County Comment What is the essence of life?

April 2014
Volume 60
Number 3
Official Publication of South Dakota Counties
What is the essence of life?
To serve others and to do good.
- Aristotle
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April 23, 2014
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The opinions expressed within are not necessarily those of the South Dakota Association
of County Commissioners (SDACC), South
Dakota Association of County Officials
(SDACO), South Dakota Association of County
Highway Superintendents (SDACHS), or South
Dakota Association of County Welfare Officials
Cover photo: Courtesy of SD Tourism
April 2014
SD Association of County Commissioners
Delvin Worth, Potter County Commissioner
Spring was not our partner when it
came to our spring workshop. Having to cancel the original date and find
another is never easy.
Our make-up date had some of the
best sessions that I can remember. To
Bob and Kris’s credit they provided a
meaningful program including insurance, roads, bridges, law enforcement,
and rural public safety. Having the
state chief justice and the attorney
general present was a real treat and
provided for meaningful interaction.
Unfortunately attendance was poor
with more empty seats than those that
were occupied. This is a concern that
many on the executive board have
expressed. Our numbers have shown
a decline over the past years. This is
a time that counties need to provide
a unified front
and be active
in the organization. We have
many newly
elected commissioners that
can benefit from
these workshops
and convention program sessions. Some reasons
for this dwindling attendance can be
attributed to busy schedules, seasonal
demand, etc.
Two reasons that are of concern are
lack of funding for travel and apathy
towards county issues. One thing
county commissions are good at is
complaining - complaining about
funding, roads, bridges, law enforcement and on down the line. Well, if
any of these are
to change it takes
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grassroots action,
the kind that the
Association can
provide. If you
don’t like some
of the programs
offered at our
conferences, we’ll
offer something
that you feel
would be of interest. Just let us
KLJ is committed to
improving the health,
safety and welfare
of our communities.
April 2014
It’s time for all
of us to recognize that there
is strength in
numbers and that
together we can
and will make a
Till next month...
2013 - 2014 Officers and
& Board of Directors
Delvin Worth
Potter County
First Vice President
Casey Krogman
Mellette County
Second Vice President
Duane Sutton
Brown County
Gary Jaeger
Deuel County
Past President
Allen Sinclair
Yankton County
Don Reinesch
Brule County
Dave Albrecht
Spink County
Francis Hass
Clark County
David Forrette
Grant County
Robert Johnson
Harding County
Bill Floyd
Sully County
Gerald Beninga
Minnehaha County
Ron Buskerud
Pennington County
Ex-Officio Members
Jim Schmidt - East River
Mike Ortner - West River
NACo Representatives
Don Larson • Brookings County
Nancy Hansen • Brown County
WIR Representative
Clint Farlee • Ziebach County •
SD Association of County Officials
Lisa Schieffer, Meade County Auditor
If we had no winter, the spring would
not be so pleasant; if we did not
sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne
It seems like we have been accustomed to the color white this year and
I cannot tell you enough that I am
ready for GREEN! Spring is a time of
awakening not only outside but also
within our County Offices.
Did you know April is National County Government Month? What better
time for your offices to get out and
spread the word to your constituents,
either on your web site, local newspaper or word of mouth, on how County
Government works for them.
A great idea is to contact your local
schools and set up tours of your Courthouse and Jail. Make it fun, make
it educational, this is our youth that
will someday be running our Country.
Invite the public in to explore your offices. Many do not know what exactly
the Officials do in each of the offices
or what your office is about. Have history readily available on your Courthouse, and include pictures. Make the
public aware of the services provided,
contact numbers or even emergency
preparedness plans in their area. This
is your time to shine Officials, along
with your staff!
Another great resource is NACo who
is available at your fingertips. Your
County is a NACo member. Take
advantage of their resources. Did you
also know that you can go to http://
Pages/Counties-Matter.aspx and click
on the Why Counties Matter tab?
There are great informational brochures. You can even get one customized for your County with your data
and information.
We have some
so many great
resources that
we can use
and a wealth
of information
that we can
give to educate
the community
and ourselves.
Which leads us into none other than
Spring Workshop. Remember to get
those registrations in on time. Spring
Workshop will be held May 7th & 8th,
in Pierre SD and is great opportunity
to discuss with your fellow officials
ideas, problems and questions. There
is no greater wealth of knowledge than
your fellow officials.
I hope to see you all in May. THINK
Get Moving!
Join The 125 Miles
For Health Challenge
In honor of South Dakota’s 125th
anniversary of statehood, the Department of Health is encouraging
South Dakotans to get active by
participating in the 125 Miles for
Health Challenge. The challenge
runs through November of 2014.
“When you are physically active,
you lower your risk of premature
death, heart disease, stroke, high
blood pressure, certain cancers,
depression, diabetes and falls.”
The website
offers ideas and information about
how to participate in the challenge.
Organizations that complete the
challenge can register and receive
a certificate recognizing their
participation. •
South Dakota
of County Officials
2013 - 2014 Officers and
& Board of Directors
Lisa Schieffer
Meade County
First Vice President
Donna Mayer
Register of Deeds
Pennington County
Second Vice President
Debora Tridle
Lawrence County
Sue Ganje
Fall River/Shannon County
Past President
Doreen Priebe
Brule County
Julie Pearson
Pennington County
Kathy Glines
Harding County
Becky Mathiesen
Register of Deeds
Lincoln County
John Hilgemann
Register of Deeds
McPherson County
Linette Christensen
Moody County
Lori Schaefers
Moody County
April 2014
SD Association of County Welfare Officials
Carol Muller, Minnehaha Human Services Director
April is Child Abuse Prevention
The month of April is designated as
Child Abuse Prevention Month nationwide. In South Dakota, the Department of Social Services (DSS) encourages people in communities across the
state to work together to keep children
safe and offer the support families
need to stay together.
