Funding issues discussed by Haakon County Commissioners

Crushing gravel later this year was discussed, as well as other funding issues, at the Tuesday, September 5, Haakon County Commissioners meeting.

Budget concerns, along with the need to crush gravel for use in the Midland area, were brought to the commissioners attention by Highway Superintendent, Kenny Neville. With spending cuts in the highway department's budget this year Neville had not proposed any gravel crushing. A possible cash surplus of $40,000 could be added to the $50,000 proposed for next year's crushing. If a crushing company would agree to being paid for the work in two different years, crushing operations could begin this fall.

Neville stated he would start this week looking for any counties that had bids for crushing gravel that he could also use. If there is, and if the company agreed to being paid in late December 2006 and early January 2007, Haakon County could possibly begin crushing gravel this fall. If Neville has to advertise for the project the bid ad could be worded with payment to take place in December 2006 and January 2007. If this scenario happens, crushing of the gravel would be done very late this year.

The crushing would be done in a state-owned pit north of Midland. Neville would like to have 30,000 tons of gravel crushed so that it can be placed on roads around Midland.

The commissioners approved a resolution that designates that the county has established a fund that receives $75,000 to $500,000 yearly for purchase of equipment for the highway department. This is a legal requirement that allows residents to know how much money is being set aside for equipment purchases and what types of equipment will be purchased with the money.

The board approved to pay mileage incurred by Lola Roseth, Haakon County's emergency management director. They also approved a motion to allow her to attend meetings at her discretion as some meetings are organized in between board meetings.

A number of raffles were approved for Midland's library, EMT's, and their senior center. They also approved a raffle for the Haakon County Community Action organization.

An executive session was held from 11:43 a.m. to 12:29 p.m. No action was taken following the session.

The commissioners approved a fund transfer in the highway department of $188,686.

The commissioner's next meeting is Tuesday, October 3, at 9:00 a.m.