January 15, 2013

January 15, 2013

            The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session January 15, 2013, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Pat Maroney, Heath Thompson, Voni Durant, Don Bowman and Roger Wentland.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Thompson called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

            The minutes of January 3rd were approved. 

            The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed a December 31, 2012 balance of $3,788,786.48 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.

            Correspondence reviewed included Volunteers of America change in staffing, Dennis Hoffman as interim CEO and Sheryl Barnett as Executive Vice-president. 

            Gibi Page made a request to donate vacation hours to another county employee.  Commissioners determined that this would be allowable through the personnel policy.

            Commissioners instructed the auditor to distribute the health insurance notifications as provided by Wellmark.

            As no petitions were filed for the elective position of coroner and as the appointed term of the current coroner, Terrance Lee, was effective through the date of the general election, it was moved by Wentland, seconded by Bowman, and carried to appoint Terrance Lee as Miner County Coroner through the next general election.    

Emergency Management Director Robert Calmus presented information on possible funding available to create an emergency operations center.  Calmus will secure preliminary costs for the center and continue to keep the commission informed on the project.

            Planting and transplanting trees to the north of the courthouse was discussed.  The existing conifers located to the east side of the parking lot will be transplanted this spring to the north edge of the tree belt.  Further development of the area will be considered this spring. 

            Todd Kays of First District of Local Governments presented the district’s annual report which reviewed funds received through the district’s involvement.  Commissioners requested that First District assist with a wage study for county employee compensations and to study the issues with ambulance service coverage and costs. 

            It was moved by Bowman, seconded by Wentland and carried to make the following changes to the Miner County Personnel handbook. 

6.1. Benefits by Employee Classification


Elected Official – SDCL 7-7.  An individual elected to serve a four-year term and is selected to hold an office for Miner County.  Refer to the Auditor’s Office for a current list of individuals holding elected positions.  Director of Equalization and The Highway Superintendent are is to be treated as elected official (commissioner motion March 2, 2010 and January 15, 2013)




Health Insurance                                                         Full Benefit

Retirement                                                                  Full Benefit except for County Commissioners

Holiday Pay                                                                Not Applicable

Family Medical Leave                                                            Not Applicable

Sick Leave                                                                  Not Applicable

Vacation Leave                                                           Not Applicable




Appointed Official – An individual who is appointed by the County Commissioners and holds a regular full-time and/or part-time Supervisor's position and is salaried. (Excluding the Director of Equalization and Highway Superintendent (commissioner motion March 2, 2010 and January 15, 2013) Refer to the Auditor’s Office for a current list of individuals holding the appointed positions.


Claims:  A-Ox Welding Supply $45.32, Butler Machinery $310.22, Cardmember Services $33.80, C&R Supply $134.59, Dust-Tex $113.48, Rob Eggert $94.97, Donald Eppe $65.71, Homestead Building Supply $12.48, Howard Farmers Coop $89.70, Mid-American Research $305.29, Miner County Treasurer $10.00, Neve’s Uniforms $51.49, Rusty’s $123.73, Schwaab $65.00, SD Federal Property Agency $93.00, Stan Houston $21.65, Sturdevant’s $451.90, Tom’s Hardware $64.97, Vander Haag’s $50.00, Wheelco $313.09 supplies; Salem Special $169.00 office supplies; Cardmember Services $50.00, Susan Connor $60.68 travel; Miner County Treasurer $181.87 postage; Dan’s Heating & Cooling $335.43, Dware $1,470.00,Tyler Technologies $2,514.75 office/misc. repairs; Wheelco $260.00 vehicle/equip repairs; City of Howard $1,537.71 utilities; Howard Farmers Coop $4,733.33, Sturdevant’s $30.73 fuel; SD Sheriffs Association $451.67 dues; Davison County Jail $675.00 prisoner care; Carthage Senior Citizens $72.00, Mitchell Area Safehouse $1,300.00 grants; Aramark Uniform $60.59 rent; Xcel Energy $27.52 electric service; Alliance Communications $300.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $173.53 911 charges; SD Federal Property Agency $9,500.00 HS equipment; Domestic Violence Network $51.75, Mitchell Area Safehouse $51.75 domestic abuse fees; and Miner County Treasurer $11.50 administrative expense.

Payroll:  Colleen Noid $129.29, Cathy Cavigielli $36.94, Barbara Genzlinger $306.61, Donna Klinkhammer $509.78, Rick Olson $22.16, Jay Goldammer $48.03, Ambulance Attendants; EFTPS $174.38; Josh Esser $10.00, Mike Sebert $50.00, Mike Clary $10.00, Henry Rentschler $10.00, Nathan Kizer $10.00 EVOC drivers. 

The meeting adjourned to February 5, 2013.  Dated this 15th day of January 2013.

                                    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


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