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781 hours

By Staff | Apr 6, 2018

From January 1 to late March, offenders have completed 781 hours of community service at various sites in Pierce County, including within the city of Rugby.

Community Service Coordinator Allan Meckle met with the Rugby City Council during their regular meeting Monday evening and informed the council of hours completed by offenders in the Heart of America Community Service Program.

Meckle informed the council that the program has had over 30 new cases since Jan. 1. Meckle also said there were no juvenile clients at this time.

In 2017 (from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31) offenders completed 1,983.75 hours. Sixteen cases last year were juveniles.

Meckle informed the board that the program has seen decreases in state funding from $15,000 to $9,500 per year for the current biennium, and that while the program has carryover in its budget it is decreasing. The program receives funding from three counties (McHenry, Pierce and Bottineau) and cities within those counties; fees charged to clients; and state funding.

Rugby Mayor Arland Geiszler asked if the community service program has had trouble finding sponsors or worksites, to which Meckle said no.

Ordinance 410 approved

The council approved the second reading of Ordinance No. 410 Monday evening, which changes purchasing procedures in Chapter 3.02 of the city’s municipal code.

The ordinance makes changes to the amount that must be exceeded before purchases must be put up for bid and which require council approval.

Purchases that exceed $2,500 but don’t exceed $150,000 (formerly $100,000) require department supervisors or committees to have two or more written quotes from vendors and keep record of quotes. The purchase requires council approval.

Purchases that exceed $150,000 would be purchased from the lowest bidder following due notice inviting bid proposals.

Purchases that are less than $500 can be made by department heads, but purchases that are over $500 but not over $2,500 must go through the committee overseeing the department-with the committee chair having authority to approve or deny.

Other actions

– The council approved gravel bids from Schneider Custom Hauling, B&J Excavating and Deplazes Redi-Mix.

– The council discussed a question posed by Rugby resident and business owner Brad Wangler as to whether he could purchase from the city a 9.6-acre parcel of land on the north side of U.S. Highway 2, 1.75 to 2 miles west of the highways 2 and 3 intersection. The question was referred to the Finance committee.

– The council approved a permit for cow pie and chicken raffles for Pierce County Extension Agent Yolanda Schmidt and the Pierce County 4-H Leader’s Council.

– The council approved a change order for improvements at the city’s water treatment plant and payment orders to Samson Electric and PKG Contracting.

– The council approved March meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and the Municipal Judge’s report.

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