December 7, 2021
STANLEY COUNTY COMMISSION
December 7, 2021
The regular meeting of the Stanley County Commission was called to order at 5:02 P.M.(CT) by Chairman Dana Iversen with Commissioners Dennis Booth, Mike Kenzy, Craig Heller and Sonny Harrowa present. Also present were State’s Attorney Tom P. Maher, Treasurer Peggy Dougherty, Deputy Treasurer Susan Howard, Highway Superintendent Lee Smith, Fairgrounds Manager Scott Deal, Joshua Lieberman, and Auditor Philena Burtch. The meeting commenced with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
AGENDA: Motion by Mike Kenzy, second by Sonny Harrowa, to approve the Agenda. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
MINUTES: Motion by Sonny Harrowa, second by Craig Heller, to approve November 2, 2021, Minutes. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
CLAIMS: Motion by Dennis Booth, second by Sonny Harrowa, to approve Claims as presented. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
ACE STEEL & RECYCLING INC 113.86 FRGRNDS MAINT
AGE CORP 23.75 COMMERCIAL REFUND
ALL AROUND GRAPHIX 280.00 RETIREMENT PLAQUES
ALLIED PLUMBING & HEATING INC 233.31 COUNTY SHOP REPAIR & MAINT
AMERICAN STAMP & MARKETING 279.08 ROD SUPPL
AMERICAN MEDICAL RESPONSE INC 1237.50 NOVEMBER SUBSIDY BILLING
AT&T MOBILITY 204.43 CELL PHONES
BANK WEST 991.40 OVERPAID TAXES 6590
BELL BANK EQUIPMENT FINANCE 22819.40 2019 SNOWBLAST SNOWBLWR
DURWARD BENBOW 415.00 GOV BLDG MAINT
BINDERTEK 7.00 AUD SUPPL
BLACK HILLS CHEMICAL & JANITOR 147.96 GOV BLDG SUPPL
BROSZ ENGINEERING INC 5242.50 R&B BIG SN 59 219 391 PROJECT
BUTLER MACHINERY CO 568.80 R&B SUPPL-G4/INV
CAPITAL AREA COUNSELING INC 551.52 QMHP EVAL
CAPITAL AREA REFUSE LLC 64.00 GOV BLDG TRASH BILLING
WICK COMMUNICATIONS 338.88 R&B PUBLICTN
WICK COMMUNICATIONS 379.91 9/21&10/5 MIN/21-03/21-04 ORDN
CELERITY BROADBAND LLC 136.94 FAIRGROUNDS WIFI
CENTURY BUSINESS PRODUCTS 157.45 COPIER LEASE & COPIES
CENTURYLINK 85.28 4 CORNERS REPEATER
CENTURYLINK 220.61 OFFICE PHONES
CHANDLERS INC AUTOGLASS/RECYCL 250.00 R&B REPAIR/SUPPL-P1
CHANDLERS INC AUTOGLASS/RECYCL 98.00 FRGRNDS REPAIR & MAINT
CHS INC 24825.00 R&B SUPPL - DYED DIESEL
WILL CLARK ELECTRICAL INC 270.63 FAIRGROUNDS REPAIRS & MAINT
COMMUNITY YOUTH INVOLVED INC 1666.66 DECEMBER SUPPORT
CONNECTING POINT 259.00 SRVR MAINT
CORELOGIC INC 8107.02 OVERPAID TAXES 9413
COUNTY WIDE DIRECTORY LLC 162.00 DOE LAND DIRECTORIES
COVE PLACE ROAD DISTRICT 750.00 COVE ROAD DISTRICT
COWBOY COUNTRY STORES 181.85 DOE/GOV BLDG FUEL
