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County Commissioners make contractor decision for courthouse plumbing

At their October 7, 2008, meeting Haakon County Commissioners opted to hire a local contractor to replumb the Haakon County Courthouse.

For the past few years the board of commissioners has been looking for answers to the plumbing issues at the courthouse. Dustin Lurz of Lurz Plumbing in Philip, had met with the board several times in the past few years in regards to those issues. He had outlined a plan of running new water and sewer lines along existing walls and enclosing them so they would not be visible.

A Watertown company, Drainman, had contacted Haakon County in regards to the project. Travis Stadheim, owner, met with the commissioners at their September meeting to outline his proposal. His plan was to reline the existing pipes with an epoxy penetrated product. He said he would be able to do the pipes in the basement and out to the city sewer main for approximately $30,000. The commissioners were hesitant about this procedure, especially when applied to the small bathroom supply lines.

Board members stated they wished to keep the project with a local company, if possible. "We know Dustin and we know that he does quality work," stated board member Rita O'Connell.

Chairman Neal Brunskill stated Lurz would be able to replace the old lines in the basement and to the curb for about the same money that the Watertown company could reline them.

The board gave its unanimous approval for Lurz Plumbing to do the replumbing for the courthouse. They will meet with him and outline a time line for the project.

Haakon County Treasurer Patti Rhodes met with the board concerning the current U.S. financial crisis. She stated that she has been assured by the First National Bank in Philip that the county's monies are secure.

Director of Equalization Rita Merrill requested permission to attend a district meeting October 22 in Murdo. Permission was granted. She outlined problems with the county vehicle and digital camera she uses in her position. She has lobbied unsuccessfully for several years for a new vehicle.

Kenny Neville, county highway superintendent noted that gravel crushing at Robbs Flat has been completed. He updated the board on the road sign project, mowing and graveling of roads. He was given approval to attend a region meeting for highway superintendents in Rapid City, October 28 to 30.

Heidi Burns, Haakon County health nurse outlined flu vaccination clinics for the county. They will be held Tuesday, October 21, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Bad River Senior Citizens Center; Monday, October 27, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. for school children at Philip; November 3, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. for children at the Midland school; November 4 (Election Day), 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Haakon County Courthouse in Philip; and November 19, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for children at the Milesville School.

Burns noted the vaccinations given to children at the schools are free. Also the administrative fee of $7.00 will not be charged at the schools. For other individuals the cost of the vaccine and the fee together is $18. She noted her office will file Medicaid and Medicare papers.

Raffles approved included one for AAU wrestling and Midland Relay for Life. Also, approved was the $400 annual dues for the National Association of County Officials.

The board surplused the 17-year-old heating/cooling units. A request was made by Casey Seager for the motors for use at the school. The school uses the same units and the motors would be used as replacements. The request was approved. The remainder of the units will be sold for scrap value.

The board approved meeting minutes for the September 2 regular meeting and September 8, 11, 16 and 30 special meetings. They also approved the past month's warrants.

The next meeting for the Haakon County Commissioners will be Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.