“All children in South Dakota have the
right to be safe and secure,” said DSS
Cabinet Secretary Lynne A. Valenti.
“The South Dakota Department of Social Services is committed to protecting children from abuse, neglect and
Individuals can be a part of the prevention process by:
Learning about the signs of child
abuse and neglect. Educate yourself on the signs of child abuse
and neglect, and be prepared to
recognize them. Learn more about
the common signs of abuse and
neglect at
Asking for help if you need it.
As a caregiver, there are many
resources available to provide
support. Common Sense Parenting classes are held throughout
the state and cover topics ranging
from reducing family stress to
enriching relationships with young
children. For more information
on this program, visit www.dss.
Offering a helping hand to friends
and neighbors. Let parents know
you are available and willing to
talk, or offer to give parents a rest
by taking care of the children. Volunteer your time to local community programs that provide support
for families, such as after-school
April 2014
or church
child abuse
and neglect. If
you have
reason to believe a child has been
harmed or may be in danger,
report it by contacting your local
Department of Social Services
office or local law enforcement
Wearing a blue ribbon. Throughout the month of April, citizens are
asked to wear blue ribbons or tie
them to their vehicle antennas to
spread the message of child-abuse
The Department of Social Services’
Division of Child Protection Services
has 20 offices across the state and
serves every county. In addition to receiving and assessing reports of child
abuse and/or neglect, the division con-
Civil Engineering / Roadways
Land/ Site Design & Development
Drainage / Flood Studies
Water Resources
Water Distribution, Storage & Treatment
Wastewater Collection & Treatment
South Dakota Association
of County Welfare Officials
2013 - 2014 Officers and
& Board of Directors
Carol Muller
Minnehaha County
Vice President
Clayton Nelson
Brown County
Charlene Doorn
Pennington County
Past President
Sarah Petersen
Codington County
CCPR Administrator
Kristie Jacobsen
SD Counties
nects parents with the needed resources to help increase their ability to keep
children safe. For more information,
please visit
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SD Assoc of County Highway Superintendents
Merl Hanson, Beadle County Highway Superintendent
I wanted to thank all of you that attended the 2014 Short Course. We had
good participation at this year’s Short
Course and it was another successful conference. This year we had 55
Highway Superintendents, 11 other
county employees, 11 SDDOT – Local Government employees, 5 representatives from SDLTAP, 1 Federal
Highway employee and 1 spouse for a
total of 196 registered. Those are some
fantastic numbers and I am especially
pumped with the 55 Superintendents
that were registered. I hoped you
enjoyed yourself and you were able to
bring something back to your county
that will help you be a better and more
efficient Superintendent. For those of
you that weren’t able to attend this
year’s Short Course start planning on
attending next year’s Short Course
on March 17-20. We will be having
the Short Course once again at Cedar
Shores and I would recommend you
get your rooms early because it fills up
The folks from Local Government and
SDLTAP have always been big supporters of our Short Course and always
seem to provide us with some very
useful information to help us in our
daily work.
I also encourage you to thank our vendors for supporting our conference and
the other events we have throughout
the year. The vendors had 112 people
registered and without all their registrations and the vendors who sponsored our meals, breaks, socials, and
entertainment this conference would
not be possible.
The revolving door continues in the
Superintendents ranks. We have had
five retirements announced recently
that I am aware of and it’s always
tough to see our experienced Superintendents go. Those that have retired
or are planning
to retire in the
next few months
are Hiene Junge
from Pennington County,
Superintendent since 1983;
Norman (Slick)
Riley from Todd
County, Superintendent since 1983;
Bill Lengkeek from Lyman County,
Superintendent since 1986; Ron
Schulte from Turner County, Superintendent since 2001, and Leo Sullivan
from Stanley County, Superintendent
since 2002. Thanks for your years of
service and enjoy your retirement, you
deserve it! I also want to welcome
their successors and anyone else that
is new to our association. Although he
isn’t new to the association we welcome back Dirk Rogers from Brown
The SDACHS is moving ahead with
plans to propose cleaning up some of
the laws in Chapter 31 of the South
Dakota Codified laws. SDDOT Local
Government pointed out at the Joint
Regional Training sessions and also
at the Short Course that there are laws
that need to be reviewed and cleaned
up. We have the opportunity with the
help of Bob Wilcox to have a law
intern help us with this issue. This
process is just beginning and there
will be more information later on this
I also want to remind everyone of the
Summer Meeting June 11th & 12th.
We are looking for a good turnout this
year and if you never attended the
Summer Meeting, registration is free!
