Meade County FEMA Floodplain Training 2016

Announcement

Meade County will be offering a training class on Reducing Flood Risk and changes and updates to FEMA Floodplain Insurance.

We will also be answering your questions on a range of FEMA floodplain topics.

When: Thursday, September 29th, 2016 @ 10AM & 2PM

Where: Meade County Erskine Office Building @ 1300 Sherman St., Sturgis (upstairs)

This class is free of charge and open to the public.  Please email or call Jennifer Williams or Bill Rich to sign up for this class, at jwilliams@meadecounty.org or 605-347-3818.

Meade County Equalization & Planning Dept.

Meade County Commission Enacts Burn Ban

MEADE COUNTY

RESOLUTION 2016 - __

 

WHEREAS, Meade County has Ordinance No. 27: Regulating Fireworks, Campfires and other Incendiary Devices in MEADE COUNTY; and

WHEREAS, Meade County is suffering from moderate to severe drought conditions due to significantly low moisture, late frost conditions, extreme heat, and strong winds; and

WHEREAS, Meade County has a substantial amount of vegetation and timbered property, increasing the potential fuel for a fire; and

WHEREAS, South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) § 7-8-20(18) authorizes the Meade County Commission to prohibit or restrict open burning, after consultation with local fire officials and law enforcement officials, in order to protect the public health and safety; and 

WHEREAS, for purposes of this Resolution, Open Fire: Means any outdoor fire, including campfires, that is not contained within a fully enclosed fire box or structure from which the products of combustion are emitted directly to the open atmosphere without passing through a stack, duct or chimney.  Open Fire shall not include Charcoal Grills or Liquid Fuel Grills. Open Fire shall not include burn barrels; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioners of Meade County, pursuant to SDCL § 7-18A-8, hereby deem it necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health and safety to adopt the restrictions set forth in this Resolution and it is the intent of the Meade County Board of Commissioners that the provisions of this Resolution shall take effect immediately upon passage by the Board. 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Meade County enact this Resolution on an emergency basis and impose a ban to prohibit Open Fire; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Open Fire Ban will be in place until fire conditions improve and the Meade County Commission takes action to remove the ban.

Dated this 28th day of June, 2016.

Galen Niederwerder, Chairman / Meade County Commission

ATTEST:                            

Lisa Schieffer

Meade County Auditor

County Conservation Funding Opportunities

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 14, 2016

Meade County Commission
1300 Sherman Street - STE 212
Sturgis, SD 57785
605.720.1625                                                                                                                                         www.meadecounty.org

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

Sturgis, SD - The Board of Meade County Commissioners announces funding opportunities to organizations who support the conservation and enhancements of natural resources.  The County received court ordered restitution (Clean Water Act Violations) in the amount of $83,000 to be paid out over a three year period. These restricted funds are to be used solely for the conservation and enhancement of natural resources. 

Black Hills Trails is the first recipient of the County Conservation Fund ($10,000 cash and $5,000 in-kind) which will support their endeavors with the 7th Cavalry Trail System and the Deadman Mountain Trail Project. 

The Commission is seeking proposals from other organizations who may qualify for some of these conservation dollars. 

Please contact the County Commission office for further information @ 605.720.1625.

Meade County Economic Development Loan Fund Supports New Business in Faith

New Business Opens in Faith

 Approved for Meade County Economic Development Loan Fund

STURGIS(12/16/2015) –  Bailly Enright, a recent graduate of the Sturgis-based Desiree and Company School of Beauty, opened Sage Brush Salon in Faith in December. The new business is located in the Keffeler Kreations building at 115 North Avenue West. In addition to cuts, colors and retail products for the entire family, she specializes in nail enhancements and operates full time. To make an appointment, call 605-515-3915. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Bailly utilized the Meade County Economic Development Loan Fund and the services of the Sturgis Economic Development Corp (SEDC) to start her business. Bailly states, “Working with the County and SEDC has been enjoyable. They helped to make starting my business a fun and rewarding experience. I encourage other small business owners to consider this funding resource.” 

