STATE PERMIT SEEKED BY PROPOSED SWINE FACILITY: Dovetail LLC, operated by David and Cody Meyer of Elkhorn, Nebraska, applied for a state permit coverage for a new animal feeding operation. The facility is planned to be located 1.5 miles north and one mile west of Reliance. It will house a maximum of 9,120 head of swine. Over 40 people attended an informational meeting about the proposed swine facility in March 2018. If accepted by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources office, the two-phase project will go ahead with construction. Construction of the four building facility is expected to take several years. A decision is expected to be made by the state later this summer.
- Lyman County Herald
$42,973 REQUESTED IN SALES TAX REPAYMENT: On Monday, the Oacoma Town Board received a letter from the South Dakota Department of Revenue regarding an overpayment in sales tax for 2015/2016. The taxpayer audit for the 2015/2016 year found the taxpayer overpaid the town of Oacoma, resulting in a repayment of $42,973. Chamberlain, Reliance, Kennebec and Presho also were affected by the audit. City Finance Officer Val Moore assumes the taxpayer involved is the contractor who worked on the MRC railroad. A civil court case between the contractor, PPM Technical Services, and the South Dakota Department of Revenue in September 2015, set the precedence for the repayment demand Oacoma and the surrounding towns along the MRC railroad line are now facing. The towns plan to make arrangements with the state to repay the funds.
- The Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun
HOPE COURT SUGGESTED TO CITY COUNCIL: Brule County State's Attorney Theresa Maule Rossow updated the Chamberlain City Council on the progression of bringing Hope Court to the area. She said the court would act as a middle level between "nothing and drug court." The option was brought up because of Brule County's lack of judges for drug court. The issue was discussed by the council a month ago and since then a Hope Court organizational meeting has taken place. Many council members voiced their approval for the court as it would cost the city nothing and have a positive effect. All law enforcement followed Maule Rossow and voted in favor of the Hope Court.
- Central Dakota Times