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County Commission adopts comprehensive plan

By Staff | Dec 6, 2019

During their regular meeting Tuesday morning at the Pierce County Courthouse, Pierce County’s Board of County Commissioners voted to adopt the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

Comprehensive plans serve as policy guides for decisions about land development and growth, and to establish goals and objectives for future land use. Requirements of comprehensive plans include that they be general, long-range, “focus on physical development” and “relate physical design proposals to community goals and social and economic policies.”

Prior to the Tuesday passage, the last time the county’s Comprehensive Plan received revisions was 1987.

Other actions

– The board approved by a 4-1 vote (with District 4 Commissioner Terry Hoffert being the sole no vote), a property tax incentive application for Home of Economy.

– The board reappointed Lonnie Anderson, Alan Beaver and Mike Voeller to the county’s Planning & Zoning Board.

– The board approved precincts for the 2020 election. The polling location will be the courthouse and hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

– County Tax Director Kelsey Siegler met with the board to discuss how the county wants to handle mobile homes that are delinquent on taxes. Pierce County States Attorney Galen Mack requested copies of notices sent to the owners, and said he would look into the procedure.

– The board approved a raffle permit application for the Knights of Columbus.

– The board approved a transfer of $1,741.08 from the Victim Witness fund to the county’s general fund.

– The board approved a resolution for B&J Excavating for graveling and reshaping from nine miles south of Rugby (starting at Highway 3) and east seven miles.

– The board approved beer and liquor licenses for the Rugby Golf Club, Rugby Eagles and Larry’s Bar in Selz.

– The board approved abatement applications for Perry & Rose Armstrong and for Russell H. Bezanson II.

– Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center Administrator Mike Graner informed the board that the facility house 99 inmates in November and is currently housing 98; 23 of 24 officer positions are filled; and the facility made a $12,628.18 profit in October, pushing the year-to-date to a $2,848 profit.

– Pierce County Sheriff Josh Siegler met with the board. Siegler informed the board his department received 50 calls in November. Siegler and the board discussed Sheriff’s Department bills and a law enforcement complaint.

– The board approved the meeting agenda, November meeting minutes, bills, financial statements, treasurers checks and HACTC bills.

– The board voted to nominate Dave Migler for board chair and Brossart for vice chair.

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