CROSSROADS TRAILER 3473.31 R&B MAINT/SUPPL-T3/SHOP/T2/T7
DAKOTA DATA SHRED 82.00 AUD MAINT
DEERE CREDIT INC 39248.03 2017 JD 772GP MOTOR GRDR
DIAMOND MOWERS INC 410.82 R&B MAINT/SUPPL-M6
DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLE 21.20 W&P 2008 FORD F350
CASEY DOUD 77.60 MV REFUND
PEGGY DOUGHERTY 350.00 TREAS HEALTH INS/ADMIN FEE
EDDIE'S TRUCK CENTER INC 714.14 R&B/FRGRNDS MAINT/SUPPL
ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE 1105.00 ANNUAL SRVC CONTRACT
EXPO %HUGHES COUNTY FINNC OFFC 1500.00 FALL STATE AUCTION
FIRST DAKOTA NATIONAL BANK 15.08 OVERPAID TAXES 9307 9308 6964
FISCHER LAW OFFICE PROF LLC 1415.70 CRT APPT ATTRNY
FLEET SERVICES 1381.01 R&B/FRGRNDS FUEL
FORT PIERRE CITY 65.65 EXT COPIER LEASE & COPIES
FORT PIERRE CITY 2895.40 UTILITIES
FORT PIERRE CITY 563300.99 DUE TO CITY OF FORT PIERRE
FORT PIERRE CITY 750.00 EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION GATHRNG
FRIMAN OIL & GAS CO INC 139.68 R&B SUPPL - GREASE
ROGER A FULLER 330.00 DOE HEALTH INS
JASON GLODT 673.75 CRT APPT ATTRNY
GOLDEN WEST TELECOMMUNICATIONS 334.04 E-911
GROSSENBURG IMPLEMENT OF PIERR 7832.87 R&B TRACTOR LEASE/SUPPL
GROSSENBURG IMPLEMENT INC 1478.40 FRGRNDS TRACTOR RENTAL
HOGEN'S HARDWARE HANK 131.94 GOV BLDG/FRGRNDS SUPPL
CODY L HONEYWELL 1237.50 CRT APPT ATTRNY
HUGHES COUNTY FINANCE OFFICE 9803.50 OCTOBER JUV BILL/VETERANS SRVC
JACKIE HUSTED 33.00 EXT/4-H TRAVEL
INLAND TRUCK PARTS 4.37 R&B SUPPL
JC OFFICE SUPPLIES 46.03 R&B SUPPL
TAMMY JOHNSON 51.65 OVERPAID TAXES
KONEXUS INC 250.00 ALERTSENSE CORE
ROBERT T KONRAD 4387.18 CRT APPT ATTRNY
LAWSON PRODUCTS INC 77.51 R&B MAINT/SUPPL
LINCOLN COUNTY 247.50 MENTAL ILLNESS
BRENDA LOUNSBURY 720.00 ALCOHOL BLOOD TESTS
LYNN'S DAKOTAMART 287.48 GOV BLDG/FRGRNDS SUPPL
THOMAS P MAHER 968.02 NOVEMBER EXPENSES
MAY ADAM GERDES & THOMPSON LLP 316.80 CRT APPT ATTRNY
MENARDS - PIERRE 175.45 GOV BLDG SUPPL
MICROFILM IMAGING SYSTEMS INC 395.00 ROD EQUIP LEASE
MIDCONTINENT COMMUNICATION 151.78 COUNTY SHOP PHONE/INTERNET
MIDCONTINENT COMMUNICATION 240.00 OFFICE INTERNET
MONTANA-DAKOTA UTILITIES CO 268.85 COUNTY SHOP NATURAL GAS
MONTANA-DAKOTA UTILITIES CO 180.02 CH BLDG/FRGRNDS NATURAL GAS
NAPA 30.36 R&B SUPPL-T7
NORTHWEST PIPE FITTINGS INC 1241.19 FRGRNDS REPAIRS & MAINT
JEROMY J PANKRATZ 536.50 CRT APPT ATTRNY
CITY OF PIERRE 110.00 OCTOBER MEDICAL DIRECTOR
PITNEY BOWES GLOBAL FINANCIAL 170.43 POSTAGE METER LEASE
PITNEY BOWES 501.94 POSTAGE
QUILL 541.88 OFFICE SUPPL
RAMKOTA--SIOUX FALLS 219.98 R&B ANNUAL CONF
RDO EQUIPMENT CO 151400.00 2013 JD 644J LOADER
