Bennett County Commissioners approve new hires for law department

By Taylor Risse

A regular meeting of the Bennett County Board of Commissioners was held on Wednesday, February 5, with all commissioners in attendance except Wayne Bond.

Before approving the January 22 meeting minutes, discussion was held regarding the minutes being approved before they’re published in the paper. One option discussed was putting “Unofficial” at the beginning of the minutes when they run in the paper, so the public knows they haven’t been approved by the board yet. Another option talked about was Auditor Angie Hicks sending out the minutes to each board member for their review, before sending them to the paper. No decision was made on the issue and the minutes were approved as presented.

Highway Superintendent Terry Smokov was unable to attend the meeting due to a training he was at. The board decided to hold a special meeting on Friday, February 7 at 2 p.m., with Smokov to discuss highway business and personnel.

During the highway portion of the meeting, many community members from western Bennett County were in attendance to discuss their roads with 289th street being a major topic. Last week, Commissioner Judd Schomp rode with Wayne Sterkel to look at bad areas on the west side of the county. Schomp agreed that there are a lot of issues out there that need addressed. 

A major concern the residents expressed is jobs being done subpar when the road crew is out working.

Larry Heath asked the board why the roads aren’t getting taken care of and what needs to be done for things to get turned around?

The board assured the residents that they’re working on the issues but things aren’t going to happen overnight.

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