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Salary Study Revisited for Corrections Officers

By Staff | Jan 8, 2016

Salary study results for corrections officers at the Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center may be revisited.

HACTC Administrator Mike Graner met with the Board of County Commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday and asked if a 20-step plan could be in place for Corrections Officer 1’s and Corrections Officer 2’s at the facility.

Corrections Officer 2’s are officers who have passed certification and training.

Graner said that based on the salary study findings, the pay increase from a Corrections Officer 1 to Officer 2 is minimal.

“Our retention is always an issue,” Graner said.

County Auditor-Treasurer Karin Fursather was asked to contact Galen Cariveau, who did the salary study, to see if he could do a 20-step plan for the officers.

Graner also informed the board that the inmate population at HACTC was at 118 inmates and that a corrections officer was hired.


The board met with Tax Director Kelsey Siegler, who presented 2016 information on agriculture land values per acre. The total value for Pierce County is expected to be $592.61 for all agricultural land – $715.77 for cropland and 158.51 for non-cropland.

Siegler recommended increasing the values per acre by 3 percent, which the board approved.


The board approved amending the 2015 budget: 2014 FEMA $416,729.57, 2009 FEMA $10,026.88, 2011 FEMA $79,740.31, 2013 FEMA $93,852.86, Highway Distribution $288,650, Emergency Fund $4,382.50, E 9-1-1 Fund $157,939.89, HACTC $2,724,927.21, Insurance Reserve $16,711.61 and Soil Conservation District $51,715.37. The board also approved the county’s pledge of assets.

Sheriff Josh Siegler informed the board that there were 51 total calls in December, two prisoner transports, 28 arrests, 39 citations, 24 papers served and two warrants served. Siegler said that offenders with multiple charges factored into the arrests.

Jessica Tagestad, of Wold Engineering, informed the board that $3,175,197 of monies the county received from H.B. 1176 and S.B. 2103 would go toward overlays on the Balta road and urban section; the road from Selz three miles west to Highway 3; and the road in Rugby from Highway 2 north 1.12 miles.

Tagestad and the board discussed the chip seal project on Highway 17 as well as the spur into the Dale & Martha Hawk Museum. Rolette County would also be in on the project, with costs being paid through federal aid.

The board approved a payment from the County Park fund to the Balta Wildlife Club.

The board approved a $9,027 purchase of one mobile and two portable radio units for the Anamoose Fire District. Kelsey Siegler informed the board she received a Homeland Security communications grant for $9,000 for the district. The district will reimburse the county for the purchase of the radios.

The board approved a $1,375 contract with Vanguard Appraisals for training and a website on which taxpayers can check their property values.

The board approved a tax abatement for Donald Buckmiller; and also approved reducing the taxable value of 08452-000 from $2,681 to $0 (due to clerical error and exemption) for the Rugby Public School District.

The board approved December meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and treasurer’s checks.

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