County to leave Lake Byron polling place open

HURON – After struggling to find workers the past few elections, Beadle County commissioners had considered the possibility of closing the Lake Byron polling location. The consideration was tabled in order to get input from those in the area.

The response from those who could utilize the polling location was notable, and county auditor Jill Hanson expressed at Tuesday morning’s meeting that she had nearly enough volunteers right now to cover the polling place.

Commissioners agreed to keep the polling place open as long as volunteers could be found to staff it.

Dan Lederman of Summit Carbon Solutions gave a presentation to the commission regarding the proposed pipeline to be built in Beadle County. The goal of the pipeline would be to capture and store CO2. Further informational meetings will be proposed for landowners that will be affected and others in the county if the project moves forward.

The commission discussed general policies, including specific conversation on alterations that may need to be included to current policies regarding COVID. At this time, the county does not plan to offer additional leave time for COVID-19, requiring county employees to utilize sick time or vacation time if quarantining. The commission will evaluate the policies again at its next meeting.

The commission met as the county board of adjustment to review a variance request to move a house to Lake Byron.

This was approved.

Commissioners also:
• Approved proposed precinct lines for publication before final approval.
• Approved the 2022 employee listing.
• Approved the 2022-2023 indigent counsel agreement.
• Approved 2022 agreements between the regional correction center and the following counties: Campbell, Clark, Deuel, Faulk, Hand, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Moody, Sanborn, Spink, and Walworth.

The next commission meeting will be Feb. 8 at 9 a.m.