REDWOOD TOXICOLOGY LABARATORY 150.00 BLOOD TESTS
ROBINS WATER CONDITIONING INC 33.90 COUNTY SHOP SUPPL
RUNNINGS SUPPLY INC 28.80 R&B SUPPL
RUNNINGS SUPPLY INC 127.14 GOV BLDG/FRGRNDS SUPPL
STANLEY COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT 27192.30 10-2020-6/30/2021 COPS GRANT
STANLEY COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT 12825.89 7/1-9/30 COPS GRANT/US MARSHL
STANLEY COUNTY SCHOOL DIST 1541076.94 DUE TO SC SCHOOL
BRAD A SCHREIBER 132.81 CRT APPT ATTRNY
JOAN BOOS SCHUELLER 435.60 CRT APPT ATTRNY
SD BUREAU OF ADMINISTRATION 86.07 OFFICE LONG DIST/BIT
SD DEPT OF CORRECTIONS 856.80 FRGRNDS MAINT
SD FEDERAL PROPERTY AGENCY 255.00 R&B SUPPL
SD FEDERAL PROPERTY AGENCY 21500.00 W&P 2008 FORD F350
SD DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 1634.75 4TH QTR PUBLIC HEALTH
SD DEPT OF REVENUE 94077.23 MV/VITAL/MENTL ILL/ANML CNTRL
SD PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY 1205.00 BLOOD TESTS
SD ASSOC OF COUNTY OFFICIALS 94.00 ROD M/P FUND
SD ASSOC OF CNTY WEED/PEST SPR 50.00 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
SD ASSC OF COUNTY HWY SUPT 350.00 SDACHS ANNUAL DUES
CATHERINE A SEELEY 1181.40 CRT APPT ATTRNY
SERVALL UNIFORM/LINEN CO 55.72 R&B MAINT
SERVALL UNIFORM/LINEN CO 116.55 GOV BLDG SUPPL
SHARPE RENTALS 201.67 COMMERCIAL REFUND
SIEBRASSE LAW OFFICE PC 2647.05 CRT APPT ATTRNY
SIOUX NATION OF FORT PIERRE 712.95 FRGRNDS MAINT
SMALL ENGINE HOUSE 77.81 FRGRNDS REPAIR & MAINT
DON LEE SMITH 278.11 R&B SUPPL REIMB
JIM STOESER 52.40 MV REFUND
CHARLES M THOMPSON 817.92 MV REFUND
K THOMPSON LAW PROF LLC 6638.05 CRT APPT ATTRNY
THRIVENT FCU 10.00 OVERPAID TAXES
TIESZEN LAW OFFICE 651.75 CRT APPT ATTRNY
TITAN MACHINERY 214.00 R&B SUPPL-L1
WILLIAM UECKER 13.40 R&B SUPPL REIMB
MONA WEIGER 38.00 CRT RPRTR
DAVA A WERMERS 1062.75 CRT APPT ATTRNY
WW TIRE SERVICE INC 15091.44 R&B RPR/MNT/SUPL-J1-P1-P11-P4
WW TIRE SERVICE INC 53.45 GOV BLDG MAINT
ZANDER AUTO PARTS 158.59 R&B SUPPL-T7-T3-TR15
ZANDER AUTO PARTS 229.27 FRGRNDS MAINT
SALARIES BY OFFICE: Commissioners - $3,747.50; Auditor - $2,847.55; Treasurer - $5,125.50; States Attorney - $7,900.68; Custodial - $2,261.52; Director of Equalization - $3,586.64; Register of Deeds - $4,342.13; Road & Bridge - $21,172.37; Weed & Pest - $452.80; Fairgrounds - $7,029.01; Extension - $1,124.15; Employee Health Insurance - $16,161.48; SD Retirement System, withheld and match - $8,124.06; Electronic Transfer; FICA, Medicare and Withholding Tax - $18,226.30.
