Another Courthouse Plan Introduced For Offices
Don Schumaker met with the Marshall County Commission during the public comment portion of its meeting to propose that the county use his building for county office space.
The former home of Schumaker Furnishings is located on the west side of Britton along Highway 10. Schumaker said the building could be used as a county office building and the current courthouse used for a jail facility.
Scott and Patty Bates also appeared during the public comment. They felt the assessment for their WRP easement land was too high and thought it should be assessed at ag value. The assessment had previously been reduced after appeal, and commissioners said state law does not allow WRP acres to be assessed at ag value.
In other action, the board approved a drainage request from Dan Bessler in Veblen Township. Bessler also gave his verbal approval for an additional easement to repair the culvert near the Zion Church. Only 160-foot culverts are available with 140-foot culverts the original plan. The larger culvert requires a bigger easement.
Highway Superintendent Dustin Hofland informed the board that the Cat blade needs $5,000 of maintenance. He also said that Bituminous Paving of Ortonville, MN, plans to begin work on the Hillhead Road next week.
Just one bid was received for the 1992 pickup declared surplus. It was awarded to Terry Nelson for $429.
Building permits were approved for Royview Golf Course, Mike Parham, Brad and Paula Heitmann, and KC Jones.
Travel was approved for Veterans Service Officer Dave Daberkow to Pierre on Aug. 26-29 for a re-certification course; for Kalissa Stelzer and Megan Biel to Aberdeen Aug. 15 for a SDACES workshop; and to Todd Landmark to Pierre Sept. 9-12 for the Emergency Management Association Conference.
Daberkow presented his quarterly report to the board, as did Linda Haaland as county health nurse. Haaland also presented a welfare claim of $2,000 for a funeral that was approved.
Kari Feldhaus gave the board an update on the Blessed Minds Preschool & Daycare. She said the non-profit operation is facing some financial issues and is looking for any sources of funding to assist in helping it continuing to serve the community.
Commissioners approved selling equalization files for information purposes for $200. They discussed Rhonda Wade’s duties of cleaning at the Community Building. She had requested to be able to work over 20 hours per week, but the board asked her to continue working under 20 hours weekly.
The board approved increasing the hourly wage for Gina Homer as deputy treasurer from $15.29 to $16.29 per hour. It also approved $12 per hour for Kasi Jones as clerk/ appraiser in the Equalization Office.
Next meeting of the board will be Tuesday, Aug.
20. Plans are for HKG Architects to be present at that meeting to further discuss plans for the courthouse renovation.