HACTC Incurs Deficit in February
In February, the Heart of America Medical Center had a deficit of over $117,000.
HACTC Administrator Mike Graner informed the Pierce County Commission of the deficit at a regular board meeting Tuesday morning, citing a double payroll, a payment of $18,000 for workers compensation and a $19,400 loss in revenue from boarding prisoners with the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.
Graner said that the facility could see a “rebound” in the prisoner population, as he was contacted by Williams County with the possibility of housing inmates, as Williams is in the process of expanding its jail. Williams County had previously been housing its overflow inmates at a facility in Hardin, Mont., however the Montana facility’s population has dwindled and most of its employees were sent home, according to an Associated Press story.
Graner also said the boarding contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs was renewed on April 1 at a rate of $75 per day.
“It really does come down to average daily population,” Graner said. Graner said that the average population in February was 111 inmates, and in March it was 113.
BURN BAN REINSTATED
The board met with Emergency Manager Kelsey Siegler and reinstated a burn ban that was in effect last year. The proclamation would ban burning of farmland, cropland, ditches, structures, garbage and pits during times when the N.D. Fire Danger Index is at high, very high or extreme levels and/or a “Red Flag Warning” has been issued for the county, without permission from fire authorities.
The board approved abatement requests from Kenneth Blessum and Donald Scheet for tax year 2015.
The board approved a utility permit for North Dakota Telephone Company for placing fiber optic cable on county and private road right of ways in Hillside, Hagel and Alexanter townships.
The board approved annual payments from road districts to the Road & Bridge fund for blading and snow removal for township roads.
Sheriff Josh Siegler informed the board that he will ask for bids from McGuires and D&S Motors for a new patrol vehicle. The board instructed Siegler to get bids for an SUV and a truck to see what the costs and resale values would be.
The board approved a games of chance site authorization application for the Rugby Eagles.
The board cast a proxy vote to elect Bruce Strinden to serve on the N.D. Insurance Reserve Fund board.
The board approved clay and gravel bids and machine hire bids from Dokken Construction, B&J Excavating and Ritterman Trucking.
Jessica Tagestad, of Wold Engineering, presented preliminary and construction agreements for the Balta, Selz and Highway 30 road projects. The board accepted the agreements.
The board accepted culvert bids from TrueNorthSteel.
The board approved the March meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and treasurer’s checks.
The board received correspondence from the Energy & Environmental Research Center and Lance Gaebe, N.D. Department of Trust Lands commissioner, that there would be no deep borehole testing for possible nuclear waste disposal in Pierce County or anywhere in North Dakota.
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