CITY OF CUSTER CITY SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA December 21st, 2017 – City Hall Council Chambers 4:30 P.M.

 

CITY OF CUSTER CITY

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

December 21st, 2017 – City Hall Council Chambers

4:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order – Roll Call – Pledge of Allegiance

2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

3.First Reading – Ordinance #800 – Supplemental Budget for FY 2017

4. Adjournment

Custer State Park to Host First Day Hike

 

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – On Monday, January 1, Custer State Park will host a First Day Hike.  The hike will begin at 10:00am at the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center.

Participants will go on a guided hike along the paved Creekside Trail for approximately 2 miles.  The hike will last approximately two hours.  Pre-registration is not required.

As part of a national initiative, these hikes take place across the nation to offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1 at a state park close to home.  First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with family and friends.

January 1 is also the last day to view and vote for “Favorite Tree” for the Custer State Park Festival of Trees located at the Visitor Center.  The visitor center hours are 9am – 4pm every day.

There is no cost for the hike; however, a park entrance license is required. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, as temperatures in the Black Hills can be unpredictable.

Custer State Park will also host snowshoe hikes this winter.  The Game Lodge Snowshoe Hike will take place at 10:00am on January 13, the Lover’s Leap Snowshoe Hike will take place at 10:00am and 12:00pm on February 10, and the Sylvan Lake Snowshoe Hike will take place at 10:00am on March 10.  Reservations for these hikes are required and can be made by calling 605-255-4515.

CITY OF CUSTER CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS- REGULAR SESSION December 18th, 2017

CITY OF CUSTER CITY

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS- REGULAR SESSION

December 18th, 2017

Mayor Corbin Herman called to order the second meeting of the Common Council for the month of December 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  Present at roll call were Councilpersons Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault. City Attorney Chris Beesley was also present. The Pledge of Allegiance was stated.

AGENDA

Councilperson Nielsen moved to approve the agenda. Second by Councilperson Blom, the motion unanimously carried.

MINUTES

Councilperson Fischer moved, with a second by Councilperson Arseneault, to approve the minutes from the December 4th regular council meeting. The motion carried with Councilperson Maciejewski, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault voting yes while Councilperson Heinrich abstained.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

No conflicts of interest were stated.

SECOND READING – ORDINANCE #799 – SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET

            Councilperson Fischer moved to adopt Ordinance #799, Supplemental Budget for 2017. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion carried with Councilperson Maciejewski, Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom and Arseneault voting yes.

RESOLUTION #12-18-17A – NULL AND VOIDING PRIOR RESOLUTION – DISSOLVING TIF#3

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to adopt Resolution #12-18-17A, Null and Voiding Prior Resolution – Dissolving TIF #3. Seconded by Councilperson Nielsen, the motion unanimously carried.

RESOLUTION 12-18-17A

RESOLUTION NULL AND VOIDING PRIOR RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City of Custer City previously adopted and filed Resolution 09-27-07C, creating Tax Increment District Number Three for the following real property:

                        Lots 1, 2, and 3 of SE1/4 NE1/4 and the E1/2 SE1/4 SE1/4 less Lot H-1

           and H-2, Section 27, T3S, R4E, BHM, Custer County, South Dakota.

AND WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City of Custer City thereafter adopted Resolution 02-04-08 on February 4th, 2008 dissolving Tax Increment District Number Three; however, such Resolution was never formally filed on the above legal description; and

THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Custer City, that this Resolution 12-18-17A, along with the attached hereto and incorporated herein previously adopted Resolution 02-04-08, is hereby adopted, declaring Resolution 09-27-07C null and void, thereby dissolving Tax Increment District Number Three for the real property described hereinabove.

Dated this 18th day of December 2017.

City of Custer City

S/Corbin Herman, Mayor

ATTEST: Laurie Woodward, Finance Officer

COMBINED ELECTION AGREEMENT

            Councilperson Heinrich moved to approve the combine election agreement with Custer County for the June 5, 2018 election. Seconded by Councilperson Fischer, the motion unanimously carried.

