June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014

                The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session June 5, 2014 in the Miner County Courthouse, held on Thursday due to the Primary Election on Tuesday.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Don Bowman, Garrett Gassman, Voni Durant, and Alex Protsch. 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.

                The Board conducted the official canvass of the results of the primary election held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.  There were no changes in the results.  Motion by Bowman, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the CANVASS primary election results.  The results were transmitted to the Secretary of State’s office.

                 The minutes of the May 20th meeting were approved.

Director of Equalization Tami Severson joined the meeting.  She presented a plat consideration for Loren Eich that met all zoning requirements.  Motion by Bowman, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the following resolution:


BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of County Commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota, that the plat of LOTS 2A AND 3A OF SCHWADER’S ADDITION IN THE NW ¼ OF SECTION 14, T 105 N, R 57 W OF THE 5TH P.M., MINER COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, which has been submitted for examination pursuant to law, is hereby approved and the County Auditor is hereby authorized and directed to endorse on such plat a copy of this Resolution and certify the same.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Durant, Bowman, Gassman, and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 5th day of June, 2014.

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Rebecca Mommaerts, Miner County Deputy Auditor

Larry Holland and Mary Leary joined the meeting to request the County’s financial support for Howard’s celebration for the 125th anniversary of the Statehood of South Dakota.  The commissioners were given handouts of the celebration committee’s plans and predicted costs.  

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


                WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2014 recreation budget 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 Recreation $2500.00.

Voting aye:  Protsch, Bowman, Gassman, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 5th day of June 2014. 

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Rebecca Mommaerts, Miner County Deputy Auditor


Motion by Protsch, seconded by Bowman and carried to donate $2,500 to the 125th Statehood Celebration Committee, made payable to the Miner County Historical Society. 

Protsch received an email from Cora Schwader listing concerns the dispatch department has with the upcoming construction project in the north parking lot, including not having a sufficient camera on the south door and not having a way to electronically open the door.  The commissioners agreed adding a camera would be a simple, inexpensive fix to the former problem and decided to discuss the latter with Sheriff Klinkhammer later in the meeting.

Ron Krempges joined the meeting to report on highway matters.  Most issues, including gravel roads not healing properly and track progress are being put on hold due to wet conditions.  The bridge replacement that was in program for 2016 has been moved back to 2017 via the STIP Plans.  This puts two bridge replacements in 2017, but one may need to move back a year if there is not enough money in the budget.  However, the bridges are close in location, so it may be cheaper to do them together.  There is also one in place for 2018, and an engineer/consultant needs to be chosen.  The Board had no objections to Krempges’ suggestion of selecting Brad Stangohr through Ulteig. 

Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize Chairperson Wentland to sign the Sign Retroreflectivity Assessment/Management Plan.  Signs will be replaced in 2016, and the State could inventory the signs at a cost.  Krempges was instructed to bring figures for this cost back to the Board.  The mowing notice was in this week’s paper; the highway department will begin mowing ditches on June 16th

Roger Schnabel joined the meeting to share his findings during the legislative audit of 2012 and 2013 Annual Reports.  There were no written comments.  Areas of minor deficiencies within the sheriff’s office were discussed with the Board.  The Letter of Representation was signed by the Chair and Vice-Chair. 

Colleen Zobel joined the meeting to meet the Commissioners and talk about expectations for her upcoming custodial position.  Colleen will begin on June 9th.  Plaques will be presented to Lou & Henry Rentschler after the meeting to honor them for over 15 years of service with the County. 

Lanny Klinkhammer joined the meeting.  He requested level raises for employees in his department.  Motion by Bowman, seconded by Gassman and carried to move Jerry Sprecher from level 5 to level 6 in the pay scale.  Motion by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to move Sara Rentschler and Randy Schwader from level 4 to level 5 in the pay scale.  The Commissioners advised Klinkhammer on reports of dispatchers smoking in the Courthouse and requested that he look into the cost of an electronic lock mechanism for the south doors.  

Commissioners acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  First District of Local Governments-STIP Review; SD DENR – Steve Peterson – Revised Phosphorus-Based Nutrient Mgt. Plan; First District of Local Govts. – Community & Economic Development Survey; SD Arts Council/State of SD – Quasquicentennial Tree Planting Project.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to participate in the Quasquicentennial Tree Planting Project, including choosing a location for the tree at the north end of the courthouse.

