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Official Monthly Publication

Member of National League of Cities


Managing Editor: Yvonne A. Taylor

PRESIDENT Debbie Houseman Finance Officer, Lake Andes 1st VICE PRESIDENT Steve Allender Mayor, Rapid City

2nd VICE PRESIDENT Amy Leon City Manager, Yankton

TRUSTEES Fay Bueno Finance Officer, Sturgis

Editor: Sara M. Rankin

DISTRICT CHAIRS Dist. 1 - Mike Grosek Mayor, Webster

Dist. 2 - Jennifer Eimers Finance Officer, Madison Dist. 3 - Dawn Murphy Finance Officer, Tea

Dist. 4 - Becky Brunsing City Administrator, Wagner Dist. 5 - Renae Phinney President, Ree Heights

Karl Alberts Finance Officer, Aberdeen

Dist. 6 - Leland Treichel Mayor, Roscoe

Christine Erickson Councilmember, Sioux Falls

Dist. 8 - Dave Geisler Mayor, Murdo

Carolynn Anderson Finance Officer, Wall Harry Weller Mayor, Kadoka

Dist. 7 - Arnold Schott Mayor, McLaughlin

Dist. 9 - Laurie Woodward Finance Officer, Custer



2020 Annual Report Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Rib Dinner Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

SDML Affiliate Membership Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Municipal Election Resources on SDML Website . . .12

2020 Municipal Election Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Something That Seems Too Good to be True Usually Is . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Promoting Volunteerism to Your Community’s Retirees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Gov Noem Awards Seven Community Development Block Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

The Intergenerational Imperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Census 101: What You Need to Know . . . . . . . . . . . .28 SDMEA Hometown Power: Summer Study Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Posting a Bridge? Think About the Alternatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Sioux Falls Paint the Plows Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

A Glance Through the SDML Website . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Obituary: Jeanette Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39


Dist. 10 - Michelle DeNeui Finance Officer, Spearfish

Director’s Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

LEAGUE STAFF 1-800-658-3633 Fax: 605-224-8655

Risk-Sharing News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

PAST PRESIDENT Pauline Sumption Finance Officer, Rapid City

Yvonne Taylor Executive Director Sandi Larson Director of Risk Sharing Services Lori Martinec Director of Research and Training Chris Hill Director of Municipal Electric Services Sara Rankin Director of Marketing & Communications Lori Butler Director of Finance Carla McGregor Accounting Assistant Lisa Nold Office Manager SD Public Assurance Alliance: David Pfeifle Executive Director Kristina Peterson Director of Underwriting Lynn Bren Director of Member Services Paytra Nichols Underwriter Jerry Krambeck Member Services Representative Deb Corkill Executive Assistant

President’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Washington Report: Senator Rounds . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

In Every Issue

SDML Events Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Directory Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

Hometown Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

Municipal Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

SOUTH DAKOTA MUNICIPALITIES (ISSN 0300-6182, USPS 503-120) is the official publication of the South Dakota Municipal League, published monthly at 208 Island Drive, Ft. Pierre, South Dakota 57532, phone 605-224-8654. This institution is an equal opportunity provider, and employer. Periodical postage paid at Pierre, South Dakota and additional mailing offices. Non-member subscriptions are available for $30.00 annually. The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the South Dakota Municipal League. Postmaster: Send address changes to SOUTH DAKOTA MUNICIPALITIES, 208 Island Drive, Ft. Pierre, South Dakota 57532.




Director's Notes Holy smoke, where did 2019 go? While the end of the year means “holidays” for most people, for us it means the 2020 Session is almost here.

And again this year, my Christmas wish is to see the support for local control grow stronger.

Local control has always been a very selective issue in the Capitol, touted about when it serves someone’s purpose, but not all that often acted upon in any meaningful way. There are notable exceptions to that, and most often the legislators have arrived at the Legislature with some local service in their background. It has been wonderful to work with the legislators who have been mayors, or councilmembers, or police chiefs. With one sentence, you can describe an issue to them and they not only grasp it, they run with it.

To me, local control is a continuum, with the State’s interests on one end, and local interests on the other, and issues that fall somewhere in between, sometimes more heavily weighted toward the local end, where there should be control on your part and very little State involvement, and sometimes falling toward the State end, where you are going to have little say as the city council or town board, and the State will have control. The citizens, of course, are served by both, and the important question is, where are they best served on each issue? We very often think the weight falls at the local end of the spectrum, and the citizens are best served by you. The real jewels in the legislature are people who see the continuum and know for a fact they can trust the locally elected officials. They know it because they’ve been there, taking the phone calls, talking to constituents in the gas station, or grocery store, or wherever they’ve found them.

This will be my 27th year lobbying for the Municipal League. My whole-hearted belief in local control has come from getting to know so many of you. There is no doubt in my mind that you have the best interests of the citizens at heart as you make the decisions that truly affect their quality of life and the every-day services on which they depend. Defending local control comes easily when you know so many of the people who are elected or appointed to work for their cities. Our staff is proud and honored to work for you. 4

As term limits kick in even harder with time, it is ever more important that you keep in touch with your legislators. One message from home means more than a week of our lobbying in Pierre. Please subscribe to our legislative update (see info below), and please contact your legislators on our issues. Keep in touch with the League, also, so we can present a unified effort. There is no doubt that you are absolutely the best lobbyists we have. Until next month, remember we are always available at 1800-658-3633 or We wish you all the blessings of the season. Yvonne Taylor Executive Director

Keep on top of what goes on under the Dome Subscribe to the SDML’s Legislative Update.

The SDML’s Legislative Update informs you on the hottest issues affecting municipalities as the South Dakota Legislature considers them. Each week League staff compiles an analysis of current and upcoming committee and floor action in the Senate and House.

As local leaders, you need to be a part of the action in Pierre. The Legislative Update helps get you there.

As you know, decisions in Pierre are made at a fast and furious pace, and the Update gives you a grasp of issues affecting how you govern on the local level.

Updates are issued throughout the session on a weekly or as needed basis, via fax, mail or email. Email is free, including an unlimited number of addresses to each city.

To receive the Legislative Update via email contact Yvonne at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute updates. To get the Update sent to you by mail or fax please send $10 along with a request (include your mailing address, phone number or fax number) to: SDML, 208 Island Drive, Fort Pierre, SD 57532.


President's Report

As we enter the month of December the communities across the state have so many things to reflect upon from 2019. South Dakota has endured an epic year of weather. January started with the frigid, never-ending arctic temperatures. We entered March praying for relief from the snow and cold temps only to be blasted with flooding which covered the state. As we moved into the summer months, we experienced communities getting hit with tornados and we ended the summer with torrential rain in some areas and tornados touching down across the state and whipping through Sioux Falls causing damage to major facilities such as the Avera Heart Hospital. Some of the communities such as Lake Andes (my own community) are still dealing with the aftermath of the epic weather. How do we withstand this and what are the impacts of not just one natural disaster but numerous disasters throughout a one-year period? As communities how do we support each other? How do we recover from the economic impacts of these natural disasters? Lastly how do we prepare for the unknown? These are questions

that as leaders in municipal government we all must ask ourselves and we all must answer to ensure the sustainability of our communities.

Looking forward we hope for normal weather and we pray that 2020 brings relief and a chance for our great state and all the communities from within it to recover from the weather of 2019.

I hope this holiday season finds you all feeling blessed and hopeful!! Happy Holidays, Debbra Houseman


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2020 Annual Report Workshops The South Dakota Municipal League and the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit are co-sponsoring oneGD\ZRUNVKRSVRQSUHSDULQJWKLV\HDU¶VDQQXDOUHSRUWRemember, annual reports are required to be filed by ALL municipalities. The workshops are brought to you free of charge and will be conducted by the staff of the Department of Legislative Audit. Finance officers, clerks, auditors and treasurers should plan to attend. The workshops will provide guidance on all types of annual report forms. If you have questions on which workshop you should attend please call Rod Fortin with Legislative Audit at 605-367-5810. 3OHDVHEULQJ\RXUFXUUHQWRUSUHYLRXV\HDU¶VDQQXDOUHSRUWWRXVHDVUHIHUHQFHPDWHULDODORQJZLWKDQ\TXHVWLRQV\RX may have. Large Cities (Cash Basis): Those with $600,000 or more in revenue. x Fort Pierre: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:00am - 3:00pm, SD Municipal League Building, 208 Island Drive *Working lunch by ordering pizza in Large Cities (GAAP Basis): Those with $600,000 or more in revenue. x Fort Pierre: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:00am - 3:00pm, SD Municipal League Building, 208 Island Drive *Working lunch by ordering pizza in Small Cities: Those with less than $600,000 in revenue. x Mitchell, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Noon-SP%ODUQH\¶V6SRUWVEDU *ULOO+LJKODQG:D\ /XQFKRQ\RXURZQ)HHOIUHHWRFRPHHDUO\IRUOXQFKDW%ODUQH\¶VLI\RXUVFKHGXOHSHUPLWV0HHWLQJ will begin at Noon. Reservation is under MUNICIPAL LEAGUE. x

Aberdeen, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Noon-3:00pm, County Court House, Community Room, Basement Annex, 25 Market Street *Lunch on your own. Reservation is under MUNICIPAL LEAGUE. DEADLINE for Registration is ONE WEEK PRIOR to each meeting.

Notes: If weather looks bad, call 605-367-5810 or 605-224-8654 to determine if the seminar has been postponed. Please do not take any driving risks. Dress is business casual. Individuals needing assistance, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, should contact the League office in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements.

