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Lake County Commission meets Tuesday

The Lake County Commission holds its regular meeting on Tuesday morning. County commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing on a temporary special malt beverage license application for Sporty’s of Madison at 9:10 tomorrow morning, followed by an appointment with Belinda Nelson of Community Counseling. The commission will also hear from Auditor Paula Barrick regarding the disposition of surplus funds, and from Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Dave Hare regarding his department’s budget and future projects. Highway Superintendent Nels Nelson is scheduled to meet with the commission to discuss personnel, a striping agreement, and an occupancy for underground construction application.
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Madison City Commission meeting Monday

The Madison City Commission holds its regular weekly meeting later Monday. Commissioners will set the date of hearing on an ordinance regarding chickens, and will hold hearing and first reading of an ordinance regarding the city’s budget deadline. The commission is also scheduled to discuss the purchase of a Cyber Estate lot from Nielsen Development for a future park, and discuss the Lake County 911 payment of expenses quarterly and transfer contingency funds. Commissioners are also scheduled to adopt a grant policy.
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County begins to wrestle with budget requests

Lake County Commissioners began to whittle away at budget requests on Tuesday, considering not only requests but also whether the county was required to fund requests. "Personally, I think we need to concentrate on the statutorily required requests first and then come back and look at the others," Commissioner Dennis Slaughter said early in the discussion.
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Lake County intersection eligible for improvement

A Lake County intersection is eligible for improvement through a federal safety program. Lake County Commissioners this week heard from Commission Administrative Officer Shelli Gust about a federal safety fund project involving the intersection of 237th Street and 461-A Avenue near Lake Madison. Gust said that the project would eliminate...

County experiencing severe, extreme drought conditions

While some areas in southeastern South Dakota received beneficial amounts of rain last week from storms that crossed the region, about 95% of South Dakota is still affected by either drought or abnormally-dry conditions during the last half of July. Climatologists and researchers with the U.S. Drought Monitor categorized the...
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Lake County Commission meeting Tuesday

The Lake County Commission is holding its regular meeting on Tuesday. Commissioners are scheduled to hear quarterly reports from Buildings and Grounds, the Community Health Nurse Office, and the Extension Office. Highway Superintendent Nels Nelson will also give his department’s quarterly report and discuss several other items, including an equipment replacement schedule, a resolution for the Bridge Improvement Grant program, and a Federal Safety Fund project. Auditor Paula Barrick will meet with county commissioners Tuesday regarding the disposition of the county’s surplus auction funds, and Commission Administrative Officer Shelli Gust will discuss personnel and provide the EMA’s quarterly report.

LAIC, Prairie Village face different challenges

Tourism and economic development are considered together as part of the Lake County budget, placing requests from Prairie Village and the Lake Area Improvement Corporation (LAIC) side by side. However, the two organizations face substantially different challenges. At the annual meeting earlier this year, LAIC reported net gains over the...
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Nelson presents budget with equipment wish list

Lake County Highway Superintendent Nels Nelson presented budget requests to the county commission last week for both weed control and the highway department. With both, the requests reflect not only rising costs but also a shift in the way resources are being used. The budget request for weed control tripled.

LAIC starts search for new Executive Director

The Lake Area Improvement Corporation is starting its search for a new Executive Director. Current Executive Director Eric Fosheim is leaving the position and will become the new Economic Development Manager with East River Electric Power Cooperative in Madison. In his new role, Fosheim will manage East River’s Rural Electric Economic Development (or REED) Fund.
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County commission to meet on Tuesday

The Lake County Commission will hold a regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the commission meeting room of the Lake County Courthouse. As part of the agenda, they will continue budget discussions. In addition to routine business, the commission will approve an operating transfer for the dive team,...
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MRHS, Valiant Living make budget requests to county

Among those making budget requests at last week's Lake County Commission meeting were Madison Regional Health System (MRHS), Valiant Living and DakotAbilities. All three provide important services to Lake County residents. While MRHS operates an ambulance service, the other two provide services for those with developmental disabilities. DakotAbilities has not...

Lake County Commission hears Lake Madison speeding concerns

A Lake Madison resident brought some concerns about speeding and other issues to the Lake County Commission during its regular meeting this week. Jenifer Kahler met with commissioners during the Community Comments portion of their meeting Tuesday. Kahler said that she lives across from the Lakes Golf Course on 461A Avenue and is concerned about the speeding.

Lake County to install rumble strips on two county roads

Lake County Commissioners this week approved the type of rumble strips that will be installed on a couple of county roads. Previously, commissioners authorized Highway Superintendent Nels Nelson to move forward with the rumble strip project on 464th Avenue from Highway 34 south to the county line and also 463rd Avenue from Highway 34 north to 234th Street. Nelson told commissioners what the state Department of Transportation recommended for the types of strips to be installed.
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Prairie Village experiencing underground electrical service issues in camping area

As Prairie Village returns to hosting its annual events and welcomes campers on a regular basis this summer, it is also running into some electrical issues. Manager Faron Wahl told Lake County Commissioners about the underground electrical service issues, specifically in the camping area, during his appointment to present Prairie Village’s annual budget request on Tuesday.

LAIC Executive Director presents budget request, updates county commission on projects

The Lake County Commission heard requests for the county’s 2022 budget during it’s meeting on Tuesday. One of the agencies requesting funding from the county is the Lake Area Improvement Corporation. Executive Director Eric Fosheim requested the same amount in funding that the LAIC had received in previous years – 25-thousand dollars. During his meeting with the commission, Fosheim talked about what the LAIC is planning for when it kicks off it’s Forward Madison Four campaign this fall.

County approves temporary alcohol license for annual Field and Wine Dinner

A temporary alcohol license has been approved for an annual event hosted by St. Peter on the Prairie. Charlie Johnson met with Lake County Commissioners during their meeting Tuesday for a public hearing on St. Peter’s application for the temporary malt beverage and South Dakota Wine license for the annual Field and Wine Dinner. Johnson said this is the 4th annual event that will be held southwest of Madison on 452nd Avenue. The event is scheduled for July 30th from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., with Icon Lounge of Sioux Falls catering and serving the alcohol for the dinner.
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Complaints drudge up obscure ordinance on use of campers

MADISON, S.D. (AP) — An increasing number of primarily social media complaints from residents in Madison and Lake County have brought to light a little-known county ordinance banning people from occupying their campers or recreational vehicles outside of a campground. Lake County Planning and Zoning Officer Mandi Anderson said the...