Interior Announces Share the Experience 2017 Photo Contest Winners


WASHINGTON,DC – The U.S. Department of the Interior today, along with the National Park Foundation and other participating federal recreation land agencies, announced the winners of the 2017 Share the Experience photography contest on Interior’s popular Instagram account and launched the 2018 contest.

 The grand prize winner of the annual contest is a captivating starry night at Acadia National Park by Manish Mamtani of Peabody, Massachusetts. The image will be featured on the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.


This annual contest invites amateur photographers to submit their favorite views, moments, and adventures from America’s national parks and public lands. The 2018 Share the Experience photo contest is now accepting entries through December 31.

“Many times before you visit a national park, you first experience it through an iconic photograph,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “While most think of historic images of Yosemite and Grand Teton captured by Ansel Adams, amateur photographers like the winners of the Share the Experience contest help tell the story of our public lands. As we continue to work at providing greater access and recreation opportunities, it’s important that a love of these places is shared through amazing photos. They showcase that these places are truly for ‘the benefit and enjoyment of the people.’ Hopefully they inspire some young people to get outside and enjoy it.”

The grand prize for the winning image is $10,000, followed by $5,000 and $3,000 for second and third place. Winners also receive outdoor gear provided by Celestron and Osprey Packs, hotel packages courtesy of Historic Hotels of America®, and an annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

“I have always been a great fan of America’s national parks,”said Mamtani, who took the winning image while visiting Acadia National Park with his wife last summer. “I love the way beauty and wilderness is preserved in the parks. I always feel a close connection to nature in the national parks. My love for night sky is the reason I ventured into astrophotography. Hiking in the night sky not only fulfills my appetite for adventure, but also makes me appreciate my existence among billions of galaxies, where our planet itself is no more than a tiny dot. Some of the national parks like Death Valley, Big Bend, Natural Bridges, Acadia and Arches provide the darkest night skies.”

A photograph of the red walls of the Fort Union National Monument by Kristy Burns from Livingston, Texas, took second place.

Third place went to Dorrie Henderson of Lafayette, Indiana, for a photograph of Red Rock Crossing at Coconino National Forest.

Prizes are also awarded for fan favorites and the following six category winners:

  • Adventure and Outdoor Recreation
  • Historical and Cultural
  • Scenic, Seasons, and Landscapes
  • Family, Friends, and Fun
  • Wildlife
  • Night Skies

More than 16,000 photos were submitted to the contest, which ran from May 4, 2017, through December 31, 2017.

The 2018 Share the Experience photo contest is hosted by the National Park Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and Share the Experience is the official photo contest of America’s national parks and federal recreational lands, showcasing the more than 500 million acres of federal lands and drawing entries from across the United States. For a full listing of prizing and rules, or to submit a photo, please visit All entries have the chance to be featured on the Interior Department’s popular TwitterInstagram and Facebookaccounts.

Share the Experience is a great example of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque — a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

Check out all of the winning photos.

Sustained Effort Needed to Reduce Infant Mortality In South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s infant mortality rate increased in 2017, according to new data released today by the Department of Health. There were 12,128 births in 2017 and 94 infant deaths for a rate of 7.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.

The state reported its lowest ever American Indian infant mortality rate of 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. The white infant mortality rate was 7 deaths per 1,000 live births. In 2016, South Dakota reported a rate of 4.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. Although the state’s infant mortality rate increased in 2017, the average infant mortality rate for the five-year period from 2013 to 2017 is the lowest ever recorded at 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births.

“Infant mortality is a complex and multi-faceted issue, and the latest data demonstrates that sustained effort is needed to ensure more South Dakota babies celebrate their first birthday,” said First Lady Linda Daugaard, who chaired the 2011 Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality. “We must continue to promote safe sleep guidelines for infants, help pregnant women stop smoking and encourage early prenatal care.”

South Dakota data shows babies are twice as likely to die before their first birthday if their mothers smoke during pregnancy. In 2017, 12.6 percent of pregnant women smoked while pregnant, down from 19.4 percent in 2007. The data also shows 72.2 percent of pregnant women in South Dakota received prenatal care in the first trimester.

“Infant mortality is considered a gold standard for measuring the health of a population,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “The Department of Health, in cooperation with partners, is committed to offering statewide services and providing community support to improve the health of all South Dakotans.”

