July 2, 2019

July 2, 2019

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session July 2, 2019 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, Voni Durant and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the agenda.  The minutes of the June 18th meeting were approved.  No one appeared for Public Comment. 

The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed a June 30, 2019 balance of $7,372,442.15 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.

The following correspondence was received:  Compensatory Time Report; Miner County Sheriff & 911 May Reports; East Dakota WDD June Meeting Minutes; Miner County Conservation & NRCS April & May Reports.

Motion by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims:  Road & Bridge $38,684.58, United Health Care $37,104.58, Retirement $5,962.58, OASI $8,540.68, Commissioners $4,327.25, Auditor $7,146.25, Treasurer $6,664.75, States Attorney $5,534.75, Govt Building $2,796.80, Director of Equalization $6,930.02, Register of Deeds $6,359.30, Vet Service $872.00, Sheriff $11,358.80, Contract Law $3,646.25, Welfare $586.52, Co Nurse $1,272.50, Ambulance $8,502.01, WIC $86.50, Extension $1,272.50, Weed $1,166.75, Dispatch $10,064.43, Emergency Mgt $2,166.75 JUNE PAYROLL; Darcy Albert $11.00, Tami Severson $17.00 PAYROLL TRAVEL.  Triotel $171.53 911 CHARGES; Horizon Health Care $200.00 BLOOD DRAW; SD Office of Child & Family Services $1,563.50 CO NURSE PMT TO STATE; FJM Collections $15.00 COLLECTION FEE; Lammers Kleibacker $885.75 COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEYS; Deere & Company $85,144.05, Diamond Mowers $40,219.00, Brittany Yanish $682.45 EQUIPMENT; Northwestern Energy $174.79 GAS SERVICE; Community Counseling Service $7,000.00 GRANTS; Sanford Health $800.00 IN SERVICE EDUCATION; County Employee $2,000.00 INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT; Kennedy, Pier, Loftus & Reynolds $125.90 MENTAL ILLNESS HEARING EXPENSE; John Eulberg $375.00, Nick Kramer $375.00 MOWING; Miner Co Treasurer $131.24 POSTAGE; Huron Clinic $30.00 PRE-EMPLOYMENT HEARING TEST; All-in-One Landscaping $50.00, C&R Supply $1,109.76, James Valley Landscape $93.92, Two Way Solutions $2,130.19, Ultra $1,116.50 REPAIRS; Emergency Medical Products $581.28, Hyland Machining $15.00, Kibble Equipment $172.90, McLeod’s $289.90, Mid-American Research $239.25, Miner County Pioneer $145.05, Miner Co Treasurer $19.57, Rockmount Research $1,619.22, Safety Kleen $400.00, Tami Severson $20.00, Two Way Solutions $63.96 SUPPLIES; Alliance $926.69, AT&T $109.60, Century Link $25.59, Tami Severson $210.00 TELEPHONE; Jessica Charles $55.44, Mike Clary $64.00 TRAVEL; City of Howard $1,385.61 UTILITIES.

Wentland informed the board the house located adjacent to the 4-H grounds will need to be torn down and hauled to a certified landfill.  Wentland will contact the landfill to assure they will accept the rubble and obtain quotes for the removal. 

The board reviewed correspondence from the SD Dept. of Social Services offering support for counties to establish 211 services within Miner County.  The board will consider this offer at the July 16th meeting. 

Tami Moore with the Miner County Soil Conservation District presented her 2018 annual report.  She stated that it has been very difficult this spring to plant the scheduled tree plantings due to the wet conditions. 

The board recessed as a board of commissioners. The board reconvened as a board of adjustments.  Chairman of the board, Alex Protsch, called the meeting to order.  A hearing was held as advertised to consider granting a variance from the zoning ordinance to Roger & Jan Torkelson to plat a parcel at approximately .95 acres including right of way which is smaller than current zoning allows (5 acres plus right of way) and to plat a parcel that does not meet building setbacks on both sides of the lot lines in the parcel described as SE4 Exc Tract 1 of Torkelson’s Addition of Section 5, T107N, R56W, Adams Township, Miner County, South Dakota.  Present for the hearing included Darcy Albert from the Miner County Zoning Office, Roger Torkelson and members of the board of adjustments.  Albert informed the board the applicant is requesting a variance so the house located on the parcel may be sold to a family member. 

