The Union County Board of County Commission meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the agenda. After that they recessed and presented 25-plus years of employment certificates to those individuals that achieved 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of employment with the county. These included: 40 years – Janet Lingle; 35 years – Crystal Harkness; 30 years – Janette Bennett, Jackie Sieverding, Robert Bradshaw and Paul Limoges; and 25 years – Scott Sexton, Colleen Mead and Oliver Morris.

Employees recognized

The Union County Board of County Commissioners recognized county employees that have had 25-plus years of employment with the county. Those at five year intervals received a certificate of appreciation. Pictured are, from left, are Janette Bennett (30 years), Scott Sexton (25 years), Colleen Mead (25 years), Janet Lingle (40 years) and Jackie Sieverding (30 years). Not pictured, but also recognized were, Oliver Morris (25 years), Robert Bradshaw (30 years), Paul Limoges (30 years) and Crystal Harkness (35 years).

Upon reconvening, the commissioners approved the resignation of Lingle, effective Nov. 12, and thanked her for her 40 years of service to the county.

“Congratulations on a 40-year career and probably one of the best county fairs we’ve ever had – our 90th,” Commissioner Mike Dailey said.

Director of Equalization Dawn Steckelberg, Public Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Scott Sexton, Planning and Zoning Director Dennis Henze and Highway Superintendent Jerry Buum gave their department head reports and answered questions.

A 44-minute executive session for legal was held with representatives of Goosman Law Firm, Union County Deputy State’s Attorney Kathy Zenner, Buum, Union County Auditor Jackie Sieverding, the commissioners and, later, Union County State’s Attorney Jerry Miller.

In another matter, Miller presented the commissioners with an admission of service on a suit filed naming them as part of it. This was from the South Dakota Housing Development Authority naming the county, Elk Point and Lance and April Watterson on a foreclosure action. The commissioners approved Commission Chairman Milton Ustad to sign the document.

Two first readings were held for UCC 2021-007 – Medical Cannabis establishments and UCC 2021-008 –Consumption/Smoking of Medical Cannabis in Public Places.

The commissioners moved into executive session for legal matters at 11 a.m. with Zenner, Sieverding, Henze, Steckelberg and Miller present, along with three other individuals. They reconvened at 12:33 p.m. with no action.

From 12:40 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., the commissioners discussed the current census, population numbers in districts and the redistricting process happening in the legislature. Ustad suggested a representative of SECOG attend the next commission meeting to help explain further how this will affect the current commissioner districts.

Agenda Items

The commissioners approved travel for Union County Sheriff Deputy Windeshausen to attend a Crisis Intervention Training in Aberdeen Dec. 13-17. They also approved the termination of contract for Public Defender Frieberg, Nelson and Ask, L.L.P. effective Dec. 18.

The next meeting was scheduled for Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m.