Auditor’s Account with the Treasurer:
Cash on hand - $1,096.62
Checks, less than 3 days - $419,359.10
Postage - $100.00
Petty Cash - $215.00
First National Bank - $63,385.56
MKKT Account – First National Bank - $5,226,005.07
MKKT Account – Dakota Prairie Bank - $70,981.18
SD FIT - $6,255.99
Total - $5,787,398.52
Register of Deeds:
Regular Fees November 2021 - $2,870.02
Transfer Fees November 2021 - $3,198.00
Treasurer and Auditor Report: Treasurer Peggy Dougherty presented the Commissioners with the Treasurer Report, October 2021 bank statement and daily cash, delinquent real estate and mobile home taxes, tax trust, miscellaneous receipts (Grants, Register of Deeds, Clerk of Courts, Equalization, Fairgrounds, Auditor, motor vehicle), investments and Money Market reports. Auditor Philena Burtch presented the Commissioners with the October 2021 Budget Expenditure Report showing each department’s expenses as of October 31, 2021, Fiscal Revenue Report as of October 31, 2021, and Outstanding Disbursements by Account as of December 6, 2021. Auditor Burtch also explained a few Departments will not have enough funds to finish the year due to the rising cost of supplies, utilities and publications, and the excess of court appointed attorney fees.
Fairgrounds: Scott Deal informed the Commissioners that the Schomer Barn is open and staying busy. Scott and his crew have been cleaning out all the junk that has been piled up behind the Schomer Barn to make more room for parking.
Scott Deal attended the annual 4-H Finals Rodeo meeting. Scott proposed to the 4-H Finals Rodeo Board that the Stanley County Fairgrounds will be in charge of parking during the 4-H Finals Rodeo. The fairgrounds have been a cluster of pickups and horse trailers, we need to have some type of order. The 4-H Finals Rodeo Board agreed to pay $1,000.00 per day for Stanley County Fairgrounds to hire people to assist with parking. Scott also informed the Commissioners that a fire lane will be painted and marked in the parking lot of the Grandstand for emergency vehicles.
Scott Deal suggested that Stanley County Fairgrounds hire security during SD State High School Rodeo and 4-H Finals Rodeo. The security will be someone other than the Stanley County Sheriff’s Department due to the high volume of people, the Sheriff’s Department is busy enough with everything else.
Scott Deal would like to purchase more steel posts to continue making stall fronts. The horse racing rails are all removed from around the track and the grounds are ready for rodeo season.
Scott Deal informed the Commission that Lutheran Memorial Church will hold Christmas Eve Service at the fairgrounds again and they plan to have a bonfire.
Highway Department: Lee Smith presented to the Commissioners a report of work performed by the Highway Department for the month of November 2021, which consists of hauling gravel, laying gravel on Nemec Rd, Hayes Rd, Bad River Rd, Frank Turner Rd and Dahl Hicks Rd, reshape Bad River Rd, blading, mowing, clean drainages on Bad River Rd, and working on equipment.
Utility Certificate – Bad River Road Plum Creek Bridge Project: Motion by Sonny Harrowa, second by Craig Heller, to accept and approve Chairman Iversen to sign the Utilities Certificate for Project BRF 6450(00)20-1 PCN 07TH. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Right-of-Way Certificate – Bad River Road Plum Creek Bridge Project: Motion by Craig Heller, second by Mike Kenzy, to accept and approve Chairman Iversen to sign the Right-of-Way Certificate for Project BRF 6450(00)20-1 in Stanley County. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
SD Game Fish & Parks Minneconjou Lakeside Access Project Agreement: Motion by Craig Heller, second by Mike Kenzy, to accept and approve Chairman Iversen to sign Agreement #2021-58-12, SD Game Fish & Parks/Stanley County Minneconjou Lakeside Access Project Agreement. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Small Structure Inventory: Lee Smith informed the Commission that the County needs to complete the GIS. When the Highway Department completes the small structure inventory, they would be able to enter all the information into GIS.
