April 30, 2024

April 30, 2024

            The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in special session on April 30, 2024, in the Miner County Courthouse Commission room.  Members present: Alex Protsch, Tom Reisch, Joe Bechen, Kathy Faber and Mike Clary.   Members absent:  none.  Also present were Director of Equalization Tami Severson and Emergency Manager Kent Terwilliger.

Chairman Protsch called the meeting to order.   The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  It was moved by Clary, seconded by Faber, and carried to approve the agenda, with the amendment of fixing a clerical error so the ordinance number reads as “Ordinance 2024-02”.  The minutes from the April 16 meeting were approved.  Faber and Clary reported on attending the weather spotting training in DeSmet; Faber commented it was a good training, and she learns something new every year she attends.

Due to an error of omission from the first meetings in March and April, Auditor Mommaerts reported the auditor’s account with the county treasurer balances that should have been included in those meeting minutes.  The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed a February 29 balance of $5,759,700.61 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.  The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed a March 31 balance of $5,724,935.06 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.   

            The first reading of Ordinance 2024-02, An Ordinance Amending 2023-01, “The Zoning Ordinance of Miner County,” as amended, was held.  This ordinance amendment will add a floodplain overlay district to Miner County Zoning, which is required by FEMA for eligibility in federal disaster assistance and loan underwriting.  Severson presented an overview of the floodplain areas on the map that will affect Miner County zoning.  Public hearing and second reading of Ordinance 2024-02 were set for 10:15am on Tuesday, May 7th in the Miner County Commission Room.    

            Revisions to the current burn ban ordinance (Ordinance 06-01) were discussed.  To best protect the citizens of Miner County and their property, Commissioners would like to add a clause for red flag warnings and the grassland fire danger index provided by the National Weather Service.  Emergency Manager Terwilliger and State’s Attorney Ellendorf have prepared a draft of the new ordinance, which includes these provisions.  Auditor Mommaerts will work with State’s Attorney Ellendorf to revise the draft as an amendment to Ordinance 06-01, and the first reading and public hearing will be set for May 7th. 

Motion by Bechen, seconded by Clary and carried to adjourn.

The meeting adjourned to May 7th.  Dated this 30th day of April, 2024.

                                                                                    Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                                    Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Rebecca Mommaerts, Miner County Auditor

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