Yankton County Emergency Management
There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst
There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst
Yankton County Emergency Management exists to protect the residents of Yankton County and their property from the effects of natural, man made, and technological disasters through efforts in preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation
Do you have a 911 Address sign at the end of your road? Emergency Service may not find you if you don't have a address sign posted.
If you need a sign got to https://permitting.schneidergis.com/jurisdiction/68d88fa2-efa8-4d3c-808d-f31a65047b2e
You can get your address sign on line. or call the Office - 605-260-4400 ext. 9
Open Burning is allowed in Yankton County. Conditions may change Quickly in the county. Use extreme Caution if you need to burn.
YANKTON COUNTY RESOLUTION
TO PROVIDE FOR EMERGENCY REGULATION OF OPEN BURNING AND DANGEROUS FIRE HAZARDS IN YANKTON COUNTY
WHEREAS, the Commissioners of Yankton County are charged with the protecting the health and safety of the citizens of Yankton County, including all property situated therein; and
WHEREAS, South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 7-8-20(18) allows the Yankton County Commission, to prohibit or restrict open burning within Yankton County, after consultation with local fire officials and law enforcement officials, in order to protect the public health and safety; and
WHEREAS, conditions of wildfire and dangerous fire hazards affecting public health and safety have existed in Yankton County; and
WHEREAS, the Yankton County Emergency Management Office is able to respond and monitor conditions of wildfire and dangerous fire hazards in a significantly more expedient process than the Yankton County Commissioners are able to accomplish; and,
WHEREAS, the Yankton County Commissioners hereby deem it necessary, for immediate preservation of public health and safety of Yankton County, to adopt this resolution and allow the Yankton County Emergency Management office to enforce or restrict open burning and monitor conditions of wildfire and dangerous fire hazards within Yankton County; and
WHEREAS, the Yankton County Emergency Management Office shall consult with local fire officials and law enforcement officials concerning the treat of wildfire from open burning under certain climatic conditions that become dangerous to life and property and upon recommendation of said consultation the Yankton County Emergency manager shall be authorized to prohibit or restrict open burning; and,
WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Yankton County commissioners, that the provisions of this resolution shall take effect immediately upon the passage by the board: and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE YANKTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION I. DEFINITIONS:
A. Open Fire: Means any outdoor fire, including a campfire, that is not contained within a fully enclosed fire box or structure from which the products of combustion are emitted directly to the open atmosphere without passing through a stack, duct or chimney with spark arresters. Open Fire does not include fires contained within liquid-fired or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within all buildings, charcoal grill fires at privates residents, and permanent fire pits or fire grates located on supervised developed picnic grounds and Charcoal Grills, Liquid Fuel Grills, Outdoor Fireplaces, and Campgrounds as defined herein.
1. Charcoal Grill: Means a metal or Stone device not resting on the ground with a metal grate designed to cook food using charcoal briquettes, char wood, hard wood, or similar fuel.
2. Liquid Fuel Grill: Means a metal or stone device designed to cook food using liquefied of gaseous combustible fuel
3. Outdoor Fireplaces: Means a manufactured appliance constructed of non-combustible materials, with a maximum fuel area of three (3) feet, including a screen, (screen opening shall be no larger than 1/4” square), chimney or other device placed above the fuel area, fueled by cut or split wood, located not closer than 15 feet to any combustible surface and continually attended.
4. Campground: Means any permitted commercial campground operated by private individuals or corporations, State of South Dakota, or the United States National Park Service unless otherwise specifically banned by resolution of the Yankton County Board of Commissioners.
B. Burn Barrel: Means a metal container used to hold combustible or flammable waste materials so that they can be ignited for the purpose of disposal. Burn Barrels must have a metal grate; metal grate opening shall be no larger than 1/4” square covering at any time when being used. Burn Barrels must be located in a safety zone away from any or all combustible materials 15 feet radius of the Burn Barrel.