The First Lady noted the state’s Cribs for Kids program has distributed 9,759 safe sleep kits to families in need since its launch in 2012. The kits include a Pack ‘N Play crib, sheet, infant sleep sack, pacifier and safe sleep educational materials.

Learn more about healthy pregnancies and safe sleep guidelines at


Crazy Horse, SD – Crazy Horse Memorial will host their annual Memorial Day Weekend Open House. The public is invited to Crazy Horse Memorial May 25th through the 28th. Visitors will enjoy waived admission with the donation of 3 cans of food per person for the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive. Crazy Horse Memorial offers three museums, a historic video, Korczak’s Studio-Home and Workshop, sculptures, artwork and antiques.
Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer festivities at the Memorial. New displays have been created in THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®. featuring hands on displays.

Visitors to the Crazy Horse Memorial facilities will also enjoy Native American Dance performances during the day, every day through September 30, 2018. Guests can visit with the artists working on and selling their works. A visitor favorite, the nightly Laser Light Show starts this weekend, May 25th at dark (weather permitting). See the Mountain drenched in spectacular laser lights with wonderful narration and animation.

About Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.


This week I came across an amazing quote,

Although we are intelligent, sensitive beings, we often think of ourselves as objects that need to be fixed.”

It comes from an article  in Pilates Style by well-known Pilates teacher, Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle, who has been an inspiration to me for many years.  The article is on the esoteric side, dealing with an “insider” controversy in Pilates.  But you don’t have to understand that controversy to resonate with some of her quotes.  Here are a few more:

“What ‘conversation’ are you having with your body? Are you ‘partnering with’ or ‘fighting’ gravity? Are you treating yourself as a biointelligent organism who knows how to self-regulate, adapt and self-heal, or a biomechanical machine that needs to be repaired and serviced?”

“we need to remove the mask of the ‘ideal’ body to reveal our ‘real’ body.”

“How can movement be nourishing and enlivening, rather than ‘I should do it this way’ (body schema) or ‘how I should look’ (body image)? This calls for real body awareness, for discovering our true self.”

“What can begin to inform our movement awareness is knowing that we are constantly in a state of flux throughout life, ‘shaping ourselves,’ physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. From this potent place, we have an opportunity to embody ‘core’ as a coordinated relationship with gravity, ourselves, one another and our environment. We develop a way of being in life that is grounded, curious and empathetic—way beyond movement as a ‘thing to do.’ “

There is so much packed in to each of these quotes that I will just let you, dear reader, interpret as you will.  But one thing I would especially like to highlight is the reference to the “state of flux throughout life”.  A recurring theme throughout this blog is that all of life, including we humans, are constantly changing.  Despite the frequency with which I hear the phrase “I hate change”, it cannot be avoided.  It’s happening all the time – like it or not!

Furthermore, everything is always moving forward in time.  We can’t go back.  We might have some misguided thoughts that somehow things were better at some mythical time in the past.  But memory is faulty.  And even if that were true, it doesn’t matter.  What is real is the here and now.  And that includes our bodies.  Even if we don’t notice changes, they are happening within us and all around us.  So we can “‘partner with gravity’ (release tension) or ‘fight gravity’ (create tension)”.  Substitute the word “change” for “gravity” and you can see that there is a broader meaning here.

It seems to me that there is enough tension in the world and in our everyday lives without adding to that by fighting with our bodies.  No matter what your current status, your body is a miraculous manifestation.  You can choose to focus on your limitations, or you can recognize all of the things you are capable of.  If you are reading this, that’s just one of them!  The ability to move and breathe in any capacity is worth celebrating.  And also worth maintaining.  It is now well-known in the medical community that movement is an essential component to good health.  Move what you can move while you can move it.  It’s never too late to start and once you start you can always improve.  Things will change over time, but if you stay in “conversation” with your body, you will learn to adapt.  Here is one final quote:

“[W]hen we learn to listen to and be guided by our body wisdom, in relationship with gravity and spatial orientation, body schema begins to support our body image. We learn to embody our true selves. . . . we discover the inherent wisdom and intelligence within every cell of our body . . . we connect with the natural healing energy of the earth, and realign with our primal nature and relationship with the natural world”.

