County Board Discusses Zoning Updates

CUSTER COUNTY—Adding an energy element plan to the Custer County comprehensive plan was approved during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Zoning Administrator Darci Tibbs spoke to the board about updating the comprehensive plan after a 2010 State energy conservation law was passed.

Tibbs said it is a tool used to reduce energy use and save money, but needs to be updated in the county plan.

Zoning consultant Keith Marvin of David City attended the meeting suggesting updates to the plan regarding adult entertainment and its secondary effects, cell towers, wind energy, and solar farms. The board voted to approve the energy element plan and to get quotes regarding other zoning consultant needs for updating the comprehensive plan. The board discussed factoring in zoning consultant fees into next year’s budget.

Sid Vose was approved for an additional five-year term on the Veterans Service Commission.

Liquor licenses were approved for a July 2 micro wrestling event at the Custer County Fairgrounds and for Mac’s Creek Vineyards to do a wine tasting at the July Comstock event.

Resolution #21R-2018 was approved for 2018 underwater bridge inspection near Gates and Sargent.

The Region 3 Behavioral Health Systems agreement was approved for two years for emergency protective custody situations in the county.

A five-year agreement was approved with GIS Workshop, used by various county departments.

The board also approved a three-year diversion plan agreement with Healing Hearts and Families. The agreement focuses on three priorities: keeping youth out of the juvenile justice system, providing positive youth activities, and providing mental health services. Tammy Kleeb said this partnership is a “good instrument to be using” in the county. Between 15-20 youth are currently in the diversion program.

A discussion of county disaster response took place with the board focusing on assistance provided to the Lillian Township after it was affected by heavy rains. Board members said the county has assisted various areas after previous disasters and Bobby Myers said he would like to continue helping when possible. The highway department assisted Lillian with time and labor by providing approximately $41,000 of work, which was approved by the board.

The board went into closed session for approximately 10 minutes to discuss pending litigation and ended the meeting with a discussion on budget guidelines.