Council moves forward with portion of 2020 Asphalt repair project



On Monday night, Lennox City Council held their final meeting of the month, council-members Chad Wulf and Chad Reilly were absent.

With no agenda changes, City Council approved the agenda and approved the consent agenda which included minutes, claims and several reports; all reports can be read online at cityoflennoxsd.com.

Under old business, Council approved the second readings of Ordinance #609: Amending Lot and Yard Regulations and Ordinance #611: Zoning Penalties

Under new business Council heard from Lincoln County Emergency Management, Harold Timmerman. He shared with the council that he was able to provide Personal Protective Equipment to area departments at the beginning of the Coronavirus Pandemic. He said the Department of Health does alert the first responders when there is a COVID-19 case in their jurisdiction so that responding personnel can take the necessary precautions when treating patients at those 911 calls.

Timmerman said that activation of the tornado siren is triggered when a trained spotter calls in the tornado to the county dispatch. The National Weather Service has very good capability of seeing these rotations, Timmerman said. He stated although spotters will still be used, when the NWS sees a rotation in-line with Lennox the NWS will contact dispatch to activate the siren.

The Council approved the Title IX: Building Services Policies & Procedures. Within the document it outlines items requiring a permit in Lennox. Construction work requiring building permits includes: Fences-of any material, Masonry work (brick or stone), Foundations, New or replacement siding, Doors/window replacements, Roofing-new or replacement, Electrical systems, Plumbing systems, Decks, Storage buildings (over 200 sq.ft.), New Homes, New Commercial building/structures, Additions, Exterior remodeling/renovations, Interior remodeling/renovations Carports or Garages, Prefabricated structures, Grading, Temporary Buildings, Demolitions, Driveways or Sidewalks, Swimming Pools or Hot Tubs, Retaining walls over 4’-0”, Excavating.

Citizens can find the entire Building Services Department Standard Operating Policies and Procedures online at www.lennoxnews.com within the Lennox Council article or on the city’s website.

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Council approved Resolution 2020-7-27-01 and Local Government Recovery Fund Reimbursement Agreement.

Vander Plaats explained that the state of South Dakota received funding from the federal government to assist in expenses incurred for addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic. The state will be passing a portion of these funds to communities to help them do the same. In order to get started, the City Council must pass a resolution authorizing participation and execution of an agreement with the state for reimbursement.

Vander Plaats said that Lennox is eligible to receive up to $560,442 in recovery funding. The majority of this funding will cover public safety salaries and wages from March through December. Additional cost recovery will be sought for PPE, extra soaps and sanitizers, and remote work equipment.