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Pierce County Board Meets

By Staff | Oct 23, 2015

The Pierce County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday. Chairman Duane Johnston called the meeting to order at 9:30 A.M. with members Mike Christenson, Mike Brossart, Dave Migler and Rick Larson present.

Jessica Tagestad, of Wold Engineering, met and presented a proposal for FEMA Project- DR 4190-PW 9, Permanent Alternate Route, located in Hillside Township. An estimate of $129,000 was presented to the board. With a figure of over $100,000 triggering a bid process, the board as a whole discussed ways of how to reduce the estimate so the county could avoid that process. It was agreed that they would present the parameters of the project to a local contractor and see if the contractor could give insight into some cost reductions bringing the cost under the $100,000 threshold to avoid the bid process. It was mutually agreed that this was the course of action the county should take and with consent of the members of the county board the project was tabled until the board’s next meeting. It was the belief that this extra time will allow Tagestad to see if some of the costs could be deleted or reduced. If the project is done by FEMA standards set forth, the county would be reimbursed for 85 percent of the cost.

There was a need to transfer funds to townships, and a series of motions were made to do so. A motion was made by Migler and seconded by Christenson, that payment be made from the 2011 Disaster Fund to the following township (s): Rd District #26 (Hillside) $14,028.09; Tuscarora Township $17,296.76. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Christenson and seconded by Migler, that payment be made from the 2014 Disaster Fund to the following township: Rd District #26 (Hillside) $43,852.86. Motion carried.

Then the Board reviewed an abatement application submitted by Floyd Pladson (2015-45) on a mobile home located in the City of Rugby. A motion was made by Larson and seconded by Brossart, to approve the abatement application for tax year 2015 (2015-45), as recommended by the Tax Director, in accordance with homestead credit filed. Motion carried.

Discussion was had about paying for staff license renewal and a motion was made by Migler and seconded by Larson, to approve the renewal of license (Post Board) for two staff members at the Sheriff’s office. Motion carried.

Sheriff Joshua D. Siegler joined the meeting and presented his new deputy to the board. He also informed the board that the camera used to conduct interviews of suspects is again inoperable and with the City of Rugby agreeing to pay half the cost, sought permission to proceed with the purchase of a camera. A motion was made to approve the purchase using funds from the jail fund and submit a bill to the city of Rugby for half the cost after the first of January. The motion carried.

The Board reviewed a proposal from Johnson’s Plumbing Service to install two new electric plenum heaters at the Social Service office. No decision was made.

The meeting was adjourned with no further items on the agenda.

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