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County Comment Official Publication of South Dakota Counties

May 2012 Volume 58, Number 4

Sanborn County Courthouse


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Membership Corner Resources and Information BID ON SURPLUS MOTOR GRADERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Commissioners of Ziebach County, South Dakota will offer for sale the machines described below. Sealed bids will be accepted until 1:30 PM MDT on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Ziebach County Auditor’s Office, PO Box 68, Dupree, SD 57623-0068, at which time they shall be publicly opened and read aloud in the Ziebach County Commissioner’s Room for the following: (1).2003 Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader (S/N 2ZK08143), 16’ moldboard, less than 6000 hours, with or without snow wing. (2).2003 Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader (S/N 2ZK08152), 16’ moldboard, less than 6000 hours, with or without snow wing. For more information contact the Highway Superintendent Wade Stambach at 605365-5169 or cell 605-365-7275. Bid must be marked “SEALED BIDS FOR MOTOR GRADERS”. Persons may bid on one or both motor graders, with or without snow wings but must indicate bid for each by serial number. Payment shall be by bank draft or certified check within ten days of the bid opening. Transfer of ownership shall take place after clearance of bank draft or check. Ziebach County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids in the best interest of Ziebach County. The official newsletter of South Dakota Counties 211 East Prospect Avenue Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: (605) 224-4554 Fax: (605) 224-4833 Website: Website: Email: Email: These associations were founded for the betterment of county government and serve members through lobbying, education, publications, and research.

NOTICE FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given by the Board of Marshall County Commissioners that sealed bids shall be received at the office of the Marshall County Auditor, 911 Vander Horck, P.O. Box 130, Britton, SD 57430-0130 for the surplus sale of: 1975 – 950 CAT PAYLOADER SN-81J7501 All bids to be F.O.B., Britton, South Dakota. All bids must be marked plainly on the outside of the envelope "Bid Surplus Payloader". None other than a firm bid will be accepted, and the Board of Commissioners reserves the right to reject any or all bids, if it seems advisable to said Board. Questions can be addressed to the Marshall Co Hwy Dept Phone: 605-448-2301 email:

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR SDACHS Summer Meeting June 13 - 14, 2012 Outpost Lodge Pierre, SD

James River Valley District Meeting July 18, 2012 Redfield, SD Spink County

Black Hills District Meeting July 20, 2012 Easy Riders Sturgis, SD Meade County

SD County Convention September 17-19, 2012 Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center Sioux Falls, SD Minnehaha County

“Counties Through the Decades” 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 (SDACWO).

Each member county devotes approximately $10.00 per official of their annual dues for a The County Comment is published nine times a year. It is distributed to county elected officials, subscription to the County Comment. Nonmember subscription rate is $15.00. state agency personnel, National Association •

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SDACC President’s Comments Robert Johnson, Harding County Commissioner Register for the Governor’s Ag Development Summit “South Dakota Agriculture Means Business” is the theme for the 2012 Governor’s Ag Development Summit in Pierre. To register for the June 27 summit, call the South Dakota Department of Agriculture at 773-5436. The summit is open to anyone interested in how agriculture impacts South Dakota’s economy. There is no cost to attend. The Summit will engage participants in a thoughtful conversation on the business of South Dakota agriculture. As our state’s No. 1 industry continues to grow, the Summit will explore how to expand agricultural business – from increasing international trade and exports, to further developing the state’s livestock industry. The morning keynote speaker will be John Phipps, host of the U.S. Farm Report, followed by a panel discussion on Exporting and International Trade.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will present the 2012 Ag Ambassador award during lunch.

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The afternoon will continue with a panel discussion on Livestock Development, followed by an afternoon keynote speech on Succession Planning by Gary Sipiorski of VitaPlus. The Governor’s Ag Development Summit is made possible with support from Avera Health, Bayer Crop Science, CHS, Dacotah Bank, Farm Credit Services of America, First Dakota National Bank, Pfizer Animal Health, Pioneer, and Sanford Health. Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 80,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow.