SECTION II: REGULATIONS:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that no person shall set any Open Fire or ignite a fire in a Burn Barrel in Yankton County, outside the boundaries of any Municipality, When the National Weather Service has declared the Grassland Fire Index to be in the Very High or Extreme Category. If the U.S. Drought Monitor should reach a D3 category or higher anywhere in the county, or when the Yankton County Emergency Management Office, through the Yankton County Emergency Manager after consultation with local fire and law enforcement officials initiate a “No Open Burning Ban” by providing notice in a legal newspaper that no person shall set any Open Fire or igniting a fire in a Burn Barrel in Yankton County, outside the boundaries of any municipality; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the No Open Burning Ban shall remain in effect until the Yankton County Emergency Management Office provides notice in a legal newspaper that the No Open Burning Ban has been removed; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) for each violation, or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed thirty days for each violation, or by both the fine and imprisonment, if found in violation of this Resolution, as per South Dakota Codified Law 7-18A-2, and that the costs for suppressing any fire, including response fees, mutual aid assistance from other agencies or fire departments, reimbursement to governments for suppression efforts and compensation to the firefighters for time lost from their employment, be born directly by the individual or individuals responsible for setting the fire.
Dated this 16th day of August, 2022.
Joe Healy/s/ - Chairman
: Yankton County Commission
Patty Hojem, Auditor
Yankton County Office of Emergency Management wants to bring to your attention the importance of having a 911 address sign posted out in front of your home or business. If you have a fire, a medical emergency or an intruder in your home or business, time is of the essence. This can be life or death, loss of your home or business if emergency services cannot find your location. The county reminds everyone that you need to have a 911 address sign for your rural dwelling and/or places of business that are on all public and private roads and streets shall be assigned. The signs need to be plainly marked at the end of the driveway.
We know that there are a lot of signs that are put on the structure themselves. I ask this question, if it is dark outside, can you read the house address from the road? This becomes an issue for emergency service personnel because they cannot see the numbers in the dark. In towns and cities, its allowed because they have street lights to luminate the area where you are able to see the signs. In the country, we do not have that luxury.
We ask that you install your sign in your yard. To receive a sign, you will need to go to the county’s website and fill out an order form. The cost is $35.00. This includes a post, address sign and the bolts to mount it. There are instructions in the bag to help you. For ordering a sign, follow this link: http://www.co.yankton.sd.us/custom/planning-zoning and click on the E911 Address Request. Fill out your information, and a sign should arrive in about 7-10 working days. You will be notified by email when your sign is ready for pickup at the Yankton County Office of Emergency Management.
If you have any questions you can contact the Yankton Planning & Zoning office at 605-260-4400 ext. 9 or call the Yankton County Office of Emergency Management at 605-668-5289.
Yankton County Office of Emergency Management.
COUNTY ORDINANCE NO. 11- A REVISION
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A RURAL ADDRESSING SYSTEM
WHEREAS, the Yankton County Board of Commissioners has established an Emergency 911 telephone system pursuant to SDCL 34-45; and
WHEREAS, the Yankton County Board of Commissioners believes that the establishment of a Rural Addressing system to complement the 911 system is in the best interest of Yankton County residents;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Commission, and it is hereby ordained by authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION I NAMING OF ROADS
The names of roads are hereby fixed and adopted in accordance with, and as shown by the maps of the county on file in the Planning office, which are hereby designated and adopted as the official road address maps of the county. The names on these maps shall supersede the road names found on the plats recorded in the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds is hereby authorized to make the necessary changes on the plats to correspond with the names on these maps.
A. New Road Intersection signs that have been approved by the Planning office with concurrence of E-911 Committee shall be installed at intersections once the road is developed or constructed. Sign shall be designed to meet US DOT specifications.
B. No new addresses will be assigned to the new road until the Intersection sign is installed. This is the responsibility of the owner, developer, or home owner’s association (HOA).
