Equipment Use Policy Adopted by Pennington County Board Tuesday 09 Aug 17

A new policy for County Equipment Use as the Pennington County Board this week reviewed Highway Department Projects and Procedures.

Commissioners approved a motion Tuesday stating that, until further notice, the use of County equipment will need approval of the Highway Committee, comprised of Commissioners Don Jenson & Neil Peterson, and the County Engineer, Mike Flaagan.

The decision comes after County Engineer Flaagan came under fire last month, the subject of a KVLY whistle-blower report concerning the use of county equipment on personal, home projects. That report found Flaagan had used County equipment to fill a backyard swimming pool but that Flaagan had paid the County for services out of his own pocket, with Flaagan cleared of any wrongdoing. County Auditor / Treasurer Ken Olson says the unanimous decision, approved Tuesday, is only temporary until a more comprehensive policy can be created.

In other County news, things are expected to be quiet this week, with County Engineer Mike Flaagan saying operations are ramping up on two projects scheduled for next week. He says there will be one shouldering project and a two foot shoulder paving project from the airport road to the Seven Clans Casino on Highway #3.

Flaagan also says the State has approved funding for a bridge project on County State Aid Highway 17, south of the airport, set to begin before wrapping up the road construction season. He says the County will be taking bids for that project at the Commissioners meeting room in the Pennington County Court House, Wednesday August 30th, at 10 AM.