Meade County Commissioners established the Meade County Economic Development Loan Fund in 2012. Today, the total loan fund value is over $140,000. These revolved loan funds are available to private businesses – both large and small – to stimulate economic development growth in Meade County. There is no set minimum or maximum loan amount. Terms are flexible. Loans are funded in partnership with lending agencies, and are based on job and/or service creation. While the Meade County Economic Development Loan Fund is administered by the Sturgis Economic Development Corp (SEDC), all loans require final approval from the Meade County Commission.  For more information on the loan fund or the application process, contact Pat Kurtenbach, SEDC, at 605-347-4906 or pat@sturgisdevelopment.com

SEDC President Pat Kurtenbach adds, “SEDC is proud to represent the County in this new small business project. As the Sage Brush Salon grows, we hope Bailly will be able to eventually employ a staff of stylists and continue to serve the Faith area for many years to come.” 

About SEDC: SEDC is a private non-profit economic development agency formed in 1973 to assist new and expanding business and industry in Sturgis and the greater Meade County area. 

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For More Information:

Bailly Enright, Owner, Sage Brush Salon

605-515-3915

bailly_sage2@hotmail.com 

Pat Kurtenbach, SEDC President
605-347-4906
pat@sturgisdevelopment.com

Mr. Lincoln Shuck is picked as Meade County Highway Superintendent

Lincoln Shuck

Lincoln Shuck

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

Sturgis, SD - The Board of Meade County Commissioners announces that following a thorough candidate search and competitive process, they have selected Mr. Lincoln Shuck as the Meade County Highway Superintendent.  

Mr. Shuck’s professional career delivers over 28 years of experience in heavy industrial environments from maintenance to production and management.  Mr. Shuck holds multiple technical certifications which are complemented by notable achievements in personnel and project management. 

Mr. Shuck will oversee a vast and diverse highway system which is supported by a dedicated team of 22 highway department employees and a 2016 budget of 7.1 million dollars.

Central Meade County is home to Mr. Shuck as he resides on his family’s ranch that was homesteaded in the early 1900s.

Two Super-Sized Ambulances Ready for 75th Rally

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

Two Super-Sized Ambulances Ready for 75th Rally

Sturgis, SD - Two school buses loaned from Sturgis based Harlow's Transportation have been given a new job during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Depending on the injuries, the super-sized Ambulance Bus (AmbuBus) has the patient transport capacity of six ambulances.  Sturgis firefighters/paramedics can now transport a maximum of twelve patients with a single vehicle which has been retrofitted with twelve stretchers. 

Angella Sutton, Meade County Emergency and Dave Smith, City of Sturgis Code Enforcement Officer worked together with Harlow's Transportation to find buses compatible with AmbuBus conversion kits. 

Shawn Fischer Sturgis Ambulance Director stated, "The buses are amazing; last Tuesday evening the crew set up a disaster drill in which they triaged patients, packaged, and loaded them into the buses. Everyone thought they worked great and will be priceless in the event of a major emergency."

"Harlow's responded quickly when we asked to use two of their buses for this important job. They have been a blessing to work with and very quick to assist us, said Angella Sutton. "The kit was loaned by North Dakota Department of Health and we are excited about the additional capabilities these buses will provide our EMS personnel.”

The AmbuBuses will be activated through mid-August to assist with potential rally related incidents and emergencies.

 

Bureau of Land Management Responds to the Meade County Commission Regarding Development of the Fort Meade Backcountry Byway

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, June 26, 2015

CONTACT:  Jerry W. Derr  (605) 720-1625

Bureau of Land Management Responds to the Meade County Commission Regarding 

Development of the Fort Meade Backcountry Byway

Sturgis, SD -  On June 23, 2015, Chip Kimball, Field Manager, SD Field Office - Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wrote to the Meade County Commissioners to outline the position of the BLM regarding any road enhancements to the Fort Meade Backcountry Byway.  The Commission has been asked to look at alternate routes vs the proposed Fort Meade Way road project which connects Highways 34, 79 and I-90 via Exit 37. 

Please refer to the BLM Letter: 

Commissioners: 

“Based on our conversation of June 10, 2015, I would like to detail the BLM position on Horse Soldier Road, also known as the Fort Meade Backcountry Byway.  The Byway bisects the Fort Meade Recreation Area which was identified as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) due to the numerous historical and archeological sites associated with one of the last frontier posts to be built in the Dakotas.  