Annual Report Workshops Registration MUNICIPALITY _____________________________________________________________________________ Name



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_____ Fort Pierre January 7

_____ Fort Pierre January 8

_____ Mitchell January 15

_____ Aberdeen January 22

Register online at: OR Please return to: South Dakota Municipal League, 208 Island Drive, Fort Pierre, SD 57532, Fax: 605-224-8655 email:, website:

SDML Affiliate Membership Options

Ten affiliate organizations enjoy the advantage of being members of the South Dakota Municipal League. These organizations receive SDML staff support and hold their meetings at the League’s Annual Conference and many of the affiliate groups meet at other times during the year. Visit for a listing of all the events.

Dues notices for the Affiliates were recently sent to each city office and can be found under the Affiliate Organizations tab at or by calling the League office at 800-658-3633. Affiliate membership options include:

SD Airport Management Association •

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The purpose of this association shall be to foster the planning, development, use and operation of public airports in the State of South Dakota; To assist its membership in resolving problems though mutual experiences in airport operations; and In cooperation with the South Dakota Municipal League, to take an active part in legislation that may affect public airports in the State of South Dakota. ANNUAL DUES of the association are $25 per city; Associate membership is $50/person.

SD Municipal Attorneys’ Association •

The purpose of this association is to establish a forum by which municipalities may promote matters of mutual interest and provide a closer working relationship in municipal government and administration by the following means: Holding meetings for the discussion of legal and

other questions affecting municipal governments; -The furnishing of information to municipal law officers and departments in order to enable them to better to perform their functions; and -Studying legislation, court decisions and administrative rulings relating to the public interest of municipalities. ANNUAL DUES of the association are $35 for each city represented that is over 5,000 population and $20 for each city that is under 5,000 population.

SD Building Officials’ Association •

The purpose of the association shall be the consideration of principles and practices underlying the laws and ordinances relative to the construction, maintenance and occupancy of buildings, use of land, and methods of uniform administration; and To develop requirements and regulations pertaining to training of building officials and administration officers. ANNUAL DUES of the association are as follows: - Governmental Membership (GM) is $50.00; each additional Governmental Individual (GI) membership is $5.00. • Governmental Members shall be a designated individual, usually the building official, of a government agency (state, county or municipal), which is responsible for the enforcement or administration of laws and ordinances relating to building construction. • Governmental Individual Members shall be additional employees of governmental agencies which are responsible for the enforcement, or administration of laws and ordinances relating to building construction.

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Professional Membership (PM) is $50.00; each additional Professional Individual (PI) membership is $10.00. • Professional Member shall be a designated individual of a firm, incorporated or unincorporated, engaged in the practice of architecture, engineering, inspection, research, testing or related activities. • Professional Individual Member shall be additional employees of professional firms that practice architecture, engineering, inspection, research, testing or related activities. Annual Associate Membership (AM) is $25.00. • Associate Member shall be a representative of firms or corporations of commercial and industrial concerns engaged in the sale, manufacture or processing of materials and assemblies.

SD City Management Association • •

The purpose of this association shall be to increase the proficiency of Managers and Administrators of local governments; To strengthen the quality of local government through

professional management; To encourage and support the precepts of the Council/Manager plan; To maintain the high ethical standards of the profession of City Management; and To provide opportunities to enhance the professional development of its members. ANNUAL DUES of the association are as follows: - Full membership is $150 per person. • Full Members: Any person who is a City Manager or Administrator, or an assistant to City Manager or Administrator of a South Dakota City shall be eligible for full membership in the Association. - Associate membership is $75 per person. • Associate Members: Persons holding responsible administrative positions in South Dakota cities and other persons who are interested in the objectives of the Association shall be eligible for associate membership. - Student membership is $15 per person. • Student Members: Any person currently enrolled full or part-time in a graduate or undergraduate program with an interest in local government.

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SD Association of Code Enforcement •

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The purpose of this association is to operate, without profit to the Association, or its members, as a state association to advance, educate and improve efforts of state, county, city and other political subdivision employees who are actively involved with and responsible for the enforcement of housing, municipal, county, state or federal codes without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, or sex; To encourage professionalism with regard to the standardization of enforcement of environmental and housing codes; and To supply and advance the science and practice of code enforcement through certification and to provide training workshops, seminars and conferences facilitating and advancing the administration of the various codes with which the Association is concerned. ANNUAL DUES of the association are $40 per city.

SD Municipal Electric Association

The South Dakota Municipal Electric Association, formed in 1950, serves member municipalities that provide electricity to approximately 100,000 South Dakotans.

The Annual Meeting is held each October during the Municipal League Annual Conference.

The Electric Superintendent-Foreman Conference is held each March in Watertown.

SD Governmental Finance Officers’ Association •

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The purpose of this association is to establish a forum by which cities and towns may promote matters of mutual interest and provide a closer working relationship that there may be improvement in municipal government and administration; To promote the improvement of methods of governmental finance in South Dakota including the development of mutually understandable procedures of accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting; and the encouragement of the use of common terminology, classification, and principles in regard to those subjects; and To take an active part in legislation that may affect municipalities of the state through the South Dakota Municipal League. ANNUAL DUES of the association are $40 for the first person and $30 for each additional person of the same city.

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SD Governmental Human Resource Association •

The purpose of this association is to advance the profession of human resource management in governmental entities by promoting matters of mutual interest and providing a closer working relationship so that there may be improvement in government and administration; and To promote the improvement of all aspects dealing with Human Resources in South Dakota through information sharing and consolidated training with a special emphasis on assisting smaller communities and to take an active part in legislation that may affect the governmental entities of the state through the South Dakota Municipal League. ANNUAL DUES of the association are $25 per person.

SD Police Chiefs’ Association •

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The purpose of this association shall be of an educational, scientific, benevolent, fraternal and charitable nature and to develop a closer official and personal relationship between the various law enforcement officials of the State of South Dakota. To maintain a steadfast resolution to guard the rights, liberties, and welfare of all citizens; To foster any project which will help bring law enforcement officials recognition as professionals, to increase the efficiency of the member, of aiding in the improvement of the laws of the State of South Dakota and demanding the enforcement of the same; and To encourage the members to attain a high degree of skill and efficiency in law enforcement work, thereby advancing the standards of all enforcement officers. ANNUAL DUES of the association, for Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs, are determined by a formula that takes into account population in addition to a base of $95. Please call the League office for the actual dues amount for your city. Command Staff and Associate membership is $25 per person.

SD Municipal Street Maintenance Association •

The purpose of this association is to provide education and instruction for municipal street maintenance workers and to assist in meeting their goals through encouragement and friendly exchange of knowledge and experience among its members. ANNUAL DUES of the association are $35 per city.

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Municipal Election Resources on SDML Website

The following Municipal Election Resources can be found by going to the SDML website at and then clicking on the Library tab, then Elections. 1.


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Election Resources – This is a link to the Secretary of State’s website that contains resources such as the current Election Code, Election Worker Training Powerpoint, Election Day Precinct Manual and more.

Municipal Election Resources - This is a quick link to the Secretary of State’s website that contains many resources including the Election Calendar, Initiative and Referendum information, Petitions and more. Election School Powerpoint Presentation This link is to the most recent powerpoint presentation from each year’s Election School.

2019 Municipal Election Calendar - The calendar will help keep you on track regarding all deadlines for publication of election notices as well as timelines for circulation and receipt of






petitions, availability of absentee ballots and other election related timelines.

How to Circulate a Nominating Petition - This document, created by the Secretary of State’s Office, provides specific guidelines on timeframes, circulator requirements, signer requirements and filing requirements.

Candidate Nominating Petition Requirements Checklist - This document, created by the Secretary of State’s Office, provides a checklist for the Finance Officer to reference, when validating a nomination petition, to ensure all sections are completed correctly. What Happens If No One Files a Petition? – This document provides information regarding statute for the process for appointment of elected officials in the event of a vacancy.

Municipal Elections Handbook - Updated annually, this document provides information, in laymen’s terms, about the State Statutes and Administrative Rules related to conducting an election. It has a frequently asked questions section that is particularly helpful in addressing common issues that arise in municipal elections as well as a collection of all necessary Election Notices and Forms.

Municipal Initiative and Referendum - This document, created by the Secretary of State’s Office, provides a step-by-step guideline for those wanting to file an Initiative or Referendum Petition with their governing body.

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Municipal Recall Election Guidelines - This document, created by the Secretary of State’s Office, provides information regarding publication of notices, petition circulation and filing timeframes, and ballot information for a Recall Election.

Election Worker Training Powerpoint - This is a quick link to the PowerPoint created by the Secretary of State’s Office to use for training Precinct Workers on Election Day responsibilities. Election Day Precinct Manual - This is a quick link to the Secretary of State’s document that goes through all information needed on Election Day.

Election Code Book - This is a quick link to the Secretary of State’s Election Code Book that spells out all South Dakota Codified Law and Administrative Rules of South Dakota that govern Elections in the state. This document is updated anytime there is a change.

Poll Watcher Guidelines - This document, created by the Secretary of State’s Office, provides information for those wanting to be poll watchers on Election Day. Polling Place Voter Key - This document, created by the Secretary of State’s Office, provides a flow chart for Election Workers and others to use as they determine voter eligibility.

Voter Registration Forms - This is a quick link to the Secretary of State’s Office website that


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provides information to the user on how and where to register to vote in South Dakota as well as a Registration Form to download. The site also provides information to public Agencies who assist people with voter registration.

Guidelines for Absentee Voting Process - This document, created by the Secretary of State’s Office, provides information on the process that a municipality must follow to implement the Absentee voting process. Absentee Ballot Log (Sample) - This document provides a template to use for an Absentee Ballot Log.

Elections Supplies List (Sample) - This document provides a good list to start from for creating your own Election Day supplies list.

