November 8, 2012

November 8, 2012

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session, November 8, 2012, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Heath Thompson, Voni Durant and Don Bowman.  Absent: Patrick Maroney.  Chairman Thompson called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion by Bowman, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda as amended.  The minutes of October 16th and October 23rd were approved.

The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed an October 31, 2012 balance of $5,375,002.54 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.

Commissioners acknowledge receipt of thank you notes from the Henden Future Farmers 4-H club and its members thanking the commission for support of the Miner County 4-H program, and correspondence from NRCS, Hartford Steam Boiler, and Correctional Risk Services.

The board conducted the official canvass of the results of the general election held November 6, 2012, and transmitted the results to the Secretary of State.

Emergency Management Director Bob Calmus introduced SD Emergency Management District Supervisor Allan Miller to the commission.

The board authorized the chairman to sign the following:  Homeland Security Equipment Transfer of radio repeaters & narrow banding projects; and SD Dept Public Safety Homeland Security Reimbursement Terms & Conditions. 

After reviewing quotes from Heartland Glass Company and Midwest Glass, Inc. it was moved by Durant, seconded by Wentland and carried to authorize Heartland Glass Company to replace the courthouse basement windows. 

Commissioners acknowledged the receipt of an application for release of county lien from Josh Esser.   The petitioner, Josh Esser, is desirous of obtaining a release, releasing the property described as Lot One (1) in Block Twelve (12) of Farmer’s Addition, City of Howard, Miner County, South Dakota, from the county liens as shown on the title commitment, and in consideration thereof, offers Miner County the sum of $3,000.00, which represents the purchase price of the property that would otherwise be paid to the sellers as a compromise settlement for the liens as described in the title commitment;  that it would be to the advantage and the best interest of Miner County and the taxpayers situated therein, that the above-described real estate be released from the county liens.

Motion by Wentland and seconded by Bowman to adopt the following resolution.


WHEREAS, Public Assistance having been rendered by Miner County, State of South Dakota, and various county liens having been filed against the property herein described, said liens identified on the attached Exhibit A,

AND WHEREAS it appears to the satisfaction of the Board of County Commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota, that it is to the best interest and advantage of said County to release the following described real property of the attached county liens, to wit:

Lot One (1) in Block Twelve (12) of Farmer’s Addition upon payment to said County of Miner of the sum of $3,000.00 to said County;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  Upon this Resolution becoming effective and the payment of the sum of $3,000.00 to said County, receipt whereof is acknowledged, the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners of said Miner County, and the County Auditor of said County, are hereby authorized to execute a Partial Satisfaction and Release of the above-described real property only, situate in said County, from the liens described in Exhibit A.  The liens described herein shall continue as to all other real property of Karen Hoffman and Jonathan Hoffman in Miner County, South Dakota, and that a record thereof made as provided by law.

Dated at the City of Howard, Miner County, South Dakota this 8th day of November, 2012.

                                                Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on highway matters.  Discussion as to the speed limit on the curve north of Carthage was held.  Krempges will seek assistance from the SD DOT on suggested speed limit.  The highway department will begin the removal of the trees north of the courthouse within the next week.

            A survey of employees will be sought as to their experience with health insurance claims utilizing the current plans from Wellmark and TransAmerica.  Commissioners will review insurance quotes in December.

