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County Commission rescinds burn ban

By Staff | Oct 5, 2018

Pierce County had been under a burn ban since late April.

That ban had been amended in early May.

But in a regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Pierce County Board of County Commissioners voted to rescind the burn ban that was put in place months prior.

The ban prohibited controlled burns on agricultural land, ditches and tree rows and also prohibited using fire to demolish structures during times when the N.D. Fire Index was at levels ranging from “high” to “extreme” or when a “red flag warning” had been issued for the county.

Persons who violated the ban were to be found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $1,500.

The ban did not prohibit using grills or closed, commercially-bought fire pits.

Other actions

– The board approved an infant-at-work policy for county employees. Employees with infant children younger than six months old must submit requests to care for babies during working hours to their department heads for approval.

– The board approved abatements for Richard Oksendahl and Violet Burgess.

– The board appointed Don Jelsing and Chairman David Migler as delegates to the State Fair Association’s annual meeting.

– The board approved a bid from Envision for daily price less $0.13 for diesel fuel, $1.19 per gallon for propane and net reduction from pump price (less $0.07 per gallon) for gasoline.

– Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center Administrator Mike Graner informed the board that the facility made a profit of $13,048.80 in August; the year-to-date deficit was $3,630.21; the facility currently houses 104 inmates; and the N.D. Department of Health did an inspection of the facility’s food service program.

– Sheriff Josh Siegler informed the board the Sheriff’s Department received 50 calls in September.

– Jessica Tagestad, of Wold Engineering, met with the board to discuss road projects.

– The board, in meeting with a joint boards of county commissioners, approved the 2019 budget for the Lake Region District Health Unit.

– The board approved transfers of $100,000 from the Highway Distribution fund to the Road & Bridge fund, and $1,219.58 from the Disaster Fund to Christenson Township.

– The board approved September meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and treasurers checks.

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