Election Day Checklist for Municipal Election Board (Sample) – This document provides a good list to start from for creating your own Election Day Checklist for setting up the actual voting site, organizing election workers, and processing ballots. Oath of Office - This is a sample oath to use for elected or appointed municipal officials.

Recount Manual - This is a quick link to the document, created by the Secretary of State’s Office, to provide information regarding procedures to follow in the event that a recount is either requested via petition or required by law.


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The dates to the right are the only date options for annual municipal elections. There are no other date options. The school may request to combine with you on any of these dates. If you intend to combine with the County for the June 2nd Primary Election, you need to follow the City/School combining with the County Primary Election Calendar. The dates are to the right, on this calendar, will not reflect the dates you have to follow for a combined Primary Election on June 2nd.

Second Tuesday in April (a school may combine with you on this date)

Deadline for the governing board to establish the election date if they choose a different date than the 2nd Tuesday in April. (9-13-1 & 9-13-1.1 & 9-13-1.2 & 13-7-10)

No later than January 14

No later than January 14

No later than January 14

Publish notice of vacancies and time and place for filing petitions each week for two consecutive weeks. (9-13-6, 9-13-40 & 05:02:04:06 & 13-7-5)

Between the dates of January 15th & 30th

Between the dates of Feb. 15th & March 1st

Between the dates of March 15th & 30th

Earliest date to begin petition circulation and earliest date to file nominating petition. (9-13-9, 9-13-40, 9-13-37, 13-7-6; ARSD 05:02:08:13 and 05:02:08:11)

January 31st

March 1st

April 7th

Deadline for filing nominating petition. If this is a Friday, please plan accordingly to be available to accept petitions. Registered mail is acceptable if postmarked by the deadline date and time. (9-13-7, 9-13-40, 9-13-37, 13-7-6)

Feb. 28th 5:00 pm

March 31st 5:00 pm

May 8th 5:00 pm

Deadline for submission of written request to withdraw candidate's name from nomination. If you will not have an election, you DO NOT have to publish anything further or notify our office. (9-13-7.1, 13-7-7 & 05:02:07:05) Remember to issue certificates of election. See page 2 for more info.

Feb. 28th 5:00 pm

March 31st 5:00 pm

May 8th 5:00 pm

Deadline for Candidates, in first class municipalities only, to file the Candidate Financial Interest Statement with the person in charge of the election. (12-25-30) A sample form can be found at

Within 15 days of filing nominating petition

Within 15 days of filing nominating petition

Within 15 days of filing nominating petition

Have you ordered your election kit? McLeodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Printing in Mitchell (605-996-5151) is the only company in SD that sells election kits. Check to see if you need to order absentee ballot combined envelopes. (05:02:10:01.03)

Order so you receive before absentee voting begins

Order so you receive before absentee voting begins

Order so you receive before absentee voting begins

Once you know you have an election, drawing for candidate order on the ballot needs to be conducted. Each candidate may be present. (9-13-21)

Draw after petition filing deadline

Draw after petition filing deadline

Draw after petition filing deadline

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to have your governing board appoint your Election Board. (9-13-16.1 & 05:02:05:11.01) You may use high school seniors (must be 18 years old). (13-27-6.1) Compensation for election board. (9-13-16.1)




First publication of voter registration notice. Must be published for two consecutive weeks. (12-4-5.2 & 05:02:04:04)

Between the dates of March 9th & 13th

Between the dates of April 27th & May 1st

Between the dates of May 11th & 15th

Second publication of voter registration notice. The last publication to be not less than ten nor more than fifteen days before the deadline for registration. (12-4-5.2 & 05:02:04:04)

Between the dates of March 16th & 20th

Between the dates of May 4th & 8th

Between the dates May 18th & 22nd

March 30th by 5:00 pm

May 18th by 5:00 pm

June 1st by 5:00 pm

(NOTE: confirm that all notices have been received and published by the paper ask for a confirmation email)

Deadline for voter registration. (12-4-5) South Dakota Secretary of State


JUNE 2 First Tuesday after the first Monday in June (may combine with School)

JUNE 16 Must combine with the school on the third Tuesday in June

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Absentee ballots must be made available no later than 15 days prior to the election (9-13-21). Sample ballots must be printed on yellow paper and we encourage you to put the word SAMPLE on the sample ballot. The paper ballot form can be found at 05:02:06:12. The optical scan ballot can be found at 05:02:06:10.

March 30th

May 18th

June 1st

Publish notice of election that needs to be published each week for two consecutive weeks. First publication must be at least 10 days before the election. (9-13-13 & 05:02:04:08) (Note: May 25th is Memorial Day)

Weeks of March 30th & April 6th

Weeks of May 18th & May 25th

Weeks of June 1st & June 8th

Publish facsimile ballot in the calendar week before the election. The calendar week falls from the Monday to the Saturday of the week prior to the Tuesday of Election Day. (9-13-13 & 12-16-16.2 talks about the size for publication)

Week of April 6th

Week of May 25th

Week of June 8th

If using optical scan ballots: Not more than ten days prior to an election, the person in charge of the election shall conduct a test of the automatic tabulating equipment. Notice of the test, must be published at least 48 hours prior to the test. (12-17B-5 & 05:02:09:01.01)

Conduct test anytime between April 4th - 13th

Conduct test anytime between May 23rd – June 1st

Conduct test anytime between June 6th – 15th

April 13th by 5:00 pm

June 1st by 5:00 pm

June 15th by 5:00 pm




until 3:00 pm

until 3:00 pm

until 3:00 pm




April 21st

June 9th

June 23rd

Within 2 days after canvass

Within 2 days after canvass

Within 2 days after canvass

Within 15 days of taking oath of office

Within 15 days of taking oath of office

Within 15 days of taking oath of office

Deadline for a voter to absentee vote in-person. A voter, who is confined due to sickness or disability, may request an absentee ballot via authorized messenger until 3:00 pm the day of the election. The ballot must be returned to you in time for your or your staff to get it to the proper polling location by 7:00 pm.

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Something That Seems Too Good to be True Usually Is:

By: Dave Pfeifle, SDPAA Executive Director

In thirty-one years of public service, my co-workers and I have felt the daily pinch of tight budget constraints where local governments have stagnant or even decreasing tax bases while public demands for services continue to grow. This pinch was present in every community in our state where I lived, from those with 1,800 people to those with 180,000 people. This year has presented unique fiscal challenges as disaster declarations have been issued in 58 of our 66 counties and three Indian Reservations. My family members have been unable to plant over 1,500 acres of their SD farmland. Our hearts go out to all of you experiencing these hardships.

In these trying times, it is tempting to cut corners. One annual purchase for local governments is liability and property coverage. Public entities purchase these coverages to manage their risks and to set much more predictable budgets for the coming years. For thirty-two years the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance (SDPAA) has been providing local governments in SD with solid coverages at affordable, stable rates. Yet, some public entities are being tempted by lower-priced quotes from private insurance carriers whose price is initially lower because they are not offering as much coverage and then they will potentially raise their rates significantly in future years to help recoup that original discount. Less coverage means more risks to your entity’s budget so that the switch will not result in any actual savings over time. The real irony is that some of these same private carriers had abandoned the public sector in the 1980’s, which prompted the creation of public entity pooling in SD in the first place. Do you really believe these private carriers will be with you through the thick and thin for years to come?

We appreciate that public entities want to keep their business local. Some of you may not realize that the SDPAA already works with many of your local insurance agents by allowing a flow-through payment for their agent commissions: the bottom line is that local agents can still receive their commission when placing your liability and property coverages with the SDPAA. With this commission flow-through option, there is no sound reason for covering your liability and property risks with an inferior product.

Being a Member of the SDPAA is a much better way to keep things local as we are a local organization, doing 16

business exclusively in the State. The SDPAA was created in 1987, when private insurers refused to provide coverage at affordable rates, if at all, to any public entities in South Dakota. Local governments through the SD Municipal League and the SD Association of County Commissioners recognized the need for a home-grown solution. They secured the passage of the enabling statutes that allowed for public entity pooling in South Dakota. Today, the public pools in South Dakota offer coverage to all types of local governments for liability, property, worker’s compensation, and health. The SDPAA has grown to 429 Members, including 55 of our 66 counties and over 290 municipalities, as well as special districts and other units of local government.

The SDPAA provides more than simply liability and property coverage for its fellow Members. The SDPAA provides many Member services that are not offered by any private insurer. Our Members receive comprehensive loss control surveys and recommendations upon their entry into the SDPAA and those same loss control services are offered every three years afterwards. Members are able to reduce risks for their employees and the citizens they serve at government properties and with the provision of government services. Fewer accidents leaves more employees and money available for tackling the important projects in your community. These loss control services are provided through our local vendor, Safety Benefits, Inc., and are vital in our State as only two of our local governments employ a Risk Manager. At no additional cost, SDPAA Members are able to access thousands of hours of training each year for all of their employees. Members of the SDPAA are also able to consult for one hour for free with local government legal experts on almost any situation through the Employment Practices and Government Practices Hotlines. Another benefit of public pooling is its overall philosophy and governance. The SDPAA was created by, is comprised of, and operates for the benefit of public entities in South Dakota. The SDPAA is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors consisting of nine representatives from its 429 local government Members and the Executive Directors of the SD Municipal League and the SD Association of County Commissioners. The Board has the collective wisdom from a combined four centuries of public service experience in SD, including current or former County Commissioners, Mayor, City Councilors, County Auditors, County Highway Superintendent, City SOUTH DAKOTA MUNICIPALITIES

Finance Officers, and other local government officials. The voices of local government in SD are heard loud and strong as they run the SDPAA, period! The SDPAA’s sixmember staff is comprised entirely of public employees whose life mission has placed them uniquely within the SDPAA to assist their fellow public servants. Our team has extensive experience serving local governments in South Dakota as current volunteers and as former local officials (Mayor—13 years, City Councilor—3 years, Fire Chief—23 years, State’s Attorney—3 years, County Public Defender—4 years, and City Attorney—11 years) and as a former claims adjuster who handled claims for all types of local government entities in SD (21 years). Our team can sympathize as well as empathize with any issues facing local governments in SD. Don’t you think your best interests are being better served by the all-local, public servant-led SDPAA rather than by an out-of-state company whose out-of-state shareholders will demand the company maximize their dividend at year’s end?

