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The rule is that the gates remain closed if the river is higher than the lake level.   Keep up with the lake level here at LPADA.ORG

The gauge that produces the data for this report returned to service on March 13th.

Hamlin County Board of Commmissioners

                                                             May 5,2015

UNAPPROVED MINUTES: the Hamlin County Board of Commmissioners met on May 5 with the following members present: Roe, Rudebusch, Saathoff, Tuohino and Noem. No one absent.

The Chairman led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

AGENDA: Motion by Saathoff seconded by Noem to approve the agenda as posted. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

MINUTES: Motion by Noem seconded by Saathoff to approve the minutes of April 21. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

HIGHWAY DEPT: Bryan Pedersen Highway Supt met with the Board. He discussed culverts and prices and the inspections needed. Patching of highways was discussed and Codington County is taking bids today so will check with that. He has put up the 35 mile per hour zone for cars and trucks on the bridge overpass. All weight limits are now off. Nothing has been heard from the railroad company since they met with the Board. There are new regulations with the State STIP money and the state will no longer hold such and will send out to the Counties in July and can only be used for certain projects.

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Mayflies

It has happened. They hatched on the west and south sides of the lake. They fill the air and get everywhere.

Mayflies are insects which belong to the Order Ephemeroptera (from the Greek ephemeros = "short-lived", pteron = "wing", referring to the brief lifespan of adults). They have been placed into an ancient group of insects termed the Palaeoptera, which also contains dragonflies and damselflies. They are aquatic insects whose immature stage (called "naiad" or, colloquially, "nymph") usually lasts one year in freshwater. The adults are short-lived, from a few minutes to a few days depending on the species. About 2,500 species are known worldwide, including about 630 species in North America. Common names for mayflies include "dayfly", "shadfly", "Green Bay fly", "lake fly", "fishfly" (in the Great Lakes region of North America),[2] "midgee", and "jinx fly".

The lifespan of an adult mayfly can vary from just 30 minutes to one day depending on the species. The primary function of the adult is reproduction; the mouthparts are vestigial, and the digestive system is filled with air.

The good news is they only live for a short time. That is also the bad news when you have to clean up the corpses.

Hamlin County Board of Commissioners Minutes

                                                                             April 21,2015

UNAPPROVED MINUTES: The Hamlin County Board of Commissioners met on April 21 with the following members present: Roe, Rudebusch, Saathoff, Tuohino and Noem. No one absent.

 

The Chairman led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AGENDA: Motion by Rudebusch seconded by Noem to approve the agenda as posted. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

 

MINUTES: Motion by Noem seconded by Saathoff to approve the minutes of April 7 and April 14 All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

 

HIGHWAY DEPT: Bryan Pedersen Highway Supt met with the Board. He will put new signs at the overpass bridge as soon as received. Weight limits went off in the County east of Highway 81 today and will go off probably next week on the west side of Highway 81 in the county. F.J McLaughlin will start May 4 with the overlay projects on 446th Ave and 188 St The Corp of Engineers will be coming to check the culverts on 446th Ave. Anything within the right of way they are in charge of sizes. The Board asked Bryan to check the bid letting of F.J. McLaughlin for road patching costs.

 

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South Dakota Invasive Species Law Changes

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

The laws are changing. Do your part to learn them.

