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County Commissioners discuss Public Health Nurse hire, Victim Witness Advocate

By Staff | Mar 17, 2017

The Board of County Commissioners met with Allan McKay, Lake Region District health director and Annette Groves, director of nursing to discuss the retirement of Public Health Nurse Deb Schiff.

The board approved the position to remain full time for the new hire, due to minimal cost savings and undesirable hours if the board decided to hire part-time. Lake Region District Health will be hiring a new public health nurse, as the position is not a county position.

Allan Meckle, community service coordinator, and Galen J. Mack, Pierce County States’s Attorney shared information with the board on the benefits of hiring Meckle as Pierce County’s victim witness advocate.

Fees collected for victim witnesses are currently being sent to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Minot. On average, $2400 per year is being collected for victim witnesses.

After further discussion of Meckle’s proposed duties as victim witness advocate and costs to the county, the budget details were asked to be worked out by Meckle and Mack and reported back in the April meeting.

Farmers Union Insurance representatives Zach Axtman and John Guzman asked the board about the possibility of Guzman becoming the agent of record for voluntary benefits for the county, meaning that instead of having multiple companies meeting with county employees at different times, he would meet with employees once and represent all companies.

The board voted to table this proposal until March 21.

Other actions:

-Kelsey Siegler, emergency manager, gave the board a report on weather conditions that took place March 6 through March 8. She requested the board declare that Pierce County was in an emergency, as travel was impossible. A total of 73 individuals and 7 dogs stayed in an emergency shelter at the Rugby Armory during this time.

-Jessica Tagestad with World Engineering discussed the cost and details included in adding a turning lane off the golf course. After further discussion, the board decided not to approve the turning lane.

-The board reviewed correspondence from Penny Miller, clerk of North Dakota Supreme Court, on the vacancy in Judgeship No. 2, with chambers in Rugby, North Dakota, Northeast Judicial District. The board voted to urge the North Dakota Supreme Court to fill the Judicial Vacancy in the Northeast Judicial District and to keep Judicial Chambers in Rugby.

-The board approved an abatement application submitted by Betty Vig.

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

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