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COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
BY LYANN OLSON
Road Foreman

Road Foreman, Ken Tetrault reported that they started tarring on Burke County 17, but due to weather changes, only got in one day.

The crew tried to knock down the cattails by the Flaxton waterway, but fell through with the payloader. They also tried to use the blade to reach the wing out, but that didn’t work either, so they have abandoned the idea, “It’s pretty treacherous out there,” said Tetrault.

Commissioner Debbie Kuryn agreed, “I think just leave it.”
Tetrault did some checking with Mark Crosby, Burke Soil Conservation about cleaning out the waterway. He said to contact the Corp of Engineers to get some kind of permit.

Tetrault has been working with Barry Jager on Oil Impact Grants, to include locations on County Roads 1, 6, and 12, and Lucy Township Road. He will be advertising for a 2015 motorgrader with a rear packer which would be a very good asset. Bid opening will be Feb. 17. The signs have been put up for the bridge closure.

Tetrault also discussed a bill for gravel crushing which should have been submitted in 2014 and will affect his budget.
Ebsch also reported that County Road 16 bids will be due March 3.

Niobe Creek Crossing meeting with DOT will be held to finalize the selection of a box culvert and he did get some cost estimates for the three grade raises.

Planning & Zoning

Marla MacBeth presented three building permits: pole shed in Dimond Township; attach a two-car garage to his house in Vanville Township and a single family home with a garage in Colville Township. All three were approved.

She is still looking to fill the seat vacated by Gary Tande from the McGregor, Battleview, Powers Lake area.

Sheriff

Sheriff Jeremy Grohs reported to the commissioners that he has hired a deputy, Jason Cartier, who was previously employed by the office. He will be staying in Kenmare until they can find housing for him, preferably in the City of Flaxton.

Sheriff Grohs has been working on finding someone to take the second county K9, which has been housed in Crosby since the middle of September. If Divide County would purchase the dog, that would keep four dogs in the area, two in Divide, one (narcotics only) with Border Patrol, and one in Burke County. If Divide takes possession of the dog, Burke won’t take a complete loss, as they will be able to utilize the dog if there is a need.

Cities of Portal and Columbus returned police service contracts. City of Portal signed on a test basis. There is an option to end it within 30 days. Both contracts were approved by the commissioners.

Clerk of Court

Bonnie Bohnsack reported to the board that her offices are caught up on reconciling all statements and they were completed by the end of last year. They will keep being done on a monthly basis.

Tax Equalization

Janet Cron, tax assessor, wants to implement detailed soils and address land valuation in June. She also notified the commissioners that she will be resigning as of January 1, 2016.

Correction

In the commissioner article (Jan. 14) discussing longevity, courthouse staff is paid a bonus of $30 after one year of service.
For each year of ongoing employment, a $30 bonus is given. So after two years it’s $60; three years, $90; etc.





LISTED IN ERROR

As some of you may know, and just the same, some of you may not, my wife graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion a few years back. May of 2008, to be somewhat exact, and to be exactly exact, she is a fine physical therapist.

Caring, kind, and considerate with her patients to be even more exact. Exactly what one who finds themselves in need of physical therapy would want. Exactly.
When you find yourself a graduate of a university, as my wife and I have been fortunate enough to find ourselves a time or two or three, aside from receiving student loan bills in the mail each and every month (for many months to come) you also receive a nice monthly newsletter from the university.

A newsletter highlighting the comings, goings, and accomplishments of the various alumni and updates on improvements being made to the university (compliments of your student loan payments).

I always enjoy reading these newsletters and keeping up on the shiny new stuff we’re contributing to the university for the enjoyment and benefit of the neverending flow of shiny new students.

In each newsletter is an “In Memoriam” section devoted to alumni who have passed on and, I guess you could say, paid their final installment.
Some of these alumni graduated long ago and sadly some not so long ago, such is life.

In the latest newsletter I noticed a “Corrections” notice at the end of the “In Memoriam” section which stated that in the previous newsletter a certain alumni, “was listed in error as deceased in our last issue” and it went on to say that, “We regret the error.”

Both of these statements made me laugh out loud (LOL for you youngins).
A response that I assure you is not a regular occurrence when I read the “In Memoriam” section.

First off, it struck me as humorous to think of the reaction the individual “listed in error” must have had when he read that he was no longer residing on the ground level of this world.

It reminded me of that old chestnut from Mark Twain, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”
Humor struck me a second time (it tends to strike me at regular intervals and at inappropriate times) with the idea that the university “regretted the error.”

Would the university have rather not made the error that it regretted?

Was the individual such a delinquent student during his time at the university that they would have preferred to have correctly listed him as deceased?

I’m fairly positive the individual in question didn’t “regret the error” and was probably quite relieved to find himself “listed in error.”
Did it take any convincing on behalf of his loved ones that he was indeed “listed in error”?

Maybe he was relieved for a moment.
I could see him tossing the newsletter on the coffee table, sinking back in his chair and with a sigh,

exclaiming, “Finally, no more student loan payments, no more calls from the alumni association pandering for funds to build an addition onto the butterfly arboretum or stock the cafeteria with gluten-free pancakes. I’m free to move on with my life (or death as seemed to be).”

May you all be “listed in error” for many…many newsletters to come. Take care.


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