September 5, 2012

September 4, 2012

            The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session September 4, 2012, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Heath Thompson, Don Bowman, Voni Durant, Pat Maroney and Roger Wentland.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Thompson called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

            Motion by Durant, seconded by Bowman and carried to approve the agenda as amended.

            The minutes of August 21 were amended to read:  “Dated this 21st day of August, 2012.”  Minutes from the August 27th meeting were also reviewed and approved. 

            A plat of the courthouse grounds as prepared by Eric D. Meyer of Ulteig was examined.  This project has been a joint effort with the Howard School District and the City of Howard to resolve lot line questions.  After studying the presented plat it was moved by Maroney, seconded by Wentland and carried to instruct board chairman, Heath Thompson, to sign on behalf of the county the “owner’s certificate of compliance” printed on the plat. 

            The 2013 Provisional Budget hearing was held as advertised.  Miner County 4-H youth advisor, Maria Feldhaus was present for the hearing.  Commissioners reviewed estimates for repairs to the Quonset building located at the 4-H grounds.  Motion by Maroney, seconded by Bowman and carried to increase the Ag Building 2013 budget request from $3500 to $28,500.  Final adoption will be on September 25th. 

            A public hearing was held for the second reading of ordinance 12-02, an ordinance amending ordinance 93-01, an ordinance establishing a 911 emergency telephone reporting system for Miner County, South Dakota the amendment in accordance with the provisions of SDCL 34-45, and amendments thereof, and for the repeal of all resolutions and ordinances in conflict therewith.  No other persons were present for

the reading.  After hearing no opposition to ordinance 12-02 it was moved by Bowman, seconded by Durant and carried to adopt ordinance 12-02. 

            Welfare Director Gibi Page presented poor relief case 12-10 for consideration.  Motion by Wentland, seconded by Durant and carried to deny case 12-10 due to lack of information available to determine residency and eligibility and non-emergency status. 

            Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reviewed equipment purchases and other highway matters.  A surplus auction sale will be held on October 27. 

            James River Water Development District manager Dave Bartels presented information on projects that were approved by the water development board this year. 

            Ordinance 06-01 Burn Ban.  The burn ban does not apply to any incorporated municipality within the county.  Discussion as to enforcement of violations to the ordinance took place.  Concerns were voiced as to the public safety, request from county fire departments, and the high costs of calling in assistance from the state.  States Attorney Protsch joined the meeting.  Enforcement of the burn ban shall be through citations issued thru the sheriff’s department.  The ban will remain in effect until further notice.  Violators of this ordinance shall be subject to a maximum penalty of thirty (30) days in jail, a $200 fine, or both.

A copy of Ordinance 06-01 Miner County Burn Ban is available at the Miner County Auditor’s Office.

            Commissioners would like to recognize the Miner County 4-H participants in Miner County Achievement Days and the SD State Fair and congratulate them on a very successful year.

Claims allowed: Commissioners $3639.50, Auditor $5930.31, Treasurer $5833.50, States Attorney $3388.50, Custodian $3003.49, Director of Equalization $4175.90, Register of Deeds $5416.50, Vets Service $732.50, Sheriff $9952.88, Contract Law $3099.75, Welfare $246.72, County Nurse $2035.44, Ambulance $7330.89, WIC $154.20, Extension $1868.65, Weed $785.25, Highway-$32,360.58, Dispatch $10,461.09, Emergency MGT $2129.50, SD Retirement $5225.55, Wellmark $20,637.46, OASI $7359.04;  Transamerica – Gap- $5135.74, Guardian–Life-$169.74, Dental- $776.79, Vision-$274.09, Debbie Eggert $9.00, Karla Neises $9.00, Diane Rentz $9.00, travel; Sanford Medical Center $11,437.94, poor relief; AED Superstore $159.00, Butler Machinery Co. $130.85, Campbell Supply $25.90, Homestead Building Supply $21.49, McFarland Supply Co., Inc $65.53, Mid-American Research $185.67, O’Keefe Implement $24.89, Sheehan Mack Sales & Equipment $336.12, Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $122.94, Smile Makers $45.97, Thomson West $85.00, Tom’s Hardware $12.31, True North Steel $19,117.27, Wheelco Brake & Supply $88.49, Wingen’s Garage $167.75, supplies;  Al’s Service $63.58, Homestead Building Supply $62.40, repairs; Aramark Uniform Services $45.77, rent; AT&T Mobility $131.16, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, telephone; Avera St Joseph Clinic $45.00, blood alcohol; Queen of Peace $70.40, employment screening; Bob’s Electric $4878.00, Homeland Security; Miner County Treasurer $171.67, cash item-supplies; NW Energy & Comm $17.28, gas service; Gregory Protsch $900.00, office expense allowance; SD Counties $1485.00, convention registrations; SDSU Extension $10,500.00, 4-H payment  state; SD Dept of Transportation $1417.38, contracted maintenance; SD Public Assurance Alliance $114.00, Xcel Energy $11.26, electric service.

The meeting adjourned to September 25, 2012.  Dated this 4th day of September, 2012.

                                                            Heath A. Thompson, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor


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Miner County Courthouse

Park Ave. & Main St

401 N. Main St.

Howard, SD 57349


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