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
$9,850

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
$30.72

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

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT): Richard Smith $116.80; James Strain
$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.
RESOLUTION 2018-08
A RESOLUTION BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS OF CUSTER COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, TO
VACATE THE PLATS OF
TATANKA SPIRIT SUBDIVISION & TATANKA SPIRIT SUBDIVISION, PHASE II

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

TATANKA SPIRIT SUBDIVISION & TATANKA SPIRIT SUBDIVISION, PHASE II
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
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
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.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
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
ATTEST:
_________________________________
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

COMMERCIAL / INDUSTRIAL DISCRETIONARY FORMULA

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
therefore
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,
unanimous.

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)
Zasadil
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

APPLICATIONS FOR SALES OR PROPERTY TAX REFUND PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE IN SOUTH DAKOTA

PIERRE, S.D. — Qualifying South Dakotans have until July 1 to apply for the Sales or Property Tax Refund for Senior Citizens and Citizens with Disabilities program.

Under the program, qualified applicants will receive refunds of sales or property taxes based on their income. Refund checks are issued at the end of August. Applicants must apply for the program on an annual basis.

To qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 66 years old on or before Jan. 1 of the current year or be disabled during any part of the year
  • Must have a yearly income less than $12,060 if you live alone or live in a household whose members’ combined income is less than $16,240
  • Be a South Dakota resident during all of 2017

Applications for the program may be obtained on the Department of Revenue’s website, http://dor.sd.gov, or at the applicant’s local county treasurer’s office. For more assistance, call the Department of Revenue’s toll-free helpline at 1-800-829-9188.

SOUTH DAKOTA VETERANS BONUS

PIERRE, S.D If you served with the Armed Forces any time after Aug. 2, 1990, or are currently active duty military, the State of South Dakota and South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs want to say thank you!

The Department administers a bonus program for those who were legal residents of the state for no less than six months prior to their active duty service and who meet other qualifications.

In the past 14 years, the department has made bonus payments of up to $500 to more than 9,400 service members for their active duty service after Jan. 1, 1993, through today. Since 2005, bonus awards have also been made to over 880 service members activated from Aug. 2, 1990, to Dec. 31, 1992. Bonus payments cannot be paid for Active Duty for training.

Read more about the state’s Armed Forces bonus under the “Benefits” tab on the Department website at http://vetaffairs.sd.gov, contact your local county or tribal veterans service office, or call the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs at 605-773-7251.

SDDA Classifies Dicamba Products as Restricted Use Pesticides

 

PIERRE, S.D. – As of April 30, 2018, all pesticide products containing only dicamba, and having agricultural use labels, sold in South Dakota are classified as restricted use pesticides (RUPs). This includes over-the-counter herbicides that were previously sold to unlicensed applicators and producers. Since these products have been classified as RUPs by the State of South Dakota, but not by the federal government, they will not display the restricted use pesticide legend on the label. A list of 2018 registered products impacted by this new classification can be found on the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) website, sdda.sd.gov, by clicking on the “Dicamba Information” link under the “Happening Now” section.

Applicators will be required to be certified private or commercial applicators to purchase and apply these products. In addition to state certification, the SDDA encourages applicators to take a dicamba-specific training. An online training is available on the SDDA’s website. All applicators will be required to maintain application records for each application of these products and any other RUPs. The records of application must be kept for three years.

Three dicamba products, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology, Fexapan with Vapor Grip technology and Engenia, were classified as RUPs by the Environmental Protection Agency effective October of 2017. Separate regulations surround the sale and use of these products, including a requirement that applicators complete a dicamba-specific training.

Any questions about this change or the regulation of dicamba products can be directed to the SDDA at 605.773.4432.

Medical Marijuana Ballot Question Petition Rejected by South Dakota Secretary of State Krebs

Secretary Shantel Krebs and Deputy Secretary of Elections Kea Warne accepting petitions from sponsor Melissa Mentele

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs announced that the petition submitted for an initiated measure to legalize marijuana for medical use was rejected by her office.

