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Pierce County commissioners elect 2021 officers

By Sue Sitter - | Dec 12, 2020

Pierce County commissioners elected David Migler and Ashley Berg as chair and vice-chair for the 2021 term in their regular meeting held Dec. 1.

Migler, who serves as the current board chair, represents Pierce County District 5, while Berg represents Pierce County District 3. The board approved both with a unanimous vote.

The commissioners heard from Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center Administrator Mike Graner, who presented financial and other information from the jail.

Graner told the commissioners the facility saw a $104,189.10 deficit for the month of October. The inmate population for November ranged between 75 and 91 inmates, he noted. The jail booked 12 inmates in November, and 11 remained in custody during the month.

Graner said 80 inmates were housed in the jail as of Dec. 1.

All correction officer positions for the facility were filled according to Graner, who added five jail staff and two inmates had recovered from COVID-19 infections as of the beginning of December.

The commission reviewed two grant applications presented by Graner. One application requested funds for an upgrade of the jail’s security system through the USDA Community Facilities Grant program. The commission approved and ratified the application. Migler and County Auditor Karin Fursather signed a second application requesting $8,087.99 for the jail through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant program after the commission approved the application with a unanimous vote.

In other business, the commission approved a transfer of $250,000 from the county general fund to the county SIRN/2020 fund to pay for an ongoing state radio upgrade project.

The board asked attorney Galen Mack, who later joined the meeting, to draw up a resolution to increase 911 emergency system fees. Pierce County voters had approved the increase in the Nov. 3 general election.

Commissioners also heard from Jessica Tagestad and Joe Schultz of Wold Engineering, who presented information on finished county road projects. Tagestad told the board the firm had submitted invoices for the project to the state, and the county would be billed for 20 percent of the total cost.

The board also approved tax abatement applications for county property owners on several parcels of land.

Fursather presented the commission with an invitation from the National Association of Counties to a four-week online leadership course. Berg volunteered to take the course.

The board approved November minutes, financials and bills and a $2,177.80 transfer from the county victim/witness fund to the general fund to cover expenses for the county victim/witness coordinator.

Commissioners also approved beer and liquor license applications from the Rugby Golf Club, Rugby Eagles Aerie 3834 and Joe Goldade of Larry’s Bar in Selz.

The Pierce County Commission will hold their next regular meeting Jan. 5.

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