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HACTC showing profit

By Staff | Oct 7, 2016

The Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center is showing profit.

HACTC Administrator Mike Graner informed the Pierce County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting Tuesday morning that the facility made nearly $55,600 in profit in August.

Graner said that number is “misleading,” however, as the facility paid over $22,000 in vehicle insurance.

Graner said the year-to-date profit was $64,431.

Graner said the county had 14 prisoners for the month at a cost of $14,000, and the year-to-date cost for the county was $136,000.

Graner said the population of the facility is at 120 inmates, and the average in September was 116. Graner also informed the board that one employee retired and another was hired; and two assaults took place.

Graner made a request that the board update the network connection at the facility. The complex, which includes HACTC and the Law Enforcement Center (the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the Rugby Police Department, dispatch, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the N.D. Highway Patrol) is on a 10-megabit circuit. Graner said several systems the jail uses are internet-based and he talked with state’s information technology department, who recommended upgrading from 10 to 50 megabits. The cost to upgrade would be an additional $400 per month. The board approved the change.

Other actions

– The board approved transfers of $100,000 from the highway distribution fund to the road & bridge fund; $2,310 from the general fund to the E-9-1-1 fund; $100,000 from the county poor relief fund to the social welfare fund; $105.70 from the general fund to the sheriff’s grant; $15,000 from wireless funds to the E-9-1-1 fund; $15,788.69 from the 2013 disaster fund to Hillside Township; and $28,864.30 from the 2014 disaster fund to Hillside Township.

– The board approved a proposal from North Central Builders for replacing the shingles on the Social Services building.

– The board approved an abatement request for Mary Kay Oppen.

– The board approved the 2017 budget, which totals over $9.8 million.

– Community Service Coordinator Allan Meckle informed the board that he had 55 open cases currently, and that from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, over 1,900 hours were worked at sites in Pierce County.

– The board met with Jessica Tagestad, of Wold Engineering, who informed the board that a change order would be needed on road projects, as a change would save the county $38,000.

– The board accepted a bid from Envision for #2 fuel oil, propane and gasoline.

– The board appointed Don Jelsing and Yolanda Schmidt as delegates to the N.D. State Fair Association’s annual meeting on Nov. 17 in Minot.

– The board approved the September meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and treasurer’s checks.

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