Walworth County to hire consultant to help fix auditor’s office bookkeeping

During Tuesday’s (May 24) meeting of the Walworth County Commission, at the request of County Auditor Deb Kahl, the commissioners approved the hiring of the current Perkins County Finance Officer as consultant to help straighten the books of the auditor’s office, at a cost of $40 per hour plus expenses. She will be able to access the Walworth County books remotely after being in person first. Kahl said she comes highly recommended by Legislative Audit, Connecting Point, software managers and the Department of Revenue. It uses the same accounting system and software as Walworth County. It will start in July.

Walworth County 4-H Ambassador Eli Hamre asked commissioners to help sponsor this year’s teen leadership conference at South Dakota State University in June. The Board approved the requested amount of $500 from the 4-H Outreach Fund.

Walworth County Emergency Manager Jeff Jensen said Saturday’s May 21 Sound the Alarm event was a success, with more than 100 smoke detectors installed in homes across the county. He told stewards it was the 6th Red Cross event in the past 3 weeks with the highest number of smoke detectors installed. The Red Cross has left smoke detectors at each of the county’s fire stations for residents who may have missed the event and would like to install one.

Jensen wanted to remind people not to throw away lit cigarettes. A fire in Walworth County on Sunday morning was reportedly started by a discarded cigarette.

The commission approved Resolution 22-09 read by Jensen for the Wildland Fire Designee, adding Commissioner Kevin Holgard and Commissioner Justin Jungwirth, other contacts being the Sheriff and Deputy Chief, Emergency Manager and County Fire Chief rural Curt Rawstern.

Department of roads:

Commissioners have approved permission to advertise gravel crushing in the Hoven area.

They endorsed the asphalt surface treatment advertisement by contract. The offers will be opening on June 23 at 10:15 a.m.

Highways Department Superintendent Gary Byre mentioned wanting to use KLJ Engineering to help develop asphalt surface treatment plans under an existing service contract, which is on file.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

Dylan Zabel was introduced as the new part-time assistant in the Deed Registry and Assessor offices, and Brenda DeToy was added to the Deed Registry bank account.

County Auditor Deb Kahl told commissioners there was now a box at the main entrance for the disposal of flags, provided by the Association of South Dakota County Officials.

Commissioner Duane Mohr had some final numbers on landfills from recent Walworth County cleanup days.

The dates for the regular Walworth County Commission meetings in June will be the 9th and 23rd.

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