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Mitchell Rural Fire District discussions return to Davison Co. Commission

In what could be a quick meeting, the Davison County Commission is set to discuss the Mitchell Rural Fire District approved by voters in 2015. The five-person board will meet with Jim Davies regarding the district, which replaced the long-standin...

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In what could be a quick meeting, the Davison County Commission is set to discuss the Mitchell Rural Fire District approved by voters in 2015.

The five-person board will meet with Jim Davies regarding the district, which replaced the long-standing Mitchell Rural Fire Association. The discussion will be held during a 9 a.m. Tuesday meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.

The district was approved by 81 of 94 voters in Beulah, Lisbon and Prosper townships, which surround Mitchell. The district is set to assess a levy on property owners to provide faster and better fire protection to the townships.

At the time of the vote, The Daily Republic reported the Mitchell Fire Association was contracted with the Mitchell Fire Division to provide coverage for the region until Dec. 31, 2017, and the new district was expected to start service after the contract expires.

Agenda items

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The commission will consider the following agenda items:

• 9 a.m.: Call the meeting to order, conduct the Pledge of Allegiance, consider approving minutes from the previous meeting and hear citizen input and board reports.

• 9:15 a.m.: Discuss a "Wellness Request" with Auditor Susan Kiepke and Commissions Randy Reider.

• 9:30 a.m.: Meet with Emergency Management Administrator Jeff Bathke to consider a Homeland Security grant application and request funds for Emergency Operations Center upgrades.

• 9:45 a.m.: Meet with Davies to discuss the Mitchell Rural Fire District.

• 10 a.m.: Meet with Corrections Administrator Don Radel to consider a probationary wage increase for an employee.

• 10:15 a.m.: Meet with Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg to consider setting spring load limits.

• 10:30 a.m.: Hear miscellaneous motions brought to the board, consider approving bills and timesheets, review abatements and consider an automatic supplement and operating transfer to the Office of Emergency Management.

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