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Budget hearing date set

By Staff | Sep 5, 2014

The Pierce County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday and approved Sept. 24 for the public hearing on the 2015 budget. The hearing is set for 6 p.m.

The board said it needs budgets submitted by the water resources board and fair board.

The board also approved the following polling places for the general election Nov. 4: Precinct No. 1, Wolford Fire Hall; Precinct No. 2, St Anthony’s Hall in Selz; Precinct Nos. 3-8, Rugby Armory. Hours for polling places are set for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

HACTC report

The board met with Mike Graner, administrator at Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center; Sheriff Matt Lunde; and Darren Heidbreder, HACTC chief of security, for the jail’s monthly report.

The board approved the jail’s August bills and July financial report. Graner expects a profit from August.

He said that retention of correctional officers is the biggest concern. Two interviews last week were unsatisfactory and two young correctional officers were let go. Graner said it was a learning experience and that between two to four officers are still needed. Heidbreder said they are working on improving evaluations of potential employees.

The board approved a request from Graner to call for bids on a new transport vehicle. Graner also requested approval to have two six-hour leadership training sessions conducted by the?Village Business Institute in Fargo.

Graner said the total cost of about $2,000 will be shared with the city, which also approved having its employees take the training.

Graner said he expects more discussion with Benson County and Towner County for prisoner boarding contracts.

The board approved Lunde’s request for $400 online training courses for his dispatchers. The course will be tested on one dispatcher before being administered to others.

Social services building update

The board met with Mike Swanson, of Swanson Construction; and Lance Johnson, of Johnson Plumbing. The board approved a change order request of $3,207 for duct modifications for the social services building renovation.

The board also approved a change order of $9,135 for the project, which has a total cost of nearly $325,000. The original estimate was about $306,000.

Tax director update

Tax Director Kelsey Siegler presented the board with a list of real estate appraisals. The board approved a hearing date for Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. Siegler, also the zoning administrator, said the next zoning meeting is Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

Orrin road update

Matt Johnson, of Wold Engineering, said work on the Orrin Road project will begin Oct. 1. Johnson informed the board that it needs to review and update the county’s federal aid program for 2014-2015.

Extension update

Extension agent Yolanda Schmidt met with the commissioners and gave an update on the 4-H program. She was pleased with the size of the livestock show at this summer’s Achievement Days and said there is interest in adding dairy and swine for next year.

Schmidt said there are no dairy producers in the county, but Pay Dak Dairy in Towner is willing to do some activities.

“It’s good to see that 4-H program coming around again,” District 4 Commissioner Duane Johnston said.

Other news

The board approved its minutes, bills, financial report and treasurer’s report from August.

The board approved a $100,000 transfer from the highway distribution fund to the road and bridge fund.

The board approved payments from 2013 disaster fund to Christenson Township for $5,423.30; Ness Township for $28,800.57; and Reno Valley Township for $19,901.07.

The board approved a motion to pay for desks at the new social services offices in the old jail.

The board rejected a proposal from Brad Radomski to have the courthouse parking lot striped. The commissioners stated that there is adequate parking with 32 spots and 22 full-time employees.

The joint board of county commissioners in the Lake Region District Health Unit had a conference call and unanimously approved the district’s 2015?budget.

The board discussed a 500-gallon holding tank for the county shop in Rugby, based on a recommendation from Allen McKay of LRDHU.

The board approved a motion to call for bids to sell a used Caterpiller with a snow wing. Bids will be opened Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m.

The board approved a motion to call for bids for No. 2 fuel oil, propane and gasoline. Bids will be opened Oct. 7.

Jon Oksendahl, of RDO Equipment, met with the commissioners to inform them that a new blade is ready for delivery.

The board reviewed a letter from the Rugby Economic Development Corporation about the sale of Lot Nine, Block 4, Rugby Industrial Park. The board stated it is not interested in purchasing the lot at this time.

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