The Davison County Sheriff and Jail Departments are over budget in 2014 for overtime pay, but the heads of those respective departments say it's unavoidable. According to figures through the end of November, the sheriff's budget has spent $23,000 on overtime pay. It's worse for the jail, which has spent $81,000 in overtime through November. For 2014, the county only budgeted $10,000 and $15,000 for the respective departments. The topic received attention from the Davison County commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday at the county's North Offices in Mitchell.
After weekend temperatures in the 50s, Mother Nature gave South Dakotans a reminder of what December and winter typically bring. Sleet and ice followed by snow and strong winds made travel difficult, closed schools and created power issues Monday in the south central part of the state, where as much as 6 inches of snow fell and winds neared 45 mph. As of 4 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service had reported 6 inches of snow in Platte, 1.5 inches in Chamberlain, 4 inches in White Lake, 3 inches of snow in Gregory and 2 inches in Wessington Springs.
The Davison County Commission will discuss overtime wages for the county's sheriff's department and county jail employees during its regular meeting Tuesday. The commission will meet at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. The commissioners will likely discuss the budgets of both departments, as both need supplemental funds at the end of the year to close out 2014.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Jerry and Kathy Voorhees had to leave town. More than two months after a tornado changed Wessington Springs forever, and after construction crews tore down what was left of their gas station and repair shop on Aug. 28, the couple took a vacation. It was a belated honeymoon for the couple, married for two years. For the all of the difficulty the tornado caused, it gave Kathy one thing she always wanted. "I always joked with Jerry that it would take an act of God to get him to clean up his shop," she said.
Davison County received a pair of bids for properties taken for tax deed amounting to a grand total of ... $600. Of the five properties on the auction, two of them received formal bids and there were just a few interested parties at the auction, which was held Thursday morning in the entryway of the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. A $500 bid was received from Aaron Gerlach on a property at 219 N. Second St. in Ethan, and a $100 bid from Doug Carlson was received for Lot 7 on Bonnie Court in Perry Township.
Davison County's bridges need some work and the county's highway department has a plan. Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg presented the county's bridge program for 2015, with a list of five bridges that will receive work next summer and outlined long-term plans for a dozen more bridges. That plan was presented Tuesday during the Davison County Commission meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
The Mitchell Board of Education gave its OK on Monday to release the bid documents to contractors for the proposed fine arts center and learned a little bit more about the costs associated with the building. The school board voted 5-0 to approve the bid documents during the board's regular meeting at Longfellow Elementary School. Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves said a best-case scenario is that the district would be able to release the bids later this month and receive them back in about 30 days. He said the district would then call a special board meeting on either Jan. 27 or Feb.
She almost didn't turn in an application after being nominated, but a Mitchell science teacher is one of 50 worldwide finalists for a $1 million award. Julie Olson found out Monday that she's up for the Global Teacher Prize, which rewards an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
The proposed $13.5 million fine arts center for the Mitchell School District remains on schedule for the district's timeline, as another procedural hurdle approaches on Monday. The Mitchell Board of Education will decide Monday during its regular December meeting at Longfellow Elementary School whether or not to put the project out for bid to contractors
COLOME — The city of Colome will add a 1 percent gross municipal sales tax in 2015 to help the small Tripp County town develop much-needed housing. The Colome City Council approved an ordinance in September to collect a 1 percent tax on municipal gross receipts collected primarily from Colome's restaurants, bars and lodging locations, including hunting lodges, City Finance Officer Carol Moyer said. The tax will pertain to businesses that already are subject to sales tax. "They've pledged it to go toward housing development," Moyer said, of the Colome City Council.