Some private insurers may try to give you pause from joining a public pool, claiming a public pool could assess their membership with additional losses that it cannot cover on its own. This has never happened in the 32-year history of the SDPAA and it is extremely unlikely to ever occur because our Board has adopted sound fiscal policies and administered the SDPAA in a prudent manner. The SDPAA has achieved recognition by the Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP), a recognition reserved for the top Pools in the country. It signifies that our fiscal and governance policies adhere to the best practices in the industry. Our Board has maintained the SDPAA’s financial health so that it has a Net Position of $30 million. We undergo an annual independent financial audit that is filed with the SD Department of Legislative Audit. Each financial audit is part of an annual report delivered to all of our Members. The SDPAA wisely assumes a manageable level of self-insured risk, then purchases reinsurance to cover the remaining potential liabilities. The SDPAA is on solid financial ground and receives the same financial oversight as any public entity in South Dakota. Can your potential private insurer make that same statement?

Another benefit of public pooling is the stability of its rates from year to year. The SDPAA Board makes prudent financial decisions to safeguard the financial assets of the SDPAA so that their fellow Members can enjoy stable rates each year, rather than experience the sharp increases in rates experienced by so many others. The SDPAA’s local-first philosophy is demonstrated each year as the SDPAA Board earmarks any investment income derived from its assets to be returned to their fellow Members in the form of various credits that can lower their annual DECEMBER 2019

contributions. Most of these credits are easily achieved and incentivize the membership to adhere to any loss control recommendations—which benefits the Members and the taxpayers. With no other shareholders to please other than their fellow Members, the Board is not caught in a situation like an out-of-state private insurer who would need to maximize profit for their shareholders, rather than keep any resources local for the benefit of public entities and the citizens of SD.

I would respectfully encourage you to reach out to our Member Services team, Lynn Bren or Jerry Krambeck, to review your liability and property coverages and to discuss with them the differences between the SDPAA’s coverages and any potential coverages from a private insurance carrier. Each of them is a dedicated public servant who is not compensated on a commission basis. They can provide you with an unbiased assessment of what your public entity may be purchasing under any scenario. Thank you for allowing us to serve your communities these last 32 years. If you are not a current Member, please give us an opportunity to show you all the benefits that SDPAA membership could provide to your public entity and to your community.





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Promoting Volunteerism to Your Community’s Retirees

believe that the communities and their managers who can answer this question will have a significant competitive advantage during the next 20-plus years.

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day for 19 years according to the Pew Research Center, is your community ready for the wave of retirees?1 In my experience, every community of any size has two things— volunteer needs and skilled retirees seeking ways to regain their identity.

While volunteers can be almost every age, it is important that local government leaders begin to focus on this growing and largely untapped wave of baby boomer retirees. I believe everyone needs to be needed, even after retirement.

By Gregory Burris

If you are a local government manager, why should you care about volunteerism? As a retired city manager, I

Here are five things to consider about getting your community’s retirees active through volunteerism:





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1. Think of volunteerism as “civic matchmaking.” I realize Valentine’s Day has come and gone for this year, but romance is always in style. On one side of the romance is a wave of talent, skills, and passion possessed by the growing population of retirees. On the other side of the romance are the suitors— nonprofits and local governments—who are seeking skilled and passionate volunteers.

What if each community could connect these two groups by some version of speed dating or “civic matchmaking”? It can be done, but communities must be intentional about it.

2. Follow the passion. Encourage retirees to realize they don’t have to volunteer in the same job areas as they did with their careers. This is their chance to do something different and perhaps something they’ve always wanted to do.

If a person has spent their entire career as an accountant, they may want to swing a hammer or mentor young


people. Successful volunteerism relies on the volunteer following their passion, while also benefiting the community.

3. Strengthen your community’s fabric. Volunteerism can enhance trust, social capital and empathy, which will strengthen a community’s overall social fabric. What community couldn’t use more of these? Volunteering impacts the individual, the nonprofit or local government, as well as the community’s social fabric, economic vitality, and quality of life. It’s truly a win-winwin scenario.

4. Address social isolation. The levels of social isolation in my community were greater than I imagined. Social isolation is, almost by definition, hard to see if you don’t look for it. Isolation is difficult to find unless a community is intentional about it. Out of sight, out of mind. The best tool we’ve found is to offer a program that entices people to come out and get involved.


Most realize they are not engaged. Communities need to create an opportunity for them to break out of their isolation cycle.

offers to volunteer with your organization and you give this person some filing to do, they are not coming back the next day.

Do you know the level of social isolation in your community? Whether you realize it or not, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bet you know someone who is suffering from social isolation or loneliness.

Remember, this is the other side of the romance equation. An army of skilled volunteers cannot make an impact unless there are meaningful volunteer opportunities available in a community.

Draw some of your neighbors out of social isolation by creating volunteer opportunities that are fun, meaningful, social, and easy to find. Create opportunities for the volunteers to regain their identity and make their friends jealous.

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Humans are social animals, so the health impacts of social isolation are astounding. According to a study at Brigham Young University, loneliness and social isolation have the equivalent health impacts as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.2

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Governor Noem Awards Seven Community Development Block Grants

Governor Kristi Noem has awarded more than $4.4 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to seven projects throughout South Dakota. Avon, Delmont, Hot Springs, Irene, Marion, Viborg and Whitewood will use the approved monies to help fund projects totaling more than $20 million.

“I’m proud to partner with communities as we work to improve the quality of life in our hometowns,” said Governor Noem. “I want to thank the local leaders who are utilizing this program to make their communities even better places to live. These enhancements and upgrades will have a major impact on peoples’ lives for years to come.” The CDBG awards include the following: •

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The city of Avon will use a $166,665 grant to assist with improvements to its water and sanitary sewer system. The town of Delmont was approved for a $770,000 grant to make substantial upgrades to its wastewater and storm sewer system. The city of Hot Springs was approved for a $565,975 grant to assist with sewer and water


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infrastructure along Highway 385-18. The city of Irene will use a $770,000 grant to assist with improvements to the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The city of Marion will use a $767,000 grant to assist with water and sewer improvements. The city of Viborg was approved for a $770,000 grant that will assist with storm and sanitary sewer improvements. The city of Whitewood was approved for a $596,516 grant that will assist with improvements to the city’s water and sanitary infrastructure.

The CDBG program provides local governments with funding to complete projects that improve living conditions. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

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By Irv Katz

The Intergenerational Imperative

Connections between generations have been at the core of community since the emergence of humankind. Yet, life in most developed countries has shifted from parents, children, grandparents, and other relatives living under one roof—or even in the same neighborhood or town.

Industrialization, mobility, prosperity, and other factors made it possible, even desirable, for young adults to move out and start their own lives and then their own families, sometimes in a nearby geographic area but often many, many miles away.

Older adults who cannot or choose not to remain in their homes find a range of housing options, some of them restricted to people over a certain age and without children. The organization I work for, Generations United

(, and others in the intergenerational space— researchers, advocates, philanthropies, public officials, business leaders, service providers, journalists, among them—raise the issue of intergenerational connections not out of a sense of nostalgia for the extended family or ideology but because the generations are interdependent and need one another to thrive and survive.

When learning and caring for one another does not occur across generations, people do not fare as well and the additional burdens of learning and caring, particularly among the more vulnerable among us, become costs to society—costs in terms of problems and social needs that now become the responsibility of the public and nonprofit sectors.

In other words, we pay a steep price for generations not being connected and providing at least some of the functions extended families and connected communities once did. Extended families and close communities took in

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and helped members experiencing rough times; lack of extended family and community leaves those in crisis to depend on government and charities.

Benefits of Connections Some researchers come at the issue from another vantage point: the effects of intergenerational connections and experiences on children, youth, and older adults. These effects have been found to be positive and beneficial.

There is compelling research on the subject, nationally and internationally. Some of the key conclusions of this research are cited in a 2017 report issued by Generations United and the Eisner Foundation, I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, The Old, and What We Can Achieve Together and are listed here with permission. These are among the benefits of intergenerational connections:

For children and youth: • Social skills. Kids learn to talk and empathize with people they wouldn’t otherwise meet. • Emotional support. Older adults shepherd kids


through difficult times and situations. School performance. Attendance, behavior, and performance improve. Struggling readers, for example, have made significant gains after being paired with elder tutors. Safe and healthy choices. Older adults divert kids from trouble and steer them toward success.1

For older adults: • Isolation and loneliness. Older adults who were previously cut off from their communities find connection and companionship. • Mood and self-esteem. As they help kids, older adults are reminded of their competence and achieve a renewed sense of purpose. • Skills and knowledge. Kids introduce older adults to new technology and cultural phenomena. • Exercise. To keep up with kids, older adults need to keep moving, which, in turn, boosts their cognitive, mental, and physical health. • Practical assistance. Young people help older adults with chores and errands.


Perceptions of young people. Older adults feel more comfortable around kids and more invested in their well-being.

Demographic Reality So why should intergenerational connectivity matter to local government managers, and why now?