Quit Claim Deeds for Old US Highway 14/34: Lee Smith explained that more of the land owners along the old US Highway 14/34 are requesting to utilize the old highway land that is adjacent to their land. This discussion brought up a similar request from a land owner along the old US Highway 14/63 a few years ago. This discussion has been tabled for additional information.
Lee Smith was informed that the County should have passed a 50mp Speed Limit Blanket Ordinance. The Signage Project has installed an excessive number of new signs. Lee stated that if the County does not have a blanket ordinance, there needs to be one.
Weed & Pest: Motion by Dennis Booth, second by Sonny Harrowa, to approve the Weed & Pest Department to purchase a 2008 F350 Ford pickup in the amount of $21,500.00. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Redistricting: Stanley County population has not changed much in the last 10 years, according to the U.S. Census, but it has changed enough to warrant minor changes within the Commission Districts. A public hearing will be held on December 21, 2021, at 5:30 P.M. (CT), at the Stanley County Courthouse.
2021 American Rescue Plan: Auditor Burtch informed the Commission that Stanley County has applied for the ARP Funds, which includes the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Program. Stanley County will receive $300,875.00 sometime in December 2021. Our first report is due by December 31, 2021. This report needs to include a plan of what the funds will be used for. Congress placed limitations on the funding to ensure that is it used to achieve specific purposes. Stanley County will receive a total of $601,750.00. The County has until December 31, 2024, to allocate the funds within the limitations. Any remaining funds, plus interest, must be returned to the US Department of Treasury.
New Hire: Motion by Sonny Harrowa, second by Dennis Booth, to approve the hire of Tracy Schmitt as Director of Equalization Administrative Assistant, starting pay of $16.50 per hour, with two (2) 50¢ wage increases, one at six (6) months and one at twelve (12) months, with Supervisor approval, plus any cost-of-living increase approved by Commission, beginning January 2023, including benefits. Start date is November 29, 2021. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Automatic Budget Supplement: Motion by Dennis Booth, second by Craig Heller, to approve Automatic Budget Supplement for State’s Attorney Health Insurance, in the amount of $691.58, to reflect COBRA payment. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Remove Bev Stoeser from County Bank Account: Motion by Mike Kenzy, second by Sonny Harrowa, to remove Register of Deeds Beverly Stoeser from Treasurer Bank Accounts. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Central South Dakota Enhancement District Annual Financial Commitment: Motion by Sonny Harrowa, second by Mike Kenzy, to accept and approve Chairman Iversen to sign the 2022 Central South Dakota Enhancement District/Stanley County Joint Cooperative Agreement and Financial Commitment. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
2022 SDSU Extension Memorandum of Understanding: Motion by Dennis Booth, second by Craig Heller, to accept and approve Chairman Iversen to sign the 2022 SDSU Extension/Stanley County Memorandum of Understanding. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
2022 Hughes County Jail Contract: Motion by Craig Heller, second by Sonny Harrowa, to accept and approve Chairman Iversen to sign the 2022 Hughes County Jail Contract. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
2022 Hughes County JUV Contract: Motion by Craig Heller, second by Dennis Booth, to accept and approve Chairman Iversen to sign the 2022 Hughes County JUV (JSC) Contract. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Resolution 2021-18 – Property Tax Reform: Motion by Sonny Harrowa, second by Craig Heller, to approve Resolution 2021-18, Property Tax Reform Resolution supporting Draft Bill 50, Grassland Tax Relief Bill. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
STANLEY COUNTY PROPERTY TAX REFORM RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of South Dakota requires that property be taxed in an equal and uniform manner in proportion to its value; and
WHEREAS, South Dakota’s market value agricultural property tax system did not allow the vast majority of market sales to be used in assessment calculations for determining property taxation in an equal and uniform manner in proportion to its value; and
WHEREAS, the South Dakota State Legislature evaluated and studied the North Dakota agricultural property tax system that based agricultural property taxation on the ability of the land to produce agricultural products; and
WHEREAS, South Dakota Legislature adopted the North Dakota agricultural property tax system concepts that required agricultural land to be assessed on the basis of the productivity and the annual earning capacity of the agricultural land; and
WHEREAS, both North Dakota and South Dakota thereafter used United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statists Service (NASS) data to establish agricultural land productivity and annual earning capacity; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Burton Pflueger of South Dakota State University Department of Economics spear-headed the implementation of the new South Dakota agriculture land productivity taxation system; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Pflueger stated at the July 25, 2013 South Dakota Legislative Ag. Land Task Force Committee that the data needed to be “reliable, replicable data for every county every year.”; and