“An Initiated measure requires 13,871 valid signatures in order to be placed on the ballot,” stated Secretary Krebs. “This initiated measure petition included 15,157 signatures. We reviewed a random sample of signatures and only 62.48 percent (15,157 x 62.4822% = 9,470 valid signatures, not meeting the 13,871 signature requirement) were found to be valid.”

A rejected petition cannot be challenged to the office of the Secretary of State, however that does not prohibit a citizen from challenging the denial of a ballot question petition in circuit court.

This was the last submitted ballot question for the 2018 general election to be reviewed by the Secretary of State’s office, barring any submissions of referendum petitions from South Dakota citizens concerning laws passed during the 2018 Legislative session.

For more detailed information on potential 2018 Ballot Questions, click here.

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2-1-17.1.   Submission of affidavit challenging petition to secretary of state–Appeal. Within thirty days after a statewide petition for an initiated constitutional amendment, initiated measure, or referendum has been validated and filed, any interested person who has researched the signatures contained on the petition may submit an affidavit to the Office of Secretary of State to challenge the petition. The affidavit shall include an itemized listing of each specific deficiency in question. Any challenge to the following items is prohibited under this challenge process:

(1)      Signer does not live at address listed on the petition;

(2)      Circulator does not live at address listed on the petition;

(3)      Circulator listed a residence address in South Dakota but is not a South Dakota resident;

(4)      Circulator did not witness the signers;

(5)      Signatures not included in the random sample; and

(6)      Petition that was originally rejected.

Any challenge by the same person or party in interest shall be included in one affidavit.

The original signed affidavit shall be received by the Office of Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m. central time on the deadline date. If the affidavit challenges any item that is prohibited by this section, only that line item shall summarily be rejected. A challenge to a line item is not a challenge to the petition as a whole.

The secretary of state’s decision regarding a challenge may not be challenged a second time with the secretary of state, but may be appealed to the circuit court of Hughes County. If a person fails to challenge a petition pursuant to this section, it does not deny that person any other legal remedy to challenge the filing of an initiative or referendum petition in circuit court. A challenge to a petition in circuit court may include items prohibited in this section.

 

“CINNAMON BABY” SIGHTING IN CUSTER STATE PARK WEDNESDAY APRIL 11, 2018

This is the first calf I have seen this year on the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park. Hope it does well with the upcoming storm.
All Images: Herb Ryan Photography, Custer, SD.

Buffalo calf and cow behind brush on the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography

 

Moved the jeep to a better vantage point. These are wild animals and I take all precautions especially when a calf is present. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography

 

And along came a not so itsy bitsy log skidder that made the group of 15 to 20 Buffalo move in a hurry. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography

 

This little “Cinnamon Baby” got off the feed bag pretty quick and ran for the hills. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography

 

View of Legion Lake Fire from Red Valley Road in Custer State Park. Notice the “Green” fighting it’s way back in. Herb Ryan Photography

 

CUSTER COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES – WEDNESDAY MARCH 28, 2018 –

Custer County Commission Meeting (Wednesday, March 28, 2018)
Members present:
Commissioners Travis Bies, Phil Lampert, Jesse Sorenson, Jim Lintz, and Mark Hartman

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 Hartman and seconded by Bies to approve the March 7, 2018 commission meeting
minutes, the following vouchers and travel requests. Motion carried, unanimous.
Travel requests approved: Mar & Shannon Stites to Annual SD Airport Conference in Deadwood, SD,
at a cost of $332; Patty Caster, Julie Jenniges and Amanda Pierce to SDAAO Conference in Rapid City,
SD, at a cost of $1,312.65.
Vouchers approved as follows:

COMMISSIONERS: Pitney Bowes $2,015; SDACO $727.20; Travis Bies $1,500; Ramkota $305.97; Verizon
Wireless $82.18; Avesis $8.54

