January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012

            The Miner County Board of Commissioners held their reorganization meeting January 4, 2012, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present: Heath Thompson, Pat Maroney, Donald Bowman and Roger Wentland.   Member LaVonne Durant joined the meeting by phone.   Members absent:  none.  

County Auditor Susan Connor called the meeting to order.   It was moved by Bowman seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda. 

It was moved by Wentland seconded by Maroney and carried to elect Heath Thompson as Chairman.  Thompson took the chair.

It was moved by Bowman to elect Voni Durant as Vice-Chairman.   Motion died for lack of second.  Motion by Thompson, seconded by Maroney and carried to elect Roger Wentland as Vice-Chairman.

            The Auditor's Account with the County Treasurer showed a December 31, 2011, balance of $3,662,506.59 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.

            The minutes of the December 20th and 29th meetings were approved.

            The Miner County Pioneer was designated as official county newspaper, the Miner County Courthouse, Canova Community Hall, and Carthage Community Room as mortgage sale sites and the Miner County Bank at Howard, Miner County Bank at Canova, Farmers State Bank at Carthage, and the SD Public Funds Investment Trust as official depositories for the county for 2012.

            The following appointments were made Mike Connor and Denise Gassman to 3 year terms on the Ambulance Board.  Members and the year their term expires are as follows:                                   

Kari Jo Carlson (SE area)                                1-1-13 

Valera Anderson (NW area)                           1-1-13

Barb Genzlinger (EMT)                                  1-1-13 

Lanny Klinkhammer (Law Enforcement)       1-1-14

Barb Esser (Medical)                                      1-1-14             

Jerry Johnson (City)                                        1-1-14 

Mike Connor (NE area)                                  1-1-15             

Denise Gassman (SW area)                             1-1-15

            The roster for 2012 for the Miner County Ambulance Service volunteer attendants and drivers is as follows:  Angela Beyer, Ashley Callies, Cathy Cavigielli, Dave Claussen, Barb Genzlinger, Janet  Haak, Donna Klinkhammer, Lanny Klinkhammer, Holly Litterick, Rick Olson, Kimberly Halverson, Jay Goldammer, and Colleen Noid.  Ambulance drivers:  Jerry Adler, Mike Clary, Rob Eggert, Pat Grassel, Steve Jacobson, Nathan Kizer, John Mengenhausen, Henry Rentschler, Ken Ruml, Mike Sebert, Josh Esser and Jerry Sprecher.

John Haak and Robert Peterson were appointed to a three –year term on the Weed Board.  Members, their year their terms expire and area represented are as follows:


Dan Page (NW Area)  1-1-14                          Wally Jacobson (NE Area)     1-1-14

John Haak (SE Area)  1-1-15                          Robert Peterson (SW Area)    1-1-15

The following commissioners' appointments were made for 2012:

Entire board-Zoning, and Emergency Management Boards

Weed Board-Durant                                       Dispatch Board/Law Enforcement-Thompson

Community Action Board-Maroney               Legislative Representative-Maroney

Ambulance Board-Durant                                                      Farm-Thompson & Wentland

First District Board-Maroney                                                 Courthouse-Wentland & Thompson

Highway-Wentland & Bowman                                             Juvenile Detention Board-DurantVermillion Watershed Dist.-Wentland          

The following persons serve as weather spotters:  Jerry Hodges, John Mengenhausen, Ron Krempges, Ken Ruml, Lanny Klinkhammer, Larry Barrick, Matt Bornitz, Russ & Sue Dillon, Voni Durant, Shorty & Kathy Faber, David Hattervig, Norman Madison, Randy Lager, Grant Stevens, Ron Miller and Mike Genzlinger.

It was moved by Maroney and seconded by Wentland to approve the following resolution.


            WHEREAS, SDCL 12-15-11 provides that the Board of Commissioners shall by annual resolution at the first regular commission meeting establish the rate of compensation to be paid the judges and clerks of a necessary election;

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the rate of compensation for judges and clerks for any county-wide election in 2012 be established at $150.00 for a general election, $150.00 for a primary or special election, and $25.00 for attendance of election schools.

