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HACTC in compliance

By Staff | Mar 6, 2015

Tribune file photo The Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center.

The Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center is 100 percent in compliance, as the Board of County Commissioners learned at a regular meeting Tuesday morning.

In September 2013, the North Dakota Department of Corrections issued an 18-month noncompliance order against HACTC. The order was issued after a prisoner escape in June, and a prisoner jumping from an HACTC van during transport in August of that year. In October 2014 HACTC and administrator Mike Graner received praise from DOCR director of staff and facility inspection Steve Engen, however the order remained in effect.

Graner also told the board that a correctional officer and a maintenance director are needed at the facility; that inmate population in February was 116; and shared financial statements, which the board approved.


Sheriff Josh Siegler informed the board that he hired Jason Sanderson as a new deputy and Yvonne Hagen as a dispatcher.

Sanderson will replace Jason Lux, whose resignation was announced in the February regular meeting. Lux had been with the Sheriff’s department for 14 months, and prior to that had served with the Rugby Police Department.

Hagen served as the community service coordinator.

The board approved a new pay schedule for dispatchers, one Siegler and Auditor Karin Fursather had been working on. Dispatchers would work 160 hours in 28-day cycles and receive full-time benefits.

Siegler also informed the board that he will purchase body cameras for the deputies.


Pierce County is expected to receive $1,529,415.44 in surge funds from SB 2103 for the 2015-17 biennium. The monies will go toward road projects on CMC (county major collector) routes, about 115 miles of which are in the county.

Matt Johnson of Wold Engineering discussed SB 2103 funds with the board and said no matching is required from the county for funds. The board discussed milling and overlaying of three roads: Balta, Selz and the golf course.


The board approved tax abatements for the 2014 tax year for Bernie Leier, Harold Mueller, Susan Bauer, Connie Mitchell, Ronald Selensky, Sylvester Grant, David Wurgler, Larry Fjellanger and Edward Selensky.

The board also approved a 2014 tax abatement application submitted by the Hartman Family Irrevocable Trust for inundated agricultural land.

The board voted to impose load and speed limit restrictions on county township roads. The speed limit will be 45 mph, and load limits cannot exceed 12,000 pounds per axle for single and tandem axle vehicles. For the 2.5 miles from Highway 3 to Selz, the speed limit will be 35 mph.

The board approved a $29,576.18 payment from the 2014 disaster fund for road repair in Rush Lake Township.

The board met with Joe Mayer, of Butler Machinery, and Don Jelsing, of the Pierce County Fair. Mayer said a new motor grader in Wolford would be up for bids. Jelsing gave the board the fair’s 2014 financial report. Also discussed were what it would take for the fair to receive mill levy funds, and that the Pierce County Fair Association is not the official fair for the county. Funding for this year’s fair is in place, however the Fair Association is working on funding for next year as well.

The board approved the minutes, bills, financial statements for the month of February; and reviewed employee time sheets and fee reports.

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