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Weed and pest discussed

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, October 4th, 2012

No final decision has been made on how—or if—the county’s weed and pest department will be restructured. A final decision will be made toward the end of the month.
The issue was discussed again, however, at the Sept. 26 meeting of the Custer County Commission, with a report given that a committee consisting of weed and pest board members and county commissioners had met, and will meet at least twice more before making a recommendation as to what to do with the department.
Mike Carter, who is running the weed and pest department in the interim, said maintenance work needs to be done for the grant the department receives from the state, and there are enforcement issues to be addressed, as well, to ensure compliance from county residents who received a letter from the county asking them to spray their noxious weeds. Carter said there is a lot of paperwork to go through.
“A lot more than I have time for,” he said.
Because of that, Cathy Carter, who works in administration for the county highway department, is being paid $100 per week to help keep up with weed and pest work.

No final decision has been made on how—or if—the county’s weed and pest department will be restructured. A final decision will be made toward the end of the month.

The issue was discussed again, however, at the Sept. 26 meeting of the Custer County Commission, with a report given that a committee consisting of weed and pest board members and county commissioners had met, and will meet at least twice more before making a recommendation as to what to do with the department.

Mike Carter, who is running the weed and pest department in the interim, said maintenance work needs to be done for the grant the department receives from the state, and there are enforcement issues to be addressed, as well, to ensure compliance from county residents who received a letter from the county asking them to spray their noxious weeds. Carter said there is a lot of paperwork to go through.

“A lot more than I have time for,” he said.

Because of that, Cathy Carter, who works in administration for the county highway department, is being paid $100 per week to help keep up with weed and pest work.

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