Notes from Commissioner Robert Heidgerken

The Meade County Commission met in regular session on May 24, 2017. 

Commissioners Heidgerken and Rausch attended the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) meeting in Rapid City.  Exit 46 rebuild on I90 will be delayed until 2023 because of design and land acquisition issues. 

Meade County will be home to a new business in Box Elder.  The Ellsworth Development Authority transferred ownership of the Vandenberg School building to VRC Metal Systems.  They plan to build their world headquarters at that site.  This is the company that does the cold spray rebuilds of aircraft parts.  They are able to add new metal to used parts without heating or warping the original parts.  They hope to expand this system to all Air Force Bases and to Navy ships at sea.  This is a good fit for land just outside Ellsworth AFB.

The Department of Revenue has approved the values the Board of Equalization and Assessor have set for 2017 (taxes payable 2018) as 100% full and true.  They will adjust them back to 85% of full and true value (ag classification) for tax purposes next year.  These values included a 10% reduction for drought in 2016 plus thousands of smaller adjustments for crop soil types that cannot be farmed.

The Commission approved a Rangeland Fire Agreementwith the State.  This will be used when a major fire occurs.   

All the Malt Beverage Licenses and Package off-sale Licenses were approved.  Eight temporary campground applications were also approved.  There are no new campgrounds in the County this year.    

We will begin working on the 2018 budget next month.  Roads continue to be an issue.  No gravel road is ever good with these small showers we have been getting.  

Pray for a big rain as the hay crop is not made yet.

                                

Notes from Commissioner Ted Seaman

Commissioner Ted Seaman

Commissioner Ted Seaman

The Meade County Commission met in regular session on May 10th.  A group of citizens north of Sturgis who use Sly Hill Road and Bear Butte Road were in attendance. They voiced their concerns about the roads and the possibility of another slide/closure on Sly Hill.  Sturgis Mayor, Mark Carstenson was also present to give an update on the City portion of Sly Hill Road.  The County Highway Superintendent, Lincoln Shuck, informed the Commission there was a water leak under Bear Butte Road which could be the cause of a slide on that portion of the road.  Fort Meade VA is making arrangements to fix the leak (their waterline) and hopefully eliminate any further slides. 

The new District Ranger for the Northern Hills Black Hills National Forest, Mr. Steve Kozel stopped by to introduce himself and express his desire to work together on any issues that may arise. 

Next was a lively discussion on the merits of our discretionary formula and the positive results we’ve seen with industrial, commercial and residential commercial development.  The Sturgis Mayor, City Manager and the Sturgis Economic Development Executive Director, Pat Kurtenback were on hand to tout the millions of dollars of real estate that have been added to the tax rolls. This can be attributed to the discretionary formula. 

For those of you following the highway department news, a box culvert will be replaced on Elk Vale Road, possibly in October.  The County received a Bridge Replacement Grant from the State for Ball Park Road near Union Center. 

Finally, the Commission voted to abate the 2016 taxes on the new Scott Peterson Motors Holdings in Sturgis; to honor the agreements that were made regarding the use of the discretionary formula.

Seasonal Employment Opportunity - Equalization and Planning Assistant

 

Employment Opportunity:    Job # 17-06 Seasonal Equalization & Planning Assistant 

Posting Type:    Open Announcement    

Closing Date:    Until Filled

Starting Wage:    $12.75 - $ 12.75 

Application Procedures:    Please submit a Meade County application to:                                                                      ★Human Resources/ 1300 Sherman Street Suite ▫ 212 ▫ Sturgis, SD 57785

General Statement of Duties

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Equalization and Planning, is responsible for assisting with the Department’s major functions.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist with performing routine clerical duties, to include sorting, filing, data entry, proofreading, directing phone calls, mail contact, and customers at the counter to the appropriate parties
  2. Assist with the appraisal of improved and unimproved parcels in the field.
  3. Assist with the technology work of the office, creating, maintaining, and updating digital/GIS records.

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive duties of the position.  Incumbents shall follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience and Education:

  1. Knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software and Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS) hardware and software helpful.
  2. Familiarity with math and statistics.
  3. Ability to demonstrate good communication and organizational skills.
  4. Ability to work independently.
  5. Ability to maintain a professional relationship with the general public and other employees.

Physical Demands:

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  
  2. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  
  3. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  
  4. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:  

  1. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. 
  2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to outside weather conditions.

Seasonal Employment Opportunity - Technology Assistant

Employment Opportunity:    Job # 17-05 Seasonal Technology Assistant 

Posting Type:    Open Announcement    

Closing Date:    Open until Filled

Starting Wage:    $12.75 - $12.75

Application Procedures:    Please submit a Meade County application to:                                                                  

    ★Human Resources/ 1300 Sherman Street Suite ▫ 212 ▫ Sturgis, SD 57785

Department:     Highway

Reports To:     Highway Superintendent

FLSA Status:     Non-Exempt

General Statement of Duties

Under the direct supervision of the Highway Superintendent and the general supervision of the Assistant Highway Superintendent, is responsible for assisting with the Highway Department’s technological efforts.  Specifically, is responsible for technical work in the maintenance of the Department’s GIS system, as well as assisting with financial, inventory, and spatial data maintenance and reporting.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist with maintenance, updating, and reporting on various records of the highway system.
  2. Create relevant reports and spreadsheets for the Highway Department
  3. Coordinate historical, current, and new GIS projects under the purview of the Department, to include the County Road Master Plan, bridges and culverts, and any other required projects as they arise.
  4. Create, update, review, and maintain all GIS database layers for the Department; collect data from a variety of sources.
  5. Produce presentation-grade maps and exhibits for public and private meetings of the Department, balancing informational an aesthetic requirements for the product.
  6. Coordinate with public and private agencies on dissemination of accurate information.

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive duties of the position.  Incumbents shall follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience and Education:

  1. High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certification. 
  2. Considerable knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software and Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS) hardware and software preferred.
  3. Ability to read and interpret legal descriptions.
  4. Proficiency in math, statistics, and information technology.
  5. Ability to demonstrate good communication and organizational skills.
  6. Ability to work independently.
  7. Ability to maintain a professional relationship with the general public and other employees.

Physical Demands:

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  
  2. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  
  3. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  
  4. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:  

  1. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 
  2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to outside weather conditions.