February 18, 2020

February 18, 2020

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session February 18, 2020 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 Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda.  The minutes of the February 4th meeting were approved.    Treasurer Pat Carmon addressed the board as to the status of delinquent tax payment agreement with Judy Shaw.   No other person appeared for Public Comment and no conflict of interest was declared.

Gassman relayed a complaint from the Canova Fire Department concerning dispatch services.  Gassman will inform the 911 Coordinator Cora Schwader.

The following correspondence was received:  Vermillion WDD-Legislation Update; Miner County 4-H Thank You; Lynn Borgers Howard Industries-Grant Writing Class; Miner County Conservation District & NRCS reports; DENR-Certificate of Compliance Termination Zachary & Amanda Torkelson; Center for Rural Affairs-Wind Energy Ordinance Information.

It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims:  Miner County Pioneer $508.75 PUBLISHING; Alliance Communications $150, Century Link $108.05, Santel Communications $55.12 911 CHARGES; SD Dept. of Health Lab Service $165 BLOOD DRAW; Interlakes Community Action $674.75 COMM. ACTION PMT; DeCastro Law $4920.80 COURT APPT ATTORNEY; SD Assn. County Hwy Superintendents $275  DUES; SD Dept of Transportation $11539.06 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Central Electric Coop $62.30 ELECTRICITY; Ultra $2195 EQUIPMENT; Lake County Sheriff $2685, Lewis Drug $42.54 PRISONER CARE; Canova Fire Department $2500, Carthage Ambulance Service $2500, Carthage Fire Department $2500, Fedora Fire Department, Howard Fire Department $2500, Miner County Treasurer $7500 DAKOTA ACCESS GRANT FUNDS; SDSU 4-H Office $160, PROFESSIONAL SERVICES; Microfilm Imaging $5.00 RENT; Butler Machinery $350, Cummins Sales & Service $685.49, Dakota Alignment $556.50, Office Peeps $175.40, S & S Contracting $286.74, Transource $302.40 Ultra $913.50, REPAIRS; Tom’s Hardware $56.09, True North Steel $12732.16 ROAD MATERIALS;

Boyer Trucks $2956.61, Brock White $189.83, Butler Machinery $1187.88, Cardmember Services $122.32, Dakota Data Shred $16, Diesel Machinery $1816.35, GCR Tire Center $1013.13, Dust-Tex $196.41, Home Service Water Cond. $21.60, Howard Farmers Coop $10,657.03, John Deere Financial $20.64, Kimball Midwest $386.42, Lake County International $5.31, MD Products $1491.12,  RDO Equip. $576.75, Revier Pressure Washers $350, Rusty’s $128.06, Sturdevant’s $931.07, Miner County Treasurer $218.89 Office Peeps $650.48, RELX, Inc. $149  Tom’s Hardware $135.81, Transource $140.14, Team Viewer $502.80,  Two Way Solutions $182.95, Ultra $36.50, Wheelco Brake $192.58 Wingen’s Garage $159.50 SUPPLIES; Alliance $1055.16, Verizon Wireless $71.96 TELEPHONE; Susan Connor $39.48, Cardmember Services $200 SD Assn Co. Hwy Superintendents $100, TRAVEL; SD Redbook Fund $1408.50 AMBULANCE IN SERVICE ED; Multiple Witnesses $668.36 WITNESS FEES & MILEAGE.

It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement to the 24/7 fund $1276 for grant funds received. 

Roger Wentland and Voni Durant committed to attend the EOC training hosted by SD Emergency Management and Blue Cell on February 28th at the Howard Municipal Building. 

Ron Krempges Miner County Highway Superintendent and Brad Stangohr of Ulteig joined the meeting to review the condition of bridges in Miner County.  Stangohr explained the replacement of a bridge with box culverts east of Carthage.  Miner County had received grant funds in 2019 from the SD DOT Bridge Special Funding which would be utilized to fund the project.  Commissioners instructed Stangohr to proceed with the engineering for this project. 

