Beacon GIS Website Training


Meade County will be hosting training about our Beacon GIS mapping website on Thursday, March 29th at 10am and at 2pm

Some topics that will be covered include:

  • Beacon Features
  • Map Overview
  • Search and Comparables
  • Using Beacon Map Tools
  • Property Search & Reports
  • Beacon Mobile

The training will be held at the Erskine Office Building at 1300 Sherman Street, Sturgis, SD in the glass meeting room on the second floor.

Please RSVP as soon as possible, as there are limited seats for each training class. This training is free of charge.

Please contact Jennifer in the Equalization & Planning office to RSVP, at, or at 605-347-3818.


Maintenance Laborer: Part-Time Position


Employment Opportunity:  Job # 18-03

Posting Type:  Open Announcement    

Closing Date:  March 30, 2018

Starting Wage: $13.95 per hour

Part-Time Position:  20 Hours per week / MON-FRI / 5PM - 9PM

Application Procedures:  Please submit a Meade County applicationto: Human Resources  / 1300 Sherman Street  STE 212  / Sturgis, SD 57785

General Statement of Duties

Under the direct supervision of the Facilities Director, is responsible for a variety of indoor and outdoor duties related to custodial services, groundskeeping and general maintenance in and around all County owned buildings and related infrastructure.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

    1.    Is responsible for groundskeeping and custodial services. 

    2.    Requisition tools, equipment, and supplies.

    3.    Remove snow during inclement weather.

    4.    Perform duties in a manner consistent with safe practices and policies. 

    5.      Wear personal protective equipment when required.

    6.    May be called upon to work during off-duty hours including nights, holidays and weekends.

    7.    Perform other such duties and functions as assigned by supervisor. 

Minimum Qualifications

Experience and Education:

    1.    High School Diploma or G.E.D.

    2.    Physical strength and stamina sufficient to perform maintenance, janitorial duties, and work  extended hours if necessary.

    3.    Ability to demonstrate good communication skills.

Physical Demands

The physical demands 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.

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 and walk.

3.    The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

4.    The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

5.    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, the ability to adjust focus, and color recognition.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1.    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, extreme cold, and extreme heat.

2.    The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; and risk of electrical shock.

3.    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Examination, Testing, and Certification

The Examination, Testing and Certification 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.

    1.    Valid South Dakota Drivers License.

    2.    Ability to be insured on the county insurance policy.

    3.    Successful competition in written and/or oral interviews.

    4.    Other such examination as deemed appropriate and necessary by the County.


Owner-Occupied Status - Deadline March 15

Owner-occupied property is just that - property that is lived in by the owner.  For example, a home would qualifty for the tax credit if the person who lives in it is also the owner. 

How do I apply for owner-occupied status to lower my property taxes?: Download the form or visit the Meade County Equalization/Planning Office to complete the owner-occupied certificate.

  • Mail or deliver the completed form to the Meade County Director of Equalization office by March 15, 2018.

Meade County Equalization/Planning Office

1300 Sherman Street, Suite 222, Sturgis, SD 57785

605.347.3818 / Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Notes from Commissioner Doreen Creed


...Notes from commission meeting of February 14, 2018. 

The Meade Commissioners are "going live”. Where will thousands of people be voting? Fire department funding and Sly Hill/Bear Butte Road were all topics at the Meade Commissioners when it met Wednesday.

Watch meetings live

A second major move toward increased governmental transparency has been undertaken by the commissioners. Its meetings will now be broadcast live over its Facebook page and YouTube. It will be a raw, uninterrupted, real time video feed. A sign notifying people that they too will be on film will be posted at the room's entrance. Edited video of commission meetings is available on the county's web page. This video cuts breaks , etc., so people can more easily reach a particular topic of interest.

The first major change was approved on a split vote last month. Its official meeting minutes are now in much more detail. The change took place with the Feb. 14 meeting. The expanded official minutes are published in its two official newspapers: the Faith Independent and the Black Hills Pioneer and on the county's website.

Sturgis voter location moving

Thousands of Meade County residents will have a different polling site for the June 5 election. All Sturgis voters, and those in precincts surrounding the county seat will not be voting at the Sturgis Community Center. The reason for the move is the national Cushman Scooter Convention is being held at the same time. Vendors will be in the community center's gymnasium.

Meade County Auditor Lisa Schieffer did a through research of all large Sturgis facilities and parking availability. After a schematic layout of the remainder of the community center rooms was drawn, Schieffer concluded it would not be suitable for voter privacy and noise control. She recommended the one time use of the Sturgis Brown High School gymnasium. The commission concurred.

The city and county are entering into a 10-year contract for reserving the community center for all future primary and general elections.

Schieffer will keep voters apprised of all polling locations as the election nears. In the meantime, if you voted at the community center in the past, you will be traveling to the high school for the June primary.

Since election integrity is a current a national topic, this is a good time to mention that Schieffer secured grants and Meade County this year will be using the very latest, most secure vote tabulators.

