Overseth resigns as zoning officer

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After serving 17 years as the Mobridge City Zoning Officer, Harley Overseth told the Mobridge City Council, Monday, May 6, that he is resigning that position.

In his letter of resignation, Overseth wrote that he no longer had the time to fulfill the duties of the position.

“I have enjoyed the years working for the citizens of Mobridge and will continue to promote and support the community,” he said in his letter.

His final day was Wednesday, May 1.

The council accepted the resignation with appreciation of Overseth’s years of service to the community.

Haden Bowie was appointed to fill the vacant position with Overseth’s recommendation. Her first day was May 1. She will receive a $500 per month stipend for the work she does for the city. Bowie has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

“I am excited to get back into city planning,” said Bowie.

She is an employee of the Mobridge Tribune and Reminder and is also a member of Friends of Scherr-Howe.

 

J&M One Stop

James Tolly of J&M One Stop Shop in Mobridge told the council that he is being punished for doing the job the city asked him to do.

Tolly has requested a building permit for a fence that will secure more than 50 vehicles that are on the property located across from the rodeo grounds on East Grand Crossing. The Mobridge Planning and Zoning Board refused to give him the permit because Tolly has been notified that he is in violation of zoning ordinances and because he has unpaid water bills of $953 from a number of properties.

He told the council one of those properties is a house he had rented from an individual and that property owner should be responsible for that bill.

On Tuesday, Mobridge Finance Officer Heather Beck reported that Tolly is responsible for that bill because he left the property without paying the bill that was due at the time.

Tolly told the council his shop, the home in which he lives and a rental property have had no water service for months, yet the bill still continues to increase. He said he was never notified that his service was being cut off and that he had assumed the lines had frozen. He said he presumed that water service would be restored when he paid the bills for his home and shop.

Tolly contends that the city has erred in calling the vehicles on the property abandoned as they all belong to people who have not yet paid the impound fee. He said he has tried to get titles to these vehicles but errors at the state and county level have cost him more than $1,000 (in registered letter fees) and he is no closer to holding a public auction of the vehicles than he was before he started working with the government entities. He said he was informed recently that he needed to have a dealer license to hold such an auction. He had planned a public auction of the vehicle on May 20.

He is being singled out, he told the council, as there are other businesses along Grand Crossing that have vehicles on their lots that are not blocked from view and should also be considered in violation of the ordinance.

Ward III Councilman Randy Carlson told the council he felt they should work out a solution with Tolly that would allow him to get the building permit.

Mobridge City Attorney Rick Cain said a building permit couldn’t be issued until the water bills were paid.

Mayor Jamie Dietterle told him that it comes down to paying his water bill and dealing with the ordinance violation. He advised Tolly to get a lawyer to help him with his problems with the state and county and for advise on the court action the city is taking against him for continuing to maintain a nuisance property.

 

Sewer project

Mobridge Water Department manager Brad Milliken reported the 14th Street water and sewer project would progress as the current sewer lines allow.

He told the council he had spoken to both former Water Department Manager Spud Dame and Todd Goldsmith of Goldsmith and Heck Engineering of Mobridge about the depth of the sewer lines and if that could be a problem for new lines.

He said that if the lines are too shallow and a new elevation can be used that would improve the current service to residence; the new sewer lines would be installed.

H said if the elevation was not right, the water would not flow to the east and current problems would continue. That will not be known until the lines are uncovered when the water lines are installed.

“If we can improve their service we will install new sewer lines,” he told the council. “If not, only new water lines will be installed.”

– Katie Zerr

 

 

 

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