President Robert Johnson Harding County First Vice President Allen Sinclair Yankton County Second Vice President Delvin Worth Potter County Treasurer Phylliss Pudwill Walworth County Past President John Claggett Davison County Directors Oscar Thompson Aurora County Dave Albrecht Spink County Francis Hass Clark County David Forrette Grant County Casey Krogman Mellette 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


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SDACO President’s Thoughts Julie Risty, Minnehaha County Register of Deeds It was a pleasure to see everyone again at the SDACO Spring Workshop! Thanks again to Kris Jacobsen, the Continuing Education Committee, our Associate Members, vendors, sponsors, and many others for all their hard work in making our workshop a success. Thank you all for a job well done. The 2012 legislative session is now behind us, but implementation of new laws and potential referendums still remain ahead of us. On a national level, one of the many issues the Supreme Court is considering is the constitutionality of the national healthcare law. On our state level, petitioners are gathering names to put a new law passed by the legislature to a referendum. The political process continues, with twists and turns that affect us all on a daily basis. One minute we’re faced with a difficult development; the next minute American ingenuity resolves another problem and jumps another hurdle. Such is life. As elected officials, we work every day with members of our communities, seeing the best and the worst life has to offer, and witnessing the American indomitable spirit. I was recently reminded of this through a book I was reading entitled “Homer’s Odyssey” by Gwen Cooper. Not to be confused with the classic, Homer’s “Odyssey,” – it is the unusual and inspirational story of a little cat that underwent life-saving surgery at 2 weeks of age, which left him completely blind. His owner struggled to protect him from what he could not see, until she realized that what he had lost through misfortune he made up through greater strength and keener development of all other senses. Although Homer was blind, his owner soon discovered that his inability to see an obstacle did not prevent him from successfully confronting the unknown with courage and determination. In fact, she found that Homer was a constant inspiration to her. Homer did not hesitate to climb an obstacle, without even knowing how high the climb; and he never hesitated to take a leap, regardless of how far the fall. His objective was always to meet whatever challenge presented itself,

and to simply succeed, whether it was navigating through changing environments, protecting his owner from a dangerous intruder, or surviving 911. Homer was amazing, and an inspiration to others.

2011 - 2012 Officers and & Board of Directors President Julie Risty Register of Deeds Minnehaha County

Last year Robbin, one of my deputies, came to work one morning greatly upset at the news that her best friend’s husband, a doctor at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas, had suddenly suffered an unknown illness. The prognosis was not good, and his survival was doubtful. As the illness progressed, he suffered renal and respiratory failure and pneumonia, and had to be intubated. Meanwhile, his extremities were turning black and decaying. Dr. Benitez had been the chief of ambulatory care for six years at the medical center, and an internist there for 17 years. Although every procedure was tried to save his limbs, nothing worked; and, in less than 6 weeks, both hands and both legs at mid-calf had to be amputated. Throughout the ordeal, he refused to give up his goal of returning to work . . . and running again . . . and doing all those things he had done before the illness. Today he wears prosthetics on his hands and legs and has overcome tremendous obstacles with great courage and determination, and with the unyielding support of his loving wife, family and friends. The story doesn’t end there. Dr. Benitez has returned to work. He talks about his dreams for the future, of riding a bike again, doing a triathlon, swimming, being able to play with his boys, and taking his wife on another honeymoon. When interviewed by a columnist from the Globe-News in Amarillo, TX, Dr. Benitez said that (before the illness) he took life for granted and felt invincible; but that God made him more human. He went on •

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First Vice President Doreen Priebe Treasurer Brule County Second Vice President Lisa Schieffer Auditor Meade County Secretary/Treasurer Sue Ganje Auditor Fall River/Shannon County Past President Karen Layher Auditor Grant County Parlimentarian Sheri Koeck Treasurer Hand County Directors Arlene Koch Register of Deeds Aurora County Sara Grim Treasurer Gregory County Kathy Glines Auditor Harding County Deborah Tridle Treasurer Lawrence County John Hilegemann Register of Deeds McPherson County Julie Pearson Auditor Pennington County

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SD Association of County Welfare Officials Karen Romey, Pennington County H & HS Rural Health Training: Learning How to Assess & Strengthen Your County’s Health Care System Friday, June 15, 2012 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 211 E Prospect Avenue, Pierre, SD In partnership with the National Center for Rural Health Works and the South Dakota Association of Counties, NACo will be conducting a one-day training in Pierre, SD and providing follow-up technical assistance to help rural counties assess their local health needs and improve and strengthen their health care delivery systems. In addition to the day-long training, NACo will coordinate two follow-up technical assistance calls in 2012 with the training participants to assist them in moving forward with conducting community health needs assessments in their own counties. The training and follow-up technical assistance activities are designed for county officials, county staff, county hospital administrators and other appropriate county representatives who would like to learn how to conduct community health needs assessments, assess their local health needs, and work with local partners to improve and strengthen their health care systems. Additional Details The specific purpose of the training activities are to enable individuals to provide technical assistance to their own local communities and conduct health care system assessments in any one of the three areas of emphasis: 1) economic impact analysis of the local health sector 2) community health engagement process/strategic health planning 3) health budgeting/feasibility studies for new or expanded health services. 6