Claims allowed: Road & Bridge $32,808.92, Wellmark $28,203.44, Reliance $1,218.15, Retirement $4,944.84, OASI $7,593.19, Commissioners $3,824.00, Auditor $6,058.75, Treasurer $6,107.00, States Attorney $3,563.75, Govt Building $3,417.12, Director of Equalization $4,218.08, Register of Deeds $5,650.77, Vet Service $770.50, Sheriff $10,165.83, Contract Law $3,260.00, Welfare $408.00, Co Nurse $2,422.56, Ambulance $7,709.73, WIC $49.44, Extension $1,593.23, Weed $798.00, Dispatch $11,100.98, Emergency Mgt $2,341.50; 

FJM Collections $221.40 court-appt. attorney; Alliance $300.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $170.04 dispatch charges; Canova Village $75.00, City of Carthage $50.00, Fedora Fire Dept $50.00 election rent; Kathleen Becker $175.00, Mary Clark $175.00, Marlys Dawson $175.00, Deb Dawson $175.00, Beverly Donahue $175.00, Connie Eliason $175.00, Julie Feldhaus $175.00, Debra Haak $175.00, Kay Hageman $175.00, Lucas Hattervig $150.00, Mary Holland $175.00, Larry Holland $175.00, Jane Hoyer $175.00, Jean Johnson $175.00, Kathryn Kothe $175.00, Cindy Lewis $175.00, Linda Parry $175.00, Paul Pater $175.00, Denise Pederson $175.00, Lea Selken $175.00, Susan Sibson $175.00, Joan Spader $175.00, Betty Wettlaufer $175.00, Ardys Wingen $175.00 election salaries; Kathleen Becker $25.90, Mary Clark $2.22, Beverly Donahue $15.54, Julie Feldhaus $19.24, Debra Haak $14.80, Lucas Hattervig $48.10, Jane Hoyer $25.90, Jean Johnson $10.36, Cindy Lewis $26.64, Denise Pederson $19.24, Lea Selken $22.20, Susan Sibson $20.72, Betty Wettlaufer $13.32, Ardys Wingen $25.90 election travel; Xcel Energy $10.58 electric service; HFCA $16,363.44, Sturdevant’s $136.98 fuel; Northwestern $695.80 gas service; Miner Co Treasurer $139.75 postage; Carmen Bremmon $221.62 professional services; Miner Co Pioneer $438.34 publishing; Miner Co Historical Society $2,500.00 recreation grant; Aramark $53.90, Postmaster $60.00 rent; C&R Supply $651.73, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $284.20, Graham Tire Co $252.76, Howard Auto Clinic $95.70, HFCA $34.00, James Valley Nursery $176.88, Michael Johnson Construction $389.65, Office Peeps $103.26, Wahltek $1,733.00 repairs; Chief $87.46, Mike Clary $74.19, Creative Product Sourcing $122.64, Election Systems & Software $1,295.99, Gall’s Inc. $29.71, Kay Genzlinger $30.00, Homestead $79.60, Kimball Midwest $896.79, Mcleod’s Printing $24.02, Miner Co Treasurer $41.37, Office Peeps $599.46, Postmaster $270.00, Power Promotions $76.25, Rusty’s $81.23, Sturdevant’s $272.81, Thomson Reuters $277.08, Tom’s Hardware $89.74, Ultra $37.10, Wheelco $26.29, Zep Manufacturing $298.67 supplies; Alliance $792.00, AT&T $78.30, Century Link $6.34, Verizon $23.90 telephone; Jennifer Bolden $103.80, Don Bowman $38.48, Susan Connor $38.60, Voni Durant $29.60, Garrett Gassman $38.48, Jerry Hodges $51.80, Lanny Klinkhammer $124.00, Karla Neises $9.00, Alex Protsch $44.40, Tami Severson $9.00 travel; City of Howard $1,475.09 utilities; Dennis Bickett $25.00, Horizon Health Care $90.00, Dennis Miller $25.00 other expense.

The meeting adjourned to Tuesday June 17, 2014.  Dated this 5th day of June, 2014.

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Rebecca Mommaerts, Miner County Deputy Auditor

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