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Commissioners wrap up 2007

The Haakon County Commissioners met Wednesday, December 26th to finalize the year 2007.

The board approved the final claims of the year along with travel requests. They also approved liquor renewals for T-34, the Philip Legion Hall and the Lake Waggoner Golf Course Clubhouse.

They discussed with Haakon County Highway Superintendent Kenny Neville the condition of the county's mowers. The two mowers are currently more than 20-years-old. They are both in bad condition and some of their parts are obsolete. Neville noted that the two mowers could be taken apart and made into one mower. What parts are available would cost more than the mowers are worth, he said.

Neville and the board discussed the possibility of leasing two tractors to use with mowers for 2008. Neville is to get quotes from the three local implement dealerships. The quotes will be discussed at the monthly meeting on January 8, 2008.

Adele Harty met with the board to discuss the possibility of hiring an intern for the summer of 2008 to work in the Extension office. Youth Development Educator Vera Boje will retire next summer. An intern would help in the transition between educators. Harty was directed to obtain more information and the matter will be discussed at a later meeting.

The board approved contingency transfers for two county offices and the courthouse fund. The equalization office was over by $109.42, auditor's office by $6,083.50 and the courthouse fund by $6,993.62. Auditor Patsy Freeman noted the equalization office's overrun was due mostly to postage and phone increases. The auditor's overrun was due mostly to supplies and the courthouse because of an increase in the cost of utilities, maintenance and repairs.

The two commissioner seats held by Lawrence Schofield and Mel Smith and the state's attorney's position held by Chip Kemnitz, are up for election in 2008.

Freeman noted petitions for those positions can be picked up in her office as of Wednesday, January 2, 2008.