WAZI LANE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT – FINAL CHANGE ORDER

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved to approve the final change order for the Wazi Lane Reconstruction Project for $46,839.89 for Mainline Contracting Inc. Seconded by Councilperson Heinrich, the motion carried with Councilperson Heinrich, Nielsen, Fischer, Blom, Arseneault and Maciejewski voting yes.

CLAIMS

            Councilperson Maciejewski moved, with a second by Councilperson Blom, to approve the following claims.  The motion carried unanimously.

Advanced Drug Testing, Safety, $36.00

AE2S, Professional Fees, $11,194.75

Banner Associates, Inc, Capital Improvements, $7,869.22

Black Hills Energy, Utilities, $12,626.64

Code Works, Professional Fees, $232.62

Conwell, Kimble, Reimbursement, $300.00

Core & Main, Repair and Maintenance, $213.94

Culligan, Repair and Maintenance, $18.50

Custer Car Wash, Repair and Maintenance, $9.50

Chamber of Commerce, Supplies, $25.00

Chamber of Commerce, Sales Tax Subsidy, $9,816.45

Custer Ministerial Alliance, 2017 Promotions, $1,000.00

Custer True Value, Supplies, Repair and Maintenance, $351.79

Comfort Inn-Mitchell, Conference, $370.00

California State Disbursement, Deductible, $53.19

Dakota Pump, Repair and Maintenance, $484.69

Discovery Benefits, $25.00

Fennel Design, Improvements, $2,700.00

French Creek Supply, Supplies, Repair and Maintenance, $188.63

First Interstate Bank, Supplies, $406.80

First Interstate Bank, Supplies, $45.00

Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, Professional Fees, $89.88

Golden West Technologies, Supplies, Professional Fees, $648.50

Golden West Telecommunications, Utilities, $610.04

Hawkins, Supplies, $9,533.61

Helpline Center, 2017 Promotions, $500.00

Jenner Equipment, Repair and Maintenance, $415.26

KLJ, Professional Fees, $950.00

L & A Welding, Repair and Maintenance, $56.00

Lynn’s Dakotamart, Supplies, $72.26

Mainline Contracting, Improvements, $44,587.14

Midcontinent Testing Labs, Professional Fees, $203.00

Northwest Pipe Fitting Inc, Supplies, $303.15

Petty Cash, Supplies, $125.54

Pitney Bowes, Supplies, $48.69

Quill, Supplies, $136.16

RCS Construction, Capital Improvements, $258,250.00

Rapid Delivery, Professional Fees, $64.70

SD Executive MGMT Finance Office, Utilities, $55.63

S & B Motors, Repair and Maintenance, $214.44

Sanitations Products Inc, Machine, $377,312.00

Servall, Supplies, $165.02

The Hartford, Insurance, $41.22

US Postal Service, Supplies, $225.00

USDA Loan Payments, $8,910.00

Verizon Wireless, Utilities, $465.10

Wright Express, Supplies, $690.99

Ron Heinbaugh, Utility Deposit Refund, $70.55

Total Claims, $752,711.60

DEPARTMENT HEADS & COMMITTEE REPORTS

            Various committee reports were given in addition to department heads giving an update.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business, Councilperson Arseneault moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:51 p.m. Seconded by Councilperson Blom, the motion carried unanimously.

ATTEST:                                                                                       CITY OF CUSTER CITY

Laurie Woodward                                                                          Corbin Herman

Finance Officer                                                                         Mayor

Select-A-Gift Event Brings Joy To Area Families

Select-A-Gift volunteers pose for a photo before families arrive to pickup donated gifts at Custer High School on Wildcat Lane in Custer Saturday morning. Photo: Meg Schwartz

December 17, 2017
By Juli Ames-Curtis

This year’s select a gift event had 93 families registered. Around 300 gifts were donated by generous folks of Custer along with $1800 in monetary donations which was used to buy additional gifts to fill in where needed. Each child was also given a box of candy canes donated by customers from Family Dollar store. This was a big hit!

Over 60 volunteers helped make the event successful. From the 5 member organizational committee to those who hauled gifts into the gym and helped turn it into Santa’s workshop filled with presents to those who helped the families chose gifts and wrap them up, it was an amazing and joyous community offering. Thanks to all.

