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County attorney contracts with Alberta

MORRIS – Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan will now serve as the city attorney for the city of Alberta.

Under a contract approved by the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, staff in the county attorney’s office will prosecute gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor, petty misdemeanor and ordinance violations that occur within Alberta city limits as well as represent the city on civil matters at a rate of $110 per hour as needed.

Jordan told the board that he has verbal agreements in place to take on these cases with both Donnelly and Chokio.

“I don’t know how much income this is going to generate between those three cities,” said Jordan. “Alberta said that in the last five years there was really only one item the city attorney worked on for them.”

The board also voted to amend the county attorney’s contract with the city of Morris to increase the city’s fee for services from $36,000 per year to $37,000 per year. This fee covers Jordan’s time prosecuting criminal charges, reviewing contracts and attending city council meetings.

Because Stevens County’s total population is under 12,000 people, state statute allows the county attorney to also serve as a city attorney.

Stevens Forward money to transfer to Community Fund

The Stevens County Board of Commissioners expressed support for a plan that would transfer the approximately $28,000 remaining for Stevens Forward into a county-wide community fund when the organization ceases to exist.

County Coordinator Brian Giese told the board Tuesday that the board for the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission, the fiscal host for Stevens Forward, was considering how to distribute or transfer the money left from donations to the organization.

The consensus was to transfer the money to the Community Fund, a project organized by Stevens Forward, that will continue with an independent board. Money from the Community Fund is distributed by application and can be used as seed money for projects.

Other business

  • The board approved hiring Daniel Lissick of Grand Forks, N.D. as an assistant ditch inspector/GIS technician with the Stevens County Highway Department. Lissick is expected to start on Monday.
  • There is a hearing on the final engineer’s report and viewer’s report for County Ditch 30 scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Stevens County Courthouse.
  • The board scheduled their annual tour of county road projects for Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. The tour will leave from the Stevens County Highway Department.
  • The board authorized Human Services Director Janet Raguse to send revised job descriptions for two positions in the auditor/treasurer’s office to be analyzed and graded, the property tax specialist and deputy auditor/treasurer.