August 5, 2014

August 5, 2014

              The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session August 5, 2014, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Don Bowman, Garrett Gassman.  Absent:  Alex Protsch and Voni Durant.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Bowman and carried to approve the agenda as amended.

              The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed a July 31, 2014 balance of $4,485,037.85 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.

            The minutes of the July 15th meeting were approved. 

            Chairman Wentland reported on the status of various highway projects.  He also reported that Durant had attended the Minnehaha Regional Juvenile Detention meeting.  This alliance will consider improvements that will be made in the future and the costs associated with the expansion of the facility.  Further information will be provided at an upcoming commission meeting.   

            Correspondence was considered from the SD 911 Coordination Board concerning the compliance with SD 911 Administrative Rules report.  A request has been made for the state 911 coordinator, Shawnie Rechtenbaugh to attend a future commission meeting to review the report and suggested updates. 

            The board was provided with correspondence verifying the approval of exemption from ARSD 44:05:03:04 (the requirement that both ambulance driver and EMS provider must be currently certified emergency medical technicians) for the Miner County Ambulance service. 

            Other correspondence & reports received included Legislative Task Force information on Ag land drainage rules; sheriff and dispatch monthly reports for April, May & June; and Miner County Soil Conservation & NRCS July report.

            The board adjourned as a board of commissioners and reconvened as a planning commission serving as the board of adjustments.  Garrett Gassman was appointed as vice-chairman of the planning commission.  Gassman took and the chair.

A hearing was held as advertised to consider granting a conditional use permit from Landon Lee to establish an extended home occupation (machine shop) which is located on Lots A & B of Tract 1 Poppen’s 2nd Addition in the SW ¼ of Section 27, T108N, R 56 W, Grafton Township, Miner County, South Dakota.  Zoning Administrator Tami Severson was present.  No person appeared in opposition.   Following consideration of materials presented it was moved by Bowman and seconded by Wentland that the following findings be approved.


STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA        )                                                  BEFORE THE MINER COUNTY

                                                                : SS                                         BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

COUNTY OF MINER                     )



IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF                                               )

                                                                                                                                 )             FINDINGS

LANDON LEE FOR A CONDITIONAL USE                                                  )






                That the applicant, Landon Lee has made an application for a conditional use for an extended home occupation, machine shop located on Lots A & B of Tract 1 Poppen’s 2nd Addition in the South West (SW) ¼ of Section 27, T108N, R56W, Grafton Township, Miner County, South Dakota.


                That the proposed use of said realty is specifically prohibited by the zoning ordinance without applicant first obtaining a conditional use, for which they have applied.



                That upon said application, notice of hearing was given as required by the Miner County Zoning Ordinance by mailing to the adjoining landowners and by publication.



                That hearing upon said application was held on August 5, 2014 in the Commissioners’ Room of the Miner County Courthouse.



                That the applicant, Landon Lee was not present.



                That no residents appeared in opposition. 



                That a presentation in support of said conditional use and testimony on behalf of said conditional use was received at the hearing and that no testimony in opposition to the granting of the conditional use was received at the hearing. 


                NOW, THEREFORE, that application, testimony at the hearing, and arguments of individuals at the hearing all having been considered, it is the FINDING of the Miner County Board of Adjustment that the application of Landon Lee for a conditional use be approved for the following reasons:


1)      That the Miner County Board of Adjustment is empowered under Section 505 of the Miner County Zoning Ordinance to grant with conditions the conditional use and that the granting of the conditional use will not adversely affect the public interest.

2)      That the Miner County Board of Adjustment certifies compliance with the specific rules governing individual conditional uses.

3)      That the Miner County Board of Adjustment is able to make the applicable findings required by Section 505, Subsection 5 of the ordinance, which are considered prerequisite to the granting of a conditional use.



               That the Board of Adjustment vote upon approval of such application was three in favor thereof and none opposed thereto.

                It is, therefore, ORDERED that said application be approved.

                Dated this 5th day of August, 2014.

