Beadle County re-enacts burn ban


HURON — The Beadle County Commission met Tuesday morning, and as part of the meeting, the commissioners elected to enact a burn ban in the county at this time.

“When I talk with people, they are surprised that we haven’t done it already,” commission chair Doug Ramsell stated in regard to the burn ban.

Commissioners will review the ban at each commission meeting.

The meeting opened with a review from Highway Superintendent Merl Hanson. Hanson expressed that the building has made some progress, but that the lack of completion has been frustrating as the weather turns colder.

Commissioners approved the purchase of a reclaimer disc from Diamond Mowing at the cost of $7,946 for next season’s mowing work.

Judy Rodacker met with the commission to discuss the hire of a part-time clerk within the Register of Deeds office. She was approved to advertise for a position to begin after the first of the year.

Sheriff Doug Solem discussed one returning jailer that he would like to hire back at previous pay scale and a recent applicant that he would be interested in if he accepts the position. That will still leave the jail one staff short of fully staffed.

The commission approved Solem to hire the returning jailer at previous wage.

A quote from Picek Construction Company, Inc. was discussed regarding sound-proofing the third-floor small courtroom. The cost has gone up since the first quote that the commission received last year.

Auditor Jill Hanson reported that the county was awarded $50,000 for 2022 and 2023 in Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Funds through the American Rescue Plan. The funds are federal funds but the county will have broad discretion on how to utilize the funds within the county.

The commission’s next meeting is on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. in the commission room at the courthouse.

Commissioners will participate in a canvass of the election at this time.

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