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Training participants will learn how to: • Identify local health care needs and factors affecting the local delivery of health care • Assess the economic impact of the local health care sector and determine how the health care system can better meet community needs • Strengthen relationships with community partners to improve local health care delivery Background Information on Community Health Needs Assessments The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires nonprofit hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments to demonstrate they are taking on uncompensated care in their communities. These assessments must take into account input from persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital facility. County officials and local health departments can be actively engaged in the community health needs assessment process and the development of a local implementation strategy to

South Dakota Association of County Welfare Officials 2011 - 2012 Officers and & Board of Directors President Karen Romey Pennington County Vice President Sarah Petersen Codington County Secretary Jerry Miller Union County Past President Theresa Hodges Spink County CCPR Administrator Kristie Jacobsen SD Counties

ensure that the health care safety net burden is shared among local providers. If you have any questions, please contact SD Counties at (605) 224-4554

109 South Main * Box 376 BOWMAN, ND 68623 Phone: 701-523-3340 Fax: 701-523-5243

3561 Old Whitewood Rd * Box 686 STURGIS, SD 57787 Phone: 605-347-2722 Fax: 605-347-2822

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SD Assoc of County Highway Superintendents Ron Krempges, Miner County 28th Annual Summer Meeting SD Association of County Highway Superintendents It’s that time of the year to remind everyone of the summer meeting to be held on June 13, 2012 at the Chamber of Commerce Community Room, 800 W. Dakota in Pierre, across the street and south of the Ramkota. The meeting will then continue on at the OUTPOST LODGE north of town. There will be NO REGISTRATION FEE for the first time appearance of any of the highway superintendents. Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Outpost Lodge on the 13th. Once again, we would encourage all new, retired, active superintendents, and SDDOT employees, suppliers and

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contractors to make an appearance. Spouses are also invited to attend.

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Vendors have supported this and all of the other meetings that have been held throughout the years. There will be much to learn from the retired and active superintendents, vendors, and SDDOT personnel. You will be able to gain knowledge from “thousands” of years of experience. For the new guys and gals on the block, everyone is willing to help you out, so please make an effort to participate and make this a record year. Place: Outpost Lodge, (605) 264-5450 Date: June 13 and 14, 2012 Registration: June 13 - 5:00 p.m. until whenever (so you can’t be too late) June 14 - 7:30– 10:00 a.m. (Outpost Lodge) Cost: $30.00 (Vendors $60.00) For complete registration details and agenda, contact: Greg Vavra P.O. Box 506 Wessington Springs, SD 57382 phone: (605) 539-1551 or email to: •

President Ron Krempges Miner County President Elect Lenny Uhrich Edmunds County First Vice President Merle Hanson Hamlin County Secretary/Treasurer Greg Vavra Jerauld County Past President Randy Seiler Fall River County NACE State Director Raymond Roggow Union County Directors Jerry Batien Beadle County Shannon Rasmussen Brule County John Howardson Clark County Clint Degen Hanson County Dick Birk Lawrence County Ken McGirr Meade County

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to say that his dream now is to play catch with his son -- something that he knows, some day, he will be able to do. We all experience challenges and obstacles in our everyday lives. It seems as though our abilities, beliefs, commitment and courage are tested almost every day. President Reagan once said, “The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets, but a test of wills and ideas – a trial of spiritual resolve; the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated.” This being an election year, we once again have the privileged opportunity to express our beliefs, and the ideals to which we are dedicated, at the ballot box. The choices we make and the obstacles we overcome will dictate the direction of our nation. With American faith, courage and resolve, we will continue to succeed. As Memorial

Day approaches, I’d like to wish you all a special day, and ask that you please take time to remember those who have gone before us and have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our nation, our beliefs, and the ideals we cherish. Thank you.

