Roads Under Water
Highway Superintendent Dustin Hofland informed the Marshall Commission at its regular meeting Tuesday that there are a lot of roads under water in the county.
Hofland said there are about 40 sites so far in the county that have sustained significant damage due to flooding and expects to add more locations in the near future. He also said with the frost coming out he is just starting to see some of the culvert damage, and the Hillhead Road is very broken up.
In other action the board approved hiring five fill-in deputies. Damian Bahr, Rick Olauson, Tanner Jondahl, Dave Hunter, and Stacy Mayou are certified law enforcement officers in other counties that have been hired at $20.78 per hour to fill in until more fulltime deputies can be hired in the county. The board also approved paying 54.5 cents per mile to and from Britton since they all live outside of the county.
Dean Marske and Scott Sikkink of HKG Architects of Aberdeen met with commissioners to discuss the courthouse project. HKG will be contacting surrounding counties to see what their level of commitment would be to sending prisoners to be held in Marshall County at a new facility. HKG and Marshall County Commissioners will also be conducting public meetings around the county in the coming weeks.
The board discussed the area on the Roy Lake Road that Gary and Scott Gangle met with them about on March
26. The board agreed that the Gangles must place their fence outside of the right-of-way which is 33 feet from the center of the road.
Commissioners also discussed County Road 4AW that Westwood Colony had brought up to the board at its last meeting. The county does not have the funds to pave the road at this time, but it is in the plans to mill the road in the near future.
The second reading to amend the Marshall County Zoning Ordinance to add geese to the concentrated animal feeding operations ordinance was approved after upping the maximum number of geese or ducks allowed per site according to DENR guidelines.
Building permits for Myron Johnson and Brandon Peters were approved. Fuel quotes for #2 diesel for the Veblen and Langford shops were approved for Eden Oil to Veblen for $2.38 and for DaMar Elevator to Langford for $2.36.
The County Board of Equalization held its annual meeting and oaths of office were completed. Approval was given to instruct the Director of Equalization to approve one new renewable energy credit for a total of $50,239 and to approve one veteran’s exemption on property. Approval was also given to reduce values on all properties qualifying for the assessment freeze for elderly and disabled.
A list of tax exempt property was approved. The complete list is on file at the County Auditor and Director of Equalization offices. The board also approved changing status to owner occupied for three applications received after assessment notices were sent out, a correction to assessed value on a mobile home was approved due to incorrect information on the year of the structure, and a land parcel’s value was changed due to reclassification.
The consolidated Board of Equalization of Marshall County, Britton City, and Britton-Hecla School met and approved the Britton City assessment book. The consolidated Board of Equalization of Marshall County, Langford Town, and Langford Area School also met and approved the Langford Town assessment book.
Travel was approved for Leron Knebel, Lynda Luttrell, Kevin Jones, Matt Schuller, Ruby Hagen, Kalissa Stelzer, and Shannon Lee to Webster for a Lake Region District meeting April 25, and for Hagen, Megan Biel, and Stelzer to Pierre for the Spring Workshop May 14-15.
Next meeting of the board will be Monday, April 22.