meetings.
If either county does not take on the role of Hagen’s employer, the position of community service coordinator will be advertised.
A conference call was held with Rolette County to discuss road projects. The Pierce County board approved an agreement with Rolette to evenly split an estimated cost of about $93,000 for an overlay to the Hawk Museum. Bids will be opened on April 15 at the Rolette County Courthouse.
A motion was made and approved for authorizing the chairman and auditor to sign the Joint Powers Agreement for road projects that will be done in Pierce and Rolette County.
The board also reviewed plans for reshaping of the Orrin road and a project for the Silva road.
Mike Wolf, the County Employers Group Manager with the association of counties, called the board about an accident at Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center and explained employee safety measures and recommended equipment to purchase.
HACTC Director of Business Operations Mike Graner met with the board for an update.
Zoning Administrator Kelsey Siegler met with the board to explain that North Dakota Department of Transportation placed a tower for State Radio in the southern part of the county.
Social Services Director Mary Hermanson met with the board and presented a bill for a heater installed in her department. The bill was ordered paid out of courthouse maintenance.
Angel Hoffert, Christie Jaeger and Jim Teigen met with the board and requested support for a full-time position for the secretary vacancy in the county agents office. Growth of the 4-H program is contributing to the need, according to Jaeger. The board also received correspondence on the issue from Lisa Volk.
The board informed the group that the 2014 budget was set with money for a part-time secretary, but that a full-time position will be considered for the 2015 budget.
The board transferred $100,000 from the Highway Distribution Fund to the Road and Bridge Fund. The commissioners approved a call for bids for graveling and machine hire for this year’s construction season.
The board approved entering an agreement with the North Dakota Supreme Court for the 2015-2017 biennium to renew a reimbursement agreement of 81 percent for Clerk of District Court services.
The board approved a contract to Swanson Construction for remodeling of the old jail for the Social Services department.
SyAnn Graber was appointed to the Center of North America Coalition for Rural Development board.
The commissioners approved the purchase of the lot across from Memorial Hall in Rugby.
The board approved the purchase of a new card for the camera in the sheriff’s vehicle.
Minutes from the February meeting were approved along with bills. Other bills were ordered paid, the treasurer’s check and eight abatement applications were approved and all abatements for tax year 2013 were approved.
– Tribune Staff Report