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District report presented to county

June 25, 2014

By Marcus Traxler, The Daily Republic, Mitchell, S.D.



June 25--Davison County has gotten its money worth from Planning and Development District III, commissioners said Tuesday.

The annual report regarding the county's 40-year investment in the area planning and development district was presented to the commission during its regular meeting Tuesday at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell.

Among the projects the district helped with in Davison County during 2013 were an $800,000 lift station loan at Norway Avenue in Mitchell, a new wheeled compactor for the Mitchell regional landfill (District III requested $345,000 and Mitchell received $230,000) and $178,000 to the town of Ethan its water meter project ($103,000 through a grant and $75,000 in a loan).

The organization serves 16 counties in the south-central part of the state and assists with grant writing, land use planning, mapping, small business loans and business consulting.

Henderson said the county has received $82 for every $1 paid in dues since joining the system when it was created in 1973. Overall, $44.3 million has been received by Davison County in that 40-year span.

Greg Henderson, the director of District III, said the Yankton-based group is there to assist counties and cities with matters that they may not otherwise be able to afford.

The district also manages the Governor's House program in the region through the South Dakota Housing Development Authority. Three homes in Davison County were sold in 2013, with two in Mitchell and one in Ethan. Henderson said he's hopeful more small towns will work on ways to make Governor's House facilities work in their area.

"There's some resources out there that could be helpful for some communities," he said.

The county pays about $27,000 per year to be a part of the group.

"You don't pay us to sit on our hands," Henderson told the board.

"I would say it's been a good investment," Commission Chairman John Claggett said.

Henderson responded to last week's news regarding the county's effort to have its own wage survey. He said District III will put together a statewide survey that is more suitable for a county of Davison's size, and will update that survey every two years.

"That will give everyone in the state something to work off of," he said.

Other business

During the regular meeting Tuesday, the commissioners:

--Discussed a new Securities and Exchange Commission rule that prevents municipal financial advisers from being involved with clients who invest in municipal bonds. County Treasurer Christie Gunkel said after a discussion with Edward Jones the county would not be affected by its investments.

--Tabled a discussion regarding the county's credit card policy for a later meeting.

--Approved a contingency transfer request regarding the election budget.

--Canceled the July 1 meeting date to attend a state road funding meeting.

--Approved an abatement for property taxes.

--Denied a welfare request.

--Approved bills and timesheets

--Acknowledged the absence of commissioner Gerald Weiss.

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