When you’ve had a bad day at work
and things aren’t going so well, try this
therapy: On your way home from •
South Dakota Association
of County Highway
2013 - 2014 Officers and
& Board of Directors
Merl Hanson
Beadle County
President Elect
Clint Degen
Hanson County
First Vice President
Rod Polley
Clay County
DJ Buthe
Minnehaha County
Past President
Lenny Uhrich
Edmunds County
Ken McGirr
Meade County
Jeff Haessig
Spink County
Glenn Spitzer
McPherson County
Benny Schell
Corson County
Patti Pudwill
Campbell County
Brad Bowers
Harding County
NACE State Director
Raymond Roggow
Union County
SD DOT Research
Board Member
Ken McGirr
Meade County
FHWA Region 8 County
Road Advisor
Greg Vavra
Continued on Page 12
April 2014
Tips, Trends and Resources
Keystone XL Pipeline - Pipeline Safety and the Ogallala Aquifer
In January of this year, the United States Department of
State (DOS) issued the Final Supplemental Environmental
Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Following the release of the FSEIS, the National Interest
Determination (NID) period began. The NID will conclude
in early May. At that point, a final decision on whether or
not to allow the project may be made by President Obama.
The proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline would
cross over the northern portion of the High Plains aquifer
which covers approximately 85% of the entire state of
Nebraska. The principle water-bearing unit is the Ogallala
Formation. The Ogallala covers 174,000 square miles over
portions of eight states and is crossed by approximately
21,000 miles of natural gas and petroleum pipelines. In
addition to the pipelines that cross the Ogallala Aquifer, oil
wells in Nebraska produce over 6,000 barrels of oil right
through the aquifer.
The Keystone XL Pipeline has been designed, and will be
built and operated to ensure the safety of the natural environment it crosses. In the FSEIS, relating to the Ogallala
April 2014
Aquifer, the DOS comments that ‘aquifer characteristics
would inhibit the spread of released oil, and impacts from
a release on water quality would be limited’. Also commenting on the important topic of protecting the Ogallala
Aquifer, Bert Fisher, a Tulsa Geologist at the American
Petroleum Institute stated that, “In my review of this
pipeline matter, wherever it is built, it will be safe. The best
technology will be used.” Jim Goeke, Ogallala hydrologist
and University of Nebraska Professor Emeritus, has also
provided reassurance that “any leak would have a minimal
impact on the Ogallala Aquifer.”
In the unlikely event of a spill from Keystone XL, TransCanada would initiate its Emergency Response Program
and work cooperatively with state and federal agencies to
identify the appropriate, site-specific methods for cleanup,
groundwater monitoring, and remediation methods. The
selection of clean-up and remediation methodologies are
based on site-specific conditions, including weather, presence of sensitive receptors, soil permeability, hydrogeology,
and aquifer characteristics. Clean-up would be conducted
Continued on Page 9 •
Tips, Trends and Resources
Keystone XL Pipeline - Pipeline Safety and the Ogallala Aquifer - Con’t
invested approximately $1 billion
annually in pipeline integrity and
proactive inspection and maintenance programs to protect our
pipelines and energy facilities.
While leaks or spills are unlikely
to occur in this state-of-the-art
pipeline, TransCanada staff is prepared to respond to any potential
scenario. The staff develops comprehensive emergency response
plans, trains and drills response
teams, and deploys their own specialized equipment to ensure they
can respond to emergencies.
Continued from Page 8
to ensure the protection of human
health and the environment, and to
meet state and federal standards.
In the highly unlikely event that
groundwater wells were adversely
impacted, TransCanada would be
responsible for providing an alternative water supply.
It is a proven fact that pipelines are
the safest, most efficient method
of oil transportation. TransCanada
has operated pipelines across North
America for over 60 years and has
earned a reputation of excellence
in quality and safety. TransCanada
has developed a pipeline maintenance program that will ensure the
Keystone XL pipeline is operated
to the highest standards. Over the
past three years, TransCanada has
For more information on the
Keystone XL Pipeline, please visit
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County News
SDML and SDACC Executive Directors Q & A with SDPAA Executive Director
Protecting local governmental entities by providing liability
and property coverage programs for 26 years, the South
Dakota Public Assurance Alliance has grown to the point
that bringing certain services in-house will allow for more
efficient and effective services to Members.
With the SDPAA transitioning administration and marketing functions “in-house”, SDML Executive Director,
Yvonne Taylor and SDACC Executive Director, Bob Wilcox sat down for a “Q&A” session with SDPAA Executive
Director, Judy Payne, for information to share with their
Yvonne Q: Please tell our SDPAA Members how the decision to transition these services “in-house” came about.
A: Many public entity risk sharing pools bring some and
sometimes all services in-house once they reach a level of
financial stability and sophistication to do so if it will better
serve their Members. A few years ago, the SDPAA Board
began studying the issue. After much thoughtful deliberation, the Board decided it was in the best interest of the
Members to hire an Executive Director in 2013 and begin
the transition of the administration and marketing functions
Bob Q: Exactly what services currently being performed
by outside contractors will be performed in-house and
A: Administrative, finance, underwriting, and marketing
services currently being performed by Hagan Benefits, Inc.
will be performed in-house. SDPAA’s contracts with Hagan
Benefits expire on December 31, 2014 after which SDPAA
will fully assume those functions.
Yvonne Q: How will SDPAA staff these functions and
when? Also, please describe the Agreement for Services
between SDPAA and SDML.
A: By the time this article appears in your publications,
SDPAA will be well on its way towards hiring a Director of
Underwriting and a Director of Member Services. Regarding the Agreement between SDPAA and SDML, SDML
will be providing finance, website management, and some
administrative services to SDPAA for a fee. Sharing these
services has a positive economic impact for all concerned
and strengthens the relationship between our Members and
their sponsoring organization.
