Eagle Butte City Council restarts trust land annexation, tours city park and liquor store
by Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
Lots 17, 18 and 19, held in trust for Gary Rousseau, is part of the proposed annexation of the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 8, Township 12 North segment by the City of Eagle Butte.
“At the time we had our annexation through the course of the public hearings, it was clear that while there were copies made for Gary Rousseau and for the BIA they did not get issued that way [for public notice] so we did delete it from annexation, because it did not comply with the terms of what’s required in South Dakota law for public notice. So we’re doing it separately, because of the fact it was a defect and deleted from the original annexation process,” said Sheila Ganje, City of Eagle Butte finance officer.
Mayor Stephanie Davidson addressed Gary Rousseau during Monday’s public hearing, asking if he had concerns or questions or other comments.
“Not that I care to talk about right now. I guess there is litigation going on that I’m a part of and they’re not here, so maybe we’ll wait and see what they say, and go from there,” Rousseau said.
Harley Morgan, Eagle Butte councilmember, inquired what type of sewer Rousseau has. Rousseau said he had a septic tank and mentioned he had learned that Tri-County Water had water lines in the lots, not in the right of way.
“I guess if you’re annexing everything, that’s something you ought to look at,” Rousseau said.
“It’s non-functioning as well, so,” Ganje replied.
The lines Tri-County Water has in won’t be in use until water is available for the north housing area, said Rousseau.
After executive session, two motions were passed at the special meeting; Resolution 2012-09ANXR was passed to rescind the entirety of the already approved annexation resolutions, Resolution 2012-07ANX and Resolution 2012-08ANX. The other resolution addressed specifically the intent to annex Lots 17, 18 and 19.
The resolution for the rest of the annexation is expected to be acted on at the September 12, 2012, regular meeting to replace the one rescinded at Monday’s meeting.
They then adjourned so that the city council could re-adjourn at the city park and city liquor store to look at current and proposed projects.
The Eagle Butte City Park will be closed after Labor Day weekend and into the winter in order to finish installing playground cover, tables and other park improvements.
Monday’s special meeting contained tabled items from the August 15 regular council meeting. There was a public hearing scheduled regarding the annexation, but no members of the public attended.
Discussion was also held on putting together a fall clean up day for the city side with hopes of involving the tribe and covering the whole community of Eagle Butte.
After an executive session for personnel issues that Kyle Lemke, City of Eagle Butte council member excused himself from, was hired as an Eagle Butte police officer. He resigned from the Eagle Butte City Council upon accepting the hiring offer.
There was no mention of the process to fill the vacant chair.
For more information on Eagle Butte City Council meetings, please see page 2. You may also refer to the legals section for the City of Eagle Butte’s minutes.