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The Star August 23, 2021 Chamber welcomes The Club owners to the club Members of the Rolla Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors welcomed Sam and Joetta ____:... cum. loft to right are Morgan Garrison, Sam Booth, Joetta Booth, Todd Mears and Josh Munro. The chamber board members came bearing a wide array of gifts from the other business owners and chamber mem- bers. they should be.” During a recent meeting with N.D. legislators, Tribal Chairman Jamie Azure lamented the prelimi— nary U.S. Census numbers. At least twice during the conversation with the state’s Tribal Relations Commit— tee, he mentioned the number “17,000” in reference to the tribe’s membership on and off the reserva- tion in Rolette County. Chairman Azure also asked if the state would use tribal enrollment numbers as proof toward the actual population within the county. In response, Sen. Rich Wardner. R—Dickinson, agreed that the 2020 Census will bring much skepticism, but added it's likely each area will be bound to those numbers. "I don't doubt for one minute that the population here is higher, but that's the number they got and we have to go by it," Sen. Wardner said. Chairman Azure said a recent con- cern about the census raised the ques- tion of whether or not the US. Census Bureau tried to work with each tribe and share information. He also brought up a historical mistrust of federal and state governments that still lingers. In addition, the chairman said the pandemic also dealt a blow to those trying to collect accurate numbers for the census. “There are a lot of issues as to why there was not an accurate count,” Chairman Azure said. “It seems like everything went against us.” The chairman said the lower count will impact funding for around 150 programs the tribe administers. At that same meeting, Rep. Mar- vin Nelson of Rolla said the national effort resulted in a vastly under— eounted population in Rolette County. “It’s very concerning how this will affect a lot of things,” Rep. Nelson said. "There are serious fore- seeable issues.” Of the five municipalities in the county, only Mylo saw an increase in residents. A total of 21 people were counted in the small community 10— « cated on the southern edge of the <5.000 [:3 5.000 -9339 l Hausa-24.999 COUNTY POPULATION CENSUS 2020 Statewide; 779,094 Census (Continued from Page 1) county. That’s exactly one more than was recorded in 2010. The steepest decline was in Dun- seith. A total of 632 people were recorded. That’s 141 less than a decade ago. Rolette rang in 484, which was down from the 594 the last time the census was conducted. Rolla was down by only 57 and stood at 1,223. St. John recorded 322, which was down from the 341 a decade ago. Local and state officials all agree that Rolette County was under— counted. Kevin Iverson is the man— ager of the North Dakota State Data Center. Iverson said when the census was completed in 2010, studies came out a few years later reporting almost 5 percent of people living in; the county were not counted. Iverson didn’t want to guess on the discrep- ancy regarding this year’s count, but added Rolette County’s steep decline was noticed by state officials. Officials worked tirelessly to get everyone counted but by mid sum- mer it was apparent people were slip- ping through the cracks. At a drive-through event last July, only 17.9 percent of those living on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation had participated in the census. Blue credited everyone who worked on the drive~through events , 25.000 —54.955 65,000 plus but added they too had challenges. “With our. level of poverty people couldn’t make multiple trips to the drive-through events if for some rea- son something went wrong the first time. We tried everything we could to get people to go but they simply couldn’t afford to do it again,” she said. ' The census is critical because it helps determine federal funding. amounts for the next 10 years and once the numbers are calculated, there are no do—overs. Over the course of a decade, each person counted brings approximately $19,100 in federal tax dollars back to North Dakota. If one household in North Dakota is missed, that means that $44,312 that would have other— wise come to the state to help support critical education, health care and in- frastructure program, like Medicaid, Head Start or highway construction, will instead go to other states. Last year officials leading a cen- sus effort on the Turtle Mountain In- dian Reservation said every person living on the reservation who does not get counted costs the tribe roughly $10,000. That is money used to fund nearly any endeavor on the reservation, including Indian Health Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, among others. CALL FOR BIDS PROPANE PRE-BUY ROLETTE COUNTY is accepting bids for Pre-Buy of 35,000 GALLONS of propane. This will be delivered to the county shops in Rolette, St John and Dunseith, County C0urt- house and the Rolette County Jail/LEC in Rolla on a keep-fill basis. Interested bidders should submit bids to the Rolette County Auditor by 9:00 a.m., September 7, 2021. If you han any questions please fell free to contact the County Auditor at 701-477-5665. (Published August 30 & Sept 6, 2021) The deadline for entering the lot- tery was August 25 and the public drawings are set for mid—September. Olander said the concept is a “one-time” event and the TMHA board believed it would be a “fair process” to all tenants underneath the housing umbrella. As the TMHA prepares to transfer its eight newest homes, Olander said more progress is being made on re- habilitating existing units. She said the housing authority may use inde- pendent contractors to complete the rehab on the units or hire additional people to bolster its existing staff. “Right now the vacant unit count is at 40,” Olander said. “A little over a year ago it was around 135, so we’ve made a lot of progress.” Olander also pointed out that TMHA deals with persistent turnover ’ in its units, with a portion of that due to issues with tenants that are dealing with substance abuse. ' “There are extra costs in fixing units that are damaged and we never collect fair market (rent) from these units,” Olander said. “That can have a big impact on our budget.” Last February, Olander told The Star that TMHA’s budget had seen a significant drop in federal funding during the past few decades. In the late 19905, Olander said the agency started each year with $12 to $13 million to work with while today those numbers are down to between $6 to $8 million. Add in the factor of rising costs for materials and labor makes the downward trend even steeper. According to TMHA, typical home renovations after a tenant leaves will cost $2,000 to $3,000, which includes testing and clean up. A contaminated unit will add another $10,000 to $11,000, or more, in repairs. Add in the fact that while pro— jected market cost of maintaining a unit could be as much as $500 a month, TMHA does not charge mar- ket rents, and only gets a portion of that because'rent is based on an indi- vidual’s ability to pay. Olander credited the TMHA staff for their continuous efforts to keep the area’s housing maintained. She said it’s an endless campaign. “I don’t think people realize the amount of work that’s done,” Olan- der said. “It’s a job in which you can never catch up. We always have unmet needs. A'H-‘i Project 9 (Continued from Page 1) , £19113] fund “for. sneii’vetiey Headstart Building. Terry LaVallie works in TMHA’s maintenance department. He said a work area that expands from Dun- seith in the west to Kent Addition east of Belcourt is a lot for the work- ers to cover. “There’s only so much time and . r. {firepreramis funded treasury Department under ,ERA1. 'standrrovide audi- sheju valley housing site in the former Becky below d , area. median: in- we’re really, really busy all the time.” Managing that time is key, LaVal- lie said, which leads the maintenance department to do a lot of planning, which helps ease budget constraints. “That way we’re sure to get the best prices for our projects,” he said. 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