April 2014
Bob Q: How will this affect our Members and what
changes will they see?
A: Making the transition as seamless as possible for our
Members is a very high priority. The SDPAA Board of
Directors wisely planned a two year transition process giving us time to research and study best options and practices
for us to serve our Members. Our Members will continue
to benefit from broad, stable coverage at great, stable rates.
A change they will see is that communications handled
through 2014 by Hagan Benefits, will be handled directly
by SDPAA. Claims Associates, Inc. will continue to provide claims adjusting services and Safety Benefits, Inc.
will continue to provide loss control and property valuation
services for SDPAA.
Yvonne Q: The Member Services Program is new to SDPAA. What can we expect from it?
A: The Member Services Program will include marketing
as well as an emphasis on services we provide to our Members. As our society has become more litigious and public
entities are frequently viewed as having “deep pockets”,
risk management to reduce and manage losses continues
to evolve. We at SDPAA want to ensure our Members are
provided with communications, resources, and program
assistance to address their needs. In the very near future,
we will be reaching out to Members seeking volunteers
to serve on a Member Services Task Force to assist us in
developing the program to meet their needs. Our Members
are our owners and we want to use a collaborative approach
to support them in a way that is meaningful to them.
Bob Q: In serving as SDPAA’s Executive Director, what
do you think is most important to Members and the continuing success and viability of the Pool?
A: The first thing that comes to mind is return on investment. The SDPAA is financially stable and we need to
continue the great work that’s been done to put SDPAA in
that position. In addition to good, stable pricing for broad
coverage being a good return on investment, so are the
services provided by SDPAA to our Members. The services
of loss control reviews, loss control and safety training,
claims and litigation management, assistance with risk
management requirements associated with contracts, agreements, and special events are among several very valuable
services provided to Members through their SDPAA coverContinued on Page 11 •
County News
SDPAA Executive Director Q & A - Con’t Narrowbanding Update
Continued from Page 10
age. Other things which come to mind are responsiveness,
integrity, and continually working to grow and strengthen
the Pool.
Yvonne Q: Is there anything you would like to close with?
A: Yes. As I stated in our Annual Report to Members and
in a recent letter to SDPAA Member contacts, it is my
pleasure to have the opportunity to serve the Members
of SDPAA as their first Executive Director. It is gratifying to be working for them leading a successful, strong,
financially stable public entity into the future. The SDPAA
Board of Directors, our service providers, and I take pride
in our dedication to due diligence so we may continue to
merit respect and public confidence. And, Members have
my commitment to work to continually improve upon the
value SDPAA has been bringing to public entities and to the
taxpayers for the past 26 years. Everything about SDPAA is
good and it’s only going to get better! •
A little more than a year has passed since the deadline that
FCC set for narrowbanding of radio equipment in the VHF
and UHF bands. The previous licenses issued for wideband operation no longer exist and any operation on those
channels is now illegal. VHF and UHF are bands widely
used by first responders, utilities, highway departments, and
commercial users. FCC is now responding to complaints
by narrowbanded users who are being interfered with by
legacy wideband users, but at some point will move to a
more active on-site audit. Anyone still using wideband
equipment can be subject to fines of up to $16,000 per day
of operation, which can be retroactive if use can be established. Please ensure that those users in departments you
are responsible for have taken the initiative to update their
communications systems, as the risk is just not worth it. If
you have any questions, please contact:
Jeff Pierce
State of South Dakota
Bureau of Information & Telecommunications
700 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
[email protected]
Office: 605-773-4347 Mobile: 605-280-4428
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County News
South Dakota Highway Superintendents
Scholarship Program
SDACHS President Merl Hanson
Continued from Page 7
I am proud to announce the recipients of the
2014-2015 South Dakota Association of
County Highway Superintendent's scholarship program,
and the schools they plan to attend. The association
awarded four (4) $1500.00 scholarships. The applicants
may attend a College, University or
Technical Institute of their choice.
work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the thermometer section. You will need to purchase a rectal
thermometer made by "ACME." Be very sure that
you get this brand. When you get home, lock your
doors, draw the drapes and disconnect the phone
so you will not be disturbed during your therapy.
Change to very comfortable clothing, such as a
sweat suit and lie down on your bed. Open the
package and remove the thermometer. Carefully
place it on the bedside table so that it will not become chipped or broken. Take out the written material that accompanies the thermometer and read it.
You will notice that in small print there is a statement: "Every rectal thermometer made by ACME
is personally tested." Now, close your eyes and
repeat out loud five times, “I am so glad I do not
work in quality control at the ACME Company."
Leighah Hertel
Mitchell Technical Institute
Tyler Holinka
SD School of Mines & Tech.
Jasmine Frost
Black Hills State University
Sayde Slovek
Black Hills State University
Have a good month!
Merl Hanson
Mic Kreutzfeldt, SDACHS Scholarship Committee
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County Elected Official Spotlight
Sandra Frasier-Shaffer, Bon Homme County Register of Deeds
•Years as an elected official: I have
been a Register of Deeds in Bon Homme County for 5 years. Prior to that,
I was the Deputy Register of Deeds
and Assessor Assistant in Hutchinson
County for 7 ½ years.
