Notes from the County Commission

by Robert Heidgerken, District 5 Commissioner

The Meade County Commission met on January 27, 2016 for their second meeting of the year. Vice Chair Bob Bertolotto led the meeting as Chair Galen Niederwerder was absent. 

The board approved a request from the sheriff’s office to purchase new software and have it installed in the computers in the jail, sheriff’s office and patrol cars.  This is the same software used by most counties in South Dakota.  It will aid in tracking arrests through the justice system.

Mr. John Boylan of rural Piedmont was appointed to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) committee.  The MPO has representatives from several cities and counties surrounding Rapid City.  He will serve a three year term.  

Lincoln Shuck, Highway Superintendent and Scott Togetoff, Assistant Superintendent came  before the board to discuss the asphalt plan for 2016.  They will be working with Brosz Engineering on the plans for the south end of the New Underwood Road.  They are also working with landowners to acquire the right of way for the Elk Vale and Elk Creek paving project.

Jenny Voigt, 4H Youth Program Advisor and members of the Meade County Fair Board discussed the need for a building for 4H activities such as shooting sports.  A heated building is needed.  Stay tuned to see how this turns out.  

The Veteran of the Month is James E. Adams.  Thank you for your service.
Meade County passed the state audit with No Deficiency Disclosed.  GOOD JOB LISA!

The commission passed the second reading of the revamped Ordinance #34 -  Building Code & Construction Ordinance.  The changes to this ordinance should make it easer to understand and for the county to enforce.  

A request was made to change the name of SEQUOIA LN. to  Escape Ln.  This solves the confusion in the 911 system with a similar named road in Pennington County.  The request was approved by the commission.

The “Meade Moving Forward 2040 Transportation Plan” was approved by the board.  This plan proposes how the roads in Meade County will be maintained, improved  and built for the next 25 years.  It is not written in stone and can and will be modified as conditions warrant.   The plan was financed by the state DOT through the MPO.  The data as to why a given road is included in this plan is part of the document.  

Ground hogs day is half way through winter.  We have six more weeks of winter.  Let’s hope for good weather.