December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014

                The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session December 16, 2014 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Alex Protsch, Don Bowman, Garrett Gassman and Voni Durant.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda as amended. 

                The minutes of the December 2nd meeting were approved.

                Commissioners acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  East Dakota Water Development District October meeting minutes; and a request from SDSU Extension 4-H Field Operations Extension Associate Donna Bittiker to evaluate Miner County 4-H Youth Advisor Maria Feldhaus.  Commissioners will complete an evaluation at the December 29th meeting. 

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


                WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2014 budget for the following departments 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 the following departments:  Urban & Rural Development $216.30; Jail $8846.03; Community Action $.04; Juvenile Detention $2848.04.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Durant, Gassman, Bowman and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 16th day of December 2014. 

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

                Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to abate the taxes associated with the following tax deed property and to transfer ownership by quit claim deed to Canova Village.

South 2/3 of Lot 3 Block 3, Canova Village-Aldrich

                Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to enter into the contract with the SD Department of Health, Office of Family & Community Health Services for community health nurse services for 2015. 

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges joined the meeting.  Bids were opened as advertised for a new unused 2014 or newer model skid steer loader.  The following bids were received:  Puthoff Repair S & S Inc. 2015 Gehl R260 $38,240; Lake Co. International, Inc. Gehl R260 $38,652.00; Sheehan Mack Sales & Equip., Inc. Volvo MC 115 C $36,900; Scott Supply New Holland L 228 $44,755; and Titan Machinery 2014 Case SV 250 $43,370.  According to the bid specifications only 2 of the bids met or exceeded bid requirements-Puthoff Repair S & S, Inc., and Lake Co. International, Inc.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to award the bid to Puthoff Repair S & S, Inc. for a 2015 Gehl R260, $38240.00.

Krempges made a request to build another shed to house equipment that currently is parked outside.  Discussion pursued to locating all the highway needs at one location.  Costs will prohibit this expansion for the near future. 

                Krempges also made a request to send a notice deadline for removal of bales and obstructions from the road right of way and no farming the right-of-way in with all valuation notices. Commissioners will review the notice at the next commission meeting. 

                Brad Stangohr from Ulteig joined the meeting and presented a change order and a pay estimate from Robert Johnson Construction for the courthouse parking lot project.  The change order is for repair to the sprinkler system that was not included in the bid documents.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the change order ($950) and approve the pay request for $24,015.51.   

              Commissioners asked if it was possible to divert drainage from the roof to the drains located in the window wells temporarily to prevent ice buildup in the parking lot.  Stangohr agreed that this could be accomplished. 

              Claims allowed: Alliance $300.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $171.53 911 charges; ICAP $534.42 community action payment; Barb Esser $1,000.00 contract services; Jencks Law Office $1,158.80, Wheeler Erickson & Wheeler $1,136.40 court appt attys; Butler Machinery $639.10, HFCA $14,338.12, Sturdevant’s $48.03 fuel; Hartford Steam Boiler $45.00 insurance; Minnehaha Co Regional $115.00, Volunteers of America Dakotas $2,760.00 juvenile detention per diem; Ericsson Law Office $130.50 mental illness hearing expense; Horizon Health Care $45.00 other expense; S&S Contracting $407.08 other-homeland security; Mitchell Clinic $32.00 other jail fees; Miner Co Treasurer $75.75 postage; Davison Co Jail $3,526.00, Lake Co Auditor $7,435.00 prisoner care; Miner County Pioneer $7.00 publishing; Boyer Ford Trucks $360.50, Dakota Body Shop $600.00, First District $11,666.67, HFCA $770.55, Klinkhammer Plumbing $67.09, Midwest Boiler Repair $232.05, Office Peeps $123.15, Robert Johnson Construction $24,015.51, Sturdevant’s $28.68 repairs; 3D Specialties $597.10, Mustang Seeds $1,960.00 road materials; 3D Specialties $41.38, Boyer Ford Trucks $189.56, Brown & Saenger $7.00, Butler Machinery $56.10, Diesel Machinery $425.00, Dust-Tex $183.46, Election Systems & Software $2,321.45, Emergency Medical Products $159.95, Equipment Blades $5,502.00, G&H Radiator $105.00, GCR Tire Centers $7,548.67, Homestead Building Supply $194.89, HFCA $240.58, Mighty Auto Parts $149.09, Miner Co Treasurer $70.00, Karla Neises $122.74, Office Peeps $380.32, Postmaster $120.00, Rusty’s $153.10, Sioux City Foundry $3,288.00, Sturdevant’s $688.51, Tom’s Hardware $47.01, Wheelco $49.50 supplies; Alliance Communications $32.00, Verizon Wireless $68.92 telephone; Kim E. Callies $118.40 transcripts; Best Western Ramkota $281.97, Molly Steeneck $264.62 travel; First District $7,426.30 urban/rural development; City of Howard $1,600.31 utilities; Rick Stoops $71.80 witnesses

The meeting adjourned until December 29th.  Dated this 16th day of December, 2014. 

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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