            Voting aye: Thompson, Bowman, Maroney, Durant and Wentland.  Nay: none.

Resolution approved this 4th day of January, 2012.

Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:    Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            It was moved by Durant and seconded by Bowman to pass the following resolution.


            WHEREAS, SDCL 7-7-25 states that the Board of County Commissioners, by resolution, may authorize county officials to attend educational conferences, meetings, and conventions held and conducted within or without the state of South Dakota pertaining to the betterment and advancement of county government;

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the county commissioners, highway superintendent, auditor, treasurer, register of deeds, state's attorney, sheriff, assessing officer, coroner, and veterans service officer be authorized to attend conferences, meetings, and conventions called for the purpose set forth in SDCL 7-7-25 and that the mileage and necessary expenses to attend such be allowed.  This resolution shall be in force for fiscal year 2012.

            Voting aye: Thompson, Bowman, Maroney, Durant and Wentland.  Nay: none. 

Resolution approved this 4th day of January, 2012.

Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

Miner County Board of Commissioners


Attest:   Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            It was moved by Durant and seconded by Wentland to pass the following resolution.



            BE IT RESOLVED that the following wage scale for Miner County employees be in effect for fiscal year 2012 (annual salary unless otherwise specified).


Commissioners-Chairman                                                                               $9,399

Vice-chairman                                                                                                 8,922


Commissioners                                                                                                8,451


Appointed boards                                                                                           25.00/ meeting


Auditor, Susan Connor                                                                                   43,434

Treasurer Debra Eggert, Register of Deeds

Karla Neises, Director of Equalization Kay Hageman                                   41,538

 State's Attorney Gregory Protsch                                                                  40,662

 Sheriff Lanny Klinkhammer                                                                          47,400

 Deputy Sheriff Robert Eggert                                                                       39,960

 Deputy Sheriff Mike Clary                                                                            32,928

 Part-time law enforcement                                                                             15.12/hr.


911 Coordinator Cora Schwader                                                                    35,487

            plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training


Guards-Jenny Grendler                                                                       ,           14.42/hr.

            Dispatchers:Level 1-Lynne Calmus                                                    14.05/hr.

Level 2-Kathryn Haak, Jasmine Johnson, Joey Klinkhammer            14.28/hr.

            Level 3-                                                                                               14.54/hr.

            Level 4-Sara Rentschler, Randall Schwader                                      14.76/hr

            Level 5-Sharon Kommes, Janet Haak, Jerald Sprecher,

                        Jenny Grendler                                                                        14.98/hr.

            Level 6-                                                                                               15.20/hr

            Level 7-                                                                                               15.42/hr

            Level 8-                                                                                               15.64/hr

plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training

Full-time clerical:

Level 1                                                                                                25,572

Level 2                                                                                                25,989

Level 3-                                                                                               26,463

Level 4-                                                                                               26,865

Level 5-                                                                                               27,264

Level 6-                                                                                               27,666

Level 7-Diane Rentz                                                                           28,065

Level 8-Pat Carmon                                                                            28,464


Part-time clerical:       

Level 1-                                                                                               14.05/hr.

Level 2-                                                                                               14.28/hr.

Level 3-Bob Remacle                                                                         14.54/hr.

Level 4-                                                                                              14.76/hr.

Level 5-                                                                                               14.98/hr.

Level 6-Cindy Foster, Gibi Page                                                        15.20/hr

Level 7-                                                                                               15.42/hr

Level 8-Helen Sprecher, Deanne Krantz                                            15.64/hr

Temporary clerical                                                                                           14.05/hr.


Custodian-Louise Rentschler, Henry Rentschler                                            14.98/hr.


Emergency Management Director-Robert Calmus                                         25,554


Veterans Service Officer-Terry Lee                                                                  8,790 


Ambulance Manager-Cora Schwader                                                               8,604

Ambulance EMT-Molly Steeneck, Erin Feldhaus, Kelli Smith                      23,865


Weed Supervisor-Robert Calmus                                                                     8,523 


Highway Department: Superintendent-Ron Krempges                                  47,460

Level 8- Joe Erpenbach,                                                                                  15.64hr.

