- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MADISON, S.D. (AP) - Some people who live around Lake County’s Brant Lake want to incorporate into what they say could be the first new city in eastern South Dakota in half a century.

The effort is driven by a “change in the dynamic of residents” over the years, proponent Dave Philips told the Lake County Commission on Tuesday. The lake area had only about 12 full-time residents two decades ago, but now there are dozens, he said.

Being a municipality would allow the people who live there to have more of a say in their community, according to Philips.

“We are looking to reduce government and bring decisions to people living there, and bring forward thinking to that area,” Philips said.

The new city likely would adopt the current zoning ordinances of Lake County, and it doesn’t plan on bringing in its own law enforcement, he told commissioners.

The group of residents who wishes to incorporate has held three town hall meetings and has received enough signatures for the application, the Madison Daily Leader (https://bit.ly/1JXU19b ) reported.

Lake County States Attorney Manuel de Castro told commissioners told commissioners that all of the paperwork is in order.

“Whether you think it’s a good idea or not doesn’t matter … I think you’ve got to sign it,” he said.

The County Commission authorized an election on March 29. There are 82 people eligible to vote - registered voters who live within the proposed city boundaries or own land there.

Residents had discussed incorporation in 2005 and 2009, but didn’t qualify, Philips said.

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Information from: The Madison Daily Leader, https://www.madisondailyleader.com

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