•Three people (living or deceased)
I’d invite to dinner: Sandra Bullock
– the actress, Norman Rockwell – the
painter, and my Grandma Martha
Dieren. Sandra and Norman have
made such wonderful contributions
because of their personalities and their
artistic talent. I would like to talk to
my grandma as one adult woman to
another about her life experiences and
if she is proud of what I have become.
•A dream I have is to: either fly out to
a remote lake in Canada and go fishing
or visit the back country of Ireland
with my husband.
•You’d be surprised to learn that I:
wanted to go to school for animatronics, and then work for Walt Disney,
Jim Henson or Spielberg someday.
Unfortunately I was too afraid to move
that far from home to make it a reality.
•The most adventurous thing I’ve
ever done is: to spend 6 weeks in
France to finish my minor in French.
I have visited the treasure trove of art
work in the Louvre, walked down the
steps of the Eiffel Tour, seen the flying
buttresses of Notre Dame and celebrated a birthday in Lyon.
•My favorite way to relax is: by doing something creative such as drawing, sculpture or designing something.
•I’m most proud of: having a loving
family and good friends as well as living in a caring community where I can
make a small but positive difference in
people’s lives.
•Every morning I read: something
inspirational to give me hope and
peace for the day.
•My favorite meal is: grilled lamb
steak, asparagus, fresh French bread,
a glass of wine and desert being my
mother-in-law’s peanut butter cake.
•My pet peeve is: when people do not
pick up after their pets in public places
or litter the road right-of-ways.
•My motto is: if you make other
people’s lives easier, it will make your
life easier.
•The greatest lesson I learned was:
my best trait is also my worst trait, and
always treat others the way you would
like to be treated.
• I chose to run for public service
because: I felt I could make a difference by utilizing the skills I have built
from my past experiences to make at
least one person’s life a little easier or
happier every day I work as a Register
of Deeds.
•What I think will change in my
county over the next 5 years is:
major community changes due to
less farms, larger farm corporations,
shrinking populations, less jobs available, a greater loss of our seniors who
lived through the Dirty 30’s and World
War II, a decline in the family unit,
and a continued exodus of our younger
generations pursing employment and
•My favorite South Dakota attraction is and why: Spearfish Canyon
and Sylvan Lake. Both places are a reflection of God designing and painting
a beautiful canvas for us to enjoy.
•I describe
as: very
but somewhat of
an introvert with
pride who loves to learn why and how
things work as well as what makes
people tick.
•What I would tell someone who is
thinking about running for public office is: to be sure to measure
the pros and cons before running as
well as the affect it will have on your
family and your pocketbook. Are you
running for the right reasons? Do you
have the ability to work within the
system to make things better in that office and in the lives of the people you
•The hardest issue I have had to deal
with as an elected official is: to reject
a document or some type of service
on the grounds South Dakota Codified Law or state policy/regulation and
have an attorney or customer threaten
to sue me or worry about some other
type of retaliation for trying to do my
100 Years • JULY 4, 2014
9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn
FOR THE LADIES - Best dress and hat from 1914
FOR THE GENTLEMEN - Best beard and mustache
April 2014
Tips, Trends and Resources
10 Reasons to Maintain your NACo Membership
1. Representation in Washington
NACo members and staff vigorously lobby the Administration and Congress on all issues affecting counties and their
residents. To focus the effort, priority issues are established
annually by the Board of Directors. Ongoing legislative
priorities are:
•opposing unfunded mandates and preemption of county
•maintaining and increasing the financial partnership with
the federal government, including appropriations;
•ensuring federal tax policies are equitable to county government; and
•working on recurring federal authorizations affecting
county government, such as community and economic
development, transportation, workforce development, and
public lands and rural development.
Want to influence legislation? If you have knowledge or
an interest in a certain issue area or concerns about the effects of federal legislation on your county, then you should
become a member of a NACo Steering Committee. The
steering committees enable county officials from member
counties to become actively involved in NACo's policy
2. Conferences
NACo conferences provide a great benefit at discounted
fees for members. Attendees rank highly the information
they receive from expert speakers, educational sessions,
workshops and the networking opportunities with colleagues. NACo has a conference to meet your specific
needs whether you choose the Annual, Legislative or
Western Interstate Region Conference. Other special issue
meetings cover subjects like homeland security, health care
and urban and rural issues.
3. Financial Services Center Programs - With These
Savings, NACo Membership Pays for Itself!
NACo provides numerous ways for members to save
money. They include:
•U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance access to nationally bid contracts that provide significant
reductions in price on essential products and services. Since
1999, participating counties have saved more than $1 billion.
•Network of Care - an internet network that the public,
community based organizations and local government
workers can use as a single source for key information
relating to health and social services. The Network of Care
enables residents to find the best program that meets their
needs and the needs of their families.
•Public Finance Authority - a unique governmental entity
that can finance tax-exempt conduit bonds for public and
private activities that benefit public agencies on a multistate basis.
•Retirement benefit programs: Deferred Compensation
(457), Defined Contribution 401(a) and Post Employment
Health Plan (PEHP)
4. Prescription and Dental Discount Card Programs
The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program and Dental
Discount Program provide savings for county governments
and residents from the skyrocketing costs of prescriptions
and dental care. The programs are available to all residents
of a participating NACo member county and provide relief
for the uninsured or underinsured.
•The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program has
provided an average savings of 24 percent per prescription
and savings of up to 75 percent. More than 1,400 member
counties have saved their residents more than $500 million.
There is also an option for revenue sharing for counties.
