Cavalier County Commission discusses social services merge

The Cavalier County Commission had a lot of business to discuss at their most recent meeting. Following a meeting of the social services steering committee composed of one commissioner from each county, the three auditors and the two social services directors, Commissioner Stanley Dick conveyed what had been agreed to.

Posted 7/25/19

By Melissa Anderson

Dick shared that the he had stated that Cavalier County would provide a definitive answer on being host county or not by September 1. Dick also explained that the zonal board had proposed to be composed of one commissioner and one resident at large of each county.  Dick shared that the steering committee had decided to include a district representative on the zonal board as well, selecting Janne Myrdal. One stipulation that Dick stated had been proposed that whoever the host county ended up being would be allowed one additional person on the zonal board.

Cavalier County Social Services Director Jill Denault presented her updates on the social service redesign sharing that the state had figures for what Cavalier County’s indirect costs could end up being. Denault also stated that the questioned replacement of the roof of the social services building had been approved and that the funding for the Domestic Violence and Abuse Center was considered a direct cost and, therefore, fully funded.

Mark Zimmer requested, on behalf of the City of Munich, to enter into a police contract with the Cavalier County Sheriff’s Department. Zimmer stated that Munich would like to have a deputy to enforce the city’s ordinances and the district court to prosecute. Cassey Breyer was present and discussed the contracts along with Cavalier County Sheriff Greg Fetsch. The contracts will be worked out and an agreement decided later.

In Other Business

• The commissioners heard department updates from the clerk of court, treasurer, and tax director’s office.

• The Commission met with Cavalier County HR Officer Crystal Beggs to review the pay schedule Beggs had compiled as requested by the commissioners.

• NDSU Extension Agent Anitha Chirumamilla met with the Commission to further discuss the open position within her office.

• Jeff Schneider of T.R. Waind explained the process that will occur as NDIRF takes over the county’s fire, wind, and tornado policy.