November 5, 2013

November 5, 2013

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session November 5, 2013, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Don Bowman, Voni Durant, Pat Maroney, Alex Protsch and Roger Wentland.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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

The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed an October 31, 2013 balance of $5,941,232.92 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.

State’s Attorney Greg Protsch and Welfare Director Gibi Page met with the board to review Poor Relief Case 13-02 and 13-05.  The board instructed Protsch to compose a letter requesting additional information pertaining to case 13-02. 

Protsch presented the Adoption of Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Final Decision in the matter of Establishment of an Outlet Elevation for Lake Thompson and Validation of Vested Water Right No. 707-3.  A copy of the document is on file in the auditor’s office.

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges discussed road maintenance, bale removal from County highway ditches, gravel hauling and mowing.

Motion by Maroney seconded by Durant and carried to sign the SDPAA change in officials liability deductible notice. 

Commissioners acknowledge thank you notes from various 4-H clubs and a notice from the SD State Historical Society concerning the application for Nansen Store to be considered for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Motion by Durant, seconded by Bowman and carried to authorize auditor Susan Connor to sign any documents associated with the SD Broadband Initiative grant application. 

Maroney presented the Nearly New Shop financial report. 

Motion by Bowman and seconded by Protsch to adopt the following resolution:


WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2013 budget for the community action department to discharge just obligation of said appropriation; and

WHEREAS, SDCL 7-21-32.2 provides that transfers may be made by resolution of the board from the contingency appropriation established pursuant to SDCL 7-21-6.1 to other appropriations;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the appropriation be transferred from contingency to community action, $750.

Voting aye:  Protsch, Maroney, Bowman, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 5th day of November 2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor


Treasurer Debbie Eggert reported on tax deed process associated with various properties located within Howard City.  Eggert has been in contact with the City Finance officer concerning the nuisance special assessments associated with each property.  The city acknowledges that those special assessments will need to be removed by the city council. 

Director of Equalization Tami Severson informed the board that she has passed the required testing for CAA certification.  The board congratulated her on this accomplishment. 

Claims allowed: Road & Bridge $32,950.34, Wellmark $27,326.25, TransAmerica $6,517.76, Guardian $1,524.92, Retirement $4,791.35, OASI $7,103.04, Commissioners $3,744.25, Auditor $5,909.54, Treasurer $5,993.00, States Attorney $3,490.25, Govt Building $2,583.50, Director of Equalization $3,713.87, Register of Deeds $5,240.15, Vet Service $754.50, Sheriff $10,285.35, Contract Law $3,193.25, Welfare $262.52, Co Nurse $1,972.84, Ambulance $8,535.93, WIC $31.82, Extension $1,092.98, Weed $781.50, Dispatch $7,874.76, Emergency Mgt $2,293.25;              

Claims allowed: Miner Co Treasurer $1,500.00 4-H Awards; Alliance Communications $300.00, Century Link $98.61, Santel $55.12, Triotel $181.53 911 charges; EVOC Drivers $130.00 attendant fees; Interlakes Community Action $527.65 community action payment; SD Dept of Transportation $5,193.54 contracted maintenance; Xcel Energy $10.45 electric service; Miner Co Treasurer $10.00, Wingen’s Garage $512.00 fuel; Northwestern Energy $92.54 gas service; SDML Workers’ Comp Fund $35,385.00 insurance; $1,085.36 jury fees; Minnehaha Co $1,019.02 juvenile detention payments; Norma Andersen $22.50, Hosmer law office $160.16, Lucy Lewno $172.96, Shepherd Reporting Service $45.00, Karen Swanda $22.50 mental illness hearing expense; Horizon Health Care $45.00 blood alcohol draw; Walgreens $83.39 prisoner prescriptions; Geotek Engineering $138.00 gravel testing;  Miner Co Treasurer $101.34, Stamp Fulfillment Services $856.15 postage; Miner Co Pioneer $338.42 publishing; Aramark Uniform $93.22 rent; Bob’s Electric $100.00, Dakota Body Shop $781.00, Homestead Building Supply $546.53, Howard Auto Clinic $109.45, Miner Co Treasurer $2.62, Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $144.49, Sturdevant’s $10.38, Ultra $202.50, Zoll Medical Corp $2,275.25 repairs; Concrete Materials $196.85 road materials; Boyer Ford Trucks $188.52, Butler Machinery $39.51, Chief $200.52, Corner Pantry $152.88, Dakota Body Shop $525.00, Dakota Data Shred $54.34, Dawson Construction $60.00, GCR Tire Centers $5,793.53, Homestead $95.37; Intoximeters $345.00, James River Equipment $132.12, Kimball Midwest $292.00, Light and Siren $638.90, Mac’s Inc. $8.25, Mid-American Research $717.85, Miner Co Treasurer $4.86, N. Central Int. of SF $69.90, Office Peeps $111.98, Quill Corp $55.98, Rafferty-Robbins $3.00, Rusty’s $201.53, Stamp Fulfillment Services $284.80, Sturdevant’s $17.45, Tom’s

Hardware $64.22, Tractor Salvage $10,368.00 supplies; Alliance Communications $770.95, AT&T $243.08, Century Link $6.29 telephone; Valera Anderson $14.80, Kari Jo Carlson $5.18, Michael Connor $6.66, Susan Connor $48.84, Barbara Esser $6.66, Fairfield Inn & Suites $486.00, Barbara Genzlinger $3.33, Ron Krempges $30.00, Ramkota Hotel $163.98, Tami Severson $61.79 travel; City of Howard $1,482.60 utilities; Allison Walcker $1,503.56 witness (expert); $245.47 witness fees.

The meeting adjourned to November 19, 2013.  Dated this 5th day of November, 2013.

                                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

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Howard, SD 57349


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