County Commission discusses timeline for redistricting


By Naylah Johnson

Lincoln County commission met on Oct. 26th to hold the second reading of an ordinance of Lincoln County property rezoning, discuss application approvals, fourth quarter LMPG, award bids for Transfer Station surplus equipment, the 2022 pre-application for Marv Skie Lincoln County Airport, 3rd quarter adjustments to the 2021 budget, timeline for redistricting, establishing a Financial Action Committee, and a possible Grant Administrator Position. After approving the consent agenda, there were no comments from the public.

First item on the regular business agenda was the second reading and public hearing for an ordinance of Lincoln County, SD, rezoning the property legally described as Lot 1, Hoffman’s Addition, SW1/4 SW1/4, Section 31-T100N-R50W from the A-1, Agricultural District to the C, Commercial District and amending the Official Zoning Map of Lincoln County. Commissioners listened to Scott Hoffman’s wishes to rezone the property and several concerns from neighbors in the area. Tea’s Planning and Zoning Committee denied the rezone of this property 0-5. Commissioners moved to deny the rezone application at this time.

Next, commissioners passed the motion to approve application for abatement of property taxes submitted by Ross and Brittany Trujillo for parcel number 281.94.08.028 legally described as SF-West Pointe Estates Add-Lot 28-Blk 8 in the amount of $1,046.58 in 2020 payable 2021 due to Owner Occupied eligibility in the 2020 assessment year.

Commissioners then approved and authorized Chairman Tiffani Landeen and Auditor Sheri Lund to execute the 4th quarter LEMPG single signature sheet for the 2021 grant.

Shaun Feilmeier presented award bids for Transfer Station surplus equipment and requested commissioners accept the highest bid. The bids were approved and motion passed.

Feilmeier also presented the request to approve and authorize Landeen to execute the 2022 pre-application checklist for Marv Skie Lincoln County Airport. Motion to approve the AIP grant for the north apron reconstruction passed.

Auditor Lund then presented the 3rd quarter adjustments to the 2021 budget. She sought approval for the budgeted cash transfer from the general fund to the highway department for 1.3 million dollars and the budgeted cash transfer from the general fund to 911 for $250,000. Lund was also seeking automatic budget supplements and authorization to empty the Domestic Abuse fund and write checks to the Children’s Inn, Compass Center, and Lincoln County Administrative fee. All three motions passed.

Auditor Lund sought to rescind resolution number 2110-29. This resolution was to table the Master Software License and Services Agreement with KNOWiNK for purchase of poll pads. Motion passed.

Next, Auditor Lund presented the timeline for redistricting. There will be five public meetings before the redistricting will begin on Feb. 1, 2022.

Commissioners were then presented with a request to establish a financial action network committee (FAN). This committee will consist of qualified volunteers to review and recommend ideas for budgets. Auditor Lund is looking to use Minnehaha County’s FAN playbook as reference.

Before moving to adjourn, commissioners discussed the possibility of a Grant Administrator Position. Motion to authorize Mr. Golden and Madam Chair to create the RFP passed.