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Davison County commissioners will interview two applicants for vacant seat

Davison County residents could know as early as Tuesday who will be appointed to fill the empty seat of former District 1 Commissioner David Weitala.

Weitala died in mid-January of a heart attack. He was the chairman of the commission before his death, which occurred while he was shoveling snow before a meeting was set to begin.

The county commissioners will interview two applicants for the vacancy when they meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in regular session in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell.

An hour has been set aside to meet with candidates Kim Weitala, the widow of the former commissioner, and Bryan Dixon, a Mitchell businessman.

Kim Weitala said she wants to honor her husband's memory and continue his work. Dixon is running to give the commissioners a choice and because he believes greater city-county cooperation will help both entities.

The agenda includes:

• 9 a.m. Call to order, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input.

• 9:30 a.m. Interviews with candidates for District 1 commissioner.

• 10:30 a.m. Executive session to discuss interviews.

• 10:45 a.m. Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg regarding a request for the commissioners to sign a rightof-way agreement with the city of Mitchell for a water line.

• 11 a.m. Drainage Coordinator Dan Sudrla regarding a request to place an engineer on retainer.

• 11:15 a.m. Treasurer Brenda Veldheer will report on how other counties handle passport applications. Passport applications have been an ongoing point of contention between the commissioners and Veldheer in recent weeks.

• 11:30 a.m. Future visioning, regarding Central Electric and board committee structures.

• 11:45 a.m. Miscellaneous items brought before the board; approval of bills submitted for payment.