August 25, 2019


Hand County Board of Commissioners

415 West 1st Avenue, Suite 203 , Mailbox 7

Miller, South Dakota 57362

Contact Information:

605-853-2182 (Auditor’s Office) & 605-853-2769 (Auditor’s Fax)

Email:  [email protected]

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Gilbert “Gib” Rodgers, Commissioner, District 1

  • 20713 371st Avenue, Wessington, South Dakota 57381
  • Home Phone:  (605) 458-2378
  • direct email: [email protected]

Jim Jones, Commissioner, District 2

  • 218 East 8th Street, Miller, South Dakota 57362
  • Mobile:  (605) 204-1018
  • direct email:  [email protected]

Greg Palmer, Commissioner, District 3

  • 412 West 4th Avenue, Miller, South Dakota 57362
  • (605) 870-0505)
  • direct email:  jpalmer.[email protected]

JD Wangsness, Commissioner, District 4

  • 2019 Chairman
  • 20211 355th Avenue, Miller, South Dakota 57362
  • Home Phone: (605) 853-3493
  • Mobile:  (605) 870-0132
  • direct email:  [email protected]

Luke Wernsmann, Commissioner, District 5

  • 2018 Chairman
  • 18790 354th Avenue, Miller, South Dakota 57362
  • Home Phone:  (605) 853-3848
  • Mobile:  (605) 204-0022
  • family email:  [email protected]

Upcoming Meetings

This is not a formal notice but a solid plan. The official notice will be published in the Miller Press.

On September 3rd, 2019 (at about 10:35) the commissioners will have a “work period” in which they work amongst themselves on pending issues. One topic will be two fold and about zoning. The public is more then welcome to listen to their discussion. The two topics will be the adoption of the Wind Energy Ordinance. The ordinance became law without referendum. The second will be about the proposed swine production facility. The length and format of this discussion rests solely on the commission’s needs for time and content.

On September 24, 2019 at 10 A.M. the commission will hold a statutorily required meeting for a public hearing on the county’s 2020 provisional budget. Again, the public is invited so they may be heard and offer comment.

Following the budget hearing, the zoning board will hold the continuation / conclusion of the August 6th public hearing regarding the conditional use permit for the Pipestone swine production facility. The two hearings are currently planned to take place in the commission chambers. If there is sufficient reason to believe the chambers is not large enough, the board reserves the right to move either of the meetings to the courtroom.

This information is being provided to avoid any misconceptions about when the board(s) will make a decision on the provisional budget for the county and the conditional use permit for the swine operation.

The published notice of meeting in the Miller Press will be the formal and official notice of the hearing and will supersede the contents of this message so please look to the Miller Press for the official notice. The first publication is currently scheduled for September 4.

Thank you in advance.


Next meeting is September 3rd, 2019 at 9:30 A.M., agenda items are due by August 28th.

Previous Meetings

Notice of Special Commission Meeting for July 25, 2019 (10 A.M.) for Budget Review and possible adoption (Download Agenda with URL links)

Agenda June 4, 2019 (Draft 2, all attachments linked, added 05.31.19)
Agenda June 4, 2019 (Draft 1, some attachments will be added 05.31.19)
Agenda June 4, 2019 (Under Construction, check back soon
Agenda May 7, 2019 (consent) (added May 3, 2019)
Audio Recording of the May 7, 2019 meeting
Documents received during the May 7th, 2019 commission meeting:
  1. 2019.05.07 – ProTecDoxExecutionRoofRepl
  2. 2019.05.07 – CourthouseSkylightRestoration
  3. 2019.05.07 – WES-DraftOrdinancePlan
  4. 2019.05.07 – WES-DraftOrdinance
  5. 2019.05.07 – WES-BuildingPermitsCondUses

Items available during the commission meeting:

Public Utilities Commission public hearing held at the Miller Community Center on April 25, 2019

Audio recording can be downloaded or listened to online by clicking this button 

Recording made in cooperation with The Miller Press / Hand County Publishing.

Documents provided by Sweetland related to their presentation during the meeting:

2019.04.26-Sweetland WF SDPUC Presentation – FINAL-c

2019.04.26-Sweetland – Filing Letter-c

2019.04.26-Sweetland – COS-c

Agenda April 9, 2019 (zoning) Amended

Recording of the combined meetings (Commission, Equalization & Zoning) 

Agenda April 9, 2019 (zoning) (Commission, Equalization, Zoning combined)
Equalization Board(s) Hand-Outs
Minutes April 9, 2019 (Un-approved)

Zoning Board Hand-outs

2019.03.11 – SD-PUC & Sweetland Wind (Public Hearing) (Public Utilities Commission hosted meeting in Miller, April 25, 2019)

Agenda March 5, 2019 (Commissioner & Zoning Board)

Agenda February 5, 2019

Agenda December 6, 2018 ZONING[94947]

Agenda December 4, 2018[90774]

Agenda November 8, 2018

Agenda Oct. 9, 2018 – Executive session only, to interview applicants.

Agenda Oct. 2, 2018 – Revised

Agenda Oct. 2, 2018

Agenda Sept. 25, 2018 (Special Meeting)

Agenda Sept. 4, 2018 (Revised)

Agenda Sept. 4, 2018

Agenda August 7, 2018[31784]

Agenda July 24, 2018

Agenda July 3, 2018

Agenda June 7, 2018 (Amended)

Agenda June 7, 2018

Agenda April 3, 2018

Agenda March 13, 2018

Agenda February 6, 2018

Agenda January 2, 2018

Agenda December 5 2017

Minutes Nov 7 20