The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors took no action on bids for a new camera surveillance system for the jail, wanting to make sure that they are comparing apples to apples in comparing the bids.
Chuck Nielsen of Network Vision of Marcus was present to explain his bid but there wasn't a representative from Reliance Telephone of East Grand Forks Minn.
Nielsen acknowledged that his bid of $12,500 was higher the other company's bid of $7,280 but that the Network Vision bid involves a considerable upgrade of the system including rewiring, recording capability and control of the system from the office in the jail rather than just the communication center.
A representative of Reliance will be invited to come to a supervisors' meeting and explain the system.
The supervisors somewhat reluctantly approved a waiver of the waiting period for construction of a hog confinement operation.
The supervisors noted that the waiver was due to the lateness of the construction season and should not be considered precedence for future waiver requests.
Larry Clark, county engineer, suggested that waiting period waiver approval could be made contingent in the future on filling out the entire livestock confinement construction application. It had been noted at a past supervisors' meeting that applications are often incomplete with such information as emergency plans and employee safety not included because those matters are asked about in the last part of the form.
The county is committed to using the "matrix" system for determining approval of a confinement operation application. Once the number of points required by the matrix is reached, the rest of the form is left blank since the form is filled out by a service that charges by the page.
Clark suggested that the possibility of a waiting period waiver should be used as leverage to get important questions answered.