Burn ban in effect
A fire emergency and burn ban is in effect for Pierce County.
During their regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Board of County Commissioners approved an amended version of a burn ban that had been approved in a special meeting last Thursday afternoon.
The ban remains in effect when the N.D. Fire Index is in the “high,” “very high” or “extreme” levels or a “red flag warning” has been issued for the county until further notice. It prohibits using fire to demolish structures and also prohibits controlled burning of ag land, ditches and tree rows while the ban is in effect.
The ban does not prohibit the use of grills or closed fire pits bought commercially.
Persons who violate the ban will be found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $1,500.
– The board approved a games of chance site authorization for the Rugby Eagles.
– The board accepted a notice of award and contract for construction with Knife River Materials for a road project beginning at the county line near Knox and then north five miles.
– Maynard Peterson, of RDO Equipment, met with the board and county blade operators to discuss cutting edges.
– The board approved de-obligating $8,287.50 in 2013 FEMA funds on Hillside Township. In a related motion, the board also approved payments from the 2017 Disaster Fund of $1,020 to Barton $6,264.19 to Christenson; $1,814.61 to Dewey; $1,182.35 to East Barton; $5,312.50 to Hurricane Lake; $2,075.29 to Walsh; $837.25 to Elverum and $5,610 to Meyer townships for road repair projects.
– The board accepted a resignation from Ken Reed as county coroner and approved a motion to appoint Dustin Hager to that position.
– Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center Administrator Mike Graner informed the board that there were 101 inmates at the facility in April and over 100 currently; and March ended in the black with a $3,884.72 profit.
– Sheriff Josh Siegler introduced new deputy Shelby Volk to the board and informed the board his department received 42 calls in April.
– The board approved a call for bids on a new motorgrader.
– The board approved April meeting minutes, bills, financial statements, treasurers checks and HACTC bills and financials.
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