You are receiving this message because as an angler and/or boater in South Dakota, we need your help to continue to slow the spread of existing aquatic invasive species in our state.
You may be aware that the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently finalized several new rules at their March 6, 2015, meeting to help with this very topic. Those new rules have been outlined below, however, they are not effective until 20 days after filed with the Secretary of State's Office.
We will continue to keep you and other anglers and boaters informed as the rules move through the process so that you know exactly when they are being implemented.
NEW RULES
1. Drain Plugs: Boaters and anglers are required to open or remove all drain plugs or similar devices; except when in the boat ramp parking lot or when the boat is being launched or loaded. A boat may have these devices closed or in place while in route to a fish cleaning station that is immediately adjacent to where the boat was loaded, but they must be opened or removed before leaving the fish cleaning station.
a. What this means: Plugs have to be pulled when a boat is not on the water. Boaters and anglers may keep fish or bait in a livewell while transporting the boat from the water body to the cleaning station, but have to pull the plugs before they leave the cleaning station. The cleaning station has to be immediately associated with the boat ramp (you cannot load at one ramp and drive 10 miles to get to a cleaning station). If there is no cleaning station immediately adjacent, then the plugs need to be pulled when leaving the boat ramp parking lot.
2. Transporting Bait or Fish: Bait and fish may not be transported in water taken from a lake, river or stream. Bait may be transported in water taken from a lake, river or stream only while in route to a fish cleaning station that is located immediately adjacent to the lake, river or stream, but must be drained prior to leaving the fish cleaning station.
a. What this means: If you wish to transport your aquatic bait and fish in water, they can only be transported in domestic water (tap water, well water, bottled water, ice). However, when leaving a water body, boaters and shore anglers can wait until they reach an immediately adjacent fish cleaning station to put their bait in domestic water.
b. Example: You can dump out the lake water and fill your bait bucket with water from the cleaning station or with domestic water you brought with. If there is no cleaning station immediately adjacent then the water needs to be changed to domestic water at the water body. You can bring water from a hydrant to the shore and then change the water, however, you cannot take bait in lake water to a hydrant and then change the water.
TRANSPORTING FISH
You have three options for transporting whole fish for cleaning at home or at a cleaning station that is not immediately adjacent to the boat ramp.
1. In a container (not a part of the boat), that is filled with domestic water (tap water, well water, bottled water, ice).
2. On ice – in a cooler or pull the plug on your livewell and fill it with ice (plug must remain out).
3. Dry – put fish in an empty bucket or pull the livewell plug before leaving the boat ramp and let it drain when traveling.
MINNOW USAGE AND TRANSPORT
Bait can only be transported away from a water body in domestic water (tap water, well water, bottled water, ice). Boat anglers can wait until you reach an immediately adjacent fish cleaning station to put bait in domestic water. You can dump out the lake water and fill your bait bucket up with water from the cleaning station or water you brought with. Shore anglers can do the same if you are able to access the domestic water source at a fish cleaning station that is immediately adjacent or if you bring domestic water with.
RE-USING MINNOWS
Minnows may be used in multiple lakes as long as they are transported between lakes in domestic water. Lake water must be drained before leaving each lake.
DISPOSING UNUSED MINNOWS
Unused minnows should be poured into the fish grinder at a cleaning station or drained and disposed of in the trash containers at the boat launch or cleaning areas. It is a violation of state statute to dump unused minnows into a water body.
NO CLEANING STATION AVAILABLE
If there is not a cleaning station at the site where you are fishing, drain plugs must be opened and bait containers must be free of lake water before leaving the boat launch area.
All bait containers must be free of lake water before leaving the water body where you are fishing or the immediately adjacent fish cleaning station.
We understand these are big changes for you and other South Dakota anglers and boaters. More information will be available as these rules take effect and we work to push out an education awareness campaign to help you understand what you can and cannot do. We will also be launching a new responsive website (accessible from any smartphone or tablet device) that will provide up to date information, videos, images and more in regards to slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species in South Dakota.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to communicate these changes,
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

 

LPADA is now the Lake Poinsett Association

As our Association completes the major fund raising Handicapped Accessible Dock Project we reflect on a future focused effort. We have identified a need. The museum, which sees thousands of visitors and school children each year, has become too small. Harlan Olson along with Game Fish and Parks have been working toward a plan to make the space large enough to house the collection and make the space and collection able to be thoroughly perused without a docent. Your board believes this is our next major project.

The dock took about 5 years to come to fruition. It cost a little over twelve thousand dollars. Our next need is a major overhaul of the museum facilities. This is a much larger project and will require greater fund raising. To up-scale our fund raising abilities we need to change our organizational structure. Last month we started this process with the revision to our by-laws to make our purpose clearer. These changes will allow the IRS to see more clearly that we are not only a South Dakota Non-Profit Corporation, but a Federal Tax Exempt Corporation. This change has a couple of structural benefits.

The most desirable benefit to being ‘tax exempt’ allows us to apply for corporate and grant sponsorship of our projects. Making donations eligible to be deducted from Federal Income Tax is a major incentive to support our projects. The change will also allow your contributions to our Association eligible to be deducted from your Federal Income Tax. This will improve our abilities to take on larger and more meaningful projects like the museum.

In this effort our name has changed. We will no longer be the Lake Poinsett Area Development Association. We are now the Lake Poinsett Association. Over the next few months we will make this change to our correspondence, newsletter and website. Stay tuned…

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May

Hamlin County Board of Commissioners Minutes

                                                                   May 21,2015

UNAPPROVED MINUTES: the Hamlin County Board of Commissioners met on May 21,2015 with the following members present: Saathoff ,Noem and Rudebusch by speaker phone. Absent: Roe and Tuohino.

