County clears path to transfer building to fair


HURON — Beadle County commissioners opened their meeting Tuesday morning with Peggy Besch, the South Dakota State Fair manager, in attendance to discuss the building at 1110 Third St. SW.

The building is owned by the county but is currently not utilized on a daily basis by any county staff.
Commissioners discussed with Besch the ability of the fair to utilize the building during the week of the fair and also throughout the year. While Besch estimated that she could find uses for the building, the cost of the utilities for the building on a monthly basis would likely outpace any income from renting the space during non-fair time.

After consulting with Beadle County states attorney Michael Moore, commissioners chose to declare the building as surplus property.

Moore will put together paperwork to transfer ownership of the building to the fair before the next commission meeting.

Commissioners convened as the county board of equalization to complete 2021 property tax exemptions, freeze assessments, discretionary listings, flooded lands, and to adopt the 2021 abstract.

After adjourning as board of equalization, the commissioners convened as the county board of adjustment to review a variance request and conditional use permit from the town of Cavour to permit a butcher shop to operate on property not zoned for business use. This was approved.

Highway superintendent Merl Hanson reported to the commission that the highway building was progressing well. Northwestern, Raeco, and Travis Electric would be installing the pad and transformer soon, and dirt work will begin as soon as the electrical work is completed.

Commissioners approved and signed the agreement with BX Civil Construction, Inc. for work on bridge 03-010-022.

A county-wide burn ban was discussed, but no action was taken at this time.

Commissioners approved malt beverage licenses for DJ’s Travel Center, Gross Hill Enterprises, Cash Out Casino & Vape, and Cash Out Casino & Vape LLC.

After a long discussion, commissioners chose to discontinue the policy of 80 hours of county-paid COVID-related leave for employees as of May 1. County staff will now need to utilize leave for time lost due to a COVID diagnosis. Commissioners also voted to place mask wearing among county employees at the discretion of department heads.

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