Commissioners appoint Foley interim sheriff

The Haakon County Board of Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, in the Haakon County Courthouse.

Commission chairman Nick Konst called the meeting to order. Minutes for the regular June meeting, and the special canvass vote meeting were looked over. A correction was made to the June minutes stating that the grasshopper resolution was for 2010, not 2009. The minutes were then approved.

Jerry Roseth got his plat map approved by the commissioners. Next, Kenny Neville, superintendent of the Haakon County Highway Department, gave the monthly report. Monthly fuel bills were approved.

Neville spoke on how the heavy rains and flooding recently caused lots of erosion and damage to a large culvert near Milesville on Ash Creek Road. The culvert rusted and washed and needs replacement. Neville asked the commissioners to make an emergency declaration so that Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds could be used for all the road repairs. Surface Transportation Program (STP) will cover the entire bill for fixing the culvert.

Also, the Haakon County Highway Department was given a three month gravel extension, until September 30, for graveling roads that were damaged from the 2009 flooding.

The monthly auditor and treasurer reports were gone over. For quarterly reports, it was noted that Kevin Pfeifle is the new director of equalization as of July 1.

Old business included the director of equalization salary. It was decided that previous DOE Rita Merrill will work and be paid for two days a week until January 2011.

The commissioners decided not to sign the County Rangeland Fire Protection Agreement. Old business also included the commissioners needing to appoint someone to the sheriff's position for the remainder of 2010. After executive session, it was decided that Haakon County Deputy Sheriff Mark Foley will be appointed to Haakon County sheriff temporarily. Foley will receive state mandated sheriff wages. Mel Smith will start his four-year term as Haakon County sheriff on January 1, 2011.

New business was approving a commissioner member to travel to the Black Hill District Meeting in Sturgis July 7. Also, it was stated that two dead trees at the fairgrounds needed to be removed.

The Haakon/Jackson County Fair Board recently sent the commissioners a request for a malt liquor beverage license. The license is needed at the Philip Rodeo Arena grounds on August 7. Commissioners voted that more information needed to be obtained concerning liabilities, etc. Haakon County State's Attorney Gay Tollefsen volunteered to look into the situation more deeply and get the necessary information.

Next, travel approval was granted for any county official planning to attend the 2010 County Convention September 21-23, in Pierre.

Commissioners then decided that a budget committee meeting will be held at the end of July.

The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, August 3.