 

BIDS: Bids were opened as advertised for a mat overlay on County Road 188 . Bids received from McLaughlin & Schulz Inc Virgin Materials 380,970.00 Recycled Materials 349,860.00 Asphalt Paving & Materials Co virgin materials 475,422.00 Recycled Materials 428,604.00 Motion by Saathoff seconded by Noem to accept the bid of recycled materials from McLaughlin & Schulz Inc for 349,860.00 All members voting Aye.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:30 until June 9,2015 at 9:30 am. in the Commissioners room county courthouse at Hayti.

 

VICE CHAIRMAN: _________________

Randall Rudebusch, Vice Chairman of the Board

 

ATTEST: _____________________

Dixie Opdahl Hamlin County Auditor

 

It is the policy of Hamlin County SD not to discriminate on the basis of color,national origin,sex,religion,age or disability in employment or the provision of service.

21
May

Hamlin County Board of Commissioners Minutes

                                                             May 19,2015

UNAPPOVED MINUTES: the Hamlin County Board of Commissioners met on May 19 with the following members present: Roe, Rudebusch, Saathoff, Tuohino and Noem. No one absent.

 

The Chairman led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AGENDA: Motion by Tuohino seconded by Rudebusch to approve the agenda as posted. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

 

MINUTES: Motion by Noem seconded by Saathoff to approve the minutes of May 5 All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

 

HIGHWAY DEPT: Bryan Pedersen Highway Supt met with the Board. Discussion was held on the overlay projects, bridges, new state funding program and requirements of such. The STP money that the State sends out part will come in July and rest in Oct. The bid letting for an overlay will be at 11:00 on May 21, 2015

 

SUPPLEMENT BUDGET: Hearing was held as advertised to supplement the Courthouse Maint. Budget in the amount of 163,870.00 due to needed repairs in the courthouse heating and cooling systems. There were six heating units no longer working at all, these heating units had been in installed in 1980 No one appeared at such hearing. Motion by Saathoff seconded by Rudebusch to supplement the Courthouse Maint budget by 163,870.00 All members voting aye. Motion Carried.

 

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18
May

Water Level

The rule is that the gates remain closed if the river is higher than the lake level.   Keep up with the lake level here at LPADA.ORG

The gauge that produces the data for this report returned to service on March 13th.

8
May

Hamlin County Board of Commmissioners

                                                             May 5,2015

UNAPPROVED MINUTES: the Hamlin County Board of Commmissioners met on May 5 with the following members present: Roe, Rudebusch, Saathoff, Tuohino and Noem. No one absent.

The Chairman led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

AGENDA: Motion by Saathoff seconded by Noem to approve the agenda as posted. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

MINUTES: Motion by Noem seconded by Saathoff to approve the minutes of April 21. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

HIGHWAY DEPT: Bryan Pedersen Highway Supt met with the Board. He discussed culverts and prices and the inspections needed. Patching of highways was discussed and Codington County is taking bids today so will check with that. He has put up the 35 mile per hour zone for cars and trucks on the bridge overpass. All weight limits are now off. Nothing has been heard from the railroad company since they met with the Board. There are new regulations with the State STIP money and the state will no longer hold such and will send out to the Counties in July and can only be used for certain projects.

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5
May
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Mayflies

It has happened. They hatched on the west and south sides of the lake. They fill the air and get everywhere.

Mayflies are insects which belong to the Order Ephemeroptera (from the Greek ephemeros = "short-lived", pteron = "wing", referring to the brief lifespan of adults). They have been placed into an ancient group of insects termed the Palaeoptera, which also contains dragonflies and damselflies. They are aquatic insects whose immature stage (called "naiad" or, colloquially, "nymph") usually lasts one year in freshwater. The adults are short-lived, from a few minutes to a few days depending on the species. About 2,500 species are known worldwide, including about 630 species in North America. Common names for mayflies include "dayfly", "shadfly", "Green Bay fly", "lake fly", "fishfly" (in the Great Lakes region of North America),[2] "midgee", and "jinx fly".

The lifespan of an adult mayfly can vary from just 30 minutes to one day depending on the species. The primary function of the adult is reproduction; the mouthparts are vestigial, and the digestive system is filled with air.

The good news is they only live for a short time. That is also the bad news when you have to clean up the corpses.

23
Apr

Hamlin County Board of Commissioners Minutes

                                                                             April 21,2015

UNAPPROVED MINUTES: The Hamlin County Board of Commissioners met on April 21 with the following members present: Roe, Rudebusch, Saathoff, Tuohino and Noem. No one absent.

