Haakon County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday

Insurance and highway department matters highlighted the Tuesday, March 3, 2008, Haakon County Commissioners meeting.

Brad Wilson, Sioux Falls, from the South Dakota Municipal League spoke with the commissioners regarding what his organization's workmen's compensation pool could do for Haakon County. He noted they are a member-owned nonprofit pool that provides workmen's compensation for cities, counties and special districts within South Dakota. It was organized in 1987.

Wilson noted some of their services include not having to charge the county for fees that other insurance companies do and that the county will never be charged a higher rate because another member's rates have increased. Each member's premium is based on their experience modifier (history). They are also awarded discounts based on low numbers of claims.

The commissioners gave Wilson approval to look at the county's current policy so that he may present a quote to the county.

Kenny Neville, Haakon County Highway Superintendent, updated the commissioners on his department. He noted that the county shop has been insulated, with a final cost of approximately $3,000. He was given approval to use a gravel crushing bid from Miner County in the amount of $1.85 per ton to crush 65,000 tons of gravel at the Ramsey and Neuhauser pits.

The commissioners approved for Bros Engineering of Pierre to inspect the county's 40 bridges. They also approved for Neville to purchase a new lowboy trailer from a dealer in Sioux Falls for approximately $24,000. Neville noted he is still looking for a truck to purchase as per previous agreement.

Neville inquired into purchasing a new grader as per the five-year rotation plan. It was approved for Neville to contact Alex Kuleza of Butler Machine in Rapid City.

Other business that was approved were the minutes of the February 2008 meeting (with correction), last month's claims, a plat for David and Terry Holman, travel and meeting requests and for employees to have the afternoon of March 21, Good Friday, off as administrative leave if the state does the same.

Sheriff Larry Hanes' request for a credit card for travel purchases was turned down. The commissioners stated that Hanes could submit his vouchers and then Auditor Pat Freeman could gain approval from three commissioners for early payment of the bill.

The commissioners met in executive session to discuss personnel.

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. They will also meet as a board of equalization on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at 9:00 a.m.