The Cavalier County Commission met on July 20. First on the agenda was the authorization of the Langdon Country Club gaming site. The motion was made by Nick Moser to approve, seconded by Stanley Dick, and motion passed. The Pembina Gorge Foundation requested a raffle permit which was also approved..
Terry Johnston met to discuss road projects. The first road project was the request to help fund a culvert replacement on county road 24. A motion was made by Stanley Dick to support the project with 70% of costs, David Zeis seconded, and motion was carried. Gravel tests for current projects are testing low and giving the projects difficulty progressing.
Soil Conservation met with the commissioners to discuss budgeting. The commissioners were briefed with what their budget entails, foreseeable expenses, projects, and previous years. No decisions were made at this time and will be under review during final budgeting.
Devils Lake Basin budget was next on the agenda. Stanley Dick motioned to keep the current contribution the same at seven cents per acre benefited by the Devils Lake Basin, Greg Goodman seconded, and the motion was carried.
Emergency Manager Karen Kempert discussed a salary increased with the commissioners. The Commission applaud Karen’s work and devotion to her job although the amount of the increase was troublesome for some commissioners. David Zeis motioned to approve the full increase in salary and discussion followed. Dick voted no, Zeis yes, Moser no, Lafrenz no. Motion failed.
The review of the need for a burn ban is up for review once again, which due to recent rainfall has become a rather short discussion. Conditions are much better, and no ban is felt necessary at this time.
Sheriff Greg Fetsch joined the meeting and discussed budgeting topics and the county’s continued request to refrain from accepting prisoners. Due to regulations, staffing needs to continue running the jail are out of reach with current budgeting. Pay raises to the department were among discussion, and the commissioners agreed to change the increase, although approval will not happen until final budgeting.
The Joint Powers Agreement with Public Health regarding the electronic sign to be placed at the county courthouse was reviewed. Public Health has purchased a sign from a company out of Grand Forks. The county agrees to pay for the installation of the sign and going forward, will pay all utility charges associated with the sign and maintain the sign. Administration of the sign will be by the Cavalier County Health Officer and person(s) appointed by the county. The agreement is still under review at this time, as well as the person(s) appointed to administrate the sign.