County Christmas Tree at the Capitol

This year SD Counties plans to participate in “Christmas at the Capitol”. We encourage each county to submit 5 ornaments in order to decorate a tree at the Capitol Building and one at the Association Building as well.

We ask that the ornaments be approximately 5” by 5” in size, depicting your counties unique qualities with a secure loop for hanging. Please bring your ornaments to this years Annual SD County Convention. Don’t hesitate to contact the association office if you have any questions!

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Tips, Trends and Resources New 9-1-1 Surcharge Revenue Information 1. What is the breakdown of the $1.25 surcharge? 70% or $0.875 will go back to counties 30% or $0.375 goes to the 911 Emergency Fund Of the $0.375: 74% or $0.278 goes to the 911 Coordination Fund for NG911 26% or $0.097 goes to eligible PSAPs based on population and compliance with administrative rule. 2. How will the State know where to remit each county’s surcharge beginning July 2012? The SD Association of County Commissioners is assisting the SD Department of Revenue and the SD Depart-

ment of Public Safety in collecting the needed information and documentation from each county to prepare for the new remittance process that takes effect July 2012. 3. How can a county project their surcharge revenue at the new rate? Counties can project their revenue after July 2012 with the following formula: Total 2011 surcharge collection, divided by $0.75, divided by 12 equals average number of service user lines in their county. Take that number, times $0.875, times 12 to project your first years collection under the new surcharge. •

Keep in mind for 2012 you will have half a year at $0.75 and half at $0.875. Some Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) may be eligible to receive additional funds (incentive funds) if they serve at least 30,000 people or at least 3 counties with their PSAP. Those amounts are yet to be determined. 4. When can the county or its’ designee expect to receive their first surcharge remittance from the State? The first remittance from the State, for July 2012 surcharge, should take place mid to late August. In addition, counties will continue receiving 2nd Quarter surcharge from the telephone companies in the 3rd Quarter.

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Tips. Trends and Resources SD Public Funds Investment Trust (FIT) Celebrates 20th Anniversary South Dakota Public Funds Investment Trust (FIT) is celebrating 20 years of service to local governments! It’s been an amazing process, considering that the program began as a concept and now has 230 Participants. Here are some highlights from FIT’s amazing history: • 1991 – Former SDML Executive Director Robert Miller is approached about starting an investment program for local governments. At that time, interest rates were significantly higher, and some local banks refused deposits from local governments because of collateralization requirements. Bob, with help from Andrea Radke (then SDML Director of Research) surveyed local governments about their interest in creating an investment program. The South Dakota Association of County Commissioners signed on as a cosponsor. • September 1991 – Interviews take place to hire service providers for the program. Voyageur Asset Management is hired as investment advisor and administrator. Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) is hired as Trust Custodian. Andrea Radke is hired to market the program. • December 1991 – The cities of Burke, Sioux Falls, and Lead become FIT’s first Participants. Harley Lux of Lead, Bob Jamison of Sioux Falls, and Rod Hartog of Burke become the first Board of Trustees. • January 1992 – FIT commences business with $400,000 in deposits. The Associated School Boards of South Dakota join the program as a third sponsor. • March 1992 – The program grows to 27 Participants and $5 million in total assets. • November 1992 – 58 Participants help push FIT past the goal of $30 10

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million in total assets. September 1993 – FIT receives the South Dakota Commerce and Industry ABEX Award as South Dakota’s “Best New Business Venture.” December 1994 – FIT surpasses $50 million in total assets. December 1995 – FIT celebrates reaching the goal of 100 Participants. December 1996 – Board of Trustees voted at their annual meeting to offer the program to Cooperative Educational Service Units, Sanitary Districts, Water Districts, and Townships. May 1998 – With the help of over 150 Participants, FIT reached an all time asset high of $117 million! June 2000 – FIT’s Government Cash Reserve Fund (GCR) pays its highest interest rate; 6.14%. November 2000 – FIT remains on the cutting edge by offering on-line transfer options and introducing their own website, January 2001 – The South Dakota Municipal League assumes distribution responsibility for FIT. Carrie Harer becomes the program’s marketer. Voyageur Asset Management remains as Investment Advisor, Wells Fargo continues as Custodian, and Investor’s Management Group (later changed name to WB Capital) is the Administrator. December 2001 – FIT celebrates gaining its 200th Participant. January 2002 – FIT is 10 years old and serving 200 Participants. June 2004 – The Board of Trustees thank Harley Lux for over twelve years of service as he resigns his position as Finance Officer for the City of Lead. March 2006 – A sample Investment Policy was created and distributed to local governments. The sample policy can be found at www.sdpfit.

