County commissioners hold multiple hearings as board of adjustment

Benjamin Chase of the Plainsman
Posted 7/25/23

Notes from July 25 Beadle County Commission meeting

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County commissioners hold multiple hearings as board of adjustment


HURON — The Beadle County Commission worked through a number of variance requests and conditional use permits while convened as the county board of adjustment during its regular Tuesday morning meeting.

The first was a variance request by Gus Manolis, to build a garage that straddles the property line between he and his brother’s property at Lake Byron.

The commission discussed long term ramifications if future owners of the property are not comfortable with the shared garage arrangement, but Gus explained that the next generation to own the property has already been determined. The variance passed 4-1.

Harvath Towers presented a conditional use permit to build a cell phone tower near Wolsey.

The setbacks around the tower, which will be 199 feet tall, allow for no property to be damaged in the case of tower fall. This was approved.

Anthony and Sharlene Gross presented a variance request and a plat to allow for Summit Carbon Solutions to build a pipeline pump station, pending approval of the pipeline. Objection was raised to the pipeline, but not to the plat nor the pumping station, and the variance was passed.

Wayne and Shari Owens were approved for a conditional use and moving permit, and Shamrock Hutterian were approved for a variance request to construct a compost barn.

The meeting began with Brandie Pitts of the Department of Legislative Audit introducing herself and explaining the work that she will be doing to audit the county’s reporting.

The commissioners then met with Highway Superintendent Jason Fritzsche to review letting authorizations for three bridges, a grant agreement for a bridge, and applications for nine bridges to go onto the federal bridge replacement program.

On the last item, Fritzsche noted that the federal program is a zero-cost program for the county, but bridges must be significantly deteriorated to qualify, and the bridges submitted in 2022 were not selected for the program.

Sheriff Doug Solem addressed the security upgrades recommended for the jail and the courthouse. He also noted that United Judicial System has funding to pay for many of the courthouse upgrades.

Commissioners approved moving forward with the plans.

Commissioners approved the hire of four temporary employees for the museum.

After a 45-minute executive session to discuss budgetary and personnel items, the commission reconvened to adopt the 2024 provisional budget after some small changes. The commission thanked Auditor Jill Hansen for her work putting together the budget for review.

The next county commission meeting will be Tuesday, August 8, at 9 a.m. in the commission room on the second floor of the courthouse.