Move with that in mind and you just might be able to make peace with who you are and what you can do.

CITY OF CUSTER CITY COUNCIL AGENDA – May 21st, 2018 – City Hall Council Chambers 5:30 P.M.

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

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes –May 7th, 2018 Meeting

4. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

5. Public Presentations – Public Hearings – Public Comments

            a. Public Hearing – Malt Beverage & Wine License – Custer Beacon

            b. Public Hearing – Malt Beverage License Renewals

c. Resolution #05-21-18A – Fee Schedule

d. Planter Project – Girl Scouts

6. Old Business




7. New Business

            a. Minor Plat – Plat of Lots 7R of Block 6

            b. Minor Plat – Block 131 Subdivision

            c. Preliminary Plat – Plat of Tract 1 & 2 Revised of Big Rock Subdivision, Schneller Tract, & Brouillard Tract

            d. Nutmobile Request – Chamber of Commerce

            e. Referendum Petition

            f. Potential Search and Rescue Office Building – 1039 Montgomery St

            g.  New Hire – Part Time Seasonal – Trail Specialist

8.  Presentation of Claims –

9. Department Head Discussion & Committee Reports –

10. Executive Session – Personnel, Proposed Litigation, & Contract Negotiations (SDCL 1-25-2(1-4))

11. Adjournment


Public Works Committee Meeting – June 4th, 2018 4:30 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – June 4th, 2018 5:30 P.M.

Planning Commission Meeting – June 12th, 2018 5:00 P.M.

General Government Committee Meeting – June 11th, 2018 4:30 P.M.

Regular City Council Meeting – June 18th, 2018 5:30 P.M.

Park & Recreation Committee Meeting – June 19th, 2018 5:30 P.M.

Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act (S. 35) Bill to Double Size of Black Hills Veterans Cemetery

Black Hills National Cemetery

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) issued the following statements after the U.S. House of Representatives passed their bill, the Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act (S. 35), legislation that will facilitate a permanent land transfer of approximately 200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to expand the Black Hills National Cemetery outside of Sturgis, South Dakota. The bill, which the senators reintroduced during the first week of the 115th Congress, passed the Senate by voice vote in December 2017. Their bill now heads to the president for his signature.

“Our veterans deserve a resting place as majestic and solemn as the Black Hills National Cemetery, and I’m glad this important, years-long initiative that will help to continue honoring our heroes – now and for generations to come – is finally nearing the finish line,” said Thune. “It’s a small yet meaningful gesture for the men and women who gave far more than we’ll ever be able to repay.”

“It’s important that South Dakota’s veterans know there will be space for them to rest peacefully at the Black Hills National Cemetery,” said Rounds. “I am pleased that our commonsense legislation to expand the Black Hills National Cemetery passed the House today, and will now head to the president’s desk to be signed into law.”

“Wyoming is one of the few states without a VA National Cemetery, so I am glad that Congress was able to pass this legislation to ensure we are working to provide a resting place for Wyoming’s veterans,” said Enzi. “Veterans and their families deserve to know that there will always be a place where their families can honor their legacy for generations to come. I look forward to President Trump signing this legislation into law soon.”

Under current law, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act limits transfers like this one to a lifespan of 20 years. The Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act will make this particular transfer permanent.

Rounds Statement on Meeting with Army Corps


WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today issued the following statement after meeting with R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ management of the Missouri River. The meeting comes more than two months after Rounds requested an in-person briefing.

Rounds and James meet in Rounds’ Washington, D.C., office on May 16, 2018

“I appreciate the opportunity to meet with Assistant Secretary James today to share my concerns about the Corps’ management of the Missouri River. We had a good exchange and I found his interest in working with us refreshing. We have agreed to continue work to address our concerns about the high water levels along the river, as well as make certain an appropriate monitoring system is in place. Flood control is priority number one. We also discussed issues in South Dakota regarding access to water in Corps-controlled land, so we can better use our water along the river system. We will continue to keep a close watch on the Corps’ management practices along the river to help avoid another flood and make certain South Dakotans’ concerns are adequately addressed.”


ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Combat Raider, a large force exercise involving various military aircraft, is scheduled to begin May 15 in the Powder River Training Complex, and will conclude May 17, 2018.

