NewsFebruary 11 2015

Reliance Zoning Commission recommends change in designation

Posted by Lucy

Following the public hearing of the Reliance town planning commission Monday, Feb. 2, the committee approved recommending to the Town Board to add 18 additional conditional uses and to change the language of section 1117 of the town’s zoning ordinance to read as follows: "The Board of Adjustment on a two thirds majority vote may waive the building permit, conditional use, or variance expiration requirements when such restrictions are deemed a hindrance to the planned development of property."

Public input was taken from the residents attending, and Brian McGinnis of Third District Planning and Development helped the committee clarify and answer questions regarding the process involved in rezoning property.

The Board also addressed two requests from property owners Gale Raymond and Brad & Warren Karlen to rezone their property along the railroad from residential to commercial.

Property owners Ryan and Tammy LeCompte, who live along 6th Ave, announced to the committee members that they had sold their property that would be encompassed by the commercial property if the committee recommended the rezoning take place and plan to move their house.

After more discussion regarding zoning requests, Shane Reis moved to rezone current property of Brad & Warren Karlen and property of Gale Raymond to commercial, Tom Perry gave second, motion carried. Commission member Gale Raymond abstained from voting.

The Planning Commission recommendations will be given to the Reliance Town Board for public hearing which will be held February 16, 2015 @ 7:00 PM.

"The city will have the final say now," said commission member Shane Ries.

Ries added that if the city approves the recommendations any future building permits submitted for the property will have to meet the conditional use language before being approved.

"We’re just trying to do as much as possible to be prepared for whatever comes with the upgrade of the railroad," said Ries. "This action will help protect residents."

NewsFebruary 05 2015

Transmission project being reviewed

Posted by Lucy

One of several maps of the proposed route of the Big Bend to Witten Transmission line that is printed in the Environmental Assessment recently released by RUS for public comment.

The document is lengthy and while it is not published in this week’s Herald, there is a public notice that informs the public that it can be viewed at Basin Electric’s webiste, at the public libraries in Winner, Chamberlain or Pierre or by contacting USDA. (See public notices on page 7). Public comments are due by February 27, 2015.

NewsFebruary 05 2015

City and town board nominating petitons available

Posted by Lucy

Anyone living within the city limits of Presho, Kennebec or Reliance are eligible to file a nominating petition for a position on their respective town board or city council.

Presho will elect five council members and a mayor if enough petitions are turned into the finance officer by the February 27, 2015 deadline to require an election on April 8.

Vacancies on the Presho city council are all 2-year terms.

In WARD 1 seats currently held by Roy England and Bill Lengkeek are both up for election; in WARD 2 the seats held by Barrot Lillebo and Anthony Urban, and in WARD 3 the position currently held by Cody Volmer is also up for election.

The city of Presho will also elect a mayor to serve a two-year term.

For information regarding which Ward a resident of Presho lives in, contact the city office at 895-2337.

The town of Kennebec is governed by a town board consisting of five trustees.

Two positions are up for election on the Kennebec town board, including the seat vacated by Travis Almond’s resignation last fall. In addition, the position currently held by Michelle Langenbau is also up this year.

One three-year seat on the Reliance Town Broad, currently held by Brandon Bacon will expire in 2015.

Nominating petitions may be picked up at the local finance office in each town and must be completed and filed no later than 5:00 pm Friday, February 28, 2015.

If more petitions are filed than there are seats open, all city or town elections will be held Tuesday, April 8.

NewsJanuary 28 2015

Ice Fishing for fun and prizes

Posted by Lucy

Twenty-eight 2-person teams participated in the annual Kennebec Town & Country Club Ice Fishing Tournament Saturday and Sunday held at three area lakes. Fishermen started Saturday at 1:00 pm and fished until noon on Sunday at either Lake Byre, Fate Dam or Brakke Dam to see who could catch the biggest fish in four categories. A good number of people were fishing on Lake Byre Saturday afternoon despite high gusty northwest winds and light rain that made it difficult to keep some fishing tents upright.

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