Fiedler declines job, commission tables decision on position


Adam Fiedler told the Walworth County Commissioners Tuesday, April, 22, that he is not interested in taking the combined position of emergency manager and weed and pest control.

Fiedler had told the board at the April 8 meeting that he would consider the position, but he had been offered a full-time position at his current place of employment and was considering taking that position or working in the oil fields in North Dakota. He told the commission on Tuesday, he was staying in the area and taking the other position offered.

Fiedler said he would continue to work in the emergency manager’s position until his replacement could be found.

The commission tabled any decision on what to do about filling those positions until a later date.

After many months of discussion on whether or not the county should be involved in tearing down a tax property on Main Street in Java, the commissioners finally agreed to have the building removed from the site and to dispose of the refuse. The residents of Java have complained that the building, which had partially collapsed, posed a danger to the people living there.

The commissioners also heard Walworth County Highway Superintendent Penny Goetz explain the work that was completed of the culvert under County 236 that has washed out on a number of occasions. She told the commission the culvert was not replaced but repaired, a new pipe added, with extra concrete work to stabilize the culvert.

Goetz said the work should keep the culvert from washing out again.

In other business, the Walworth County Commissioners:

• Authorized the notice of sale for three tax properties in Mobridge.

• Heard Walworth County Director of Equalization Deb Kahl ask if her office would be responsible for the zoning and building requests in the county since Roger Walker had retired. The commission tabled a decision on this issue until a later meeting. The staff of the equalization office will continue to deal with those issues as they do currently.

• Approved extending load limits on county roads past the normal deadline for lifting those limits. Goetz told the commission the frost is not yet out of the ground and the roads could still be soft until the warmer weather pushes out the frost and ground is stabilized.

• Heard a presentation on what is needed to be done to educate the public concerning the proposed jail renovation/rehabilitation project. Dean Marske of HKG and Associates of Aberdeen informed commissioners of what is needed at public information meetings.

Toby Morris was also scheduled to explain funding options, but he was unable to attend and will meet with the board at a later date.

The commissioners also held an executive session regarding a personnel matter.

– Katie Zerr –


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