Claims allowed: Commissioners $3639.50, Auditor $5828.65, Treasurer $5833.50, States Attorney $3388.50, Gov. Building $2269.47, Director of Equalization $3959.15, Register of Deeds $5111.52, Vet Service Officer $732.50, Sheriff $9590.00, Contract Law $3099.75, Welfare $154.20, County Nurse $1919.79, Ambulance $6937.68, WIC $138.78, Extension $1131.03, Weed $710.25, Highway-$32,153.08, Dispatch $7966.56 – includes Joni Haak @ $14.28/hr, Emergency Management $2129.50, Wellmark $6154.20, TransAmerica-Gap $1771.62, GUARDIAN $380.68, Miner Co Bank $968.56, FAST Program $500.00, recreation grant; SD Dept of Revenue $1687.40, Predatory Animal Control $600, Mentally Ill Patient Care;  F.A.S.T. Program $500.00, grant; Colleen Noid $156.00, Barb Genzlinger $448.00, Janet Haak $20.00, Donna Klinkhammer $624.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $240.00, Rick Olson $72.00, Ashley Callies $293.50, Jay Goldammer $52.00, ambulance attendants; Henry Rentschler $10.00, EVOC driver; AT & T Mobility$132.78, Alliance Communications $1111.02, phone service; A-OX Welding Supply Co $37.38, A&G Diesel $77.72, Brown & Saenger $52.14, Butler Machinery $206.96, Campbell Supply $59.99, Canova Service Center $13.41, Concrete Materials $173.60, Diamond Mowers, Inc $395.11, Driveline Service $134.22, Dust-Tex Service $113.48, Fastenal Company $69.59, Gillund Enterprises $557.28, Hard Drive Outlet $806.00, Homestead Building Supply $28.63, Howard Farmers Coop $18,992.26, James River Equipment $360.29, Kingsbury Co. Highway $6374.93, Liberty Flag & Specialty Co. $59.95, Ludens Inc. $1950.00, Mid-American Research $289.60, Office Peeps, Inc $152.93, Pfeifer Imp. $594.37, Rolling Prairie Grains $1751.75, Rusty’s Foodland $198.48, SD Dept of Health $320.00, Spencer Quarries, Inc $306.14, Stan Houston Equipment $18.85, Sturdevant’s Auto Parts $955.12, Tom’s Hardware Hank $103.14, supplies; Aramark Uniform Services  $91.54, rent; Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, telephone; Bob’s Electric $142.48, Cummins Central Power $419.28, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $452.61, Howard Farmers Coop $106.08, repairs; Century Link $96.25, Santel Communications $55.12, Triotel Communications $167.53, 911 charges; SD Assn County Commissioners $1720.83, Judicial

Legal Exp Fund; CNA Surety $94.65, SD Public Assurance Alliance $2268.05, insurance; Denise Cody $15.00, Ericsson & Giles $164.00, Lucy Lewno $150.45, Shepherd Reporting Service $27.50, Karen Swanda $15.00, Creighton Thurman $179.90, Yankton Co. Sheriff $25.00, mental illness hearing expense; Davison County Jail $600.00, prisoner care; Horizon Health Care $90.00, blood alcohols; Howard City $1265.27,utilities; Ron Krempges $18.00, Ramkota Hotel $158.00, travel; LeadsOnLine $1188.00, investigation expense; Miner County Pioneer $1268.35, publishing; Miner Co Treasurer $1500.00, Extension 4-H awards; $240.91, cash item; NW Energy $107.98, gas service; Greg Protsch $900.00, office expense allowance;  SD Continuing Legal Education $500.00, Law Library law books; SDML Workers’ Comp Fund $35,616.00, insurance; Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $760.00, Homeland Security radio; SD Dept of Health Lab Service $70.00, blood alcohols; SD Dept of Legislative Audit $8277.50, county audit; SD Dept of Transportation $10,259.10, road & bridge materials; Xcel Energy $10.70, electric service; Zoll Medical Corp $15,665.06, Ambulance AutoPulse; Phyllis Lauer $175, Marilyn Eggert $175, Darcy Albert $175, Elaine Nelson $175, Connie Eliason $175, Joan Spader $175, Phylis Stevens $175, Karna Adler $150, Paul Pater $175, Debra Haak $193.50, Ardys Wingen $207.56, Jean Johnson $185.36, Cindy Lewis $201.64, Beverly Donahue $191.28, Kathryn Kothe $175, Mary Clark $177.22, Susan Sibson $197.20, Betty Wettlaufer $187.95, Jane Hoyer $201.64, Donna Bechen $192.76, Julie Feldhaus $194.24, Nell Button $203.86, Denise Pederson $189.80, Lea Selken $191.28, Poll Worker Salaries; City of Carthage $50, Fedora Fire Dept. $50, Canova C.A.R.E. Center $75, Polling Place Rent.

            The meeting adjourned to November 20, 2012.  Dated this 8th day of November, 2012.

                                    Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

                                    Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

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Park Ave. & Main St

401 N. Main St.

Howard, SD 57349


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