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County Courthouse to remain on lockdown

By Staff | May 8, 2020

The Pierce County Courthouse will remain under lockdown for another month.

In a regular meeting Tuesday morning, Pierce County Commissioners voted on a motion to have the courthouse remain closed to the public, except by appointment only, for another month and to follow state guidelines on when it can re-open to the public.

Commissioners voted to close the courthouse and limit access to county facilities in a special meeting on March 18, at the same time Pierce County declared a COVID-19-related health emergency. Since then, Pierce County has had three positive tests for the virus.

Commissioners also voted to take COVID-19-related expenses, including costs for sanitizer, gloves and cleaning supplies for county buildings, out of the county’s Emergency Fund.

Commissioners also reviewed reports from County Recorder Lori Miron and County Extension Agent Yolanda Schmidt and employees working from home, and would review progress of employees working from home at the next meeting.

District 1 Commissioner Mike Brossart was absent for the meeting.

Burn ban in effect

During Tuesday mornings meeting, commissioners voted to put into effect a Fire Emergency Declaration and Burn Ban.

The ban would be in effect when the state Fire Danger Index is in “high,” “very high,” or “extreme,” or a “Red Flag Warning” has been issued for the county. During the ban the use of fire to demolish structures would be prohibited. Also prohibited would be recreational burning, garbage and pit burning, and burning of farmland, cropland and/or ditches.

Violation of the ban is a Class B misdemeanor.

The ban will expire Oct. 1, 2020.

Other actions

– Commissioners approved conditional use permit requests from Jim Brossart for a grain drying system and storage, and from Jason Brossart for cold seed storage. The Commission also approved a variance permit request from Northern Plains Equipment for a fence.

– Commissioners approved a call for bids on a new motor grader.

– Commissioners approved hiring Rugby Lawn Service to spray the courthouse lawn for weeds and bugs.

– Commissioners approved a motion authorizing Chairman Dave Migler to sign a resolution awarding bids on the Axtman Road project (N.D. Highway 3, east seven miles, roadway reshaping and regraveling).

– Commissioners approved a gaming site authorization for the Rugby Eagles.

– Commissioners approved an abatement application for Robert Rennock.

– Commissioners approved a transfer of $20,000 from the Wireless fund to the 9-1-1 Fund.

– Commissioners approved April meeting minutes, bills, financial statements, treasurer’s checks, and Heart of America Correctional & Treatment Center bills and financials.

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