The new Griggs County Commission severed ties with the Barnes County State’s Attorney’s Office and approved a joint powers agreement with Nelson County to provide the county with legal services. The new commissioners, elected in a recall vote last month, also questioned how money is being spent on a controversial courthouse project.
The Monday night meeting of the Griggs County Commission lasted less than 10 minutes. That’s all it took for the commission’s five new members to be sworn in and notarized by county officials and to elect its officers.
Either the recall election that ousted all five Griggs County commissioners Tuesday was a sign of the effectiveness of an informed public in the democratic process or a product of misinformation pushed by a vocal few.
While they can’t do anything about the courthouse that’s being constructed at an estimated cost of $3.5 million, voters in Griggs County cast their votes in a recall election Tuesday that unseated all five county commissioners who approved the project.
The commissioners are being challenged in a recall election prompted by their decision earlier this year to build a $3.5 million courthouse and emergency operations center despite voter rejections of three separate ballot measures.
Red Willow has hosted ball players of all ages since about 1950 on two diamonds. The resort area in Griggs County was also a staple for youth for generations. This year’s annual Labor Day tournament will be the last one played.
The Griggs County Commission likely will decide today whether to put an estimated $1.5 million bond issue on the November ballot to build a new courthouse, replacing the historic, but hazardous building now in use.
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