Children and youth and older adults comprise a significant and collectively growing portion of the U.S. population. Children, age 17 and younger, and older adults, age 65 and above, included 122.8 million people or 38 percent of the population in 2016, according to census estimates.

By 2035, their numbers are projected to rise to 154.4 million; and by 2060, to 174.5 million or 43.3 percent of the population.

While some youth and older adults are wage-earners, including those who delay retirement, the percentage of the rest of the population—those in their primary earning years—declines from 62 percent in 2016 to 56.7 percent in 2060.

In sheer numbers, the young and the old, including those more likely to be dependent and/or require ongoing care, are projected to rise by an astonishing 50+ million between 2016 and 2060.

We pay a steep price for generations not being connected and providing at least some of the functions extended families and connected communities once did. Beyond employing an intergenerational lens is action, specific to each community, and that requires planning.

The situation is more acute in Japan, where the aging of the population, a low birth rate, and relatively low immigration are expected to overwhelm the country’s social security system and availability of caregivers for older adults.

Part of the solution in that country is to increase intergenerational connections through programs and activities where young and old get to know one another, so

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that more young people are willing and able to help care for older family members and neighbors. Increasing immigration is also being discussed.

Fostering connections between young and old and those who care for them is fast becoming a social and economic necessity in Japan and the same is increasingly true for the U.S.

Now is the time for communities to prepare for the looming reality that older adults, children, and youth will represent a growing percentage of the people living in the U.S., not those in their peak-earning and tax-paying years. It is either a looming crisis or an opportunity to redefine how we shape the future.

All social and economic groups within the population can benefit from approaching the future development and well-being of an area through an intergenerational lens. That said, the need for public sector attention will be greater in some parts of a given area than in others—areas with fewer economic resources and where residents have fewer opportunities in life.

Focused intergenerational investment and attention in these areas, integrated with other community revitalization efforts, could help reduce social ills and improve the wellbeing of all.

Mobilizing Communities There are “age-friendly communities” or “communities for all ages” in many places across the U.S. Some of them cite intergenerational activities with and for youth but are chiefly about the need for more options and opportunities for older adults.2

And while there are coalitions for children and youth in many communities, there is no all-hands-on-deck counterpart of the all-ages and age-friendly movement for children and youth that has achieved the kind of nearcritical mass that these communities have. Note: UNICEF has launched a Youth-Friendly Communities Initiative, but it is young and has not taken hold in the U.S. in a significant way at this writing.

On the intergenerational community building front, Matthew Kaplan of Penn State University, Mildred Warner of Cornell University, Nancy Henkin, formerly of Temple University, now of Generations United, and others write extensively and compellingly on the subject. For more DECEMBER 2019

information on their work, refer to this article’s resources list.

Communities for All Ages mobilizations is an approach to intergenerational community building developed by Nancy Henkin while head of the Intergenerational Center at Temple University. It is an approach that Generations United and Dr. Henkin continue to promote. Here are elements that either occur alone, in groupings, or as a total community strategy in communities aspiring to be intergenerational:

Intergenerational shared sites. Settings that house programs and activities for older adults and for children and youth with planned and informal interaction between the two. This concept goes beyond children trooping through older adult housing at holiday time and instead embraces, for example, a child care center housed in an independent living complex in which older adults and children interact regularly. Attention to grandfamilies. Programs, services, and advocacy intended to help grandparents (and other relatives) with the challenges of raising grandchildren, one of the key issues being that relative caregivers seldom access the same benefits and supports as unrelated foster parents. Intergenerational housing. Bridge Meadows in Portland, Oregon, is a flagship for this fledgling movement. The concept is housing that is inclusive of older adults and households with children, including grandfamilies and those headed by older adults, with accessibility for all (i.e., universal design), and design that encourages interaction between young and old.

Intergenerational community events. Community convenings or rallies to educate and excite people about the value and practices of intergenerational action, for example a “future fair” demonstrating intergenerational programs and activities that young and old can enjoy together.

Intergenerational community building. Structured mobilization of young and old for young and old and the community, typically starting with a community assessment and leading to a plan of action and implementation of action strategies.


Intergenerational planning. Generations United and the American Planning Association are developing this concept, responsive to the demographic imperative this article cites.

The kind of planning envisioned seeks to weave population cohorts, particularly young and old and connections among them, into planning by local authorities, potentially leading to an enhanced standard of practice for community planning going forward.

Viewing communities through an intergenerational lens is not an option; it is a necessity and not in some far-off future, but right now. Beyond employing a lens is action, specific to each community, and that requires planning.

Managers are ideally suited to be adopters of approaching community as an intergenerational entity, where connecting generations leverages the best we can achieve for people and the communities where they live. PM



2. More information on local community efforts can be found at and

Irv Katz is a senior fellow, Generations United, Washington, D.C. (;

Resources American Planning Association (R.A. Ghazaleh, Esther Greenhouse, George Homsy, Mildred Warner), Using Smart Growth and Universal Design to Link the Needs of Children and the Aging Population, . Brown,Corita;Henkin,Nancy,BuildingCommunitiesforAllAges:Lessons Learned from an Intergenerational Community-building Initiative,


Brown, Corita; Henkin, Nancy, Communities for All Ages. Intergenerational Community Building: Resource Guide, (Journal of Intergenerational Relationships), 015.1058317?journalCode=wjir20.

Generations United, The Eisner Foundation, I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, The Old, and What We Can Achieve Together,

Generations United, MetLife Foundation, Creating an AgeAdvantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages,

Generations United, MetLife Foundation, Best Intergenerational Communities Awards, h t t p s : / / w w w. g u . o rg / w h a t - w e - d o / p r o g r a m s / b e s t intergenerational-communities-awards.

Kaplan, Matthew; Sanchez, Mariano; Hoffman, Jaco, Intergenerational Pathways to a Sustainable Society,

Warner, M.E. (2017), “Multigenerational Planning: Theory and Practice,” WKŽdžϰϯϳ EĞǁĞůů͕^ϱϳϳϲϬ ϲϬϱ-ϰϱϲ-ϮϲϬϬ ǁǁǁ͘ŵĐŽŶ͘ĐŽŵ ŵĂŝů͗ĐŽŶĐƌĞƚĞΛŵĐŽŶ͘ĐŽŵ


How to Unite Young and Old in Big Cities: Lessons from San Diego County

No American metropolitan area has done more to unite the generations than San Diego County, where the local government considers age integration a core community value.

The county employs five “intergenerational coordinators”: one in the department of aging services, one in the department of child welfare, and one in each of three geographical regions. The coordinators work together, with their colleagues throughout county government, and with leaders in the nonprofit and business sectors to create opportunities for the young and the old to serve one another and the broader community.

The county library department, for example, recently asked the coordinators for help designing intergenerational programs at its branches, and the county parks department wants guidance on uniting the patrons of one of its teen centers with the elder patrons of a nearby community center. The coordinators are helping both departments create surveys to assess what sort of programs might succeed; later, they’ll help launch, advertise, and implement the programs.

The coordinators also oversee two “intergenerational councils,” one in the northern part of the county and one in the eastern, that give officials from the public and private sectors a chance to strategize together. The councils meet every other month.

Source: I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together, a 2017 background paper published by Generations United ( and The Eisner Foundation ( This paper is available at NeedYouYouNeedMe.aspx.






CENSUS 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The 2020 Census is closer than you think! Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted.

Everyone counts. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place.

It’s about fair representation. Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.

It’s in the Constitution. The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The census covers the entire country and everyone living here. The first census was in 1790.

It means $675 billion.

It’s about redistricting. After each census, state officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.

Census data determine how more than $675 billion are spent, supporting your state, county and community’s vital programs.

Taking part is your civic duty. Completing the census is required: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”

Census data are being used all around you.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which create jobs.

Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.

Your data are confidential. Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics.

2020 will be easier than ever.

By law we cannot share your information with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.

In 2020, you will be able to respond to the census online.

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By Chris Hill, Director of Municipal Electric Services

Summer Study Recap

A soft landing. A glide path. These words stuck in my head after the last meeting of the interim study on Electrical Services in an Annexed Area. This proposed freeze in SB 66, which was brought back to the interim committee as House Bill Draft 214 would freeze territories for municipal electric and stop them from extending their services in an annexed area. I am proud that the committee members were open minded enough to look at this study from both perspectives and understand that the 35 municipalities rely on their municipal electric utilities and should continue to be able to use those utilities to provide a quality utility to its residents who choose to live in those communities. I’m also surprised that there wasn’t more frustration from the interim committee for this freeze bill being brought in front of the committee rather than just moving forward with it during the 2019 Legislative Session. If this was going to be how it was, why waste all of our time during these meetings to only propose something that would have the same effect as the original bill. One committee member made the comment that if you’re “lucky” enough to live in Brookings, that it shouldn’t mean that community should be able to avoid property tax limitations by shifting some of the tax burden and offering more public services when others can’t do the same thing. The 35 made the decision to keep their electric utility. It has been pertinent to the way that they operate. This committee member also made the comment that all municipalities ought to be operating under the same set of rules. In reality, you 35 communities do not operate the same as all other municipalities. The only way that we would operate the same way is to eliminate municipal electric utilities OR for all of the incorporated cities to have municipal electric utilities. I’m sure most of you would prefer the latter statement of all 309 owning their own electrical system. Trust me, I would prefer that too. I’d be willing to bet that those communities that do not have municipal electric utilities would also 30

prefer it that way. Please don’t forget, municipal electrics in South Dakota serve 35 municipalities. Rural electrics in South Dakota fully serve in 60 and partially serve in another 62. Investor Owned Utilities serve in 214 of the 309 incorporated cities. Now, the comment was made several times that the cities that don’t have a municipal electric utility are still successful and that the IOU’s work well with the Rural Electrics even though their service territory is frozen. Two things. 1. I’m sure the Investor Owned Utilities would prefer to not be frozen and would jump at the opportunity to be able to expand services in the communities that they serve who annex territory. So Why would we want to be frozen? 2. Those communities chose to not operate their municipal electric utility. Don’t punish the 35 who have decided to own and operate their city electric utility by freezing their option to serve in annexed areas!

