March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

                The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session March 18, 2014, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Garrett Gassman, Roger Wentland, Don Bowman and Alex Protsch.  Voni Durant joined the meeting telephonically.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

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

                The minutes of the March 4th meeting were approved with the removal of the word “none” from those absent.

                Correspondence was received from the SD Unified Judicial System informing the board that Miner County is eligible for the program.  Miner County will be listed on the UJS website as well as other forums for consideration by an eligible lawyer or law student who may be interested in practicing in Miner County.

                4-H Youth Advisor Maria Feldhaus presented the SDSU Extension memo of understanding.  Motion by Bowman, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the memo of understanding with SDSU Extension for 4-H Youth advisor position.

                Commissioners consider a request from Wilbur-Ellis of Huron for permission to operate, take off, or land an aircraft on any county road in Miner County for the purpose of servicing said aircraft in preparation for aerial application of chemical or fertilizer materials.  Motion by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the request of Wilbur-Ellis to utilize county roads for the above stated purpose with the stipulation that Wilbur-Ellis provide to Miner County an indemnification agreement holding the county harmless.   

                Motion by Durant, seconded by Bowman and carried to authorize the auditor to abate the real estate taxes associated with the following tax deed properties:  Lot 1 Block 1 Howard City OP; E ½ of Lots 5 & 6, Blk 9 Howard City OP; and Lots 1 & 2 Blk 7 Howard City OP.

                Motion by Gassman, seconded by Bowman and carried to approve the contracted maintenance agreement of Election Systems & Software for election equipment and software upgrades.

                Commissioner Protsch reported on the ICAP meeting that he attended.

                The commission considered the supplemental budget to the Road & Bridge fund as posted.  Motion by Gassman and seconded by Protsch to adopt the following resolution.



                WHEREAS, SDCL 7-21-22 provides that the Board of Commissioners, in the event of the failure to provide by the final budget a sufficient appropriation to enable the county to conduct the indispensable functions of government, may make, approve, and adopt a supplemental budget providing therein for an appropriation for such purposes; and

                WHEREAS, notice has been given of the board’s intention to make and adopt such supplemental budget, along with the time and place when the same will be considered and adopted by the governing board, by posting at the front & back door of the courthouse;

                THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that such supplemental budget, Road & Bridge $266,666.00 shall be approved and adopted as a supplemental budget to the 2014 annual budget for Miner County, South Dakota.

                Voting aye:  Protsch, Durant, Bowman, Gassman, Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 18th day of March, 2014.

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman
Garrett Gassman

                                                                                Donald Bowman

                                                                                Alex Protsch

                                                                                Lavonne Durant

Attest:                  Susan Connor

                             Miner County Auditor


                Motion by Bowman, seconded by Protsch and carried to authorize the auditor to make an cash transfer from the General Fund to the Road & Bridge Fund, $266,666.00 to finance the supplemental budget resolution 14-10. 

                Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges presented a notice and applications developed with Miner County States Attorney Greg Protsch for placing of drain tile or drain tile water discharge onto Miner County road right-of-way.  Anyone placing drain tile or discharging drain tile water into the Miner County road right-of-way must notify the Miner County Highway Department and fill out an application for construction of drainage tile or water discharge on county right-of-way.  The application must be completed before the drainage work begins.  This notice will be placed in the official county newspaper and placed on the Miner County website. 

                Krempges presented information pertaining to the proposal for the Sign and Delineation project through the SD Department of Transportation.  The state will pay 100% of the actual cost for the project with Federal Section 154/164 funds.  The county will be responsible for maintenance of the project.  Motion by Bowman, seconded by Gassman and carried to enter into the financial and maintenance agreement between the Department of Transportation and Miner County in the construction of a Federal Aid Construction Project in the Roadway Safety Improvement Category for the Sign and Delineation project. 

                Other highway matters were discussed including spring load limits (put in place on March 17th), graveling projects and the superintendent’s proposed 7 year equipment and project plan.  

                Commissioners acknowledged receipt of an application for the abatement of taxes from Tim Glanzer from the date of the fire through the end of 2013.  The application included the following Howard Cold Storage properties:  Lot 9 Blk 3 Howard City OP; and Lots 10 & 11 Blk 3 Howard City OP. Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the application pending the approval from the City of Howard. 

Claims allowed: Alliance Communications $300.00, Century Link $98.71, Santel $55.12, Triotel $170.17 911 charges; Ericsson Law Office $173.50 absd/neg child defense attys; Interlakes Community Action $534.42 community action payment; Pennington Co Sheriff’s Office $165.00 county jail other fees; Philip R. Parent $229.70 court appointed attorneys; Children’s Care Corner $6,000.00 day care centers grant; SD Assn of Co Weed & Pest Boards $150.00, Tri-State Emergency Mgt Assn $10.00 dues; Xcel Energy $26.31 electric service; Verizon Wireless World $324.97 cellphone; Howard Farmers Coop $11,133.39, Sturdevant’s $38.37, Wingen’s Garage $170.50 fuel; Miner Insurance Agency $186.02 insurance; Butler Machinery $226,807.20 motor grader; Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Service $160.00, Shreves Law Office $172.20, Yankton County $88.25 mental illness hearing expense; Avera Queen of Peace $583.60 other professional services; Miner Co Treasurer $245.11 postage; Cardmember Services $39.94, First Dist. Assn Local Govts $15,375.00 professional services; Miner County Pioneer $208.25 publishing; Canova Summer Youth Recreation $1,500.00, City of Carthage $1,000.00, Miner Co Recreation Assn $1,500.00 recreation grants to others; Aramark Uniform $53.90 rent; BJM Enterprise $1,235.00, Cardmember Services $49.99, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $1,561.09, Hoffman Diesel Service $1,107.00, Kramer Construction $310.00, Office Peeps $289.56, Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $100.00 repairs; Brock White Co $11,360.00, Campbell Supply $31.99, Spencer Quarries $7,424.27 road materials; Greg Protsch $900.00 state’s atty off. exp. allow.; Avera Home Medical Equipment $26.00, BJM Enterprise $860.38, Boyer Ford Trucks $311.75, Brock White Co $1,127.04, Butler Machinery $576.00, Cardmember Services $50.99, Dakota Data Shred $55.43, Dakota Fluid Power $213.20, Dust-Tex $111.53, Hoffman Diesel Service $1,279.44, Homestead Building Supply $0.79, Howard Cold Storage $61.23, Howard Farmers Coop $57.38, Locators & Supplies $339.12, Michael Todd & Co $994.69, Mid-American Research $785.00, Miner Co Treasurer $100.50, Office Peeps $1,431.42, Puthoff Repair Sales & Service $18.87, Rafferty-Robbins $80.70, Rockmount Research $432.03, Rusty’s $211.17, Safety Kleen $385.33, SD Assn of Co Weed & Pest Boards $19.25, Sheehan Mack $107.20, Sturdevant’s $256.36, Ultra $35.00 supplies; AT&T $78.74, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, Verizon Wireless $114.02 telephone; BestWestern Ramkota $335.96, Jeremy Beyer $9.00, Don Bowman $20.72, Terrence Carlson $9.00, Darwin Callies $9.00, Donald Eppe $9.00, Joseph Erpenbach $9.00, Garrett Gassman $15.54, Alex Protsch $44.40, Cora Schwader $115.54, SD Asphalt Conference $100.00, Grant Stevens $9.00 travel.

                The meeting adjourned to April 8 (second Tuesday-coincide with beginning equalization).  Dated this 18th day of March, 2014. 

                                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor




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