By Dan Bechtold, Editor
The burn ban that has been in place for several months was lifted by the Tripp County Commissioners at the May 12 meeting.
Tripp County received over an inch of rain last week and after consulting with the area fire departments the commissioners decided to lift the burn ban.
Commissioners discussed the next phase of courthouse electrical wiring. This phase of the work will feature outlets in offices in the first and second floor for data and communication in addition to providing cooling for the building. The commissioners looked at a room just off the commissioners room that will be used as a data hub. A wall will be built and half of the room will be used for the data hub and the rest will be used for storage.
Sheriff Shawn Pettit requested a part-time certified officer be hired to help with weekend calls and special events. He said the person hired would work between 20 to 30 hours a week and would be paid $13 per hour. This part-time person would work as needed at the discretion of the sheriff.
Three members of the Winner Volunteer Fire Department discussed options for purchasing new fire trucks. Nelson explained they would like to replace the 1980 tanker and then purchase a chasis to build a grass rig as they have done in the past.
Bids were opened for gravel crushing and dirt work.