CONTINGENCY: Guardian $60.07

COURT: Beesley Law $1,473.40; Justin O’Neill $575.60; Garland Goff $865.78; Grey & Eisenbraun Law
$498.20; Manlove Psychiatric $3,600; Randal Connelly $278

AUDITOR: First Interstate Bank Mastercard $80.90; Ricoh $.87; Evergreen Office Products $55.77

TREASURER: Digital Dolphin $325.97; Monica DeNardis $500; Qualified Presort $3,663.02

STATE’S ATTORNEY: Pheasantland $152.12; Culligan Water $43.50; Rioch $2.78

COURTHOUSE BUILDING: Southern Hills Fire & Safety $258.25; Servall $110.95; First Interstate Bank
Mastercard $159.58; Verizon Wireless $73.38; Thyssenkrupp Elevator $1,278

DIRECTOR OF EQUALIZATION: Networkfleet $18.95; Ricoh $6.21; SDAAO $525

REGISTER OF DEEDS: Teri L Morgan $1,500

VETERANS SERVICES: Quill $47.36; First Interstate Bank Mastercard $48.94

INFO TECHNOLOGY: Golden West $5,892.27; A & B Business $1,285; Ricoh $1,478.04; Schneider
Corporation $2,715

HUMAN RESOURCE: First Interstate Bank Mastercard $424.94; Verizon Wireless $16.44

SHERIFF: Black Hills Electric $54.38; Interstate Batteries $99.90; Quill $99.99; Rapid Chevrolet $2, 997,
97; First Interstate Bank Mastercard $830.02; Liberty Superstores $288.75; Networkfleet $211.62;
Innovative Office Solutions $56.28; Tacticalgear.com $78.98; Culligan Water $53; Ricoh $53.59; Nelson’s
Oil & Gas $49.88; Lexisnexis Risk Solutions $89; Verizon Wireless $386.61

CORONER: Rapid City Regional $59

PRISONER CARE: City of Rapid City $140; Pennington County Jail $226.20; First Interstate Bank
Mastercard $43.17; Kreisers LLC $121.91; Pennington County Sheriff $673.60

AIRPORT: Custer Gas $734.02; Southern Hills Fire & Safety $79.75; MG Oil Company $4,304.70; Studt
Electric $875.98

MENTALLY ILL: Beesley Law Office $312.50

MENTAL ILLNESS BOARD: Lincoln County Treasurer $89.30

LIBRARY: First Interstate Bank Mastercard $708.13

CULTURE/RECREATION: Lynn’s Dakotamart $21.27

EXTENSION: Ricoh $1.62; Discovery Benefits $41.67

WEED & PEST: First Interstate Bank Mastercard $383.95; Ricoh $10.73

PLANNING: Discovery Benefits $41.67; Verizon Wireless $54.32

COUNTY ROAD & BRIDGE: A & B Welding $173.25; Black Hills Electric $2,289.28; Black Hills Power
$49.94; Black Hills Energy $99.83; Butler Machinery $1,996.88; Custer Do It Best $224.80; Lycox
Enterprises $2,050; Custer True Value $205.66; Diesel Machinery $7,000; French Creek Loggers $367.57;
Fastenal $333.89; Godfrey Brake $29.24; Southern Hills Fire & Safety $110; Johnson Machine $133.32;
Quill $102.97; Rapid Chevrolet $7.68; Kieffer Sanitation $152.79; Servall $207.40; Snap on Tools $76.76;
First Interstate Bank Mastercard $143.67; Liberty Superstore $189.64; Southern Hills Truck & Trailer
$8.55; Southern Hills Rock & Gravel $6,700; Lacal Equipment $547.46; Croell Inc. $3,519.88; Culligan
Water $46.50; Centurylink $18.31; Matco Tools $108.10; Nelson’s Oil & Gas $2,683.22; MG Oil
$17,669.78; Diamond D Diesel $1,615; Verizon Wireless $34.08; Dakota Fluid Power $65.14; CBH
Cooperative $3,591.12; Anderson Auto Sales $28