Level 7-Harvey Schrank, Donald Eppe, Edwin Meyer, Grant Stevens         15.14/hr.

Level 6-                                                                                                           14.72/hr.

Level 5- Terry Carlson                                                                                    14.51/hr.

Level 4- Darwin Callies                                                                                  14.28/hr.

Level 3-                                                                                                           14.06/hr.

Level 2-                                                                                                           13.84/hr.

Level 1-David Laible                                                                                      13.05/hr.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that longevity pay based on $25.00 per year of employment be paid in November for 2012.

            Motion by Bowman, seconded by Maroney and carried to approve the rates charged for dispatching and 911 services as presented by the sheriff’s department in its 2012 budget. 

            Motion by Wentland, seconded by Durant and carried to set the law enforcement clothing allowance at $200/yr./employee and $125/yr/employee for high visibility clothing for highway workers. 

            Commissioners reviewed the current holidays listed within the personnel policy.  Motion by Maroney, seconded by Bowman and carried to remove from section 6.3.2 Holiday Leave Christmas Eve – December 24 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and to change the following by removing the strike through portion – Additionally, any day so designated by the Miner County Commissioners or the Governor of South Dakota or the President of the United State shall be observed as a legal holiday by the County.  

            Commissioners reviewed the proposal for health insurance, GAP, critical illness and accident coverage.  To control rising costs associated with health care premiums, the commission will increase the deductible and co-insurance and add GAP, critical care, and accident insurance to assist with the increase costs to the employees.  Motion by Wentland, seconded by Maroney and carried to pay 100% of the employee’s coverage and 70% of dependent coverage for health, GAP, critical care and accident insurance.

Motion by Bowman, seconded by Maroney and carried to set the following holidays for 2012:  New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Native American Day, Veterans’ Day (Observed Nov. 12), Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and Christmas Day. 

            Commissioner Durant left the meeting.  Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reviewed future road project costs and funding issues with State programs and the county’s share of those project costs.   

            Claims allowed:  Commissioners $3533.25; Auditor $6261.26; Treasurer $6484.02; State’s Attorney $3289.75; Custodian $2813.00; Director of Equalization $3789.66; Register of Deeds $5469.58; Veteran Service Office $711.00; Sheriff $10,200.98; Contract Law Enforcement $3008.50; Welfare $117.76; Public Health Office $2046.08; Ambulance $8094.00; WIC $147.20; Extension $3937.81; Weed $689.25; Highway $29,322.18;                  Dispatch $10,041.45 (includes Lynne Calmus @$13.57/hr); Emergency Managemant $2079.43; Sheriff telephone $90.00, Kay Hageman $18.00, Gibi Page $9.00, travel;

            Other Claims: Miner County Bank $7340.20, social security match; Wellmark, $28,408.82, heath insurance match; SD Retirement System $4908.05, retirement match; Alliance Communications $907.67, T & T Mobility $51.24, phone service; Alliance Communications $300.00, 911 charges; Bob’s Electric $45.00, Dware, Inc $1400.00, repairs; Boyer Ford Trucks $15.29, Butler Machinery Co $830.88 GCR $7414.50,  Gessner $185.00, Homestead Building Supply $201.72, Mac’s Inc $107.98, Office Peeps, Inc $79.34, Puttoff Repair Sales & Services $3.25, Wheelco Brake & Supply $42.97, supplies; CLIA Laboratory Program $150.00, licensing fee; Miner Count Pioneer $232.18, publishing; Motorola $1712.00, radio; Gregory Protsch $900.00,office expense allowance; SD Dept of Agriculture $180.00, travel; Servall Towel & Linen $16.64, rent; SD Assn of Co Officials $726.88, SD Assn of Co Weed & Pest Bds $250.00, SD Assn of Weed Supervisors $50.00, dues.

            The meeting adjourned to January 17, 2012.  Dated this 4th day of January, 2012.

                                                Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor


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Physical Address: 

Miner County Courthouse

Park Ave. & Main St

401 N. Main St.

Howard, SD 57349


Office Hours: 

7:30am-12:00pm & 12:30pm-4:00pm

Monday - Friday

(Sheriff/Dispatch Office Open 24/7)