Lyman County Commissioners —
Commissioners issue resolution, approve resignation
The board of Lyman County Commissioners met in regular session in the conference room of the Lyman County Courthouse at Kennebec on Tuesday, March 24.
Chairman Bill Lengkeek was present by phone.
The commissioners voted to pass Resolution 2020-01, which read, “Resolution 2020-01, to bar the public from attending county commissioners meetings and to provide a mechanism for keeping the public aware of what is transpiring during the course of the same. Whereas, the COVID-19 virus has required various governmental agencies to act to protect the public as well as those who work in the courthouse of Lyman County and whereas, the federal and state governments have both declared that the spread of the COVID-19 virus is a national and state emergency requiring immediate action to protect the citizens and employees of the county and whereas, the Lyman County Commission is the acting board of health for all of Lyman County, including its residents, businesses and employees and whereas, the Lyman County Commission wishes to be pro-active in its efforts as minimizing the risk
of exposing its employees and residents to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is hereby resolved, that effective immediately upon passage of this resolution that members of the public are barred from attending any Lyman County Commission meetings, though the press
may have one designated pool reporter present and in attendance at any meetings to be held and it is further resolved, that a recording shall be made of all county business conducted by the commissioners and that said recording be made available, upon reasonable
request, to any person who makes a request to hear the same and it is further resolved, that to the extent most practicable, commissioners will allow for public comment and participation of by any person, via telephone or other mechanism, so as to allow public commentary on any matter that is to come before the commission, provided the person who wishes to participate provide notice to the county auditor before the date of hearing on the matter they wish to make comment on as to give the auditor the ability to assure that public participation is allowed.”
An executive session was called to discuss personnel according to South Dakota Codified Law 1-25-2(1)). Director of Equalization Stacie Gran was present. Upon reconvening to open session, the board voted to accept the resignation of Deputy DOE Janelyn Maguire, effective March 31, 2020. The commissioners opted to advertise for a full-time deputy DOE with a starting wage of $30,000. DOE Gran left the meeting.
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