FIRE PROTECTION: City of Rapid City $2,000

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Networkfleet $18.95; Verizon Wireless $54.32

EMERGENCY & DISASTER: City of Belle Fourche $600
24/7: Intoximeters Inc. $320; Quill $42.45; Redwood Toxicology $141.60

BUILDING: Black Hills Electric $776.31; Black Hills Energy $7,146.64; Custer Do It Best $20.93; Custer City
$199.39; McGas $345.91; Southern Hills Fire & Safety $130.75; Sander Sanitation $327.68; A to Z
Shredding $20

EMERGENCY LINE: Quill $33.93; Pheasantland Industries $396.50; Culligan Water $33.50; Ricoh $23.49;
Centurylink $533.69; Discovery Benefits $41.64

D. Conflict of Interest Declarations -none

E. Highway
1. The gravel bid that was approved at the March 7, 2018 commission meeting was reviewed
because two bids were received for the amount of $6.75 per ton. The bid that was approved
was from Black Hills Gravel, LLC and the other bid was from Howe Well Drilling & Excavating,
Inc. It was determined that the bid from Howe Well Drilling & Excavating, Inc. did not meet the
specifications of the bid and the commission upheld the approval of the bid from Black Hills
Gravel, LLC.
2. The commission acknowledged the resignation of Todd Luesink and Allen Skrdlant.

F. Planning
1. Alan Aker appeared before the board to discuss concerns he had about a plat that had been
presented at a recent dirt meeting. Rex Harris, Planning Director, stated that there needs to be
an application made and fees paid to have the plat presented to the planning commission. Mr
Aker will meet with Harris.

G. Register of Deeds
1. Teri Morgan, Register of Deeds, introduced Wanda Gramkow who has been hired as the Deputy
Register of Deeds.
2. Motion by Sorenson and seconded by Bies to authorize the removal of Robyn VanDerSys and
add Wanda Gramkow to the Register of Deeds checking account as an authorized signer.
Motion carried, unanimous.

H. Sheriff
1. The commission acknowledged the completion of a 1 year probation period for Deputy
Matthew Tramp and Deputy Matt Kunz.
2. Sheriff Mechaley gave the commission on update on recent talks he had with the Custer School
District regarding filling a School Deputy position. Mechaley stated that the biggest issue
would be the funding of the position. Mechaley will keep the commission informed on this
issue.

I. Equalization
1. Motion by Hartman and seconded by Sorenson to approve Abatement #1805A in the amount of
$1,229.43, #1806A in the amount of $174.30, #1807A in the amount of $200 and #1808A in the
amount of $966.46. Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Patty Caster gave the commission on update on the changes in the South Dakota Codified Law
regarding agricultural requirements.

J. Library
1. Motion by Bies and seconded by Lintz to approve the surplus of a HP LaserJet N4100 printer to
be sold, a Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse and two ASUS MemoPads to be disposed at
the landfill. Motion carried, unanimous.

K. Veteran Service Office
1. Motion by Sorenson and seconded by Hartman to approve the surplus of a broken chair and a
three hole punch to be disposed at the landfill. Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Jana Virtue, Veteran Service Officer, gave a quarterly report to the commission. Virtue has
established new connections with Veterans in the community and was able to visit and assist 3
Custer County homebound Veterans with the assistance of a laptop computer she now has.
Virtue has filed 23 disability and/or pension claims with the South Dakota State of Veterans
Affairs and has worked with Veterans to file over 33 Intent to File (for future claims).

L. Maintenance
1. Robert Skinner, Maintenance Director, appeared before the board to inform the commission of
his plan to fill a recently vacated full-time maintenance position with a part-time employee.