 

The Chairman led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AGENDA: Motion by Rudebusch seconded by Noem to approve the agenda as posted. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

 

MINUTES: Motion by Noem seconded by Saathoff to approve the minutes of April 7 and April 14 All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

 

HIGHWAY DEPT: Bryan Pedersen Highway Supt met with the Board. He will put new signs at the overpass bridge as soon as received. Weight limits went off in the County east of Highway 81 today and will go off probably next week on the west side of Highway 81 in the county. F.J McLaughlin will start May 4 with the overlay projects on 446th Ave and 188 St The Corp of Engineers will be coming to check the culverts on 446th Ave. Anything within the right of way they are in charge of sizes. The Board asked Bryan to check the bid letting of F.J. McLaughlin for road patching costs.

 

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17
Apr
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Hamlin County Board of Commissioners Minutes

                                                               April 14, 2015

UNAPPROVED MINUTES: The Hamlin County Board of Commissioners met on April 14 with the following members present: Roe, Rudebusch, Saathoff and Noem. Absent: Tuohino

 

The Chairman led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

The Board met as an Equalization Board and signed their oath as an Equalization Board.

 

David Wernke met with the Board concerning the E 50’ of OL G and Lot 1 and W 32’ of Lot 2 Jankords Addition Castlewood City. Value on House was 129,000 lot 2157 Local Board house 129,000 lot 2157 He stated the entire property was purchased in March 2014 for 94,500 at an auction which was advertised and attended. The property is 40 years old. He feels lots should be adjusted to location. The basement has water damage  with all tiling tore up and no finished walls. Assessor stated because of basement condition she would recommend lowering value to 125,000 Motion by Noem seconded by Rudebusch to lower the house to 120,000 and leave lot at 2157 due to water damage and condition. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried.

 

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9
Apr

Hamlin County Board of Commissioners Minutes

                                                             April 7,2015

UNAPPROVED MINUTES: The Hamlin County Board of Commissioners met with the following members present: Roe, Rudebusch, Saathoff and Noem. Absent : Tuohino

 

The Chairman led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AGENDA: Motion by Saathoff seconded by Rudebusch to approve the agenda as posted. All members voting aye. Motion Carried.

 

MINUTES: Motion by Rudebusch seconded by Noem to approve the minutes of March 17 All members voting aye. Motion Carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Motion by Rudebusch seconded by Saathoff to go into executive session at 9:40 to discuss personnel. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried. The Chairman declared them out at 9:50

 

HIGHWAY DEPT: Bryan Pedersen Highway Supt met with the Board. Bridges and culverts were discussed. The new law that takes affect and  changesr how bridges will be done to be able to get State money. He discussed the hiring of an employee to replace an employee that quit.

 

NEW HIRE: the Board hired Bruce Shepherd as a highway employee at the rate of 15.25 per hour with a six month probation period and to be reviewed at that time.

 

EMERGENCY & DISASTER: David Schaefer Emergency & Disaster Manager met with the Board. He stated he had been in contact with all the fire chiefs in the County concerning a burn ban. One was in favor, four did not want one and one said either was fine. He stated at the present time some rain has fallen and the weather report is stating more. The Board stated that if the weather changes and conditions become worst and the fire chiefs want such that he could put one on.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Motion by Noem seconded by Rudebusch to go into executive session to discuss personnel at 10:40 All members voting aye. Motion Carried. The Chairman declared them out at 11:10

 

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3
Apr

South Dakota Invasive Species Law Changes

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

The laws are changing. Do your part to learn them.

