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Dakotafest tells county to foot the bill for stopping dust

The Davison County Commission was told Tuesday during its regular meeting that the organizers of Dakotafest don't want to pay to keep the dust down for this year's show.

Davison County Soil and Conservation Board Member Bruce Haines told the commissioners that Dakotafest organizers won't pay for the county to keep dust down as visitors make their way into the showgrounds when Dakotafest runs Aug. 19-21 in Mitchell. Instead, Dakotafest said that cost will have to be born by Davison County and Mitchell Township.

Davison County Chairman John Claggett said later Tuesday that's not something the county is on board with.

"It's not a township event," he said. "This is a major event."

Claggett said he's glad that the area gets the business from the event, but the volume of traffic can become a burden. He also said the county has watered the roads before, but that's been a "good neighbor" gesture.

Other business

In other regular business Tuesday, the commissioners:

• Tabled a request from Planning and Zoning Administrator Jeff Bathke to purchase a 2014 Ford F150 SuperCrew pickup because the request has not been advertised or put through the state bid process.

• Tabled a request from Circuit Court Judge Pat Smith, who wanted to use funds from the law library account to upgrade the third-floor courtroom sound system in the Davison County Courthouse. Auditor Susan Kiepke said the money from that account cannot be used for that purpose.

• Went over the 2015 county budget, including the drainage, emergency management, planning and zoning and sheriff's budget. No major changes were decided upon.

• Noted the selection of Kiepke to the Executive Board of the South Dakota Association of County Officials for the 2014-15 year.

• Tabled the appointment of fair board members for a later meeting.

• Approved outstanding bills and timesheets.

• Noted the absence of Commissioner Gerald Weiss.