M. Battle Creek Fire District
1. Motion by Lintz and seconded by Bies to acknowledge the consolidation of the Hayward,
Hermosa, and Keystone Fire Districts into one creating the Battle Creek Fire District effective
for tax year 2018 and after. Motion carried, unanimous.

N. 266th Street Project
1. The commission received a letter from the SD National Guard regarding their intent to conduct
a training project in the Wind Cave National Park area. The project will consist of building and
improving an access road (266th Street) to the historic Sanson/Casey Ranch. The project
includes the improvement of approximately 1.5 miles of existing two track road for access to
the site. The road will be built to Custer County road standards. Motion by Lintz and seconded
by Sorenson to waive the bond requirement for this project. Motion carried, unanimous.

O. Crazy Horse Raffle
1. Motion by Bies and seconded by Hartman to approve the request from the Crazy Horse
Memorial Foundation to conduct their annual rifle raffle fundraiser in 2018. Motion carried,
unanimous.

P. Public Comment – none

Q. Commission
1. Mail call – A letter was received from USDA regarding placer mining on NFS land; a thank you
letter was received from the Custer Sr Center for the $3,100 the county budgeted and awarded
to the center; a letter was received from SDML regarding the 2017 payroll audit refund notice;
a letter was received from the Custer County Library Foundation expressing their appreciation
to the maintenance staff for the installation of the donor recognition tree at the Custer County
Library.
2. Meeting Schedule – The Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at Custer Corral on Saturday, April 7th
with the social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m

3. Meeting Reports – Lintz attended a Fair Board and Weed Board meeting. Lintz has also been
elected as the President of the Black Hills Association of County Commissioners. Bies and
Lampert reported on new things they learned at the 2018 County Commissioners and Welfare
Officials Workshop regarding the opportunity the county has to apply for grants for
maintenance of roads that border public lands and learned more about parliamentary
procedures. Sorenson will plan to attend the Economic Development meeting in Hot Springs.

R. Executive Session
Motion by Lintz and seconded by Bies to go into Executive Session pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2(4).
Executive Session began at 9:25 a.m. and concluded at 9:50 a.m.
1. Motion by Hartman and seconded by Bies to approve the re-offer to John Evans of $150,000 for
real property together with the mobile homes owned by Evans. Motion carried, unanimous.
2. Motion by Bies and seconded by Lintz to approve the Indigent request. Motion carried,
unanimous.

S. Adjourn
Motion by Hartman and seconded by Sorenson to adjourn the meeting at 9:52 a.m. The next
meeting will be at 8 a.m. April 11, 2018, in the Commissioner’s Room in the Custer County
Courthouse.
____________________________
Phil Lampert, Chairman
Attest:
Terri Cornelison, Custer County Auditor
Published once at the total approximate cost of __No Charge By Custer Free Press ___

IS WE IS – OR IS WE AIN’T A STATE ? LOST DOCUMENTS RAISE DAKOTA STATEHOOD QUESTIONS -REALLY !

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today the authentication of historical documents proving North Dakota and South Dakota are actually one state. Overlooked addendums to the statehood proclamations of both states indicate the existence of a single state, “Dakota.”

“It’s the most incredible discovery; this raises a number of interesting questions,” said Gov. Daugaard, of the State Formerly Known as South Dakota. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to get this squared away, that’s clear.”

President Abraham Lincoln established Dakota Territory in 1861. Prior to the recent discovery, it was believed that the territory was divided into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota on Nov. 2, 1889, via a proclamation signed by then-President Benjamin Harrison.

A pair of historians conducting archival research in the Library of Congress uncovered identical addendums attached to both statehood proclamations that rescind the previously signed orders and establish a single, united state.

The addendum reads, in part, “I hereby affirm the creation of the state of Dakota; they were born together – they are one.”

Gov. Daugaard is undertaking a comprehensive process to determine how to proceed. He indicates that a special joint session of both state legislatures may be needed to determine whether to stay as Dakota, or return to their previous status as separate states.