Also thanks to the churches and businesses who hosted gift trees.

Legion Lake Fire – Highway 16A And Highway 87 South To Open Monday

December 17, 2017
9:30am

CUSTER STATE PARK – Containment lines continue to hold and minimal fire behavior will allow firefighters to carry on mop up and patrol efforts Sunday around all areas of the Legion Lake Fire. Resources will be focused on securing containment lines east of the Custer State Park Boundary and west of Downen Road.

Due to more accurate mapping by ground crews on Saturday, the acreage increased to 54,023, while containment increased to 90 percent. Fire managers will re-evaluate containment this afternoon, but it is expected to remain at 90 percent.

Temperatures will remain in the 20’s with a high of 33 degrees predicted for today. Winds will remain in the north, northwest ranging from 10 to 25 miles per hour.

A type three organization will remain in charge through end of shift today, but then the fire will transition to a type four team. Additional resources continue to be demobilized.

Custer State Park and all interior roads within the park remain closed until Sunday night. Highway 16A and Highway 87 South will open to the public beginning Monday morning. All other roads within the park will remain closed due to visitor safety.

All areas of Wind Cave National Park with the exception of Highway 385, Highway 87, Beaver Creek Road, associated turnouts and the immediate area around the visitor center are closed to all public entry.

Legion Lake Fire Containment At 80 Percent

December 16, 2017
10:15 A.M.

CUSTER STATE PARK – Containment lines and moderate fire behavior allowed firefighters to continue mop up and patrol efforts on Friday night around all areas of the fire. Due to more accurate mapping by ground crews, the acreage did increase to 54,023, while containment holds at 80 percent for Saturday. Fire managers will re-evaluate containment this afternoon, but it is expected to increase.

Snow is in the forecast for today, which is expected to accumulate in the higher elevations of the fire area and will add additional support for fire containment.

Friday, some interior timber stands were burned, so smoke was very visible. Those areas were well within the fire perimeter and are not expected to produce as much smoke today, as most of the fine fuels were consumed.

Rocky Mountain Team Blue will officially transfer command at 6:00 p.m. this evening to a type three organization. Additional resources continue to be demobilized.

Custer State Park and all interior roads within the park remain closed. All areas of Wind Cave National Park with the exception of Highway 385, Highway 87, Beaver Creek Road, associated turnouts and the immediate area around the visitor center are closed to all public entry.

The Legion Lake Fire, In its Fifth Day Remains at 53,875 Acres and 50 Percent Containment

December 15, 2017
10:25 A.M.

CUSTER STATE PARK – The Legion Lake Fire, in its fifth day remains at 53,875 acres and 50 percent containment, however fire managers will re-evaluate fire conditions this afternoon and containment is anticipated to increase after day shift completes their rotation.

Mop up and patrolling operations will continue around all containment lines of the fire including the Blue Bell Lodge area, State Game Lodge area, south along Highway 87, and east past the Custer State Park boundary along the west side of Highway 79.

With the temperatures falling down to 12 degrees Thursday night, fire behavior was minimal and containment lines held. Temperatures will be in the 50’s today, keeping fire behavior active in the southern end of the fire north of Buffalo Gap and east of Highland Ridge Road in Wind Cave National Park. Fire spotting still remains a threat in the south and southwest ends of the fire.

Winds will continue out of the north, northwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour in higher elevations.

Snow is predicted in the weather forecast across the Black Hills for Saturday.

Two heavy air tankers were released by fire officials, but a type three helicopter still remains on scene for aerial recon.

Rocky Mountain Team Blue will officially transfer command to a type three organization on Saturday night.

Highway 16A and Highway 87 south will remain closed for visitor safety due to the threat of falling trees.

In addition, Custer State Park, along with all interior roads within the park also remains closed

Legion Lake Fire Crews Continue to Make Gains As Mop Up Begins Today

December 14, 2017

 

CUSTER STATE PARK – Legion Lake Fire crews continue to make gains as mop up begins today within the fire perimeter, locating and extinguishing hot spots around structures along 16A near the State Game Lodge and near Blue Bell Lodge.

