County Procures New Motorgrader
Pierce County is set to receive a new motorgrader.
At a Tuesday meeting, the Board of County Commissioners accepted a bid from RDO Equipment of Minot for a front-wheel assist 2015 John Deere 772G. It will replace an all-wheel drive Caterpillar 140M, which has been experiencing electrical problems since it was struck by lightning.
Prior to accepting the bids, a dispute arose between representatives of Butler Machinery and RDO Equipment over whether or not bids were improperly filled out. The Board brought in States Attorney Galen Mack to look over both bids and settle the dispute. The board decided that while RDO’s base bid price, $282,000, was $150 more than Butler’s, the county would come out ahead by $21,500 at the end of five years or 7,500 hours by going with RDO’s bid.
Used for blading roads, the county replaces motorgraders every five years.
FUNDING FOR ROAD PROJECTS
Next year, the county is expected to receive over $1.6 million in the 2015-17 biennium as part of a second distribution of funds to non-oil counties in HB 1176. (The county is slated to receive over $1.5 million in surge funding from SB 2103.)
Jessica Tagestad, of Wold Engineering, discussed with the board that monies from HB 1176 are to be used on county major collection roads. Monies can also go toward engineering and design costs on related projects as of July 1, 2015 and toward construction costs as of January 2016.
Tagestad informed the board that an environmental assessment would have to be done for the permanent alternate route in Hillside Township, and presented contracts for graveling, shaping and repair of the golf course road from Highway 2 and north one mile and from the north end of the road, east one-and-a-half miles, north two miles and east four miles.
The board approved a transfer of $91,082.15 from the Emergency Fund to Road District #26, or Hillside Township.
The board approved payments from the 2013 Disaster Fund to Sandale ($7,265.31), Dewey ($1,647.30) and Antelope Lake ($15,389.99) townships for road repair.
The board approved a payment from the 2009 Disaster Fund to Ness Township, in the amount of $9,564.27, for road repairs.
BURN BAN, TIME CLOCK DISCUSSED
Sheriff Josh Siegler met with the board to give an update on the department.
Siegler said the Sheriff’s Department was a responding agency on 10 fire calls in April, despite a statewide burn ban being in place until May 8. District 5 Commissioner David Migler asked Siegler if there was any way awareness of the ban could’ve been increased, to which Siegler replied that he did a radio spot on AM 1450 KZZJ and a story was put in the Tribune. Siegler also said that despite rains, people burned at their own risk.
Siegler also inquired with the board as to whether or not dispatchers should continue using the time clock at the Law Enforcement Center or use time sheets. He said that dispatchers have complained the time clock needs maintenance and the fingerprint scanner portion of it is easily disrupted. The board decided that time sheets should be filled out.
HACTC TO HOUSE D.O.C. PRISONERS
Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center Administrator Mike Graner informed the board that the jail will soon house nine female prisoners from the Department of Corrections. Graner shared at the April 7 meeting that the D.O.C. contacted him, inquiring of the possibility. There are currently 32 female inmates in the facility.
Graner shared that inmate count is up; a new maintenance director was hired and the jail is seeking a new officer; contracts with oil-producing counties are up for renewal and boarding costs could be increased; the jail may be eligible for oil impact funding from the Attorney General’s office; and an auditor from Custer, S.D. will be coming to make sure the facility in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
The board met with Jacob Narloch of Valley Med Flight, a critical care air ambulance. Norloch inquired as to whether or not the county was interested in becoming a member at a cost of $18,000 a year, or $4 a person for a 4,500 population. No decision was made.
The board approved a transfer of $100,000 from the County Poor Relief fund to the Social Services fund, as the latter is over $30,000 in the red.
The board met with the county’s two newest hires, Deputy Jason Sanderson and Community Service Coordinator Alan Meckle.
The board approved a gaming site authorization for the Rugby Eagles Club.
The board approved the April 7 meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and treasurer’s checks for $2,519.60.
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