February 21, 2017

2017 School Land Lease Auction

A school land lease auction will be held in the Fall River County Courthouse, basement meeting room in Hot Springs, SD on March 31, 2017 at 2:00PM (MT).

A list of tracts available for lease may be obtained at the Fall River County Auditor’s Office or by contacting the Office of School & Public Lands at (605) 773-3303. You may also visit the SPL website www.sdpubliclands.com.    For more information contact Mike Cornelison, Office of School & Public Lands, 500 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD  57501-5070 or phone (605)773-4172.  Disabled individuals needing assistance should contact the Office of School and Public Lands at least 48 hours in advance of the auction to make any necessary arrangements.

Land List for Auction

Terms & Conditions Ag Lease

Terms & Conditions Grazing Lease

2017 AUM Rate

Employment Opportunity: Truck Driver/ Heavy Equipment Operator

Truck Driver/Heavy Equipment Operator: The Fall River County Highway Department is accepting applications for a full time Truck Driver/Heavy Equipment Operator. This job requires that the applicant possess a Class “A” C.D.L. Full benefits including: vacation and sick leave, SD retirement; paid health, vision and dental insurance. For more information call us at 605-745-5137.  Open until filled.


See Employment page for application and other job positions.

Courthouse Closed – President’s Day

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed Monday, February 20th, in observance of President’s Day. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, February 21st.

Understanding Taxes

Understanding Taxes Presentation

The link above presents several interactive maps that display answers to a variety of questions that are often raised regarding where taxes come from and where they go in Fall River County.


State 911 Board Withholds Payment from Vendor

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – In regards to the press release issued Thursday, Feb 9. 2017 from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety announcing the State 9-1-1 Board’s vote to withhold payment to Comtech due to issues with the NextGen 9-1-1 system.

Fall River County Dispatch (the PSAP located in Hot Springs, SD) has not yet switched to the NextGen system and is therefore unaffected by the issues being addressed in that press release. Fall River County Dispatch is not scheduled to switch to the new system until later this year.


Original State News Release:

Subject: State 9-1-1 Board Votes to Withhold Payment to Vendor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Feb. 9. 2017

Contact: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196

State 9-1-1 Board Votes to Withhold Payment to Vendor

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s 9-1-1 Coordination Board voted Thursday to withhold payment to the vendor who has been hired to upgrade the state’s 9-1-1 emergency communications system.

Payment to NextGen Communications, Inc. (Comtech) of Annapolis, MD is being withheld effective immediately. The current contract calls for the state to pay Comtech $259,000 a month for its work on the system.

Since 2015, the state has paid Comtech $7.4 million to design, build and maintain a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 system. The new 9-1-1 system will equip all of the state’s 28 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) with Next Generation (NEXTGEN) 9-1-1 technology.  This new technology will allow the PSAPs to share information and data easier, provide back up to one another and eventually accept text to 9-1-1 messages when a phone call to 9-1-1 isn’t possible.

The phase one work of installing a new phone system has been done at 19 PSAPs so far and this phase is scheduled to be completed this year. But in a letter to Comtech sent today (Feb. 9), the 9-1-1 Coordination Board stated that Comtech has been slow to fix several recurring problems found within the system.

“While the state understands there will be trouble tickets submitted over time by each PSAP, the recurring frequency of these issues is unacceptable,” the letter reads. “Comtech must resolve these specific items and provide the state with an explanation of how it was resolved and provide assurance the system as deployed will work as designed.”

The letter says monthly payment will be withheld until such time as the listed items are resolved to the satisfaction of the state.

While there have been problems in some areas, the board stresses that the 9-1-1 system still functions statewide.

“None of the PSAPs are without service and 9-1-1 emergency calls are being answered,” says state 9-1-1 Coordinator Shawnie Rechtenbaugh. “But for the new system to work as it should, Comtech needs to fix these recurring problems. It has been a frustrating situation that has lingered for several months and the board believed it had to act.”


PSAPS are located in: Aberdeen, Belle Fourche, Britton, Brookings, Canton, Custer, Deadwood, Elk Point, Flandreau, Hot Springs, Howard, Huron, Lake Andes, Madison, Mitchell, Mobridge, Pierre, Rapid City, Redfield, Sioux Falls, Sisseton, Spearfish, Sturgis, Tyndall, Vermillion, Watertown, Winner and Yankton

The 9-1-1 Coordination Board is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.