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org under the Forms and Reports tab. September 2006 – FIT’s Fixed Rate Account is restructured to accommodate SDCL 4-5-6.1 which allows the use of CDs placed via CDARS®. January 2007 – FIT is 15 years old and serving 215 Participants. October 2008 – Board of Trustees approves offering the program to Ambulance Districts. November 2008 – FIT partners with PMA Financial Network, Inc. for a more active Fixed Rate Account. PMA will place fixed rates investments on behalf of FIT Participants. They will also offer Cash Flow Management and Bond Proceeds Management programs as free services to Participants. April 2009 – Due to concerns regarding investments brought about by the economic crisis the sample investment policy was reviewed. After significant revisions it was determined that two separate polices would work best as those entities that invest directly in securities must address more risk issues than the basic investor. The Basic Policy is for those entities that only use deposits (interest bearing checking accounts, savings accounts, and CDs) and FIT. The Advanced Investment Policy is for those entities that invest directly in securities (US Treasuries, GSEs, etc) in addition to deposits and FIT. The sample policies can be found at under the Forms and Reports tab. January 2010 – FIT’s investment advisor, Voyageur Asset Management, changes its name to RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.) Inc. FIT’s sub-administrator, WB Capital, becomes Miles Capital. August 2010 – FIT’s office (housed Continued on page 11 •

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by the SD Municipal League) moves with the League to a new office building in Fort Pierre. December 2010 – Vendor Pay, an online bill payment feature, is offered to Participants. July 2011 – SDCL 4-5-6.2 allows investment of public funds in bonds issued by or direct obligations of certain political subdivisions or bonding authorities of the state. January 2012 – FIT celebrates its 20th anniversary and serving 229 Participants! March 2012 – FIT gains its 230th Participant and is managing $108,000,000 in assets for local governments in South Dakota.

What is FIT? FIT provides cash management and investment services to local governments and is sponsored by the SD Municipal League, SD Counties and Associated School Boards of SD. FIT is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees made up of representatives from each of the sponsoring associations. FIT’s services include two types of accounts: Government Cash Reserve Account (GCR) • Professionally managed money market account with daily liquidity • Invests in highest quality US Government Securities •

Fixed Rate Account • CDs, US Government agency investments, US T-Bills and Notes • Bond Proceeds Management • Cash Flow Analysis Both accounts offer: • Free multiple accounts • Free electronic transfers • Online access to accounts • Transaction and month-end statements • Toll free service every business day • No minimum or maximum balances • No minimum terms For more information on FIT contact Carrie Harer at 800-658-3633 or or visit

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Program Services Are inmate medical costs draining your county Callbudgets? for More Information

The South Dakota Association of County Commissioners (SDACC) is proud to partner with Correctional Risk Services (CRS) to offer two programs to help South Dakota counties contain the costs of medical care for county inmates.


Inmate Medical Budget Protector: CRS will provide inmate excess medical insurance for county inmates. The policy will include the Claims Administration w w w .and c lthe e afollowing: Management