These LFEs provide joint and coalition training under realistic scenarios that replicate combat operations against modern threats.

During this period, people living under the PRTC military operations areas can expect to see multiple types of aircraft utilizing the areas simultaneously.

There is also potential for loud noises associated with sonic booms. All B-1 supersonic activities will occur above 20,000 feet Mean Sea Level and all transient fighter supersonic activity will occur above 10,000 feet Above Ground Level. Residents living under the following PRTC military operations areas may be affected by these activities:

–       Powder River Two

–       Powder River Three

–       Gap B

A map of the airspace is attached for reference and can be found on the Ellsworth Air Force Base website at

As a reminder, non-military aircraft should thoroughly review the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notices to Airmen, or NOTAMs, and review flight plans to avoid these areas and altitudes where aircraft will be participating. This can be done by calling

1-800-WXBRIEF, or online at and

The NOTAMs for the exercise are the final official notice and will be issued by the FAA 72 hours prior to its start.

Custer County Commission Meeting Minutes (Wednesday, May 9, 2018)

Members present:
Commissioners Travis Bies, Phil Lampert, Jesse Sorenson, Jim Lintz, Mark Hartman and State’s Attorney
Tracy Kelley.

A. Commission Meeting was called to order at 8:00 AM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

B. Adopting of the agenda
Chairman Lampert called for any corrections to the agenda. With no corrections, the agenda will
stand as presented.

C. Consent Agenda

Motion by Lintz and seconded by Bies to approve the April 25, 2018 commission meeting minutes
and the April 25, 2018 County Board of Equalization minutes. Motion carried, unanimous. Motion
by Lintz and seconded by Bies to approve the following vouchers and travel requests. Motion
carried, unanimous.

Travel requests approved: Patty Caster, Julie Jenniges and Amanda Pierce to Vanguard User’s
meeting in Oacoma, SD, at a cost of $821.70; Mike Carter to Type 3 Team Deployment in Madison,
SD, at no cost; Jeremy Uphoff, Wanda Gramkow and Monica DeNardis to SDACO Deputy
Workshop in Pierre, SD, at a cost of $611.97; Gary Woodford to SDACHS 34th Annual Summer
Meeting in Pierre, SD, at a cost of $200; Cathy Carter to SDACHS Office Personnel Workshop in
Pierre, SD, at a cost of $250.
Vouchers approved as follows:

PAYROLL: Commissioner’s $1,681.28; Auditor $11,889.41; Treasurer $3,824.73; IST $1,693.92; State’s
Attorney $4,765.14; Courthouse Building $2,116.84; Director of Equalization $4,238.07; Register of
Deeds $5,307.95; Veterans Service $595.68; Human Resource $537.97; Sheriff $16,075.84; Nurse
$488.86; Library $3,641.56; Extension $701.29; Weed & Pest $1,128.18; Planning $2,756.73; Highway &
Bridge $16,730.94; Emergency Management $1,305.31; 24/7 $811.90; Communications/911 $7,153.38

GENERAL FUND: SD State Treasurer $7.63

COMMISSIONERS: Southern Hills Publishing $1,225.67; SDACO $4,024

CONTINGENCY: New York Life $126.00

COURT: Beesley Law $440; Skinner Law $296.91; Garland Goff $1,178.10; Angela Colbath $1,117.10

AUDITOR: SDACO $250; LCA Bank $78.29; Golden West $173.75; Ricoh $.06

TREASURER: A & B Business $1.87; SDACO $250; Golden West $173.73
IST: Golden West $69.50

STATE’S ATTORNEY: Bridgette Banks $62.40; Southern Hills Publishing $21.89;
First Western Insurance $50; Lexi Nexis $289; Secretary of State $30.00; Luke Yellow Robe $1,500; Heath
Waddell $338.56; Golden West $37; Culligan $37; Rapid City Police Dept. $37

COURTHOUSE BUILDING: Southern Hills Publishing $31; Custer True Value $88.35; Black Hills Industries
$238; Golden West $334.76

DIRECTOR OF EQUALIZATION: Custer True Value $17.98; Golden West $208.47; Vanguard Appraisals

