Grant jurisdiction to Mobridge
The Hand County Commissioners met October 2 for their regular monthly meeting.
The commissioners approved a transfer of $300,000 from the general fund to the road and bridges fund, and to do a contingency transfer for $6,257.23 for a court appointed attorney’s bill for neglected child defense.
An omitted property was added to the tax roll, upon the sale of the former St. Lawrence Church parsonage to Steve and Bonnie Yearous.
Approval was given for an anniversary raise of 25 cents per hour for Gina Ortmeier, and items were approved for the surplus sale, to be held October 26 at the County Highway Shop at 1 p.m.
The commissioners approved a joint powers agreement between the Hand County Housing and Redevelopment Commission and the Mobridge Housing and Redevelopment Commission. The agreement approves moving Section 8 Housing and Redevelopment granting jurisdiction from Miller to Mobridge. Mobridge will continue to support Hand County, because Hand County is financially unable to continue it in Miller anymore.
The agreement will be effective January 1, 2013, and will continue until terminated. It states the Mobridge HRC shall “use its best efforts to continuously make Section 8 certificate and voucher assistance available in Hand County.”
Hospital administrator Bryan Breitling provided bills for payment. The amount due to the contractor totaled $31,778.54, and management fees totaled $1,430.03.
Breitling said, “We’re tapping into USDA dollars. Starting December 4—month 25—we will begin paying back both principal and interest, which will be payments of $22,995 per month for 17 and a half years.”
The old hospital demolition will take place soon. Breitling said the hospital’s grand opening will be scheduled to tie in with the July 4, 2013 celebration.
County highway superintendent Jeff Hargens gave an overview of the bridge and roadwork being done. Work on Rose Hill and two other bridges will be paid for by FEMA, but there will be a lag-time before payment is received. FEMA allowed $281,000 to repair the Rose Hill bridge.
A bid from RDO Equipment Company of $67,000 for a county motor grader was accepted.
Sheriff Doug DeBoer reported he had interviewed two persons for the sheriff’s office manager job, and received permission to offer the position to Pat Waldrop.
Representatives of U.S. Fish and Wildlife addressed the commissioners. At the September meeting, commissioners had voted to not accept the USFW offer to purchase land in Bates Township. They again offered a lump sum payment of $4,800 for 40 acres, plus $82.44 per year in lieu of taxes, stating they had presented their first offer based on 160 acres. They also said the parcel would be designated as “Tony Dean acres.”
The commissioners said they would table any decision until November, when Commissioner Jim Iverson would be present. Iverson had made the original motion to not approve the USFW offer.
The next regular meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m., rather than the regular meeting day of November 6, due to the General Election that day.