C. Cost of the Road Intersection Sign is the responsibility of the developer.
SECTION II. DESIGNATION OF ADDRESSES – ALL EXISTING STRUCTURES
Addresses for rural dwelling units and places of business on all public and private roads and streets shall be assigned by the Planning office. These addresses shall be in accordance with South Dakota Administrative Rules Chapter 50:02:03 except when it is deemed appropriate to utilize a municipality's addressing system in areas adjacent to the corporate limits and procedures adopted by Yankton County. The office of Planning and Zoning shall keep a record of all numbers assigned under this ordinance.
50:02:03:04. Thoroughfare naming. For the purpose of the rural addressing system, county and township thoroughfares shall be designated according to the following table:
THOROUGHFARE DIRECTION OR DESIGN THOROUGHFARE DESIGNATOR
East/West - Street
North/South - Avenue
Diagonal - Road
Meandering - Road
Cul-de-sac - Court
Begins and ends on same thoroughfare Loop
Dead end Place
SECTION Ill. POSTING OF DESIGNATED ADDRESS
Initially, the owner, occupant or person in charge of any house or building to which an address has been assigned, will be responsible for maintaining and replacing said sign if it is damaged, removed, or becomes unreadable. The time in which it needs to be replaced is 45 Days from notification.
Once the addresses are in place, the owner, occupant or person in charge of any house or building will acquire the official address of any new or existing structure from the office of Planning and Zoning.
It shall be the duty of every person having a home or business establishment outside of municipal boundaries to affix the assigned number and remove any other number which might be mistaken for or confused with, the 911 rural address assigned to said structure by the office Planning District III.
Each principal building shall display the assigned address to the frontage on which the front entrance is located. In the cases where a principal building is occupied by more than one business and/or family dwelling unit, each separate dwelling or unit must display a separate address.
Numbers and/or letters indicating the official address for each principal building shall be posted in a manner as to be legible and distinguishable from the road, with letters of a contrasting color to the background, of not less than two (2) inches in width and not less than four (4) inches in height. If a building is situated in such a way that the address cannot easily be seen from the road in front of the building, a sign or address post must be used at the entrance of the primary driveway. The post must be installed so that the address is displayed on the right hand side of the driveway while looking at the building. The post must also be installed on private property, outside the road right-of-way. The sign must be between Four (4) feet and Six (6) feet above the ground. For ease of recognition by emergency responders and uniformity throughout the county, the sign posted at the driveway shall have a green background with white reflective letters and/or numbers. The letters and/or numbers shall be not less than two (2) inches l in width and four (4) inches in height. The sign shall be displayed horizontally, so that the address is readable from left to right.
SECTION IV. ALL NEW STRUCTURES
The location of the principal building will determine where the owner or developer shall procure the official address of the premises. A building located within city limits, shall procure the official address of the premises from the City's Building Permitting Authority. A building located within the County's jurisdiction shall procure the official address of the premises from the Yankton County Planning and Zoning office.
No utility hookup or mail service shall be initiated for any principal building until the owner or developer has procured the official address of the premises. For new construction, the rural address number shall be displayed prior to issuing a building permit.
The building permit will provide clearance for the installation of for utility hookups and initiation of mail service at the designated address.
SECTION V. CAMPGROUNDS
Campground owners/operators shall apply for an address for the campground entrance. In addition, each camping pad/unit shall have identifying numbers, letters, or a combination of the two that identifies that pad/unit. Pad/unit addresses will be assigned by the owner of the campground and a map of the campground with pad/unit numbers shall be provided to the Planning and Zoning Office before any campers are placed in the campground
SECTION V. PENALTIES
Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this ordinance shall constitute a violation of said ordinance. Each day such violations committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such.
Violations of this ordinance shall constitute a Class 2 Misdemeanor as amended a fine of $500.00 and 30 days in jail.
SECTION VI. EFFECTIVE DATE
This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force and effect twenty (20) days after its 2nd Notice of Adoption.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict therewith are hereby repealed.
Chairman County Commission
Yankton County Board of Commissioners
ATTEST: Patty Hojem
Yankton County Auditor