Drainage Structure Maintenance & Repair

1. A $10,000 deductible per county inmate, per contract year. Choose from: Inmate Medical Claims Review Service: CRS will 2. A policy limit up to $250,000 (less deductible) per We have over 4 million miles of roadway in the US, making it the inmate, per contract year. perform claims administration management for all largest highway in the hidden county inmates housedsystem in a county! ClaimsMillions admin- of 3. culverts Covered are charges include: underneath the roadways to channel water and prevent flooding . istration management will include: a. Inpatient hospitalization b. Outpatient surgical charges 1..Determine if the medical treatment was actually c. Emergency room charges - if followed by a hosdelivered. pital admission 2..Determine if the medical treatment was medically d. Physicians’ & surgeons’ fees There has been more attention and maintenance work donecharges, for above necessary. e. Anesthesiologists & radiologists 3. Provide hospital and physician discounts, where f. the Nurses charges ground infrastructure, while underground infrastructure is failing available, through our PPO network. g.and Diagnostic x-raymanagement & laboratory services due to lack of maintenance proper asset practices. 4. Negotiate ‘quick pay’ discounts from providers h. Dressings, drugs, & medicines dispensed in a whenever possible. hospital or outpatient facility 5. Prepare checks to be sent to hospitals, physicians, i. Medical conditions such as cancer, heart, kidney, Subsurface invested time and money diabetes to bringare thecovered most technologically advanced and other medical Inc. care has providers. illnesses trenchless solutions to the forefront to rehabilitate the existing structures the injuries, cost 6. Furnish explanations of payment. j. Accidental injuries, fights, without self-inflicted 7. Provide detailed claims of reports. and attempted suicide. and inconvenience open cutting and detours. 8. Furnish Sheriff Department personnel with Inmate 4. No pre-existing medical condition limitations after Hydro-Mechanical cleaning restores the in drainage capacity of reinforced Provider Claim Cards. coverage has been effect for 72 hours. concrete culverts and corrugated metal culverts. 9. CRS retains a percentage of what they save on the culverts NOTE: using Culvert Renews “Thread Lock” billing. If there are no savings – Slip-lining there are noofcosts This is a summary of the plan design. details. We Please offer this culvert liner directly to the at end user224-4554 and provide the to the county. call SDACC (605) for training specific for details. contractor, state or county that wishes to install them themselves. This allows traffic to continue uninterrupted. Juvenile detention solution medical costs are also eligible for these programs!


Corroded out CMP before lining

We don’t have time for closed roads due to failed structures.

Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) is a great option when lining a corroded out metal pipe and hydraulics cannot be sacrificed.


CMP after CIPP lining

Sheriffs’ departments and county RCP Joint Repair and Pipe Rehabilitation - Left unattended, joint governments are faced with the ever McPherson, Meade & Mellette separations continue to increase in size and voids created outside the increasing problem of providing pipe grow until the road bed settles, creating a dip or the road bed fails Counties medical, dental, and prescription drug completely. benefits to an inmate population. In Grouting of External Voids is performed from inside of Internal Void today’s climate of rapidly rising concrete culvert by technicians trained to work in culverts the reinforced as small in diameter as 24 inches. hospital costs, sheriff and county Correctional Risk Services, Inc budgets are stretched beyond limit. More Information Online “What we do is provide an insurance policy Often times those budgets are exceeded to the county in the event an well in advance of year end.

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County Spotlight Sanborn County Largest City: Woonsocket County Seat: Woonsocket Population: 2,355 Organized: 1883 Size: 569 square miles

2012 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition Allegheny County/ Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 13-17, 2012

The county, which was named after George W. Sanborn, was founded in 1883. Sanborn was an important figure in South Dakota history as the division superintendent of the Milwaukee Railroad. During the first election in 1884, Woonsocket, Letcher and Forestburg competed to become county seat, which Woonsocket attained. Rumor was that Woonsocket may have won because the railroad graders held the balance of voting power, but a recount didn’t change the results. Artesian was originally called Dianna, but this was changed because the town is located in the center of a great natural basin. This town was settled in 1883, incorporated in 1914. Cuthbert was originally called Espe from a pioneer Norwegian family. There was another town by the same name in the state, so the officials of the Milwaukee railroad selected another name. The town of Letcher, South Dakota was first established in 1882, and incorporated in 1895. Letcher was named after O.T. Letcher, who worked as Assistant Secretary of Dakota Territory and partowner of the town site. Woonsocket, the county’s largest town, was founded in 1883 by C.H. Prior of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The town’s proximity to artesian wells and railroad facilities created a booming economy. Settlers named Lake Prior in his honor, and turned the swampy area into a lake. The first water festival was held in 1912. C.H. Prior is an important figure in South Dakota history for his work as superintendent of the Milwaukee Rail Line. Railroad companies played an integral part in development and land sales in Dakota Territory. C.H. Prior was a native New Englander, and named many towns he platted after locations in that region of the country. •

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May 2012


County News SDACO Excellent Service Award Recipients - SD Dept of Health, Vital Records “The Excellent Service to South Dakota County Officials Award was established in 2010 to recognize those outside of county government who have contributed to our efforts of providing effective and efficient government for the citizens of South Dakota. The recipient of this year’s award has dedicated consistent service to our state and to the counties. This office has been a staple in the continuing education of county officials and serves as an authority for producing accurate and high quality certified records for the counties while maintaining prompt and courteous customer service. The SDACO Executive Board was proud to announce that the South Dakota Department of Health – Vital Records was the recipient of the 2012 Excellent Service to South Dakota County Officials Award”.

