June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012

            The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session June 19, 2012, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Pat Maroney, Heath Thompson,  Don Bowman, Voni Durant and Roger Wentland.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Thompson called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

            Motion by Bowman, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda as amended.  The minutes of the June 7th meeting were approved.

            Commissioners reviewed correspondence from First District of Local Governments for a request to appoint a representative to serve on the Pre-Mitigation Planning Team.  Maroney volunteered to serve.

            Wentland informed the commission that SDSU Extension Specialist John Ball will examine the tree belt north of the courthouse and make recommendations to remove the dead scotch pines and improve the remaining trees. 

            The board adjourned as a board of commissioners and reconvened as a planning and zoning board serving as the board of adjustments.  Planning and zoning board chairman Maroney called the meeting to order.

            A hearing was held to consider an application for a variance from the zoning ordinance from Bob McNames to locate trees closer to the road than allowed by zoning regulations in the SE ¼ 15-107-57, Green Valley Township in Miner County, South Dakota.  Present for the hearing was Zoning Administrator Kay Hageman.  Following consideration of written testimony in support of the application, it was moved by Durant, seconded by Bowman and carried the Findings that follow be approved.


STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA)                                            BEFORE THE MINER COUNTY

                                                : SS                                          BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

COUNTY OF MINER             )




                                                                                    )                                   FINDINGS

BOB MCNAMES FOR A VARIANCE                   )






            That the applicant, Bob McNames, has made an application for a variance to locate trees closer to the road than allowed by zoning regulations in SE 1/4, 15-107- 57, Green Valley Township in Miner County, South Dakota, and that Bob McNames is the owner of record thereof.


            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.


            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 June 19, 2012, in the Commissioners’ Room of the Miner County Courthouse.


            That applicant did not appear in person.


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

            NOW, THEREFORE, that application, testimony at the hearing, having been considered, it is the FINDING of the Miner County Board of Adjustment that the application of Bob McNames for a variance be approved to allow placing trees closer to the road for the following reasons:

1)         That the Miner County Board of Adjustment is empowered under Section 505 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 505 of the ordinance, which are considered prerequisite to the granting of a variance.


            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 19th day of June, 2012.

                                                                        Patrick Maroney, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Adjustment

Attest:  Susan Connor, Secretary


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

            Roger Schnabel of the Department of Legislative Audit held a closing conference with the board in regard to the audit of the county’s financial statements for 2010 and 2011.


Highway superintendent Krempges reviewed equipment repairs, mowing, oiling and patching of roads, and other highway matters. Commissioner Maroney left the meeting.   Commissioner Bowman stated that he has received a complaint as to the variations in load limits throughout the county.  Krempges informed the board that all county oil roads are set at the state limits with the exception of 425th avenue (county road #17) between 220th street and 233rd street (SD Hwy 34) and 421st Avenue (county road #21) between 233rd Street (SD Hwy 34) and 244th street are set as 80,000 pounds gross weight for any vehicle or combination of vehicles.  Seasonal spring thaw weight limitations will preside over such weight limitations when signs are in place and displayed. 

CLAIMS: The Achievement Center $468.75, Brickhouse Gardens $30.00, Dakota Fluid Power Inc $36.56, Fleetpride $45.31, Howard Farmers Coop $12,954.20, Jurgens Printing $116.14, KTP Enterprises, Inc $697.50, Lyle Signs $439.60, Northern Truck Equipment Co $220.88, Postmaster $436.00, Rafferty-Robbins Drug $24.99, SDSU 4-H Office $20.00, Sturdevant’s Auto Parts $7.49, Wheelco Brake & Supply $167.61, Wingen’s Garage $187.00, supplies; Aramark Uniform Services $48.42, Audio Electronics Etc $110.00, James Valley Nursery, Inc $100.00, Lyle Signs $270.00, Office Peeps, Inc $60.90, Ultra, Inc $660.00, repairs; Don Bowman $41.44, Susan Connor $18.50, Voni Durant $59.00, Patrick Maroney $105.00, travel; Century Link $93.83, 911 charges; Davison County Jail $1350.00, prisoner care; Factor 360 $300.00, website fees; Jim Hulls $25.00, Memorial Day speaker; Lewis & Clark Behav Health Service $149.00, Lincoln Co Auditor $90.00, mental illness hearing;  Miner County Treasurer $142.00, cash item postage;  Amy Neises $90.00, blood alcohol; SDSU 4-H Office $190.00, insurance; Spencer Quarries, Inc $89,289.72, road materials.

The meeting adjourned to July 5, 2012.  Dated this 19th day of June, 2012.

                                                                        Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor






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