I try. I really try to make sense of what the problem really is. I know am repeating myself, but there has been a total of 4.265 square miles annexed by Watertown, Brookings and Vermillion since 1975. There is no “taking”. The 35 municipal electrics are not growing at a rapid pace and are not “taking” the state. And if those 35 municipal electric communities are growing, the 60 communities that the rural electrics serve should be growing and expanding as well. So if the rural electric communities are growing and they serve when those cities annex land, why shouldn’t we be able to serve when our municipalities annex? The argument is “you are annexing into our service territory and we are losing territory” Sure, when we annex territory your service territory gets smaller. But when we annex territory, doesn’t that become city territory? Isn’t MOST of that on bare ground? I can understand if the REA’s are losing customers at an alarming rate, but if MOST of it is on bare ground, you’re not losing anything that was yours anyway. In fact, several of the companies that have moved in to the muni electric communities on to the bare ground wouldn’t have been there if it wasn’t for the municipality providing services and having the land developed ahead of time. In statute it says that we have the RIGHT to continue SOUTH DAKOTA MUNICIPALITIES

to serve customers in an annexed area. In a court opinion by current Senator Hon. Rusch, he points out that service territory is not property and the city has the right to serve in those annexed areas. It is also mentioned in the opinion that rural electrics do not own the territories and that “(Rural Electrics) paid nothing for those service territories and that they were given to them by the legislature”. In addition to those comments, the opinion says that “if not for the provision of SDCL 49-34A-49 through 49-34A-55 allowing a municipality to purchase facilities of another electric utility operating within the municipality, that the grant of service territories might be irrevocable franchises which would be unconstitutional”.

The summer study committee did end by voting down the freeze proposal and voted to move forward with Senate Bill Draft 227 with amendments to be made and language to be removed. Both the rural electrics and the municipal electrics agreed to come together and work on the bill to make it workable for all parties involved. Senator Solano moved the draft of Senate Bill 227 as amended be recommended and referred to the executive board with a caveat of continued discussion by utilities on points provided by the committee. The amendment that took place during the meeting was the addition of draft Senate Bill 189 to pull in planning meetings to help streamline the process.

Finally, during the final summer study meeting I heard the phrase what’s good for the goose is good for the gander several times. If this is true, then the Rural Electrics should continue to grow and prosper in the 60 incorporated cities that they fully serve and we will continue to grow and prosper in our 35. I’ve said it before (along with about everything else in this article) and I’ll say it again. South Dakota is a wonderful place to live. We all need to work together to promote our communities and our rural areas and continue to make this a great place to live. All of our utility companies are needed and do a great job. Let’s continue the way we have since 1899 and formally in 1915 and continue to promote our municipal electrics. Rural electrics can continue to serve the customers outside of city limits as they were created for in 1947 to follow the federal act as well as the 60 incorporated cities that they fully serve. We all work hard to make this happen.

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We have 309 incorporated cities in South Dakota. 77,116 square miles. No matter where you live- in a city or in the rural areas, you are what makes this state great. Continue to work hard and let’s continue to make all of our HOMETOWNS wonderful!

Questions? Comments? Email me at Call Chris: 605-770-6299 DECEMBER 2019


Posting a Bridge?

Think About the Alternatives

By Yanling Leng, PhD, PE | Senior Project Engineer at Clark Engineering

Gephyrophobia is a common phobia which affects many people. People with this phobia are afraid of crossing bridges, driving over bridges, or even seeing one from afar. There is not a scientific name for the fear of posting a bridge; however, it can bring on the same anxiety for the people involved with the posting. They may think, “Who am I going to upset by changing the load limits on this particular bridge today?” As a matter of public safety and as a way of safeguarding vital transportation infrastructure, bridge owners must restrict truck weights, often through load posting. A professional engineer licensed in your state can assist with making that determination based on the load ratings.

Bridges may need to be posted for restrictive loads when the capacity of the bridge decreases and/or when the demand on the bridge increases. The capacity of the bridge may decrease due to deterioration, damage, etc. The demand on the bridge may increase due to changes in the dead load (bridge deck, wearing surface, etc.) or the live load (legal trucks, permit trucks, or special loadings). Subjecting bridges to vehicles that are heavier than the bridges were designed to carry shortens the service life and can cause both visible and hidden damage. The cumulative effect of the damage caused by these heavy loads will eventually force the roadway jurisdiction owning the bridge to restrict the weight of vehicles using the bridge or, in extreme cases, to close the bridge to all traffic.

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All states are required to load rate and post bridges in order to comply with federal standards. Load ratings are performed in order to determine the safe live load capacity of a bridge, considering the existing conditions of the bridge. Based on the load ratings, the bridge is evaluated for load posting or strengthening. Currently, approximately one out of every five bridges on the public roads in the state of South Dakota is posted. Posting bridges for load limit is a serious matter, additional engineering effort is justified when evaluating for posting. Choosing not to post a bridge may create safety issues. On the other hand, posting a bridge can create a hardship on the motoring public and industry in the vicinity of the bridge. To ensure that posting is justified, alternatives should be considered when evaluating for posting.

First, re-rate the bridge using alternative methods to determine whether the bridge can accommodate higher loads based on currently accepted code criteria. The current specification for load rating and posting bridges is The Manual for Bridge Evaluation, Third Edition, developed by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Bridges may be evaluated using any of three methods: Allowable Stress Rating (ASR), Load Factor Rating (LFR), and Load and Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR). It is mandatory for all new bridges to be load rated using LRFR. If an existing bridge was designed using Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) methodology, it must be rated using LRFR. If an existing bridge was designed using LFD methodology, it shall be rated using either LFR or LRFR, yet there may be considerable discrepancies in the results. Thus, an old bridge rated low using LRFR may be re-rated using LFR to determine whether it can accommodate higher loads, or vice versa. In addition, there are two rating levels, inventory rating and operating rating. Operating rating normally yields a higher load, however, posting at operating rating will reduce the service life of bridge. Thus, bridge owner’s maintenance strategies should be taken into consideration when deciding on a rating level.

Second, conduct an inspection to confirm the condition, measurements, and other properties of the bridge, and carry out a more in-depth, refined analysis. Traditionally, most bridges are rated with substantial margins of safety built in to compensate for the unknowns. Through field inspection and refined analysis, the uncertainties associated with the evaluation could be greatly reduced. For the purpose of evaluation, the reduction in distribution factors will raise the bridge ratings somewhat for the same checking procedures. The new analysis is more accurate SOUTH DAKOTA MUNICIPALITIES

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and reliable. From a reliability point of view, higher ratings are justified.

Finite Element Analysis, as a typical refined analysis method, promotes a fundamental change in the practice of bridge engineering and attempts to move our industry past the use of simplistic design specifications to achieve more optimized solutions. In evaluating existing structures, there is also a growing interest in having engineers perform a direct risk assessment to determine the future course of rehabilitation investments and the balance of replacement costs with continued operation. Lastly, a one-lane alternative may be considered when

evaluating for posting. Normally, a bridge will be rated for the number of traffic lanes as designed; however, if the capacity is not adequate, the bridge may be checked for a reduced number of lanes. Reducing the number and locations of the loaded lanes and restricting lanes with barrels or stop signs, can keep a bridge from being posted with a weight restriction. A good bridge posting strategy should seek a balanced approach to extending the service life and maximizing the usage of your bridges. A licensed engineer can analyze your needs and assists you in making optimal posting decisions with confidence. Please contact us for any clarifications or questions you may have.

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Sioux Falls Paint the Plows Event

The Tenth Annual Paint the Plows event displayed 18 plows painted by area students on Saturday, October 19. The plows were exhibited at the Empire Mall .

The Paint the Plows event was open to elementary, middle, junior high, or high schools within Sioux Falls. Participating students, their friends and family, as well as the general public were welcome to come view the plows and vote for their favorite. The plows were set up to be viewed by a car or on foot. Participation certificates were delivered to the schools the following week. The three plows with the most votes were displayed at the 28th Annual Parade of Lights hosted by Downtown Sioux Falls on Friday, November 29. The winners of the Paint the Plows event were Frontier Elementary, Patrick Henry Middle School and McCrossan Boys Ranch.

“Each year we look forward to seeing our local students’ artwork and creativity on display. This is a fun way to kick off the snow season and a true highlight for our staff to work with the talented young people in our community” say Dustin Hansen, Street Operations Manager. The Street Division primes the plows, and the schools and organizations supply the paint. The participants receive the plows approximately one week after the start of school and complete their works of art one week prior to the display. In addition to the plows painted by area students, two plows were available for the public to paint at the event. Attendees also had the opportunity to enter their name into a drawing to win a ride to school in a plow.

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A Glance Through the SDML Website

If you haven’t gotten the chance to check out the SDML’s website, please allow us the chance to introduce you to some of the features of the website as well as direct you to sections that you may have frequently used in the past, but just have a new look and location! We recommend logging onto the website at and clicking through each section as you read the descriptions below.

At the top of the webpage you will find the Notification Banner where we will post important, time sensitive information. For example, if an event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, the Notification Banner will be utilized to relay the information to you, as members.

Listings on the upper section of the Home page contain our most frequently used links.