WHEREAS, NASS statistical standards for publishing county data were not being met in 2012, so the State of North Dakota and North Dakota State University began utilizing United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (RMA) data to acquire enough data to have statistical integrity in calculating agricultural land productivity and annual earning capacity; and
WHEREAS, USDA RMA data is certified by the agricultural producer under penalty of perjury; and
WHEREAS, the South Dakota Department of Revenue and South Dakota State University continue to use NASS data, even though many years there is not “reliable, replicable [NASS] data for every county every year”; and
WHEREAS, USDA NASS data is not certified by the agricultural producer under penalty of perjury; and
WHEREAS, the South Dakota Department of Revenue “statistically calculates” where there is no NASS crop and non-crop data from a County; and
WHEREAS, the “statistical calculation” resulted in revenue per acre in Pennington County doubling from $73.37 in 2016 to $146.91 in 2017; and
WHEREAS, Governor Dennis Daugaard declared a state of emergency because of drought in Butte, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Hughes, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins and Stanley Counties in 2016; and
WHEREAS, the Pennington County Commission declared a drought disaster in 2017; and
WHEREAS, the South Dakota Department of Revenue used data from USDA NASS District 40 to “statistically calculate” the doubling of Pennington County’s revenue per acre in 2017; and
WHEREAS, USDA NASS District 40 stretches from the Wyoming border to the Missouri River, including Lawrence, Pennington, Meade, Haakon, Jackson and Stanley Counties; and
WHEREAS, during the 2015 Legislative Session, Dr. Matthew Elliott of South Dakota State University presented the results of a study funded by the South Dakota Legislature to evaluate property tax inequities and potential reforms; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Elliott’s study found that changing “highest and best use” to “most probable use” would likely reduce statewide agricultural land assessments from $52 billion to $46 billion; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Elliott’s study determined that the “most probable use” reforms would likely result in most of the $6 billion in assessment reductions in western South Dakota; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Elliott’s recommended “most probable use” method would add additional data to capture dimensions of “financial feasibility”; and
WHEREAS, Corson, Custer, Fall River, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Pennington, Perkins and Stanley Counties in western South Dakota are composed of nearly one million acres of National Grasslands that were bought by the Federal Government in the 1930’s to end the dust bowl by returning these lands to “grassland agriculture” and eliminating farming of these submarginal lands; and
WHEREAS, the South Dakota Department of Revenue currently classifies land adjoining these National Grasslands with similar soils as cropable for the purposes of “highest and best use” and taxes these lands as the much higher assessed cropland; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Elliott’s study found that most of the above-mentioned counties in western South Dakota would realize a 50% reduction in agricultural land assessments if the “most probable use method” reforms were adopted; and
WHEREAS, the South Dakota Ag Land Task Force did not adopt or further consider Dr. Elliott’s recommended property tax reforms; and
WHEREAS, South Dakota Representative Trish Ladner has introduced Draft Bill 50 for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session that designates land that has not been cropped for at least 20 years as non-cropland for purposes of property taxation.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Stanley County Commission respectfully requests that Governor Kristi Noem meet publicly with western South Dakota County Commissioners for the purpose of addressing the profound inequities in the South Dakota agricultural property tax system prior to the 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Stanley County Commission respectfully requests the South Dakota Legislature adopt the property tax reform legislation Draft Bill 50 proposed by State Representative Trish Ladner.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Stanley County Commission respectfully request that the South Dakota Legislature draft and adopt legislation to implement Dr. Elliott’s 2015 property tax reform proposals.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Stanley County Commission respectfully requests that the South Dakota Legislature draft and adopt legislation to incorporate USDA RMA crop production data into South Dakota property tax productivity system for the purpose of having actual, verifiable production assessment data to ensure the taxpayers of South Dakota that the property tax system has integrity, veracity, and thus, equity and uniformity.