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County News SDACO Spring Workshop Spring Workshops are a great time to meet with other elected officials. This year’s event was held May 9 - 11 at the Pierre Ramkota Hotel. Over 190 County Auditors, Treasurers and Register of Deeds attended this annual event to discuss new laws, classes related to the functions of their offices, and personal growth. In addition, 17 vendors participated in sharing their services and products. A huge thank you to all that attended!!

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NACo News NACo Dental Discount Program The NACo Dental Discount Program gives your county a great opportunity to offer your uninsured residents dental and orthodontics savings. The discount card allows people to save 5% to 50% on dental care and 20% on orthodontics. The NACo Dental Discount Program is easy to use. Members simply pay an annual or monthly fee for access to participating providers who have agreed to give services at discounted rates. For individuals, the fee is $59 per year or $6.95 per month. For families, the fee is $69 per year or $8.95 per month. With the NACo Dental Discount Program, a member simply schedules an appointment with a participating dentist or specialist and presents the membership card to receive a discount at the time of service.

It is simple for counties to enroll in the NACo Dental Discount Program. There is a contract that must be filled out, and included with this contract is a 'checklist' document which asks the county to choose a contact person for the program. Once these documents are filled out, the signed portion of the contract and the checklist must be sent back to the NACo office. It is easy for residents to sign up for this affordable plan. They can visit, or call a representative at: 877.354.NACo (6226) and sign up today!

It is important to note: • Everyone is accepted • Family membership includes all family members • All discounts are available at time of service • Unlimited plan usage, with no administrative forms or waiting periods • Significant savings on dental cleanings, x-rays, braces, dentures, crowns, root canals and more • Discount dental plans are a great option for individuals or families on tight budgets, but who still place great importance on their family's dental hygiene • The plan can complement health insurance plans or work with health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts and health reimbursement arrangements

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SDACC Associate Member Directory American State Bank Kelley VanLith PO Box 1178 Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: (605) 224-9233 Financial Services

Correctional Risk Services DJ Kreal 215 Jamestown Park Dr #201 Brentwood, TN 37027 Phone: (615) 376-6101 Inmate Excess Medical Insurance

Midstates, Inc Bruce Nystrom 4820 Capital Ave, PO Box 940 Aberdeen, SD 57401 Phone: (605) 224-5287 Printing and Communications

Sheehan Mack Sales & Equip Eric Matzen 901 E 60th St N Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone: (605) 336-2000 Contractors’ Equip & Supplies

Architecture Incorporated Susan Kahler PO Box 2140 Sioux Falls, SD 57101 Phone: (605) 339-1711 Architectural Firm

Credit Collections Bureau Matt McLeod PO Box 9490 Rapid City, SD 57709 Phone: (605) 381-5665 Collections

NACo Prescription Drug Card Brad Stone 620 Epsilon Dr Pittsburgh, PA 15238 Phone: (412) 967-2307 Prescription Drug Card Nationwide Retirement Solutions Tom Sierakowski 5404 D J Lane Schofield, WI 54476 Phone: (715) 355-9889 Retirement Programs

Subsurface, Inc Ken Moulds 2815 E Whisper Trail Sioux Falls, SD 57108 Phone: (605) 838-8384 Culvert cleaning, lining, repair, grouting

BankWest 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 Brosz Engineering Derek McTighe, PE 3030 Airport Rd Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: (605) 224-1123 Architecture, Engineering, Surveying, Testing Butler Machinery Kelly Nystrom 3401 33rd St S Fargo, ND 58104 Phone: (701) 298-1705 SD Caterpillar dealer CenturyLink Jeff Carmon 8th Floor, 125 S Dakota Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone: (605) 339-6871 Internet and telecommunications Clark Engineering Kevin Goff 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 Engineering & Surveying


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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 Finance G & R Controls Dave Heibult PO Box 85661 Sioux Falls, SD 57118 Phone: (605) 336-3788 Building automation/Temp controls

RDO Equipment Brad Gietzen 2801 N Louise Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57107 Phone: (605) 336-2730 John Deere Equip Sales & Service Sayre Associates, Inc Monty Miller, P.E. 216 S Duluth Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone: (605) 332-7211 Civil Engineering & Land Surveying

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 TrueNorth Steel Shane Davids PO Box 1439 Huron, SD 57350 Phone: (605) 352-8643 Corrugated culverts & steel tanks