                                                                                                Garrett Gassman, Vice Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Adjustment

    Attest:  Susan Connor, Secretary


            The board adjourned as a planning commission and reconvened as a board of commissioners.

            Motion by Gassman, seconded by Bowman and carried to enter into the FFY 2015 Emergency Management State & Local Agreement with the State of SD.

            The following plat was presented for consideration.  Motion by Bowman and seconded by Gassman to approve the following resolution.


            BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota, that the plat of R.B. BLAKE CONSERVATION EASEMENT TRACTS 1 AND 2 IN THE EAST ½ OF SECTION 19, T 105 N, R 58 W OF THE 5TH P.M., MINER COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, which has been submitted for examination pursuant to law, is hereby approved and the County Auditor is hereby authorized and directed to endorse on such plat a copy of this Resolution and certify the same.

            Voting aye:  Gassman, Bowman and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 5th day of August, 2014.                                                  


                                                                                         Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                         Miner County Board of Commissioners

    Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            The board reviewed the proposed provisional budget.

Claims allowed: Road & Bridge $48,307.68, Wellmark $30,078.72, Reliance $1,301.73, Retirement $5,868.43, OASI $8,567.86, Commissioners $3,824.00, Auditor $6,058.75, Treasurer $6,107.00, States Attorney $3,563.75, Govt Building $2,440.00, Director of Equalization $6,318.45, Register of Deeds $5,261.43, Vet Service $770.50, Sheriff $10,572.81, Contract Law $3,260.00, Welfare $263.50, Co Nurse $1,944.64, Ambulance $8,461.29, WIC $57.68, Extension $1,258.21, Weed $798.00, Dispatch $8,213.79, Emergency Mgt $2,341.50; 

Maria Feldhaus $451.01 4-H awards; Alliance $300.00, Century Link $98.55 911 charges; Ericsson Law Office $469.67 abuse/neglect child defense attorneys; Mike Clary $140.00, Rob Eggert $40.00, Nathan Kizer $20.00, Evan Meyer $20.00, Mike Sebert $20.00 ambulance attendants fees; Xcel Energy $10.74 electric service; Northwestern $41.37 gas service; Thomson Reuters-West $200.00 law library law books; Wegner Auto Co. $26,423.00 sheriff pickup; Dean Schaefer Court Reporting $30.00, Yankton Co $110.00 mental illness hearing expense; City of Howard $1,395.25 mosquito control; Miner Co Treasurer $193.63 postage; Tami Moore $50.00, Lori Wehlander $60.00 4H judge; Lake Co Auditor $130.00, Miner County Pioneer $137.69 publishing; Aramark $53.90, Howard American Legion $90.00 rent; Bob’s Electric $1,206.73, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $3,223.41, Office Peeps $69.90, Safe-N-Secure $1,281.97, Ultra $9,285.99, Winker Trenching Service $4,299.76 repairs; Concrete Materials $93,943.84, Homestead Building Supply $17.97 road materials; Alliance Communications $105.74, Dakota Data Shred $55.43, Homestead $113.56, City of Howard $375.00, Miner Co Treasurer $12.80, National 4-H Supply Service $47.45, Office Peeps $66.63, Rafferty-Robbins $14.37, Rusty’s $157.90, Sturdevant’s $216.27, Superior Lamp $903.57, Thomson Reuters $772.75, Ultra $698.00, Vermed $253.62, Wingen’s Garage $55.80 supplies; Alliance $826.00, AT&T $80.91, Century Link $10.10, Verizon $68.95 telephone; SD Dept. of Public Safety $2,340.00 teletype; Don Bowman $20.72, Bob Calmus $202.40, Dakota 911 Conference $198.00, Garrett Gassman $7.77, SDAAO $300.00, SD Counties $1,485.00 travel; City of Howard $1,638.15 utilities.

              The meeting adjourned to August 19th.  Dated this 5th day of August, 2014.


                                                                                         Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                         Miner County Board of Commissioners

    Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor


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