Motion passed and Resolution 2021-18 adopted this 7th day of December, 2021.
Dana Iversen, Chairman Michael Kenzy, Vice-Chairman
Dennis Booth, Commissioner Craig Heller, Commissioner
Sonny Harrowa, Commissioner
Stanley County Auditor
Executive Session – Care of Poor – SDCL 28-13-1 – Case #3068: Motion by Craig Heller, second by Mike Kenzy, to go into Executive Session-Care of Poor-SDCL 28-13-1 at 6:02 P.M. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Chairman Iversen declared to reconvene at 6:13 P.M.
Motion by Mike Kenzy, second by Craig Heller, to deny Care of Poor Case #3068, as applicant is not indigent by design. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Joshua & Tanya Lieberman – FEMA Grant: Joshua and Tanya Lieberman own property on SD Highway 1806. There is sufficient evidence that the structures are currently under risk of catastrophic failure due to the landslide. Joshua would like the County to sponsor and apply for a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant to relocate their home.
Joshua and Tanya Lieberman hired Brosz Engineering Inc. to assess the property. Brosz Engineering Inc. provided them with aerial pictures of the land from 1991 through 2017. There is no way of knowing when the landslide will continue to move towards their mobile home and structures. May factors are involved with the dynamic including the water level of Lake Oahe, frequency and volume of rainfall and vegetation establishment.
If the County agrees to sponsor and apply for a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant, the County and the Lieberman’s would enter into a written agreement, under which, the Lieberman’s shall be bound to pay 25% match, to hold the County harmless from all claims related to the Lieberman’s property or the subject hazard mitigation project. The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant totals 75% of the projected cost, Lieberman’s totals 25% of the projected cost, the County’s totals 0%, meaning no cost to the Stanley County taxpayers. No decision was made. This subject is tabled until a later date.
Executive Session – Legal – SDCL 1-25-2(3): Motion by Mike Kenzy, second by Craig Heller, to go into Executive Session-Legal-SDCL 1-25-2(3) at 6:29 P.M. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Chairman Iversen declared to reconvene at 6:47 P.M.
Executive Session – Personnel – SDCL 1-25-2(1): Motion by Mike Kenzy, second by Craig Heller, to go into Executive Session-Personnel-SDCL 1-25-2(1) at 6:48 P.M. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
Chairman Iversen declared to reconvene at 7:14 P.M.
Discussion: Ultra and Vanguard Programs: Auditor Burtch has been working with SD Department of Revenue and Ultra regarding the property valuations. Auditor Burtch informed the Commission that everything is balanced and as soon as SD Department of Revenue approves levees, tax bills will be printed.
The Commissioners inspected the office space previously occupied by the County Health Nurse. They discussed how to use the space to create a bigger area for the Sheriff’s Department.
Chairman Iversen stated that he spoke to someone with Blackburn Basements regarding stabilizing the courthouse. The building is 50 years old, it is a nice building in a good location. Due to the type of soil it is sitting on, it shifts, it needs to be stabilized. Chairman Iversen will contact Blackburn Basements and set up a meeting for them to look at the building.
Upcoming Meetings: Oahe District Meeting
Adjournment: Motion by Sonny Harrowa, second by Mike Kenzy, to adjourn at 7:47 P.M. All voted Aye. Motion Carried.
ATTEST: BOARD OF STANLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Philena Burtch, Auditor Dana Iversen, Chairman