The board reviewed the bill of sale for the 140M Cat motor grader.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the sale of the 140M Cat motor grader to the City of Howard $70,000 and authorize Chairman Wentland to sign the bill of sale.

Krempges presented pictures where the highway department had pushed snow on to various fence lines.  The highway department will work on repairing those fences this spring.  He also reviewed equipment repairs, crack sealing and other highway matters.

Director of Equalization Tami Severson presented an application from Corelogic to receive Miner County’s GIS information.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the application and authorize the DOE to provide the GIS parcel layer information once the fee of $2500 is received from Corelogic.    

Governor Kristi Noem has granted administrative leave to state employees for Good Friday, April 10th and Easter Monday April 13th which will close all state offices.  The board discussed this matter and will close county offices all day April 10th granting administrative leave for full time employees.  County offices will be open on Monday, April 13th. 

Auditor Connor reported that Lynn Borgers of Howard Industries made a request that Rebecca Mommaerts or Susan Connor attend a grant writing class.  Connor informed the commission that Miner County is a member of First District of Local Governments which writes grants for the county.  The board was in agreement not send a county employee to this class, therefore not spending county funds for a service that is already provided to the county through First District. 

The meeting recessed until 2:00 p.m. for the joint Planning/Zoning & Commission meeting.

A joint meeting of the Miner County Board of Commissioners and the Planning & Zoning Board was called to order by Planning & Zoning Chairman Alex Protsch.  A public hearing was held as advertised to consider Miner County Zoning Ordinance 2020-1, an ordinance amending “The Zoning Ordinance of Miner County”.  Those present included:  Alex Protsch, Roger Wentland, Voni Durant, Garrett Gassman and Tom Reisch.  Also, in attendance were Zoning Administrator Tami Severson, Todd Kays of First District of Local Govts., and many other interested parties. 

Chairman Protsch opened the public hearing.  Todd Kays gave a general overview of the process.  The majority of the questions from the public were concerning the changes to the AG portion of the ordinance.  Lyle Darnell, Kris Magerko and Norman Madison questioned the setbacks to municipalities.  Bernard Donahue had comments as to the conditional use process.

Having no further testimony in the public hearing it was moved by Planning Commission member Gassman and seconded by Planning Commission member Wentland to close the public hearing.  Motion carried.

It was then moved by Board of Commissioner member Durant, seconded by Board of Commissioner member Reisch to close the public hearing.  Motion carried.

After consideration of the testimony received at the public hearing, Planning Commission Chairman Protsch called for a motion.  It was moved by Wentland and seconded by Reisch to approve Zoning Ordinance 2020-1 and present to the County Commission for their consideration.  Voting aye:  Durant, Gassman, Wentland, Reisch and Protsch.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried. 

It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to adjourn as a Planning Commission.

                                                                        Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                        Planning & Zoning Commission

Attest:  Susan Connor, Secretary

The board reconvened as a Board of Commissioners.  Chairman Wentland called to order the Board of Commissioners.  It was moved by Gassman and seconded by Reisch to hold the first reading of Zoning Ordinance 2020-1.  Voting aye:  Durant, Gassman, Protsch, Reisch, Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried. 

The first reading was held by title:  MINER COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE 2020-1, An ordinance amending “The Zoning Ordinance of Miner County” as established by Ordinance 04-01 and all amendments thereto, which includes the official zoning map, in accordance with the provisions of Chapters 11-2, 1967 SDCL, and amendments thereof, and for the repeal of all resolutions and ordinances in conflict therewith. No amendments were made.

March 3rd at 9:30 in the Commission Room of the Miner County Courthouse was the date, time and place set for the second reading of Zoning Ordinance 2020-1.

It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to adjourn the Board of Commissioners meeting.  Dated this 18th day of February, 2020.

                                                                        Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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