After the approval of the Spearfish Rural Fire Protection District in April, 17 individuals have submitted petitions to serve on the district’s board, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Next steps for the district include developing by-laws, creation of a fire department, and levying of taxes.
State law does not specify an upper limit to the number of individuals who may serve on the board, although the minimum number is five. Those interested in serving are required to collect 25 petition signatures to do so.
After the vote which approved the creation of the fire protection district, the Lawrence County Commission filed an order with the South Dakota Secretary of State noting the Spearfish Rural Fire Protection District as incorporated. However, to date, the county has not received an acknowledgement of the order.