The annual public auction for leasing fairground buildings, farmland and a vacant lot in Elk Point was held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Union County Board of County Commission meeting. The Beef Barn ($450), Meeting Room ($1,000) and Hoop Building ($500) all received no bids and are still available. The Show Ring ($1,200) went to Lance Sogn, Fairgrounds Grandstand area ($2,500) to Farmers Coop Society, Vacant Lot ($100 per month) to Thermobond, and Farmland ($175/acre – approximately 10 acres) to Larry Donnelly.

A public hearing for Independence Waste was postponed for two weeks so that the company’s lawyer could be present for the hearing.

A rezoning public hearing was held as well. Bart Connelly, Chris Bogenrief and Wess Hinnah explained the rezoning of property from commercial to residential in Dakota Dunes behind St. Teresa of Calcutta Church. Connelly explained that there are 30 lots all about half-acre size. The rezoning will be on the agenda for approval at the next meeting.

Department Heads

Public Building and Grounds Superintendent Scott Sexton stated that he laid carpet and received the computer for the roof-top unit. OTIS installed a program in his phone. Work has continued in the jail. He said that they’re finding more issues with updating the jail – such as rebar in the concrete every half-inch and how they had to hire someone to come in to cut through the concrete as they couldn’t drill into the wall.

Planning and Zoning Director Dennis Henze said he had received a call from commissioner Rich Headid about the trailer park across from the racetracks. Headid had received a couple complaints about rats and garbage piling up. Henze said he and Headid looked around at the trailer park, but didn’t see anything that would constitute a public nuisance.

Community Health Nurse Lisa McInerney said the backpack program is up and running with 50 backpacks being distributed weekly. She discussed supplies for offices within the courthouse and temperature checks. While talking about temperature checks, County Auditor Jackie Sieverding said it would change on Election Day. She said that they would not be allowed to do temperature checks or require masks as it would be considered impeding a person’s right to vote.

4-H Program Assistant and Union County Fair Manager Janet Lingle brought up the land next to the railroad by the fairgrounds in Alcester. She had it surveyed, as the railroad is looking to sell the land and is giving Union County first chance to purchase it. She stated they were also planning for next year’s fair.

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