Following the intent of Public Land Order No. 2112, which reserved the area for conservation of natural resources, a management plan was prepared in 1996 which describes how the resources should best be managed and provided guidelines for activities within the ACEC.  The area is further managed under the Cultural Resource Management Plan of 1987.  These two plans dictate the management strategies for the area and reserve it for non-motorized recreational use and cultural interpretation.  Specifically, the Management Plan states that “recreational use is limited to a level which will not produce unacceptable or irreversible changes in the natural character of the area” and “asphalt or pavement will not be used on the Fort Meade Backcountry Byway.”

In order to maintain the historic and natural integrity of the ACEC, the BLM will not permit enhancement of the Fort Meade Backcountry Byway to allow for increased traffic or speeds.  The Byway will not be developed into an intentional through fare for local traffic, as this is in direct conflict with the purposes for which the area is preserved.  The Byway and the surrounding BLM lands will be maintained for the protection of cultural and historical values, wildlife habitat, scenic values and permitted recreational activities.

With this letter, is it my intent to inform all interested parties of the purpose of the Backcountry Byway and the Fort Meade Recreational Area/ACEC and to reiterate the BLM’s position on any development of the area for other purposes.  Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 605-892-7001.”

Sincerely,

Chip Kimball

Field Manager

 

The full version of this letter can be found online at: www.meadecounty.org/news-releases/

County Requests City of Sturgis to Reconsider Annexation of Lippold Property

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 11, 2015

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

County Requests City of Sturgis to Reconsider Annexation of Lippold Property 

Sturgis, SD -  The Meade County Commission requests the City of Sturgis to reconsider their most recent annexation under Resolution 2015-38. Sturgis City Manager, Daniel Ainslie was presented with a letter from the Commission which conveys the County’s concerns regarding recent annexations by the City. 

The Commission approved this letter at its June 10 commission meeting which in part states: “The Meade County Commissioners support responsible growth and planned development, so long as this development and growth follows existing agreements and all applicable state statutes. We have several grave concerns over the legality and procedures of this annexation.” 

The full version of this letter can be found online at: www.meadecounty.org/news-releases/ 

Click here for Letter to City of Sturgis

Sand and Sandbags Available for Flood Prevention

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

Sand and Sandbags Available for Flood Prevention 

Sturgis, SD - The Meade County Highway Department and Emergency Management Office have made sand and sandbags available for public use at the Piedmont City Hall.  Some residents in the Piedmont and Golden Valley Subdivision areas have suffered flooding to their properties. On June 3, sand and sandbags will be available on-site in the Golden Valley Subdivision. 

Current weather forecasts predict a chance of more storms and continued flooding.  All Meade County roads are open at this time.  

If you experience flooding or find debris blocking a county road, bridge or culvert, please contact the Meade County Sheriff’s Office at: 605-347-2681. 

Areas of Historical Interest Indicated Within Fort Meade Way Road Project

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 14, 2015

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

Sturgis, SD - The Meade County Commission has received preliminary information indicating the possibility of human burial sites within the boundaries of the Fort Meade Way Road Project.

As part of the project engineering, the Commission ordered an archaeological study that is ongoing.  The Commission has been in contact with the South Dakota State Historical Society to inform them of these preliminary findings.  Meade County will follow applicable statutes regarding this matter.

The Commission is very sensitive to the cultural and historical significance of the possibility of human burial sites within the scope of this project.  At present, no human remains have been discovered and no construction has been initiated.

County Highway Department Begins Milling of Avalanche Road

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 24, 2015

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

 


Sturgis, SD - The Meade County Highway Department has hired a contractor to begin the milling of Avalanche Road on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.  The work will initiate at approximately 9:00 AM. The stretch of road being milled begins just north of Alder Place and ends at the entrance to the Sturgis Dump.  

On Monday morning, April 27 - the highway department will begin the project by adding gravel and material to the road which will be part of the milling process.  The road segment will be watered, compacted and shaped with a fresh lift of additional gravel and mag water.

The project is scheduled for completion by Friday, May 1.

County Commission to Defend Board Action on Municipal Incorporation of Buffalo Chip

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 9, 2015

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

 

County Commission to Defend Board Action on Municipal Incorporation of Buffalo Chip 

Sturgis, SD - The Meade County Commission has secured legal representation to defend their action on the Municipal Incorporation of Buffalo Chip.  Meade County is a member of the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance which hired Attorney Jack Hieb of Aberdeen to represent the County. 

