Profitable September for HACTC
By Bryce Berginski
September was another profitable month for the Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center.
In a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday morning, HACTC Administrator Mike Graner informed the board that the facility had a net profit of $34,708.35 in September. It is an increase over the previous month’s profit, which was $29,395.17.
“[It was a] solid month,” Graner said of September.
Graner informed the board the facility is currently housing over 100 inmates, and the average daily population in October was 110.
Graner informed the board that the facility is fully staffed and two corrections officers have completed certification; and the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation inspected the facility on Oct. 16 and a final report could be expected next year.
The board approved HACTC bills and financial statements.
District 2 Commissioner Mike Christenson was absent for the meeting.
– The board approved a games of chance site authorization application from the Farm Rescue Foundation.
– The board approved abatement requests from Richard Hoffert and Sheri Haugen; Dave Denich; Mike Tuenge; Amanda White; Tiffany Fly; Doug Pierson and Fern Benson.
– The board approved a change order for culvert repair, as well as payment of $28,569.64 to Knife River Materials for a road project.
– Sheriff Josh Siegler informed the board that his office received 56 calls for the month of October; and that there has been an increase in county residents receiving scam phone calls.
– The board approved a motion to purchase a locking device for the west door of the courthouse. A fob would be used to open the door.
– The board approved supporting the Brownfield Coalition Assessment Grant, which is through the Souris Basin Planning Council. The grant provides funding for developing inventories of “brownfields”-properties that have hazardous substances on them and their presence makes it difficult for the properties to be re-developed or even re-used-as well as conducting assessments and planning clean-ups of identified properties.
– The board approved October meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and treasurer’s checks.
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