Features of the program:
◦Free to counties and participants
◦No age or income restrictions
◦No forms to fill out by participants
•The NACo Dental
Discount Program
provides residents in
participating member
counties five to 50
percent discounts on
a full complement of
dental services and 20
percent discounts on
•The brand new NACo
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Tips, Trends and Resources
10 Reasons to Maintain your NACo Membership - Con’t
Continued from Page 14
Health Discount Program provides county residents discounts on vision care, LASIK & PRK vision procedures,
hearing aids & screenings, prepaid lab work, prepaid
diagnostic imaging and diabetic supplies for residents who
are uninsured, underinsured, seniors and pet owners in the
5. County News and Washington Watch
County News, NACo's bimonthly newspaper, is available in print and online to keep you up to date on the latest
developments in counties and in Washington, D.C. County
News,, highlights model programs,
concise news items on timely issues, solutions from experts, research and even job postings to attract candidates
nationally. The County News Alert e-mail notifies members
to the latest online updates.
Washington Watch, a weekly e-newsletter, informs members about NACo’s current legislative developments and
policy updates.
South Dakota’s
Leading Public Financier
Trusted public finance partners since 1977
6. Website
NACo’s website,, is packed with news,
research, conference details, legislative updates, and
geographical information on counties. More than 15,000
individuals visit the site daily. You can even receive e-mail
alerts when new content has been added. The Member
Center provides access to the Grants Clearinghouse, all of
NACo's publications available for free, a media guide, right
way to run a meeting and information on lobbying Congress. Make sure you put the NACo web page in your list
of favorites.
7. Webinars
If you can't travel to NACo conferences, you and your
staff can benefit from more than 60 free and easy to use
webinars for members each year. The webinars are based
on timely, practical education and these programs bring the
information right to your desktop.
8. Networking with Other County Officials
NACo membership provides a unique opportunity to interact with colleagues from across the county whether at a
conference, through participation on a Steering Committee,
on a legislative issue or through NACo's social networking
presence on pages such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
9. Solutions through Education and Training
NACo receives approximately $2 million annually in grants
to provide technical assistance and training to county governments. These programs offer assistance on issues like
homeland security, the environment and health care. NACo
also provides research information on county programs
that can save your staff time and money. NACo staff is
available to research county issues, providing you with a
valuable benefit. Information is available to help any aspect
of county government.
10. Grants Clearinghouse
NACo has launched a more robust grants clearinghouse
featuring enhanced search options, up-to-date listings
and better mobile device compatibility. Demonstrating
a significant increase in content, you'll find nearly 1,000
federal, state, corporate and foundation grants available to
counties and community-based organizations. Access to
NACo's Grants Clearinghouse is available exclusively to
our members.
To receive more information about county membership or
how your county government can join NACo, contact
Andrew Goldschmidt at 202.393.6226. •
April 2014
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Tips, Trends and Resources
Think you can
run your own
An online interactive game to teach students about county government
NACo, together with iCivics, has created an online game, "Counties
Work," to educate students, grades 6 through 12, about the important
role and functions of county government by letting them run their own
county. A curriculum and web quest has also been developed to assist
teachers with preparing lessons on county government.
Players will learn about the various services provided by county
departments and make tough budget decisions, handle resident
complaints and concerns and face re-election.
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innovative IDEAS
Landscape Architecture
Site Planning:
•Park Design
•Landscape Design
•Sports Fields
Master Planning:
404 Permiting
404 Permitting
General Guidelines for County Highway Departments
This is for informational proposes only.
Each project has its own unique set of circumstances.
Project Name:
Project Location:
Section _____ Township __________ Range __________
Additional Location Information: ________________________________
Water Body Impacted:__________________________________________________________
Project Description: ____________________________________________________________
 Any discharge dredged or fill material?
 Size of impacts to the wetlands or streams?
o Less than ½ Acre – Nationwide Permit
o Greater than ½ Acre – Individual Permit
Nationwide Permit (NWP)
 Typical county highway projects:
o Culvert replacement
o Bridge replacement
o Grade raises
o Minor road widening
 Typical NWP for county highway
o #3. Maintenance
o #12. Utility Line Activities
o #14. Linear Transportation
o #33. Temporary Construction,
Access and Dewatering
 Is mitigation required?
o If between 0.1 and 0.5 Acre
 Is project located in a Topeka Shiner
o If yes see chart from the Corps of
Engineers 2012, Nationwide Permits
Regional Conditions, Omaha
District, State of South Dakota.
 Processing time less than 90 days.
Individual Permit (IP):
 Larger project typically involves
consulting engineers.
