County approves supply bids

Notes from February 13 Beadle County Commission meeting

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HURON — The Beadle County Commission reviewed highway supply bids for 2024 with Highway Superintendent Jason Fritzsche during Tuesday’s meeting.

Fritzsche noted multiple different companies bid on different portions of the supplies needed, with overall cost roughly $120 per mile more expensive than 2023, which is a good sign after multiple years of significant jumps year-over-year.

Fuel quotes were opened, with Cole’s Petroleum in Madison providing the low bid for the 62,000 gallons of No. 2 premium diesel to be delivered over the next 12 months. The low bid was $2.87 per gallon.

On top of approving those bids, the commission approved load limits of five tons per axle and a 40 miles-per-hour speed limit on county oil roads, effective February 15.

Scott Winegar reported that new locks installed on the courthouse. He also spoke during public forum regarding vehicles carrying out of state and out of county tags for extended time beyond the 45 days to establish residency in the county, as required by state law.

Commissioners heard updates from the treasurer’s office and emergency management/veteran’s benefits.

The commission met as the board of adjustment to approve a variance filed by Nathan Horning to construct a building that will be inside variance distance for distance from right of way. The building must be placed on the property where it is planned due to the presence of utility lines further in on the property.

Commissioners also approved a tax abatement on property under exempt status for part of 2023 for Center For Independence.

The annual township meeting was held Tuesday evening at the Highway Department building.

The next county commission meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 27.