REGISTER OF DEEDS:A & B Business $20.12; SDACO $250; Golden West $138.99

VETERANS SERVICES: Golden West $34.76

PREDATORY ANIMAL: SD Dept of Game Fish & Parks $827.20

INFO TECHNOLOGY: Active Data Systems $3,066; Golden West Technologies $1,940; A & B Business
$1,403.26; Golden West Telecommunications $10; Ricoh $5.41

SHERIFF: Black Hills Energy $95.99; Defensive Edge Training $265; A & B Business $63.54; Innovative
Office Solutions $150.03; Sherry Weber $33; Golden West $351.44; Culligan $46.50; A to Z Shredding
$40; Great Western Tire $1,298.20 Axon Ent. $3,888

PRISONER CARE: Manlove Psychciatric $59.90; Innovative Office Solutions $140; Ann Allen $150;
Christine Peters $75; Rapid City Police $140

AIRPORT: QT POD $818.79; Custer Gas $256.71; Custer True Value $68.09; Jenner Equipment $647.79;
Rock Solid Enterprises $2,796; Golden West $198.85; MG Oil $3,281.90; Mark & Shannon Stites $3,000

LIBRARY: Dakota Business Center $1,122.32; Mt Rushmore Telephone $112.55; Golden West $281.10

CULTURE/RECREATION: Southern Hills Publishing $87; Custer True Value $8.49; Lynn’s Dakotamart

EXTENSION: A & B Business $17.89; Golden West $220.56

WEED & PEST: A & B Business $8.11; Golden West $48.69; SD Association of County Weed & Pest $150

PLANNING: Golden West $138.99

COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE: Bierschbach Equipment $470; Black Hills Energy $192.74; Butler Machinery
$936; Custer Do It Best $13.40; Southern Hills Publishing $32.40; Custer True Value $82.51; Eddie’s Truck
Sales $913.35; French Creek Loggers $54.89; Fastenal $12.61; Dakota Supply $28.23; Interstate Batteries
$116.95; Lynn’s Dakotamart $15.96; Mt Rushmore Telephone $114.65; Ranchers Feed & Seed $18; S & B
Motor Parts $464.78; SD Assoc County Comm $75; SD Dept of Transportation $432.96; Kieffer Sanitation
$152.79; Servall Towel & Linen $101.44; Town of Buffalo Gap $54; Snap on Tools $256.75; Southern Hills
Rock & Gravel $16,750; Golden West $272.69; Lyle Signs $606.92; Culligan $40; Matco Tools $291.65;
MG Oil $186.82; Great Western Tire $4,957.60; Forward Distributing $45.15; CBH Cooperative
$1,621.72; Anderson Auto Sales $32

$183.60; Robert Rendon $50.40

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Southern Hills Publishing $170; Custer True Value $29.98; Lynn’s
Dakotamart $371.92; SD Emergency Management $95; Kathy Glines $232.92; Sam Smolnisky $94.72;
Golden West $104.25

BUILDING: Custer City $199.39; Custer True Value $77.62; Sander Sanitation $334.94; Adtech $4,638.98

ROD MODERNIZATION & PRESERVATION: Microfilm Imaging Systems $822.25

EMERGENCY LINE: Jonathan Mosely $1000; Rushmore Communication $294; A & B Business $16.02;
Innovative Office Solutions $105.65; Golden West $1,375.99; Culligan $33.50; RT Communications
$23.07D. Conflict of Interest Declarations – Phil Lampert stated a conflict of interest with the public hearing
to vacate Plat of Tatanka Spirit Subdivision & Tatanka Spirit Subdivision, Phase II

E. Highway

1. Motion by Bies and seconded by Lintz to approve and authorize the chairman to sign the
Agreement to Provide for the Striping and Continuing Maintenance of County Roads within
Custer County. Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Motion by Hartman and seconded by Sorenson to approve the Application for Occupancy on the
Right of Way of County Highways from Fall River Water User’s District for a pipeline crossing on
Highway Number 719 in Section 6, Township 5, Range 8, Custer County, South Dakota. Motion
carried, unanimous.
3. Gary Woodford, Highway Superintendent gave an annual report. Woodford explained how
monies had been spent the previous year and reported that the county received three grants
this year for bridges. Two of the grants are for bridge preservation and the third grant is for a
bridge replacement. The new motor grader that was purchased is scheduled to be delivered on
Thursday, May 10th
4. Woodford informed the commission that Mark Jurrens has been hired as an Equipment
Operator and will begin employment with the county on May 14, 2018.
5. Caley Buckert, Weed Supervisor, gave an update on the weed department. Buckert has sent out
a letter to all land owners in Custer County advising the land owner’s responsibility to control
weeds on their property. There will be a landowner workshop at Argyle on Friday, May 18,
2018 starting at 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Buckert also stated there is a grant to help
cover costs of chemicals used to spray weeds. Land owners need to turn in receipts to Buckert
to receive the 50% reimbursement through the grant.

