The Custer County Board of Supervisors held their final 2019 regular meeting on Monday, December 23. While the agenda was quite lengthy, many of the agenda items required only approvals from the board. Two of the items that were discussed but not voted on included a new law dealing with surveyor elections and time clock proposals.
Surveyor elections were the first item on the agenda, but confusion on the wording of the statute kept any decision from being made. Board President Barry Fox and Custer County Attorney Steve Bowers discussed the wording of the statute which deals with electing a surveyor in counties with less than 150,000 people.
The discussion centered around a few different topics including holding a public hearing and creating a resolution, doing nothing to allow the statute to take effect, or letting the voters decide if they want to continue to vote for the surveyor position. The board elected to let Bowers view the statues to figure out what the board’s options were.
The other discussion dealt with time clock proposals and if changing to a new system would be more efficient. This came forward after the auditors had concerns on the Board of Supervisors not knowing vacation days and personal days of the employees. Having a more efficient system would also be useful as there are multiple departments in the county that use different styles and systems to keep track of hours. No decisions were made on the item, but the policy committee was tasked to discuss the details and report back with a recommendation to the board.
Other approvals included the 2019 audit report, a $500 petty cash fund for the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, the surveyor rate for townships, which was set at $35 per hour, and the transfer of funds from the general fund to the road fund.
Two quotes were also approved including the approval of Sandhills Custom Carpentry to replace the carpet in the old law library for $2,891. Fox noted that the reason for the high quote was due to the carpet pad possibly requiring more labor than usual.
A bid for solar shades was also approved for $2,442 from Designs of Distinction, who also supplied the shades in other parts of the courthouse.