Hagan Benefits Inc Jeff Pederson PO Box 903 Sioux Falls, SD 57101 Phone: (605) 334-1030 Liability & Property Insurance Insurance Benefits Inc Karen Ripperda, Brad Wilson 4901 Isabel Place #110 Sioux Falls, SD 57108 Phone: (605) 334-7252 Insurance 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 1157 Bismarck, ND 58502 Phone: (701) 355-8773 Engineers, Surveyors, Planners Lankota Custom Truck Jerry Galloway 1800 E Benson Road Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone: (605) 336-1727 Truck & construction equipment McLeod Printing & Office Supplies Brad Zimmerman 1011 S Edgerton Mitchell, SD 57301 Phone: (605) 996-5151 Printing and office supplies

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SDACO Associate Member Directory Active Data Systems Cole McClung 2504 W 46th St Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone: (605) 335-5906 American State Bank Kelly Van Lith, VP of Marketing 700 E Sioux Ave Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: (605) 224-9233 Banking Services BankWest, Inc. Kristin Brost, VP of Marketing PO Box 998 Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: (605) 224-7391 Banking, Insurance, Trust, Brokerage Credit Collections Bureau Jeff Churchill 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 E-mail: Phone: (402) 392-7933 Financing DeMersseman Jensen Tellinghuisen Stanton & Huffman, LLP Roger Tellinghuisen 516 Fifth Street Rapid City, SD 57701 E-mail: Phone: (605) 342-2814 Law Firm Eide Bailly Danny Reynolds 200 E 10th St Ste 500 Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone: (605) 977 - 2742 E-mail: Financial Services Election Systems & Software Mike Hoversten, Regional Acct Mgt 11208 John Galt Blvd. Omaha, NE 68137 Phone: (612) 940-5962 E-mail: Election Equipment, Supplies and Services GovTeller 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 McLeod's Printing & Office Supply Brad Zimmerman 1011 S Edgerton Mitchell, SD 57301 Phone: (800) 952-2201 Printing

SD Public Funds Investment Trust (FIT) Carrie Harer 208 Island Drive Ft. Pierre, SD 57532 Phone: (605)224-8654 Cash management services

Tyler Technologies - Local Govt Ron Pieracci, Territory Sales Mgr 4021 W 23rd St. Sioux City, IA 51103 E-mail: Phone: (712) 258-1143 or (800) 747-8649

Simplifile Dallen Miner Vice President 4844 North 300 West, Ste, 202 Provo, UT 84604 E-mail: Phone: (800) 460-5657 Fax: (801) 373-1417 Provider of e-recording services

Ultra Inc./Connecting Point Doreen Singrey 504 Jenson Ave SE Watertown, SD 57201 Phone: (800) 529-5500 County Software, Hardware Networking

Software Services Inc. Patti Guthrie 614 N Kiwanis Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone: (605) 334-5200

TriMin Government Solutions Microfilm Imaging Systems, Inc. Bill Juergens, Account Executive Curt Reiter 2277 Hwy 36 West, Suite 101E 2530 Harney St Roseville, MN 55113 Omaha, NE 68131 E-mail: Phone: (402) 346-7211 Phone: (651) 604-3617 Document Imaging & Scanning, Scan Plats & Maps, Service & Sell MicroLand Records Management Systems film Equipment Cashiering, Web Access, e-recording, Auto Indexing, Imaging, Redaction Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Laura Schoen Carbonneau, CEO 800 W Dakota Ave Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: (605) 224-7361

US Records Midwest Rick Marberg PO Box 1694 St. Cloud, MN 56302 Phone: (320) 255-9924 Records Management Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax Service Theresa Sheerin,Client Service One Home Campus Mac #X2301-026 Des Moines, IA 50328 Phone: (800) 499-4829 ext. 40550 Procure & payment of real estate taxes

PryntComm Tom Roberts, Sales Manager 303 E. Sioux Ave Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: (605) 224-9999 Commercial printing Ramkota Hotels of SD Gloriann Kueter 3211 W Sencore Drive Sioux Falls, SD 57101 Phone: (605) 965-1423 Hotels, Restaurants, Conference Centers Risty Benefits Roger R. Risty,President PO Box 90335 Sioux Falls, SD 57118 Phone: (605) 338-1489 Employee Benefits – Medical plans, Life, Disability, Homeowners/Auto Workers Compensation Commercial Casualty

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May 2012


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