The current opt-out for Richland Township is set to expire and was set for $10,000 a year. The Union County Commissioners deliberated on how much is spent every year to maintain the township and decided to increase the new opt-out at their meeting Tuesday, June 30. They set it at $20,000 a year for two years. Their plan is to re-evaluate the amount after the opt-out expires. If enough residents in Richland Township oppose the opt-out, it will go to a vote.

The commissioners discussed opening all the courthouse doors. It was decided that it was time to completely reopen. All doors will be unlocked beginning Monday, July 6.

Budget

The board briefly discussed some budgets, setting the Lewis and Clark Behavioral Services at $13,343, ROCS $1,663, Beresford Cupboard $600, Beresford Faith-In-Action $600, Elk Point Food Pantry $1,200, Beresford Community Bus $3,500, Siouxland Regional Bus $1,000, libraries $16,000 (divided between the four libraries – $4,000 each), Historical Society $3,000, Soil Conservation $14,500, Southeast Tourists $385, Fire Departments $62,000 and Ambulances $48,000.

Department Heads

The board approved declaring the following items from the Highway Department as surplus to be sold on the Purple Wave auction site:

• 1986 Chevrolet 4x4 pickup, diesel – 41,427 miles

• 1975 Chevrolet three-quarter ton pickup – 55,585 miles

• 2002 Chevrolet half-ton 4x4 pickup – 135,973 miles

• 1995 Ford LT8000 tandem dump truck – 286,485 miles

• 1993 Blaw Knox Asphalt Paver – 4,586 hours

• 1971 Raygo Vibratory Roller (self-propelled sheepsfoot)

The board approved the signature of the chairman on a contract with Scott Persing to replace a bridge on Staum Road with a box culvert. The notice of award was approved at the May 5 meeting.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.