F. Public Hearing
– Vacate Plat of Tatanka Spirit Subdivision & Tatanka Spirit Subdivision
Chairman Lampert turned the meeting over to Vice Chairman Lintz. The public hearing was opened
and there was no attendance to oppose the vacation of the plat. Motion by Hartman and seconded
by Bies to approve Resolution 2018-08. Motion carried, Lampert abstained.

WHEREAS, a petition has been filed with Custer County requesting vacation of the following
described plats, to-wit:

Located in Sections 1, 12, & 13, Township 6 South, Range 6 East, BHM, Custer County
recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Custer County, South Dakota in Book 12 of
Plats, pages 314 and 390.

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners (Board) has the authority to approve the
vacation of any recorded plat that lies outside a municipality, either in whole or in part, in
accordance with SDCL 11-3-21.1; and

WHEREAS, Rogers-Scull LLC, a South Dakota limited liability company is the record owner of
the properties contained within said plats sought to be vacated; and

WHEREAS, the publication of legal notice has been satisfied according to SDCL11-3-22.1; and

WHEREAS, the platted subdivisions do not lie within the corporate limits of any
incorporated municipality within Custer County; and

WHEREAS, it has been proven to the satisfaction of the Board that all property taxes have been
paid on such plats as required by SDCL 11-3-23.1; and

WHEREAS, the Board, in accordance with SDCL 11-3-23.1, has determined that vacating the
plats will not abridge or destroy any of the rights and privileges of other proprietors of such plats
and will not authorize the closing or obstruction of any public highway laid out according to law
OF CUSTER COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA: That the plat(s) of Tatanka Spirit Subdivision and
Tatanka Spirit Subdivision, Phase II recorded in Book 12 of Plats at pages 314 and 390, in the
Office of the Register of Deeds for Custer County, South Dakota are hereby vacated.

That that portion of Tatanka Spirit Road and Stampede Trail
that lie within the boundaries of the platted property, which rights-of-way are not located within
a section line, shall no longer be deemed public right-of-way.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That all other easements and agreements granted in or upon
such properties by virtue of separate written document shall remain in full force and effect unless
otherwise modified or terminated subsequent hereto.

APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION this 9th day of May, 2018.
Jim Lintz
Vice-Chairman, Custer Co. Board of Commission
Teresa Cornelison
Custer County Auditor
The meeting was turned back over to Chairman Lampert.

G. Emergency Management
1. Motion by Bies and seconded by Hartman to approve and authorize the chairman to sign the
SLA 2nd Quarter Report – FY 2018. Motion carried, unanimous.
H. Planning
1. Motion by Hartman and seconded by Lintz to approve the plat of Tract 29 Revised of Battle
Mountain Subdivision Revised and Waynick Tract, formerly Tract 29 of Battle Mountain
Subdivision Revised and the SE4SW4NE4 of Section 25, T6S, R5E, BHM, Custer County, South
Dakota. Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Motion by Sorenson and seconded by Lintz to approve the Wireless Communication Tower
Modification from Verizon Wireless by Cobb Wireless Group II on Homestead Subdivision, Tract
Matt (part of Government Lot 16), Section 24, T3S, R4E, BHM, Custer County, South Dakota.
Motion carried, unanimous.
I. Sheriff
1. Motion by Hartman and seconded by Sorenson to approve the hire of Carl Maude as Deputy
Sheriff effective May 16, 2018. Motion carried, unanimous.
J. Commission
1. The commission reviewed the application for Isolated Tract Easement from Bang McCullen Law
Firm on behalf of Richard and Barbara Drew. One letter of opposition was received for the
application from DeMersseman Jensen Tellinghuisen & Huffman LLP on behalf of Dale Russell
and Ellen Ballard. The commission set Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. as the time for
viewing of the property.
K. Equalization
1. Motion by Bies and seconded by Lintz to approve Abatement 1809 in the amount of $156.12.
Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Motion by Hartman and seconded by Sorenson to approve Revised Resolution 2015-06. Motion
carried, unanimous.
Revised Resolution 2015-6