● About – Provides information regarding the SDML’s history, purpose, staff, Board of Directors, Policy Statement and a list of Hall of Fame inductees. You’ll also find a list of the cities by Municipal District, a District map and

information about each District Chair and Vice Chair. ● Services – Look here to find links to services offered by both the SDML and our partners such as the Risk Sharing Pools (SDPAA, SDML Worker’s Compensation and SD Health Pool), and other trusted vendors that provide services from website development to ordinance codification. ● Affiliate Organizations – Refer to this section to identify each Affiliate’s Board members, business meeting documents, archived training presentations, affiliate specific resources and national organizations and listings of any scholarships or nomination forms available. ● Events – You’ll find a complete list of all SDML Events to be held within the next year. Each event listing contains the location, information about any accommodations reserved, and the registration, agenda and business meeting documents as they become available. The Other Events section features events of interest hosted by other organizations in the state.

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*Access individual events by either clicking on the calendar listing by month, or by clicking on each event listed under the “See All Items” link. ● Library – Take a few extra minutes to peruse this section! There is a wealth of information here with links to many resources frequently used by municipal staff and elected officials.

The Middle Ribbon can be moved from side to side to access links to a number of sites that contain resources used by both SDML members as well as non-members who want to learn more about how to partner with us. Here’s a description of the most frequently used sites.

● Personnel Policy – Are you revamping or creating a new personnel policy manual? This link directs you to the login to access the Sample Personnel Policies site. The online access to the policies is free for members of the SDPAA, but can be purchased if not a member. ● Salary Survey – Use this link to access the SDML Salary Survey which provides information regarding both elected officials and city employees in SD cities. Access to the survey is free for members of the SDML. ● Municipal Calendar – This calendar is a good guide to follow regarding deadlines for elections,

financial reports and other statutory requirements for annual tasks completed by a city. ● Grant Opportunities – This site contains a comprehensive list of grants available to cities through State, Federal and Private organizations. ● Helpful Links – This is a comprehensive list of links to websites for Federal, State and local agencies that cities frequently work with.

The bottom four boxes provide a quick way to catch up on information from past SDML events (such as links to the SDML Annual Conference Presentations), another way to access upcoming event details, and Classifieds featuring both employment opportunities and items for sale. This is also the best way to access both current and past issues of our monthly South Dakota Municipalities Magazine online (even before you get it in the mail!).

Hopefully this run-down of the features of the SDML website has been helpful to you. I recommend saving the website to your “favorites” bar and accessing it often! Please let us know if you have any recommendations for continued improvement of the website. As always give us a call if you need any assistance in problem solving or resource finding for municipal matters!

Obituary: Jeanette Smith

Jeanette Irene Smith, 59, died at Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Funeral service will be Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Armour with burial following in Hope Lutheran Cemetery near Delmont. Visitation will be Friday, November 8, 2019 from 4 - 6 PM at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Armour with a prayer service at 6:00 PM.

Jeanette Irene Smith was born on July 31, 1960 to Melvin and Irene (Bitterman) Herr in Parkston, SD. She attended school in Delmont, SD and graduated from Armour High School. She met Tom Smith in Denver, CO, who she married on June 25, 1994 in Armour. Jeanette worked various jobs, including City of Delmont, City of Plankinton as city finance officer, and at Aurora Plains Academy. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Armour. The joy of her life was her grand babies, especially taking them shopping and buying them toys.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Tom Smith of Armour, SD, 2 daughters, Ariel (Curtis) Vandenberg of Sioux Falls, SD and Ashley (Casey) Root of Huron, SD, 6 grandchildren, Adrianna, Symfani, Celeste Root, Braylon and Riley Heinzman, and Asher Vandenberg, grandbaby number 7 coming soon, and step-grandson, Raiden Vandenberg.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.



Risk-Sharing Winter is fast approaching and with it comes hazardous driving conditions. Motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of all work-related fatalities. Now is a good time to review some safety tips for winter driving.

Clear Snow and Ice from your Vehicle

How many times have you met a motorist driving with only that small “porthole” of ice scraped from their windshield? Whenever I meet one of these motorists, it serves as a reminder of why each of us needs to drive defensively. We certainly cannot control the unsafe choices that other drivers make, but we can reduce our chances of becoming a statistic by driving defensively. Before driving your vehicle, clean snow, ice or dirt from all the windows, the forward sensors, headlights, taillights, backup camera and other sensors around the vehicle. Keep in mind that snow blowing from the roof and hood of your vehicle poses a visibility hazard to the driver behind you. Don’t forget to turn your headlights on dim whenever visibility has been reduced from snow or blowing snow. Don’t Overdrive Road Conditions

Remember that speed limits are meant for dry roads, not roads covered in ice and snow. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. Be cautious on bridges and overpasses as they are commonly the first areas to become icy. Do not use cruise control when driving on a slippery surface.

Keep a Safe Distance

Tailgating often ends in rear-end collisions and can also provoke road rage incidents. The safe following distance, in ideal conditions, between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you is three seconds. The National Safety Council also recommends that you add at least one more second of following distance for every adverse condition you encounter. In winter driving conditions, slowing down and increasing your following distance are two key defensive driving techniques that will greatly reduce your chances of becoming involved in a crash. Remember you not only have to drive for yourself but also for the other users of the roadway. You’ll thank yourself for using these techniques when the car ahead suddenly spins out because the road was covered with snow, ice or slush. 40

If you are driving with four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, remember the stopping distance is the same for you as it is for two-wheel drive vehicles. And because four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles tend to be taller and have a higher center of gravity, once they begin to slide, they’re harder to keep upright. Wear your Seatbelt!

In 2018, over 62 percent of occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes in South Dakota were not wearing a seat belt. The National Safety Council estimates that wearing a seat belt can increase chances of surviving a motor vehicle crash by about 50 percent and reduce the risk of a fatal injury to front-seat passenger-car occupants by 45 percent. Why wouldn’t you want the statistics working in your favor? Know how to Brake

Up until a few years ago, we taught the “off-off” technique for keeping a vehicle under control in a skid. If you went into a skid, you were taught to keep your foot off the accelerator and brakes and you were to steer into the skid and regain control. If you had to stop right away, you pumped your brakes – not slam on them.

Today we also teach another method for those vehicles equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS). For vehicles equipped with ABS, you need to keep steady pressure on the brake pedal. As long as you do so, you will continue to be able to steer the vehicle and maintain control. A problem for most that are unaccustomed to anti-lock brakes is when you do so, you will feel the brake pedal “pulsate” and you will hear a “clattering” noise. Often the initial reaction is to remove your foot from the brake pedal and that defeats the advantage of having anti-lock brakes. Oh, one more thing. For those of you who drive multiple different vehicles, check whether or not the current vehicle is equipped with ABS so you apply the correct technique. Winterize your Vehicle

Back in my younger days, we used to change to snow tires for the winter and if we were lucky we might even get studded tires. All-season radials and front-wheel drive vehicles no longer make this necessary in most areas. We still need to make sure that our vehicles are prepared for cold and icy weather. Be sure to always keep the fuel tank at least half full. Make sure the battery is in good condition. Keep your tires properly inflated and in good condition. Don’t forget to check the spare. Make sure the wiper blades are in good condition and that you have plenty of washer fluid that is formulated not to freeze. Don’t forget to include a shovel, jumper cables, ice scraper and snowbrush. Some even recommend carrying a bag of sand, salt or cat litter for traction.


Winterize Yourself

Do you have a winter survival kit? Make sure that you include spare warm clothing and a pair of boots and gloves. (Actually, mittens are warmer than gloves.) Don’t forget to include blankets, candles and food in your kit. Keep your cell phone charged and let someone know where you are headed, the route that you are going to take, and when you expect to arrive at your destination. If you do not have GPS, keep track of your location by noting the odometer reading on your vehicle in conjunction with a mile marker. You can also reset the trip odometer when you have gone through a town, so you can tell rescuers your location if you become stranded. If you do become stranded, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.

Be in the Know

Check the weather and road conditions before you travel. Two excellent resources for current road conditions are the website, or the traffic information phone number, 511. Remember talking on your cell phone while driving is a big distraction, so don’t while driving in adverse conditions. Whenever officials advise “no travel,” do yourself, your loved ones, and those public servants that must work in these trying conditions a favor; stay off the roads. Stay Safe in a Winter Emergency

If you are stopped or stalled in wintery weather, follow these safety rules. Stay with your vehicle and don’t overexert yourself. Put bright markers on the antenna or windows and keep the interior dome light turned on. To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning, don’t run your vehicle for long periods of time with the windows up or in an enclosed space. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically, just long enough to stay warm. Open your window slightly to help prevent any buildup of carbon monoxide. Remember…

Whenever you are behind the wheel with less than ideal road conditions, remember these three important defensive driving tips: buckle up, slow down, and increase your following distance. By taking your time and driving defensively, we should all be able to survive another South Dakota winter. Doug Kirkus Loss Control Consultant South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance SDML Workers’ Compensation Fund



Washington Report: By Senator Mike Rounds

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) is the trade deal President Trump negotiated to replace and improve upon the 25-yearold North American Free Trade Agreement— NAFTA. The three countries signed it nearly one year ago, but it has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Congress. This agreement would be beneficial not only for our national economy, but also the economy of our state which relies heavily on agriculture.

Once the USMCA is finalized, it will create additional access for U.S. agricultural products and manufactured goods into Canada and Mexico, two of our closest allies and top trading partners. Trade with the two countries supports 37,700 jobs in South Dakota. Last year, South Dakota exported $924 million of goods and ag products to Canada and Mexico. With net farm income down 50 percent since 2013, low commodity prices, trade instability with China and extreme weather conditions, South Dakota farmers and ranchers are suffering. Ag producers across the country are in the same situation. Finalizing this trade agreement would provide all of them with some much-needed relief. It would also benefit manufacturers and small businesses. For example, the USMCA includes language that would require automobile components to be at least 75 percent manufactured in the U.S., Mexico or Canada to qualify for zero tariffs.

