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Leadership to remain for Davison Co. board

New year, same leadership.

During Tuesday's Davison County Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously confirmed Brenda Bode as the chairperson, and Kim Weitala as the vice-chairperson of the board for 2019.

Auditor Susan Kiepke administered the oaths of office to Bode, Weitala and fellow commissioners John Claggett, Dennis Kiner and Randy Reider during the commission's regular meeting Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.

In other news, the county took up welfare expenses and increasing the assistance payments to households for the first time in 12 years.

Auditor Susan Kiepke suggested to raise and approve the maximum annual shelter supplement rates. These payments are made from the county through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, assisting low-income families with monthly rent payments.

The increases include: a one-person household from $225 to $300; a two to three-person household from $300 to $400; four to five-person household from $325 to $475; six or more-person household from $375 to $550.

The board also agreed to raise the utility assistance for Davison County Welfare for one person households from $225 to $250. All other utility assistance payments for larger-sized households will remain unchanged.

Other business

Additionally, the county commission:

• Noted the contributions of Mitchell physician Dr. Martin Christensen, who retired recently after more than 30 years in the medical field. The commissioners said they were interested in consulting with Christensen regarding the future of the medical care at the county jail.

• Approved the designation of The Daily Republic as the county's official newspaper for 2019, and approved the county's depositories and investment policy for the new year.

• Made 2019 committee appointments for commissioners.

• Approved resolutions regarding county staff regularly scheduled travel and county mileage and meal reimbursement.

• The commissioners approved raises for the following corrections officers at the Davison County Sheriff's office, after their successful completion of a 6-month introductory period: Misty Grove, full-time, at $17.95 per hour; Misty Hicks-McDaniel, full-time, at $17.95 per hour; Margaret Johnson, part-time, at $17.95 per hour.

• Held an executive session at the request of State's Attorney Jim Miskimins to discuss personnel matters.