 Corps of Engineers processing time is
120 days after they receive a complete
Points of Contacts:
South Dakota Corps of Engineers
Regulatory Office, Pierre, SD
Steve Naylor, Program Manager
Phone number 605-224-8531
Clark Engineering, Sioux Falls, SD
Paul Clinton, PLA
Karrie Johnson, Wetland Delineator
Phone number 605-331-2505
Sioux Falls
877-331-2505 •
Practical Solutions
April 2014
SDACC Associate Member Directory
American Engineering Testing
Robert Temme, PE
1745 Samco Rd, Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: (605) 388-0029
American State Bank
Marcy Fifield
PO Box 1178, Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 224-9233
Financial Services
Architecture Incorporated
Lisa VandeVoort
PO Box 2140, Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Phone: (605) 339-1711
Architectural Firm
Kristin Brost
420 S Pierre St, Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 224-7391
Financial services
Banner Associates, Inc
Doug Wessel
PO Box 298, Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: (605) 692-6342
Engineering, Architecture, Surveying
Beckenhauer Construction
Ron Stauffer
PO Box 866, Norfolk, NE 68702
Phone: (402) 371-5363
Construction Mgmt, Design Build
Best Western SD Ramkota Hotels
Jean Lacher
3211 W Sencore Dr
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Phone: (605) 334-2371
Hotels, Accommodations
Black Hills Power
Julio “”Mutch” Usera
PO Box 1400, Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone: (605) 716-3951
Diversified energy holding company
Brock White Co LLC
Kevin Ageton
818 E 50th St N
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 339-1977
Distributor of construction materials
Brosz Engineering
Derek McTighe, PE
3030 Airport Rd, Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 224-1123
Architecture, Engineering, Surveying,
Butler Machinery
Kelly Nystrom
3401 33rd St S, Fargo, ND 58104
Phone: (701) 298-1705
SD Caterpillar dealer
BX Civil & Construction
AliceAnn Krantz
PO Box 187
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
Phone: (605) 428-5483
Contractor and service provider
Jeff Carmon
10th Floor, 125 S Dakota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 339-6871
Internet and telecommunications
April 2014
Clark Engineering
1410 W Russell St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 331-2505
2301 8th Ave NE #125
Aberdeen, SD 57402
Phone: (605) 225-3494
214 5th Ave, Brookings, SD 57006
(605) 692-8799
16 5th Street NE, Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: 605-880-3122
Engineering & Surveying
Correctional Risk Services
DJ Kreal
215 Jamestown Park Dr #201
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: (615) 376-6101
Inmate Excess Medical Insurance
Dakota Asphalt Pavement Assoc
Ken Swedeen
3030 Airport Rd, Suite B
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 224-8500
Asphalt Association
Diamond Mowers
Dave Burkhart
27134 Parkland Dr
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Phone: (605) 368-5865
Agricultural mowers
Diesel Machinery Inc
Don Mosey
4301 N Cliff Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 336-0411
Construction Equip Distributor
Dougherty & Company LLC
Tom Grimmond
110 S Phillips Ave Suite 203
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 339-9800
Election Systems and Software
Jamie Belmont
11208 John Galt Blvd
Omaha, NE 68137
Phone: (402) 970-1118
Election services
G & R Controls
Dave Heibult
PO Box 85661
Sioux Falls, SD 57118
Phone: (605) 336-3788
Building automation/Temp controls
Hagan Benefits Inc
Jeff Pederson
PO Box 903
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Phone: (605) 334-1030
Liability & Property Insurance
HR Green, Inc
Bill Moran
431 N Phillips Ave, Suite 400
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 334-4499
Engineering and Consulting
Insurance Benefits Inc
Karen Ripperda, Brad Wilson
4901 Isabel Place #110
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: (605) 334-7252
Ann Sadler
PO Box 12, Joliet, MT 59041
Phone: (406) 670-6679
Troy Spader
PO Box 563, Lennox, SD 57039
Phone: (605) 360-4220
On-Line Auction
Jebro Inc
Mike Spohr
2303 Bridgeport Drive
Sioux City, IA 51111
Phone: (800) 831-8037
Asphalt Products Supplier
Johnson Controls Inc
Michael Hubbard
3413 Gateway Blvd
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Phone: (605) 361-0680
Energy efficiency/facility management
Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson
Rod Senn
PO Box 3416
Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone: (605) 721-5553
Professional services - Engineering
McLeod Printing & Office Supplies
Brad Zimmerman
1011 S Edgerton
Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone: (605) 996-5151
Printing and office supplies
Metal Culverts
Emily Spencer, Mike Rackers
PO Box 330
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 636-7312
Culvert manufacturer and supplier
Myrl & Roy’s Paving, Inc
Patty Nohr
1300 N Bahnson Ave
Sioux Falls SD 57103
Phone: (605) 337-3204
Asphalt Paving, Aggregate supplier
NACo Prescription Drug Card
Brad Stone
620 Epsilon Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: (412) 967-2307
Prescription Drug Card
Sayre Associates, Inc
Monty Miller, P.E.
