Drought Declaration

DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY

MEADE COUNTY

DROUGHT DISASTER RESOLUTION 2017 -

WHEREAS,  Meade County is suffering from severe drought conditions due to significantly low moisture, late frost conditions, extreme heat, strong winds, and wildland fire conditions that have increased to an extreme condition; and

WHEREAS, The Board of Meade County Commissioners resolve that said conditions constitute a disaster of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the County, or even the State of South Dakota, and that Federal assistance is necessary, and there are few emergency plans available to alleviate the damage and economic chaos resulting from these drought conditions; and

WHEREAS, Meade County does not have the financial resources to respond to this disaster; and

WHEREAS, Stock dams, creeks and other water sources are drying up and are unable to provide the necessary water for livestock, wildlife and fire fighting resources, and 

WHEREAS, 1,714,719 acres of pasture and croplands are affected; and

  • That the United States Drought Monitor currently shows all of Meade County in Moderate to Severe drought conditions with no signs of immediate improvement.
  • That the USDA Farm Service Agency has identified a critical economic loss of alfalfa /grass hay and pasture lands at $34,628,299

WHEREAS, Contiguous counties have enacted or are considering enacting a Drought Disaster Resolution; and

WHEREAS, Numerous other acres of South Dakota and surrounding states are also experiencing drought conditions which has threatened the availability of alternate sources of hay and forage, and the price of hay and forage; and

WHEREAS, the livestock and wildlife industry is important to Meade County, the State of South Dakota, and the nation’s economy and should be preserved; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Meade County requests the SD Drought Task Force to consider these issues and declare a drought emergency that could make funding and resources available for livestock and farming programs as well as provide emergency resources for wildland fire protection; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Meade County Commissioners declares an emergency and a disaster and requests that the Governor of the State of South Dakota also declare an emergency and disaster for Meade County; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Meade County Commissioners respectfully petition the Governor of the State of South Dakota and the President of the United States to provide with all dispatch any remedies and state and/or federal assistance available for this type of emergency.

Dated this 28th Day of June, 2017 at Sturgis, South Dakota.

Galen Niederwerder, Chairman 

 Meade County Commission 

ATTEST: 

Lisa Schieffer, Auditor

Meade County Institutes Immediate “Burn Ban”   

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 29, 2017

CONTACT:  Jerry W. Derr 605.720.1625

Meade County Institutes Immediate “Burn Ban”   

Sturgis, SD - Due to the extreme fire dangers that exist, the Meade County Commission has initiated an immediate county-wide burn ban. The Burn Ban Resolution will remain in effect until it is deemed by the Commission that conditions have improved. 

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, Counties are only authorized by resolution, to prohibit the use of fireworks outside the boundaries of any municipality under conditions directly related to the SD Grassland fire danger index during the periods from June 20 to July 2, inclusive, and from December 28 to January 1 inclusive, which prohibits the regulation of fireworks by counties during the period from July 3 through the end of the first Sunday after July 4th, regardless of the grassland fire danger during that time period. The Meade County Commission regrets that the State limits our authority to regulate fireworks more strictly; 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, 2017

Galen Niederwerder, Chairman

Meade County Commission

ATTEST:                            

Lisa Schieffer

Meade County Auditor


 

FIREWORKS INFORMATION

Part of Meade County falls within the Black Hills Fire Protection District and state law prohibits the discharge of fireworks within its boundaries. 

State Law

 

34-37-16.1.   Period during which discharge of fireworks permitted--Violation as misdemeanor. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, it is unlawful for a person to discharge fireworks in this state except during the period beginning June twenty-seventh and extending through the end of the first Sunday after July fourth and during the period beginning December twenty-eighth and extending through January first. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Source: SL 1983, ch 259, § 7; SL 2011, ch 162, § 3; SL 2013, ch 162, § 1.

34-37-19.   County regulation of fireworks--Use of South Dakota grassland fire danger index. Any county may, by resolution, regulate or prohibit the use of fireworks outside the boundaries of any municipality in those areas where the fire danger, as determined by use of the South Dakota grassland fire danger index published by the National Weather Service, has reached the extreme category in that county during the period from June twentieth to July second, inclusive, and during the period from December twenty-eighth to January first, inclusive. During any such period, the county's action is suspended if the grassland fire danger index falls below the very high category and again becomes effective if the grassland fire danger index reaches the extreme category.