It was moved by Wentland and seconded by Durant that the variance application & Findings that follow 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

ROGER & JAN TOREKLSON FOR A VARIANCE           )

 

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FINDINGS

I

            That the applicants, Roger & Jan Torkelson, have made an application for a variance to plat a parcel at approximately .95 acres including right of way which is smaller than current zoning allows (5 acres plus right of way) and to plat a parcel that does not meet building setbacks on both sides of the lot lines in the parcel described as SE4 Exc Tract 1 of Torkelson’s Addition of Section 5, T107N, R56W, Adams Township, Miner County, South Dakota. and that they are the owners of record thereof.

II

            That the proposed use of said realty is specifically prohibited by the zoning ordinance without applicant first obtaining a variance, for which he has applied and paid the applicable fee.

III

            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.

IV

            That hearing upon said application was held on July 2, 2019, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Miner County Courthouse.

V

            That the applicant, Roger Torkelson appeared in person.

VI

            That no person appeared in objection to granting the variance.

VII

            That a presentation in support of said variance and testimony on behalf of said variance was received at the hearing and that no testimony opposing the granting of the variance was received at the hearing.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, that application and testimony at the hearing all having been considered, it is the FINDING of the Miner County Board of Adjustment that the application of Roger & Jan Torkelson for a variance be approved to allow the platting of the parcel for the following reasons:

1)      That the Miner County Board of Adjustment is empowered under Section 506 to grant the variance and that the requirements of the zoning ordinance regarding a variance have been met by the applicant.

2)      That the Miner County Board of Adjustment is able to make the applicable findings required by Section 506 of the ordinance, which are considered prerequisite to the granting of a variance.

VIII

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

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

            Dated this 2nd day of July, 2019.

                                                                        Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Adjustment

Attest:  Susan Connor, Secretary

 

The board adjourned as a board of adjustments and reconvened as a board of commissioners. 

Emergency Management Director Kent Terwilliger presented 2 quotes for repairs required on the county owned transmission tower located on SD Hwy 25.  The following are the quotes:  Sioux Falls Tower& Communications $12,799; National Tower Controls $21,950.04.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to enter into the repair contract with Sioux Falls Tower & Communications. 

FEMA will be here on July 12th for a required meeting with county, city, and township officials to receive information on funding for repairs associated with the spring flooding. 

It was moved by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to declare surplus and advertise for sale the removed metal sheeting from the 4-H beef barns.

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reviewed equipment repairs, mowing progress and quotes for a 2020 purchase of a motor grader.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried unanimously to approve the 2020 purchase of a CAT motor grader $347,700 utilizing Source Well for bidding requirements. 

911 Coordinator Cora Schwader reported on the meeting held for entities receiving dispatching service through Miner County’s dispatch service.  She also informed the board that the contract for the state 911 services will be changing to Century Link in 2020.  Schwader asked for a change when calculating hours of service for retirement qualification.  This matter will be discussed at the July 16th meeting. 

Treasurer Pat Carmon reported on tax deed work that she is completing.  She also asked that her salary and that of Director of Equalization Tami Severson be raised to equal that of the Register of Deeds.  That request was denied by the commission. 

It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize the chairman, Wentland, to sign the SD Dept. of Agriculture’s Weed & Pest Funding agreement. 

It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the following resolution.

RESOLUTION 19-15

            The Miner County Board of County Commissioners, having adopted and signed a Joint Cooperative Agreement on the 28th day of March, 1972, creating the First Planning and Development District, Model Rural Development Program, do hereby agree to renew their participation in the Joint Cooperative Agreement for Fiscal Year 2020 (October 1, 2019-September 30, 2020).  To support the Joint Cooperative Agreement and the activities of the District staff, the Miner County Board of County Commissioners will provide $8,609.12 to the First District Association of Local Governments during the aforementioned Fiscal Year 2020 period. 

            Adopted this 2nd day of July, 2019.

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            The proposed 2020 budget was briefly discussed. 

            The meeting adjourned to July 18, 2019.  Dated this 2nd day of July, 2019

                                                                                              Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                              Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

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