216 S Duluth Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 332-7211
Civil Engineering & Land Surveying
SDN Communications
Vernon Brown
2900 W 10th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 334-7185
Broadband provider
Sheehan Mack Sales & Equip
Eric Matzen
901 E 60th St N
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 336-2000
Contractors’ Equip & Supplies
Melanie Gornick
4844 North 300 West, Ste, 202
Provo, UT 84604
Phone: (800) 460-5657
Provider of e-recording services
SD Public Funds Investment Trust
Carrie Harer
208 Island Drive
Ft. Pierre, SD 57532
Phone: (605)224-8654
Cash management services
Subsurface, Inc
Ken Moulds
2815 E Whisper Trail
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: (605) 838-8384
Culvert cleaning, lining, repair, grouting
Team Laboratory Chemical Corp
Michelle Maier
PO Box 1467
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Phone: (218) 846-9490
Industrial chemical sales
Titan Machinery
Matt Leighton
4201 N Cliff Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 336-3434
1741 Deadwood Ave,
Rapid City, SD 57702
Equipment Dealer
Nationwide Retirement Solutions
Jeffery Francis, Program Director
Midwest Region-SD, ND, MN, WI
Phone: (925) 221-7845
Retirement Programs
TrueNorth Steel
Shane Davids
PO Box 1439
Huron, SD 57350
Phone: (605) 352-8643
Corrugated culverts & steel tanks
PurpleWave Auction
Jordan Sterling
825 Levee Dr
Manhatten, KS 66502
Phone: (866) 608-9283
Auction Service
Tyler Technologies
Ron Pieracci, Territory Sales Mgr
2730 Ford Street
Sioux City, IA 51103
Phone: (712) 258-1143
RDO Equipment
Brad Gietzen
2801 N Louise Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Phone: (605) 336-2730
John Deere Equip Sales & Service
Ultra Inc / Connecting Point
Doreen Singrey
PO Box 1626
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: (605) 882-1555
Computer Hardware and Software
Rounds Construction Co. Inc
Keith Rounds
1600 Blair Hill Circle
Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: (605) 692-9141
Earth work, site prep, excavation
Unique Paving Materials Corp
Kurt Nelson
3993 E 93rd St
Cleveland, OH 44105
Phone: (800) 441-4880
Paving Materials •
SDACO Associate Member Directory
American State Bank
Marcy Fifield
700 E Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 224-9233
Banking Services
Eide Bailly
Jeremy Bendewald
200 E 10th St Ste 500
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 977 - 2742
Forensic Services
Peter Fox, Western Regional Sales
103½ South Main St., Suite 4
Livingston, MT 59047
Phone: (855) 246-9944
County records archiving
Election Systems & Software
Mike Hoversten, Regional Acct Mgt
11208 John Galt Blvd.
Omaha, NE 68137
Phone: (612) 940-5962
Election Equipment, Supplies and
Brosz Engineering
Derek McTighe, PE
3030 Airport Rd
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 224-1123
Architecture, Engineering,
Surveying, Testing
CoreLogic Tax Services
Jeremy Kinkelaar
2500 Westfield Dr, Suite 102
Elgin, IL, 60124
Phone: (866) 780-8178
Accounts Receivable Collections
Credit Collections Bureau
Matt McLeod
PO Box 9490
Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone: (605) 381-5666
Accounts Receivable Collections
D.A. Davidson & Co
Gerald Spethman, Jr
1111 North 102nd Court, Suite 300
Omaha, NE 68114
Phone: (402) 392-7933
D-Ware Inc
Ted Macy
PO Box 55
Tripp, SD 57376
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (605) 935-3766
Management software
DeMersseman Jensen
Tellinghuisen Stanton &
Huffman, LLP
Roger Tellinghuisen
516 Fifth Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (605) 342-2814
Law Firm
Dougherty & Company LLC
Tom Grimmond
110 S Phillips Ave Suite 203
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 339-9800
GovTeller/Convenient Payments
Sharon Smith, VP Sales Mgr
48073 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (877) 829-7294
Online payment solutions
Hagan Benefits, Inc.
Jeff Pederson, President
1741 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 200
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Phone: (605) 334-1030
Administrator and Marketing for
South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance (liability and property pool)
Insurance Benefits, Inc.
Karen Ripperda, Brad Wilson
SDML WC Fund Administrator
4901 Isabel Place, Ste 110
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: (800) 233-9073
SDML Worker’s Compensation Fund
Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson
Eric Isaak
4585 Coleman Street
Bismarck, ND
Phone: (701) 250-3506
Professional services - Engineering
Risty Benefits
Roger R. Risty,President
PO Box 90335
Sioux Falls, SD 57109-0335
Phone: (605) 338-1489
Employee Benefits - Medical, dental,
vision, life, disability, and HR assistance
SD Public Funds Investment Trust
Carrie Harer
208 Island Drive
Ft. Pierre, SD 57532
Phone: (605)224-8654
Cash management services
Melanie Gornick
4844 North 300 West, Ste, 202
Provo, UT 84604
Phone: (800) 460-5657
Fax: (801) 373-1417
Provider of e-recording services
Software Services
Patti Guthrie
614 N Kiwanis Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 334-5200
Provider of software services
TriMin Government Solutions
Randy Haupert
2277 Hwy 36 West, Suite 101E
Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: (651) 604-3617
Land Records Mgmt Systems
Tyler Technologies - Local Govt
Ron Pieracci, Territory Sales Mgr
4021 W 23rd St.
Sioux City, IA 51103
Phone: (712) 258-1143 or
(800) 747-8649
Ultra Inc./Connecting Point
Doreen Singrey
504 Jenson Ave SE
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: (800) 529-5500
County Software, Hardware
US Records Midwest
Rick Marberg
PO Box 573
Elk River, MN 55330
Phone: (763) 856-0111
Records Management
Rapid City, SD Sioux Falls, SD
1741 Deadwood Ave.
4201 N. Cliff Ave.
Microfilm Imaging Systems, Inc.
Curt Reiter
2530 Harney St
Omaha, NE 68131
Phone: (800) 346-1365
Document Imaging & Scanning
Pierre Area Chamber
of Commerce
Laura Schoen Carbonneau, CEO
800 W Dakota Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 224-7361
Ramkota Hotels of SD
Jean Lacher
3211 W Sencore Drive
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Phone: (605) 965-1423
Hotels, Restaurants, Conference
Huge Selection of
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April 2014
South Dakota Counties
211 E Prospect Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
Ph: 605-224-4554, 1-800-439-5672
Fax: 605-224-4833
email: [email protected]
email: [email protected]