Three county level positions open following resignations

Three resignations hit the Haakon County Commissioners at their December 7 meeting.

Librarian Rose Bly, Emergency Management Director Marty Hansen, and Deputy Sheriff Dusty Pelle all tendered their resignations, effective the latter part of December.

Bly will leave her post of five and one-half years on December 23. Her husband Pastor Paul Bly has accepted a position in Pierre.

The commissioners gave the library board approval to advertise for a new librarian.

Library Board Chairman Andrea Cook informed the board of other changes in the library and possible solutions to solve the overcrowding problem. She noted the problem could be solved by locating to another facility or expanding into the community room.

The second resignation brought to the commissioners was that of Hansen’s. He noted the amount of paper work that is required for his position is taking more time than he can give it.

The commissioners approved to create a new position for the Haakon County Emergency Management Director as a part-time position. They also approved to advertise for the position. A committee comprised of Haakon County commissioner’s chairman, Haakon County Sheriff, Philip ambulance director, and fire chiefs from Milesville, Midland and Philip are to review the applications. The committee was already in place except for the addition of the commission chairman, as part of the county’s emergency program.

The third resignation approved was that of Pelle who ends his position December 31. He has taken a position with the police force in Pierre.

The commissioners approved for the advertising of a new deputy. They discussed the merits of an already certified individual and one that would still have to take the eight-week certification course. They stated they would prefer an already certified person, but that the starting wage would depend on experience.

Kenny Neville, Highway Superintendent, spoke to the board in regards to a waterline crossing for Morris Jones. The board approved the crossing.

Neville informed the commissioners of the purchase of a mower due to total failure of an old mower. He added he had a lead on another mower that he hoped to purchase in the next few days.

The commissioners instructed Neville to take out a cattleguard that was installed on a county road by a landowner.

Neville said Carl Mathews had installed an eight-foot cattleguard that did not meet county requirements. Neville said he had attempted to contact Mathews with no luck. At which time he had Sheriff Larry Hanes contact the person and notify Mathews the cattleguard needed to be removed. It has not been done in the month and a half since Mathews was notified.

Because the cattleguard is on a county road Haakon County is liable for it. The commissioners instructed Neville to remove the cattleguard and a bill for the removal will be sent to Mathews. Neville said he would remove the cattleguard on Thursday, December 9.

In other business the commissioners:

•approved liquor licenses for Lake Waggoner Golf Course and the Philip American Legion;

•approved to correct deeds to two individual pieces of property that had once been owned by the county;

•approved the November meeting minutes and payment of bills;

•were informed by Auditor Shirley Dennis the county has over $101,000 in uncollected court appointed attorney fees that date back to 1975;

•approved the hiring of Keith Harry as a county highway employee;

•were updated by Director of Equalization Rita Merrill on the county’s growth of $925,550 and an office audit;

•approved for county employees to attend three different meetings during the month of December;

•discussed the locks on the entrance doors to the courthouse and what can be done to rectify the locking system; and

•approved to have the year end meeting on Wednesday, December 29 at 9:00 a.m.