Sly Hill/Bear Butte Road

A delegation composed of spokesmen, James Heinert, Craig Shaver and Dan Geipert, presented the commission with a multi-page proposal for a hard surface solution for Sly Hill and Bear Butte roads. The men were representing 140 residents from Pine Cone Estates and Foothills Road developments located north of Sturgis. They use this direct route to get to Sturgis. Bypassing Sly Hill increases the route three fold. Last May the group submitted a petition request for additional service. 

Unlike most road projects, simply having the funds may not cure the situation when it comes to Sly Hill. The landmark hill overlooking Sturgis is composed of a lot of shale. In the last decade there was a major slide which necessitated closing the roadway for a significant amount of time. 

Ultimately, it took approximately $1 million in city, state, federal and county funds to shore up the slide. On the backside of the hill, Meade County rebuilt Bear Butte Road during this same time frame. Ultimately this professionally engineered roadway had to have slides also repaired.

Several factors complicate the situation. The Sly Hill portion of the roadway is in the Sturgis City limits. At the top of the hill, the road becomes the county's responsibility. There are differing opinions as to if the geological situation makes it feasible to spend significant funds on this road.

For years an alternate route has been discussed. Logistically the best route would be off the “S-curve Road” near Fort Meade, through Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property and across Bear Butte Creek. If the past is any indication, it is nearly impossible to get approval from the BLM for road construction projects. A costly bridge over the creek would also be required. A northern route would also be an engineering challenge due to a very step grade.

If these dilemmas are not enough, neither governmental unit seems able to discuss this predicament without it drifting off to Avalanche Road. This county road leads to the city owned landfill. Past commissions have indicated the city should help fund this project but the road is not in the city limits. 

In the meantime, the county this past summer put down new gravel on Bear Butte and Foothills roads. The city did the same on Sly Hill. Both roads have had mag water applied. Sly Hill tends to wash board and drainage could be improved.

The group proposed a city-county cooperative funding agreement for the grading/reconstruction and road hard surface within five years. The goal would be asphalt on Sly along Bear Butte Road and ultimately to where Bear Butte Lake Road intersects with Highway 79. This would be multi-million dollar project.

The residents of these 65 households noted they have assessed property valuation of approximately $20 million and for decades they have paid "their fair share" into the county coffers. (Approximately two-thirds of the taxes raised from this valuation goes to the school district.)

It is their contention that this area is prime for future development and growth but adequate transportation is first necessary.

The commissioners could take no official action on the request due to the fact, this subject matter had not been publicly noticed for 72 hours prior to the meeting. But it will be on the Feb. 28 agenda for further discussion. The possibility of a formal ad hoc committee with the city and residents will be discussed.

Fire/ambulance issues

HR/Commission Assistant Jerry Derr told the board his office has received calls inquiring as to if Sturgis emergency services are going to respond outside the municipality. They are.

The city is exploring a funding mechanism for the fire and ambulance departments. District proponents had wanted to submit petitions in time for the city's April election but did not obtain the necessary signers. The petitions can be submitted at any time for a different election date. In the meantime, the city has not limited its response area. 

Dialog is continuing between city and county officials as to how to address this matter. Four of the five commissioners live in a district. The fifth member lives in the Sturgis city limits.

There are currently six fire and one ambulance districts in other parts of the county that generate more than a million dollars a year in taxes. 

Specifically: Levied for 2017: Piedmont Ambulance, $224,580; Piedmont Fire, $282,319; Box Elder Fire, $93,303; Black Hawk Fire, $260,050; Doty Fire, $36,584; North Elk Fire, $119,526; New Underwood Fire, $17,780. Grand total is $1,034,145.

Meade County budgets two separate line items for fire departments. It appropriates $20,000 for the Rural Firefighters Association. The chiefs then divide the funds as needed between the 15 departments. The county also covers the workers' compensation insurance (approximately $10,000) for these ambulance/fire departments: Black Hawk VFD; Elm Springs; Enning ambulance/VFD; Faith ambulance/VFD; Hereford VFD; Mud Butte VFD; Opal VFD; Piedmont VFD; and the Sturgis VFD.

In addition there is the Meade County Fire Tax Distribution in compliance with state law 10-44-9.6. It generates $93,641 for 2017. It was divided as follows: Sturgis Fire Department, $36,206; Black Hawk VFD, $17,727; Doty VFD, $1,093; North Haines Fire Dept., $3,863; New Underwood VFD, $2,338; Elm Springs Fire Dept., $860; Hereford Fire Dept., $1,576; Enning Fire Dept., $5,870; Mud Butte Fire Dept., $1,024; Opal Fire Dept., $1,323; Faith Fire Dept., $2,400; Piedmont Fire Dept. $16,530; Box Elder Fire Dept., $2,549; Vale Fire Dept., $132; Whitewood Fire Dept., $143.

Approximately 10 percent of the City of Sturgis’ general fund goes to the ambulance and fire department.


The regularly scheduled commission meetings start at 8:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and special meetings as required. In March, the board will be attending the S.D. Elected Officials Spring Workshop in Pierre on March 14 and 15. Thus, the March 14 meeting was cancelled. Instead the board will meet March 21. The special meeting topic will be ways to perform county functions cheaper, faster, better.