Meade County intends to respond to the allegations made by the City of Sturgis in its court filings but asserts it did nothing improper when it approved the petition and set the election.

County Burn Ban

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 30, 2015

CONTACT:  Jerry W. Derr 605.720.1625

 County Burn Ban per Ordinance #27   

Sturgis, SD - Due to the Grassland Fire Danger Index reaching the Extreme Category; Meade County wants to remind the public about current burn bans in place under County Ordinance #27.

This ban is automatically enacted when the National Weather Service’s Fire Danger Index reaches the Very High or greater categories and is automatically suspended when it falls below the Very High category.

Reference to Ordinance # 27: 

No person shall set any Open Fire in Meade County, outside the boundaries of any municipality, when the National Weather Service has declared the Grassland Fire Danger Index to be in the Very High or Extreme category in Meade County.  The prohibition against Open Fire as provided herein shall automatically be suspended during any period the Grassland Fire Danger Index falls below the Very High category in Meade County.

No person may ignite a fire in a Burn Barrel when the National Weather Service has declared the Grassland Fire Danger Index to be in the Very High or Extreme category in Meade County.  The prohibition against Burn Barrels as provided herein shall automatically be suspended during any period the Grassland Fire Danger Index falls below the Very High category in Meade County.

Open Fire:  Means any outdoor fire, including campfires, that is not contained within a fully enclosed fire box or structure from which the products of combustion are emitted directly to the open atmosphere without passing through a stack, duct or chimney.  Open Fire shall not include Charcoal Grills or Liquid Fuel Grills. Open Fire shall not include burn barrels as defined herein.

The ban on open burning (open fire) does not apply to those designated areas falling within the boundaries of any permitted commercial, state or federal campgrounds unless otherwise specifically banned by the Meade County Board of Commissioners.

For more information, please refer to Meade County Ordinance #27 on the County website: www.meadecounty.org

County Burn Ban

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 30, 2015

CONTACT:  Jerry W. Derr 605.720.1625

 County Burn Ban per Ordinance #27   

Sturgis, SD - Due to the Grassland Fire Danger Index reaching the Extreme Category; Meade County wants to remind the public about current burn bans in place under County Ordinance #27.

This ban is automatically enacted when the National Weather Service’s Fire Danger Index reaches the Very High or greater categories and is automatically suspended when it falls below the Very High category.

Reference to Ordinance # 27: 

No person shall set any Open Fire in Meade County, outside the boundaries of any municipality, when the National Weather Service has declared the Grassland Fire Danger Index to be in the Very High or Extreme category in Meade County.  The prohibition against Open Fire as provided herein shall automatically be suspended during any period the Grassland Fire Danger Index falls below the Very High category in Meade County.

No person may ignite a fire in a Burn Barrel when the National Weather Service has declared the Grassland Fire Danger Index to be in the Very High or Extreme category in Meade County.  The prohibition against Burn Barrels as provided herein shall automatically be suspended during any period the Grassland Fire Danger Index falls below the Very High category in Meade County.

Open Fire:  Means any outdoor fire, including campfires, that is not contained within a fully enclosed fire box or structure from which the products of combustion are emitted directly to the open atmosphere without passing through a stack, duct or chimney.  Open Fire shall not include Charcoal Grills or Liquid Fuel Grills. Open Fire shall not include burn barrels as defined herein.

The ban on open burning (open fire) does not apply to those designated areas falling within the boundaries of any permitted commercial, state or federal campgrounds unless otherwise specifically banned by the Meade County Board of Commissioners.

For more information, please refer to Meade County Ordinance #27 on the County website: www.meadecounty.org

Federal Grant Funds Mandatory Replacement of Street / Regulatory and Advisory Signs

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

 Sturgis, SD - To meet new Federal requirements - the street, regulatory and advisory signs in Meade County will be replaced.  A Federal Highway Safety Fund grant was acquired to accomplish this task with no local funds expended.  Currently underway, this project should be completed by July 31, 2015.

Many non-maintained secondary roads will be signed:

  • Stakes will be placed a minimum of ten feet off the shoulder of the road to provide the utility companies locations where signs will be placed.
  • Salvaged signs will be recycled with the required higher reflective sheeting.
  • Signs that can’t be recycled with be sold via surplus auction.  

