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County seeking snow removal assistance

Press Photo by Ashley Martin Stark County Auditor Alice Schulz, far left, and County Commissioners from left: Duane Wolf, Ken Zander, Russ Hoff, Jay Elkin and Pete Kuntz listen during a commission meeting, Tuesday.

Brent Pringle, Stark County emergency manager, is looking to get assistance for the cost of snow removal, he said at Monday's Stark County Commission meeting. The cost so far in the county for snow removal after a winter storm over Christmas has totaled $86,000, Pringle said.

"This is only for a two-day period," Pringle said.

The county has gone through the necessary steps to apply for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

That covers overtime hours, contracted labor and the cost of the equipment used. However, the cost for South Heart's snow removal was not available, Pringle said.

One of the eligibility requirements for the funding is for the county to reach about $74,000, Pringle said.

"The state of North Dakota itself needs to meet a $1 million dollar deficit or cost to even declare that a disaster," Pringle said. "This is the infant stages of this and we'll see how it goes."

In other matters:

- The County Commission also approved of the County Park Board's decision to give $15,000 to the Taylor Community Association for the construction of public bathrooms in Taylor.

"I think it's a very worthwhile cause for Stark County Parks to be involved," Commissioner Ken Zander said.

Commissioner Russ Hoff said a bar in the city is one of the primary public restrooms used in Taylor.

"The whole community is participating and behind this and will continue," said Herb Urlacher of Taylor.

- Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy presented information from 2009 regarding the South Sakakawea Narcotics Task Force.

"2009 was a very active year for the Task Force," Tuhy said. "2009 showed a major swing toward prescription drug abuse statewide and it seems like it's climbing."

- Arnie Binek was re-elected as Stark County Park Board president and Frank Klein was re-elected as Park Board vice president.