WHEREAS, the Commissioners of Custer County have considered the impact of a discretionary tax
formula to encourage development of certain commercial and industrial property per SDCL 10-6-35.2
within the boundaries of Custer County; and
WHEREAS, the codified laws of the State of South Dakota empower the Commissioners to adopt any
formula for assessed value of certain commercial and industrial property (SDCL 10-6-35-.2); now
IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the following discretionary tax formula for property classified pursuant
to SDCL 10-6-35.2 is hereby adopted:
1. That property meeting the requirements of SDCL 10-6-35.2 shall be assessed at the following
rates: 0% – First Year; 0% – Second Year; 0% – Third Year; 0% – Fourth Year; 0% – Fifth Year
2. That the Custer County Commissioners shall be solely responsible for determining the
classification of certain real property as defined by SDCL 10-6-35.2.
3. That this Resolution shall become effective on May 9th, 2018 and shall remain in effect until
further action of the Custer County Board of Commissioners.
Dated this 9th Day of May, 2018.
3. Michael Houdyshell, Director of Property Tax, appeared before the board to review the non
agricultural values in the county. Houdyshell provided the commission with an analysis of the
county sales and factors for a five year period (2014 – 2018). The level of assessment on the
non agricultural values in the county has declined over the past five years. The 2018 level of
assessment on non agricultural property is at 84.1% which is below the 85% required by SDCL
10-6-33.8. Houdyshell informed the commission that the Department of Revenue will work
with the Director of Equalization Office to remedy the situation.

L. Treasurer
1. The commission acknowledged the resignation of Diane Ruggiero as Deputy Treasurer.

M. Auditor
1. Motion by Hartman and seconded by Bies to approve and authorize the chairman to sign the
Sub recipient Agreement 19SC090076 between the South Dakota Department of Health and
Custer County. Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Motion by Lintz and seconded by Sorenson to change the dates of the county commission
meetings in June to Wednesday, June 6th and Wednesday, June 20th. Motion carried,

N. SDSU Extension Service
1. Motion by Bies and seconded by Lintz to post pone the job description for the
Extension/Conservation Office until the next commission meeting on Wednesday, May 23,
2018. Motion carried, unanimous.

O. Public Comment – Tim Holland commented on the Custer area’s economy and what has happened
in the last ten years. Holland stated, he noticed when values are lower the taxes do not go down,
but when values increase, the taxes increase.

P. Commission
1. Mail call – a letter was received from the Lawrence County Commission regarding BH Resilient
Landscape Project Draft D.E.I.S; a letter was received from the Federal Aviation Administration
regarding the close out of grant #3-46-0011-012-2016; an invitation was received from the
Hermosa Arts and History Association Museum for event to honor the life of Johannes (Jack)
2. Meeting Schedule – The Black Hills Association of County Officials will hold a meeting in Isabel,
SD, on Friday, May 11, 2018 at noon; there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the former
STAR Academy property on May 18, 2018, at 10 a.m.
3. Meeting Reports – Lintz reported he had attended a Fair Board meeting and the board is looking
at building an extension off the large building on the fairgrounds. The board is in the process of
getting bids and the National Guard has offered to donate the labor for the project and the
board would need to provide the materials. Bies will attend a Southern Hills Waste
Management meeting on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Hot Springs, SD. Sorenson will attend a
Conservation meeting on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Q. Executive Session
1. Motion by Bies and seconded by Lintz to go into Executive Session pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(1)
and SDCL 1-25-2(3). Motion carried, unanimous. Executive Session began at 9:55 a.m. to
discuss personnel and contract negotiations and concluded at 11:25 a.m. with no action taken.
R. Adjourn

Motion by Bies and seconded by Hartman to adjourn the meeting at 11:37 a.m. The next meeting
will be at 8 a.m. May 23, 2018 in the Commissioner’s Room in the Custer County Courthouse