Humboldt sups get request for funding

By ROBERT WOLF

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DAKOTA CITY – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors received the annual funding request for the Humboldt County Fair Monday.

Officers of the Humboldt County Agricultural Society requested $30,000 from the board. The county funded $20,000 in the present budget.

“One thing we need to do is put a new roof on the rabbit barn,” said society President Jeff Haselhuhn. “The shingles are in dire need of repair. We would like to put a new steel roof on that building. That’s one of the oldest buildings on the fairgrounds. We would like to preserve it for the future.”

The new roof is expected to cost $10,000.

“We have been balancing our budget for the last five years. We feel we are really in control of our finances but we need more help from the county,” Haselhuhn said.

The society received a $10,000 grant from the Humboldt County Community Foundation to help pay for a new announcing stand.

Supervisor Carl Mattes said the supervisors will soon start work on the new budget and the budget would be tight.

“We understand completely,” Haselhuhn said. “We’ve had to scale back on some things the last few years just to get things under control.”

The board will consider the request.

In other business the board:

  • Received a funding request from the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center. Executive Director Connie Harris said because of reorganizing by the Crime Victim Assistance Division of the Attorney General’s office the D/SAOC shelter may be the only one remaining open in a 20-county region. D/SAOC is facing about a 10 percent cut in state and federal funding but their request of $5,000 in funding from Humboldt County is the same as last year’s request.
  • Approved the hiring of a mental health service coordinator to serve Humboldt, Pocahontas and Wright Counties.

“They would connect people with supports right away,” County Social Services Director Brad Leckrone said of the new position. The person would mainly serve the three-county area but could help out in neighboring counties. The hiring must be approved by the other two counties.

  • Approved the first reading of an ordinance requiring people to notify the law enforcement center before they intend to burn in unincorporated areas of the county.

The fire chiefs in the county came up with the ordinance, which also has the support of the sheriff, said County Attorney Jon Beaty.

“When somebody burns and they don’t tell anybody, people call in,” he said.

The ordinance does not overstep a fire ban. If there is a fire ban people cannot burn, Beaty said.

“Making a phone call shouldn’t be that difficult to keep the fire trucks from being called,” said Supervisor Carl Mattes.

Not calling beforehand would be a simple misdemeanour with fines ranging from $65 to $625 and/or up to 30 days in jail, said Auditor Peggy Rice.

The board approved the first reading and the publication of the ordinance. Supervisor Harlan Hansen said he wanted to give the public a chance to comment on the ordinance before it is enacted.