Source: SL 1989, ch 302; SL 2002, ch 252 (Ex. Ord. 02-1), § 17; SL 2003, ch 187, § 1; SL 2004, ch 239, § 1; SL 2011, ch 162, § 4.

Grassland Fire Index

Black Hills Fire Restrictions 

Municipalities within Meade County have the ability to set their own rules and regulations on the use of fireworks:

Black Hawk: Fireworks are allowed outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Faith: Fireworks are allowed within the city. Fireworks at the lake are yet to be determined by the Fire Department. Determination should be made on Friday, June 30th. Please call the City of Faith for more information at: 605-967-2261

Piedmont: Fireworks are allowed outside of the Black Hills Fire Protection District. Public Display at The Barn July 4th

Sturgis: Fireworks are allowed within the City at selected dates and times

  • Sunday July 2nd8pm to 10pm
  • Monday July 3rd 8am to 10pm
  • Tuesday July 4th 8am to 11:59pm
  • Public display at Sturgis Fairgrounds July 2nd.

Summerset: Fireworks are not permitted.

TransCanada Flight Over Meade County

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 25, 2017

CONTACT: Jerry Derr at 605-720-1625

TransCanada - Keystone XL Pipeline

Flight Over Meade County Pipeline Route

Sturgis, SD - TransCanada will fly (scout) the Meade County route of the Keystone XL Pipeline on April 27 or April 28, 2017.  The exact time/date of the helicopter survey will be based on weather conditions.  The flight will incorporate the services of an environmental engineer, who will gather data for their environmental permit related to Sage Grouse habitation. 

Veterans may qualify for Republic of China Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge

Meade County, S.D – South Dakota veterans who served in Taiwan between 1955-1979 may be eligible for the Republic of China Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge.  

From 1955 to 1979, a Mutual Defense Treaty was established between the United States of America and the Republic of China (ROC), which protected Taiwan from invasion in the aftermath of the Chinese Civil war. 

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China has produced the “U.S.-R.O.C. Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge” to express appreciation for the contribution to maintain the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, made by all American soldiers who served in Taiwan during that period. 

The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with Meade County VSO, Angella Sutton, is taking the lead in informing veterans of this medal.  

“Recognizing these heroes provides us an opportunity to thank and honor the sacrifices they made,” said Larry Zimmerman, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. “Every veteran has a story to tell and along with that military service comes a variety of medals and awards”.  

In addition, the Ministry also produced “Honor Medal for 823 Bombardment” for those who helped Taiwan defend itself during the 1958 Taiwan Strait Crisis. 

Veterans that served during this time frame are encourage to contact their local County or Tribal Veterans Service Officer for an application.  Veterans will need a copy of their DD214 form as well.    

For more information, contact: Angella Sutton, 347-7623 / E-mail:  asutton@meadecounty.org

 

Citizens Requested to Serve on the Meade County Planning Board

The Meade County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Meade County Planning Board. 

  • Two (2) Positions Available 
  • Appointment effective January 2017
  • Three (3) year terms 
  • Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 1:00 pm

The Meade County Planning Board is a seven-member advisory Board whose members are appointed by the Meade County Board of Commissioners.  

This Board makes recommendations to the Meade County Commission regarding planning functions and procedures. The Board is tasked with ensuring county planning ordinances are implemented consistently and offers oversight to the growth, planning, and development activities within the County. 

Individuals who want to be considered for an appointment are asked to fill out a Citizen Interest Application form and submit same to the Meade County Board of Commissioners, 1300 Sherman Street, STE 212, Sturgis, SD 57785. Citizen Interest Application available at: www.meadecounty.org via Human Resources Office. 

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 23, 2016.

Please contact the HR office @ 605.720.1625 with any questions. 

 

Dedication of Memorial Flag for Governor Walter Dale Miller

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CONTACT:  Jerry W. Derr 605.720.1625

Sturgis, SD - Meade County will host a dedication ceremony of the American Flag flown at half-staff over the State Capital in honor of Governor Walter Dale Miller.  The memorial flag has found its final resting place back in Meade County at the Erskine Office Building. 

The family of Walter Dale Miller will be present for the event and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served. 

When:   October 26, 2016 @ 1:15 PM

Where: Erskine Office Building (Main Floor) / 1300 Sherman Street / Sturgis, SD  

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.