Crews mopping up will also begin work along Highway 79, Wildlife Loop Road, and northwest of Buffalo Gap. Previous burnout operations have proven effective at protecting Blue Bell Lodge and State Game Lodge, and firefighters will begin burnout operations East of Highway 87 and North of Highland Ridge Road.

Following yesterday’s retardant applications by a heavy air tanker along the south perimeter, fire activity remains North of Fusion Canyon. Firefighters will continue to hold lines west of Highway 79 and north of Fusion Canyon.

Winds are predicted to remain out of the northwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour, with temperatures reaching the mid 30’s. Although light snow has helped the fire in the north, conditions remain dry within the fire perimeter.

The fire’s effects to Custer State Park wildlife are currently being evaluated. Legion Lake Fire is currently at 47,312 acres with 50 percent containment. It is now the 3rd largest wildfire in Black Hills recorded history.

The Fire Investigator’s Office has released official information attributing the fire’s cause to a fallen power line.

Due to the fire, all areas of Wind Cave NP with the exception of HWY 385 and HWY 87, Beaver Creek Rd. and associated turnouts and the immediate area around the visitor center are closed to all public entry.

All evacuation orders have been lifted. Custer State Park remains closed indefinitely as officials further evaluate public and staff safety.

Legion Lake Fire Now At 47,312 Acres Fourth Largest Fire In History Of The Black Hills

December 13, 2017

CUSTER STATE PARK – Due to more accurate mapping, the Legion Lake Fire is now at 47,312 acres, (reported at December 13, 6:30 pm )making it the fourth largest fire in the history of the Black Hills. However, containment increased as well going from seven to now 10 percent contained.

Fire behavior remains active as burnout operations around Blue Bell Lodge and State Game Lodge areas remain successful. Fire managers expect to be done with both operations on Thursday and will begin mop up, locating hot spots and extinguishing them, upon completion.

Night resources will continue burn out operations Highway 87 South and along Highway 16A.

A heavy air tanker was used today laying five loads of retardant over the south end of the fire. The fire line appeared to hold, but latest reports detail that the fire jumped the lines of retardant and continues to push south toward Fusion Canyon on the west side of Highway 79. Firefighters will continue to hold lines west of Highway 79 and north of Fusion Canyon.

Firefighters are taking into concern Thursday’s predicted early morning wind potential blowing from the north, northwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Spotting Fires remain a concern at this time. Fire fuel remains extreme even with the dip in temperatures in the coming days.

Legion Lake Fire Estimated At 35,000 Acres

December 13, 2017
9:30am

CUSTER STATE PARK – Late Tuesday evening, high wind gusts aligned with the canyon in the French Creek Natural Area and caused spotting in several areas west of the Wildlife Loop Road. The spotting moved across the Wildlife Loop Road and out of the Custer State Park Boundary creating rapid fire growth.

The Legion Lake Fire, now in its third day, grew overnight to an estimated 31,000 acres, bringing the total acreage to an estimated 35,000. Containment remains at seven percent.

Firefighters from local, state and federal agencies were utilized for structure defense, east past the Custer State Park boundary, down Lame Johnny Road to the intersection of Highway 79. The fire was held west of Highway 79 due to successful burnouts. Another spot fire by French Creek Horse Camp moved south, southeast through Custer State Park.

Due to the rates of spread, fire behavior, numerous values at risk and structure protection elsewhere, active suppression actions were not attempted. The fire traveled south, moving through Wind Cave National Park, reaching just west of Buffalo Gap on Road 101 (also known as 7-11 road).

A burnout operation around the State Game Lodge area for structure protection began late Tuesday evening into early morning and has been successful. No primary structures were compromised throughout the night, but there have been outbuilding and fences lost.

Highway 79 remains closed from Hermosa to Hot Springs. Evacuations for the towns of Fairburn and Buffalo Gap remain current.

Main objectives for Wednesday, based on Firefighter and public safety include analyzing and mapping the exact location of the fire growth, keeping the fire east of Highway 87, active suppression, structure defense, creation of dozer lines and retardant drops throughout the day as conditions allow.

Burnout operations around the State Game Lodge area will also continue as conditions allow. Winds will remain out of the northwest at 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour. The temperature is predicted to reach 45 degrees.