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FLDS permits expired

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, January 31st, 2013

By Jason Ferguson
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) compound in southwest Custer County has been delivered a cease and desist letter from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, ordering the FLDS to halt construction until it obtains building permits that are current.
At the Jan. 30 meeting of the Custer County Commission, county planning director David Green told the commission of the  letter that was being sent to the FLDS compound. Green said the permits the FLDS were issued have expired and need to be either updated or extended before work continues at the site. Green also recommended the commission stipulate that planning be allowed on the site to verify construction.
Green said members of the FLDS heard about the letter and came to his office to say they would submit in writing the status of the projects they are working on, as well as an application to have their permits resubmitted or extended.
“I think because of public interest, we should make sure they are current,” Green said. Green said many building permits are extended, and most residents come to the planning office to extend their permits once they expire.

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) compound in southwest Custer County has been delivered a cease and desist letter from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, ordering the FLDS to halt construction until it obtains building permits that are current.

At the Jan. 30 meeting of the Custer County Commission, county planning director David Green told the commission of the  letter that was being sent to the FLDS compound. Green said the permits the FLDS were issued have expired and need to be either updated or extended before work continues at the site. Green also recommended the commission stipulate that planning be allowed on the site to verify construction.

Green said members of the FLDS heard about the letter and came to his office to say they would submit in writing the status of the projects they are working on, as well as an application to have their permits resubmitted or extended.

“I think because of public interest, we should make sure they are current,” Green said. Green said many building permits are extended, and most residents come to the planning office to extend their permits once they expire.

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Nancy
January 31st, 2013 at 05:21am

Thanks for being a watchdog David Green. It is great to know you are doing such a good job.

gretchen
February 5th, 2013 at 16:05pm

It is very sad that South Dakota has not figured out an iron-clad way to get flds to leave before they get more entrenched. (Fortunately Texas recently filed to seize the huge ranch in Texas following that state's completion of its investigation of flds crimes there, which span everything from child abuse and exploitation to money laundering.)flds' two main beliefs are polygamy and abject worship of Warren Jeffs. Thorough documentation of what he was doing at the flds ranch in Texas proves he is totally committed to felony behaviors, such as "marrying" girls who have barely reached puberty. Which is why he is spending the rest of his life in a Texas prison. He is still calling all the shots with those he has not cast out, which means there are hundreds of people who will remain in South Dakota doing exactly what they are told to by Jeffs. Latest word is that he has ordered them to eat only beans and drink only water. So as usual, this means hundreds of children will be forced to live on an inadequate dietary regimen, and also go on enduring total isolation from our society, while being groomed to become childbrides and slaves to a madman's whims in general. I think it is simply awful that this group continues to be allowed to develop ANY ranch or compound within US borders, with its very well-known record of human rights abuse of American citizens who are born into it.

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