The Kingsbury County Board of Commissioners met on Tues., Sept. 6 at the Kingsbury County Courthouse to discuss several issues including maintenance, man camps and license plates.
Man camps and the demolition of camps after they are no longer being used was discussed again by commissioners. They also discussed the possibility of other types of camps that may be opening in the future as agrotourism and Bed and Breakfast type businesses continue to grow across the state.
Kyle Lee mentioned there are getting to be more Airbnb type establishments in South Dakota. People stay on farms, harvest apples and pumpkins, and youth see where food grows. He suggested they make sure they are prepared for these types of businesses as well as man camps.
The commissioners agreed that when GEVO begins construction, the workers will be looking for places to stay, and there will be lots of opportunities for entrepreneurs. They want to make sure rules are in place beforehand.
The main concern for the commissioners is having temporary camps set up and then abandoned with no rules set in place for how they must leave the area when they are done. They want to make sure the land is left in good condition and not with abandoned trailer houses.
The commissioners agreed to have a notice published regarding the ordinance for the public to read and voice opinions. They will hold the first reading on Oct. 4 and the second reading on Oct. 18.
Treasurer Michelle Longville informed the commissioners of a budget issue with regard to license plates. The fee for mailing license plates is currently $5 per plate or set of plates. This rate is set by the statute, and can not be increased unless legislation is passed next session. Starting on Jan. 2, 2023, everyone will need to purchase new license plates.
The issue is that the $5 fee set by statute will not cover the cost of mailing license plates when postage rates increase January 1, 2023.
Longville went on to explain that many license plates will need to be sent out of state, and it is hard to figure the budget without knowing how much postage will cost and how many out of state plates will need to be mailed.
The issue is even further complicated with many people having more than one set of plates which will need to be mailed at an additional cost.
Lonny Palmlund brought flooring samples to show commissioners. Palmlund got a consensus from other employees in the office on which to choose; carpet has been ordered from Barrett’s De Smet.
Palmlund will work on preparing walls by painting before the flooring is laid. The wood grain flooring will be just for the stair treads, which should match with the carpet and offer a good groove for the step to make it safer.
His goals for the next two months, before installation starts, are to paint the hallway where the stairs go down to the basement, stain and reseal the handrail, finish the auditor's office work and complete work in the clerk of court’s office.
Palmlund informed the commissioners that he has installed another 17 LED lights. He is trying to complete several projects, but it has taken longer than expected with other maintenance issues pulling him away.
Palmlund has also made temporary repairs to the rubber roof on the sheriff’s office. The rubber is stretched tight right now, which is causing issues, but he is hoping the repairs he made will help give the roof extra time until they can figure out what to do in the future.
• State changed travel per diems: Commissioners made a motion to abide by the new state travel reimbursement rates. Effective Sept. 12, the rates will go from 42 cents per mile to 51 cents per mile.
• Osceola vacate street petition: Commissioners made a motion to set a hearing on Oct. 4 for the public to attend regarding Osceola’s desire to vacate a street and alley where they would like to build a school.
• Jeremy Fox, AFLAC representative, introduced himself and presented commissioners with what AFLAC can offer to employees.
• The proposed budget hearing was held with no one from the public present to comment.
• Ordinance 64 – 1st reading: Commissioners had the first reading amending the ordinance to change the boundaries for medical marijuana grow facilities. The second reading will be at the next meeting.
• Natalie Remund with Multi Business Solutions met with commissioners to discuss the services she could provide to the county as an HR representative. She listed several areas where she could help including hiring, updating the employee handbook, serving as an intermediary between employees and commissioners and helping to set fair employee compensation. The commissioners agreed they could use some help in those areas and decided to write up a proposal of the services they would like help with and time required, so Remund can get them a quote.
• The commissioners agreed to come up with a resolution at the next meeting regarding a tax increase to cover the costs for future road repairs. Kazmerzak asked Auditor Steffensen to calculate examples for the increased tax amount at 70 cents per thousand dollars of valuation. This would replace the $300,000 opt-out, which is set to expire and will begin on 2024 taxes.
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