Currently, the USMCA is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Instead of taking up this important win for American workers and families, House Democrats are more intent on launching partisan attacks and engaging in political theater. There’s no reason we can’t get this done before the end of the year. I’m confident that once the USMCA passes the House, the Senate would take it up in short order. While the House continues to send over partisan legislation that has very little chance of passing the Senate, the USMCA stands as an opportunity for a bipartisan, bicameral win. It has strong support from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, which would help it to pass quickly if it were brought up for a vote. The agreement also has wide support across the country. According to a Morning Consult poll, a majority of Americans want to see the 42

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USMCA ratified. I continue to urge Speaker Pelosi to bring it up for a vote.

Ratifying the USMCA should not be a Republican or Democrat issue—it will help the economy in all parts of the country, no matter if it’s a “red” or “blue” district. With the House currently focused on impeaching President Trump, I have concerns about their ability to work on anything bipartisan, like the USMCA.

I came to Washington to get things done. We have already made significant steps to improve our economy through deregulation, historic tax reform and Dodd-Frank reform. However, improving and finalizing trade agreements will be key to reaching our full economic potential. I’m going to keep pushing Speaker Pelosi and the House to take a vote on the USMCA as soon as possible, for the sake of South Dakota producers and manufacturers.

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October 18 - January 6, 2020 2019 Pheasant Hunting Season

January 16 - 17 Media One Funski Sioux Falls

November 1 - February 8, 2020 “Farmher: South Dakota” Exhibit Brookings

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CLASSIFIED ADS POLICY: Member municipalities receive free insertions and free postings on the League website. Non-member advertisers are billed $50 per insertion. All ads are subject to editing if necessary. The next deadline is December 13 for the January 2020 issue. Email ads to or fax to 605224-8655. Visit for more classifieds.

CHIEF OF POLICE: Kimball, SD - The City of Kimball is seeking applicants for a Police Chief. Salary negotiable based on qualifications. Must be certified or be able to be certified through the South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Center within one year of hire. Applicants must be highly motivated with a great work ethic and have the ability to work cooperatively with other agencies, the public and city personnel. The position will remain open until filled. Must be willing to relocate to Kimball. Please submit cover letter and resume to City of Kimball, Attn: Finance Officer, PO Box 16, Kimball, SD 57355 or to Phone 605-778-6277. EOE.

LIFEGUARDS/CONCESSION WORKERS: New Underwood, SD - The City of New Underwood is seeking applicants for Lifeguards/Concession Workers for the 2020 summer season. These positions will enforce safety regulations for the protection of pool guests and maintain cleanliness for the pool and surrounding areas. Lifeguards must be at least fifteen (15) years old and certified in lifeguard training, CPR for Professional Rescuer and First Aid. Concession workers must be at least fourteen (14) years old and have CPR and First Aid training. This position is seasonal and hours may consist of 6-10 hours per day, nights and weekends as scheduled. For more information or to apply contact Meri Jo at 605-754-6777, email City Hall at or visit

POLICE OFFICER: Huron, SD - The City of Huron has an opening for a Police Officer. This position will be responsible for enforcing the law through ongoing police work in the city. Wage is $21.81 hourly, health insurance, term life, retirement, vacation, sick leave and holidays. Certified officers preferred but not mandatory - will train. Applications available online at, at the City Finance Office, 239 Washington Avenue SW, Huron, 605-353-8505 or the Department of Labor and Regulation, 2361 Dakota Ave S, 605-353-7155. EOE. Position open until filled.

SWIMMING POOL MANAGER: New Underwood, SD - The City of New Underwood is seeking a Swimming Pool Manager. The Pool Manager plans, directs, leads, and supervises the pool operations under the direction of the Finance Office. The Pool Manager also supervises the lifeguards and concession workers. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Must be a Certified Lifeguard, 48

preferably YMCA certified. Must have CPR and First Aid Certification as well as completed Certified Pool Operators course. This position is seasonal, working 6-10 hours per day, some night and weekends, depending how many hours are necessary to complete the job. For more information or to apply, contact Meri Jo at 605-154-6777, email City Hall at or visit

S T R E E T S / A L L E Y S / R U B B L E SITE/WATER/WASTEWATER WORKER: Lake Preston, SD - Work areas include, but not limited to: water/wastewater, sewer, streets, snow removal, landfill, and swimming pool. Must possess or be able to obtain Class 1 Water Distribution and Class 1 Wastewater treatment certificates within one year. Knowledge with all types of equipment is desired. Benefits include: employee health insurance, SD retirement, vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, Wages DOE. Every other weekend on call. Position will remain open until filled. Applications are available at the city finance office or online at Completed applications can be submitted at the city finance office located at 111 3rd Street NE, PO Box 397, Lake Preston, SD 57249; or emailed to

NOTICE TO BIDDERS: The City of Hot Springs, SD will receive sealed written bids at the Office of the City Finance Officer in the City Hall, 303 North River, Hot Springs, SD 57747 until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019, for the purchase of 1982 GMC General Dump Truck-Cummins Motor (needs repair) - 10 speed transmission less than 1 year old - 46,000 GVW-HaulerVIN#1GTV9E4C1CV578337. The bids will be opened at the regular meeting of the City Council on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7:15 p.m. Sealed bids must be plainly marked to identify their contents. No bid shall be withdrawn after the filing time without written consent of the Hot Springs City Council for a period of thirty (30) days after the filing time. The City Council of the City of Hot Springs, SD, reserves the right to reject any and all bids, or to waive any formalities or technicalities in bidding, and to accept the bid that is most advantageous of , and in the best interest of, the City of Hot Springs.


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December 25 – Christmas Day – State holiday (SDCL 15-1)

December 31 – Liquor licenses are valid from twelve o’clock midnight on the thirty-first day of December until twelve o’clock midnight on the thirty-first day of the following December. (SDCL 35-4-41; See Hdbk., sec. 11.465) By January 14 – If the governing body chooses an election day other than the second Tuesday of April, as provided in SDCL 9-13, that Election Day must be

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established by January 14 of the election year. (SDCL 913-1; See Hdbk., sec. 7.050)

First meeting of the year – A complete list of all the salaries for all officers and employees of the municipal corporation shall be published with the minutes of the first meeting following the beginning of the fiscal year or within 30 days thereafter. Added salaries of new employees and increased salaries of the old employees should be shown in the month in which they occur. A total of payroll by department shall be published monthly in the minutes. (SDCL 6-1-10; See Hdbk., sec. 5.095)

Newspaper designation – The official newspaper must be designated annually or for a period of time specified by the governing body, but not to be less than twelve months. (SDCL 9-12-6)

Boundary changes – Municipalities must notify the Department of Revenue of any resolution or amendment enacted which changes the boundaries of the municipality. Notification shall be in written form, shall contain a copy of the resolution or amendment, and may be sent by electronic means or registered mail. Municipalities shall


also provide any changes and additions to streets and addresses. (SDCL 10-52-13; See Hdbk., sec. 14.172)


January 1 – New Year’s Day – State holiday (SDCL 1-5-1)

January 1 – The municipal fiscal year begins. (SDCL 921-1; See Hdbk., sec. 12.065)

January 1 – Special assessment installments which are payable under either the Plan One or Plan Two option are due. (SDCL 9-43-103; See Hdbk., sec. 12.160)

January 1 – The effective date of any new or amended municipal tax ordinance. The municipality must notify the Department of Revenue of the ordinance at least 90 days prior to the effective date. (SDCL 10-52-9; 10-52A-13; See Hdbk., sec. 12.260)

First meeting of the year – A complete list of all the salaries for all officers and employees of the municipal corporation shall be published with the minutes of the first meeting following the beginning of the fiscal year or within 30 days thereafter. Added salaries of new employees and increased salaries of the old employees should be shown in the month in which they occur. A total of payroll by department shall be published monthly in the minutes. (SDCL 6-1-10; See Hdbk., sec. 5.095)

By January 14 – If the governing body chooses an election day other than the second Tuesday of April, as provided in SDCL 9-13, that Election Day must be established by January 14 of the election year. (SDCL 913-1; See Hdbk., sec. 7.050)

Between January 15 and 30 – Publication of the notices of vacancies of the municipal election to be held in April is required to be published in the official newspaper once each week for two consecutive weeks between January 15th and 30th. This notice shall identify the vacancies to be filled and the time and place for filing nominating petitions. (SDCL 9-13-6; See Hdbk., sec. 7.650) Follow the Municipal Election Calendar for all election deadlines.

Third Monday of January – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – State holiday (SDCL 1-5-1)

Utility board – Is required to make an annual report of its operations upon thirty days notice at the end of the fiscal year. (SDCL 9-39-29; See Hdbk., sec. 12.080)

Newspaper designation – The official newspaper must be designated annually or for a period of time specified by the governing body, but not to be less than twelve months. (SDCL 9-12-6)

Boundary changes – Municipalities must notify the Department of Revenue of any resolution or amendment enacted which changes the boundaries of the municipality. Notification shall be in written form, shall contain a copy of the resolution or amendment, and may be sent by electronic means or registered mail. Municipalities shall also provide any changes and additions to streets and addresses. (SDCL 10-52-13; See Hdbk., sec. 14.172) Find the Municipal Calendar for the entire year in the SDML Handbook for Municipal Officials, Directory of SD Municipal Officials, or at

By January 15 – The secretary of revenue shall apportion the money in the local government highway and bridge fund. (SDCL 32-11-35; See Hdbk., sec. 12.255(6))

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South Dakota Municipalities - December 2019  

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