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Meade County Highway Department at 605.347.4565

TIFD

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 20, 2015

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

TIFD Data Projects State Contribution of Over $3 Million to Finishing Fort Meade Way

Sturgis, SD - Meade County has released the first projected revenue data for the proposed TIFD to pay for completing Fort Meade Way. The most conservative estimates indicate payoff of the road in nearly half the time required by statute and about a $3.5 million contribution from the state, through the state school aid formula. 

State aid provides the equalization of funding to districts. Based upon school enrollment and what schools are entitled to through state aid, the district is guaranteed that amount through a combination of local property tax and state property tax. The local property tax puts in the bucket first and then state aid fills whatever is needed to make the district whole to the level they are guaranteed. The establishment of a TIFD would not impact the amount of revenue that the district is entitled to through the state aid formula for the general fund.

“These numbers are a little better than I had thought they would be, and they assume no pipeline or development within the TIFD area. I'm hoping Meade County voters will see the wisdom in allowing the state to pay over $3 million of the cost of finishing Fort Meade Way,” said Chairman Aker.

Meade County TIFD Presentation - 02/19/15

Letter from Stephen R. DiStasio, Director, VA Black Hills Health Care System to Meade County Commission in Support of ‘Fort Meade Way’ Road Project

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

Letter from Stephen R. DiStasio, Director, VA Black Hills Health Care System 

to Meade County Commission in Support of ‘Fort Meade Way’ Road Project

 

Sturgis, SD - On February 13, 2015, Stephen R. DiSatcio, Director, VA Black Hills Health Care System, wrote to Meade County Commissioners, to express support for the proposed - Fort Meade Way road project.  Fort Meade Way is a proposed road project which connects Highways 34, 79 and I-90 via Exit 37. 

Partial Letter: 

“Our health care center serves Veterans from throughout the Black Hills.  When needed, our primary referral center for Veterans requiring a higher level of care is Rapid City Regional Hospital, requiring ambulances to travel from the Fort Meade VA Medical Center into Rapid City.  VA BHHCS employs approximately 700 staff at its Fort Meade medical center, the majority of who live in Sturgis, Rapid City and areas to the east of the medical center.  The majority of the Veterans served by our medical center also travel to the medical center from the east to receive their care. 

VA BHHCS continues to support the construction of this road as an additional access route to alleviate the impact of limited or no accessibility through the S-curves on HWY 34 between Sturgis and Fort Meade.  These impacts include weather obstructions, flooding, vehicle accidents and extraordinary traffic congestion during the Sturgis Rally,” wrote Stephen R. DiStaciao, Director. 

The signed letter is available at: www.meadecounty.org

 

 

County Policy on Staff Overtime Yields Substantial Savings

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 12, 2015

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

Sturgis, SD - Meade County has substantially reduced staff overtime costs by approximately $366,000 over three years. "I'm proud we've achieved such a reduction in our overtime. It's the result of the commissions' action in setting realistic goals, and department heads working out how to achieve the goals,” said Commissioner Aker.  

The county experienced a $154,000 savings in FY 2014 vs FY 2010 when overtime expenditures reached an annual high of $293,513. "We've saved this money on overtime without any reductions in our work quality. Some of the county departments will always need to use overtime to respond to unpredictable events, but too much overtime can diminish work quality and safety,” said Commissioner Rausch. 

Commissioner Niederwerder added, “It's all about saving taxpayer dollars.  I know it isn't always easy, but I really appreciate how the department heads have bought into this philosophy.”

Road Naming Project

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

 Public Input Requested for Naming of County Road Project 

Sturgis, SD - Due to a proposed county road project connecting two roads - the Meade County Commission is seeking public input on the renaming of 131st Avenue and Cardinal Place. 

Proposed names have been narrowed down to the Final Four: 

  1.  Hindman Road
  2. Oakley Road
  3. Fort Meade Way
  4. Jumpstart Road 

At the January 15, 2015 commission meeting, the new road name will officially be adopted and will take effect July 1, 2015.

Meade County residents may vote by the following methods: 

  • Onlinewww.meadecounty.org (see link on home page) 
  • Call:  Meade County Commission Office @ 605.720.1625
  • Deadline: January 14, 2015