You are receiving this message because as an angler and/or boater in South Dakota, we need your help to continue to slow the spread of existing aquatic invasive species in our state.
You may be aware that the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently finalized several new rules at their March 6, 2015, meeting to help with this very topic. Those new rules have been outlined below, however, they are not effective until 20 days after filed with the Secretary of State's Office.
We will continue to keep you and other anglers and boaters informed as the rules move through the process so that you know exactly when they are being implemented.
NEW RULES
1. Drain Plugs: Boaters and anglers are required to open or remove all drain plugs or similar devices; except when in the boat ramp parking lot or when the boat is being launched or loaded. A boat may have these devices closed or in place while in route to a fish cleaning station that is immediately adjacent to where the boat was loaded, but they must be opened or removed before leaving the fish cleaning station.
a. What this means: Plugs have to be pulled when a boat is not on the water. Boaters and anglers may keep fish or bait in a livewell while transporting the boat from the water body to the cleaning station, but have to pull the plugs before they leave the cleaning station. The cleaning station has to be immediately associated with the boat ramp (you cannot load at one ramp and drive 10 miles to get to a cleaning station). If there is no cleaning station immediately adjacent, then the plugs need to be pulled when leaving the boat ramp parking lot.
2. Transporting Bait or Fish: Bait and fish may not be transported in water taken from a lake, river or stream. Bait may be transported in water taken from a lake, river or stream only while in route to a fish cleaning station that is located immediately adjacent to the lake, river or stream, but must be drained prior to leaving the fish cleaning station.
a. What this means: If you wish to transport your aquatic bait and fish in water, they can only be transported in domestic water (tap water, well water, bottled water, ice). However, when leaving a water body, boaters and shore anglers can wait until they reach an immediately adjacent fish cleaning station to put their bait in domestic water.
b. Example: You can dump out the lake water and fill your bait bucket with water from the cleaning station or with domestic water you brought with. If there is no cleaning station immediately adjacent then the water needs to be changed to domestic water at the water body. You can bring water from a hydrant to the shore and then change the water, however, you cannot take bait in lake water to a hydrant and then change the water.
TRANSPORTING FISH
You have three options for transporting whole fish for cleaning at home or at a cleaning station that is not immediately adjacent to the boat ramp.
1. In a container (not a part of the boat), that is filled with domestic water (tap water, well water, bottled water, ice).
2. On ice – in a cooler or pull the plug on your livewell and fill it with ice (plug must remain out).
3. Dry – put fish in an empty bucket or pull the livewell plug before leaving the boat ramp and let it drain when traveling.
MINNOW USAGE AND TRANSPORT
Bait can only be transported away from a water body in domestic water (tap water, well water, bottled water, ice). Boat anglers can wait until you reach an immediately adjacent fish cleaning station to put bait in domestic water. You can dump out the lake water and fill your bait bucket up with water from the cleaning station or water you brought with. Shore anglers can do the same if you are able to access the domestic water source at a fish cleaning station that is immediately adjacent or if you bring domestic water with.
RE-USING MINNOWS
Minnows may be used in multiple lakes as long as they are transported between lakes in domestic water. Lake water must be drained before leaving each lake.
DISPOSING UNUSED MINNOWS
Unused minnows should be poured into the fish grinder at a cleaning station or drained and disposed of in the trash containers at the boat launch or cleaning areas. It is a violation of state statute to dump unused minnows into a water body.
NO CLEANING STATION AVAILABLE
If there is not a cleaning station at the site where you are fishing, drain plugs must be opened and bait containers must be free of lake water before leaving the boat launch area.
All bait containers must be free of lake water before leaving the water body where you are fishing or the immediately adjacent fish cleaning station.
We understand these are big changes for you and other South Dakota anglers and boaters. More information will be available as these rules take effect and we work to push out an education awareness campaign to help you understand what you can and cannot do. We will also be launching a new responsive website (accessible from any smartphone or tablet device) that will provide up to date information, videos, images and more in regards to slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species in South Dakota.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to communicate these changes,
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

 
27
Mar

Hamlin County Board of Commissioners

                                                                             March 17,2015

UNAPPROVED MINUTES: The Hamlin County Board of Commissioners met on March 17 with the following members present: Roe, Rudebusch, Saathoff, Tuohino and Noem. No one absent.

The Chairman led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

AGENDA: Motion by Saathoff seconded by Rudebusch to approve the agenda as posted. All members voting aye. Motion Carried.

MINUTES: Motion by Noem seconded by Tuohino to approve the minutes of March 5 All members voting aye. Motion Carried.

HIGHWAY DEPT: Bryan Pedersen Highway Supt met with the Board. He has again been in contact with FEMA in Denver and the State FEMA office. Load limits went on. Some of the roads are breaking up now and they are flagging spots.

HUMAN SERVICE AGENDY:  Chuck Sherman of Human Service Agency discussed with the Board the services they provide for Hamlin County and the income they received from the State , County and individuals. They had provided counseling for some county employees and the Board felt the County’s contract with them should cover such but Mr. Sherman stated this was not included in the County contract and they would have to pay additional for this.

WEED DEPT: Robert Feldhus Weed Supervisor met with the board and went over his recommendations for weed chemical bids received.

WEED BIDS: Tordon 22K State Bid 39.77 Crop Production Services 39.70 Virchow Seed no bid . Round up State Bid 12.79 Crop Production 12.90 Virchow Seed 11.75   Non-Ionic surfant State 8.39 Crop Production Services 13.70 Virchow Seed 12.40 Complete listing of all chemicals available for inspection at the Auditors Office. Motion by Noem seconded by Rudebusch to accept all three bids depending that the chemical meets the standards of the specifications, availability, and cost except for the non-ionic surfant bid which the Board is accepting the bid of Crop Production because the other bids do not meet the specifications required. All members voting Aye. Motion Carried. 

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