November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014


                The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session November 6, 2014, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Alex Protsch, Don Bowman, and Voni Durant.  Absent:  Garrett Gassman.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Bowman and carried to approve the agenda as amended. 

                The minutes of the October 21st meeting were approved.

                The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed an October 31, 2014 balance of $6,057,741.79 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.

Commissioners acknowledge receipt of the following correspondence:  Miner County Sheriff & Dispatch reports for August & September; and East Dakota Water Development District October 16th meeting minutes.

                The board conducted the official canvass of the results of the general election held November 4, 2014, and transmitted the results to the Secretary of State.

                Veterans Service Officer Terry Lee explained the SD Dept. of Veteran Affairs Operation RAV.  Lee has hosted two meetings within the county in making an effort to contact all Miner County veterans. 

                Lee also updated the commissioners on fee schedules that are utilized in surrounding counties for coroner services.  The board instructed Lee to present a proposal for Miner County services so that it may be considered at a future meeting.

                The board reviewed information stating that the Governor has granted administrative leave to all state employees on December 26th.  Motion by Bowman, seconded by Protsch and carried to follow the state’s policy and grant administrative leave to county employees on December 26th. 

                Zoning Administrator Tami Severson reported on a zoning violation within the county. After receiving correspondence from her office the land owner has complied with moving the structure within the required setbacks.   Commissioners agreed that the violation fee still applies to this situation according to Miner County Zoning policy.

                Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on machinery purchases, gravel crushing and mowing has been completed.  He also reported that he has had contact with Dakota Access Pipeline representatives and informed them that Miner County requires signing of a “road haul agreement”. 

                Emergency Management Director Bob Calmus informed the board that the state is requiring all emergency management directors to state objectives to achieve within the next year.  One of Miner County’s objectives is administration and finance.  How will the county provide funding for emergencies and disasters?  During the next quarter Calmus will develop a policy and present it to the commission. 

                The updated PreDisaster Mitigation Plan is available for review in the emergency management office. 

                4H Youth Advisor Maria Feldhaus presented a review of activities held within the past 4-H year.

                Motion by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to enter (10:57)  into executive session (SDCL 1-25-2(1) to conduct employee (custodian & Director of Equalization employees) reviews.   Returned to regular session at 11:51. 

                An explanation of the marketing changes being made with South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance was presented.  With the change in marketing from Hagen Benefits to in house with SDPAA, there will be no additional cost to the county’s insurance for agent services.  The reorganization will not change any of the services or procedures that were in place prior to the reorganization. 

Claims allowed: Road & Bridge $33,723.32, Wellmark $30,982.26, Reliance $1,301.73, Retirement $5,113.04, OASI $7,807.40, Commissioners $3,824.00, Auditor $6,058.75, Treasurer $6,107.00, States Attorney $3,563.75, Govt Building $2,485.75, Director of Equalization $6,284.10, Register of Deeds $5,691.97, Vet Service $770.50, Sheriff $9,998.25, Contract Law $3,260.00, Welfare $306.00, Co Nurse $2,397.84, Ambulance $8,679.70, WIC $181.28, Extension $1,617.43, Weed $798.00, Dispatch $11,559.48, Emergency Mgt $2,341.50; 

Miner Co Treasurer $1,048.99 4-H Awards; Alliance $300.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $177.53 911 charges; SDSU Extension $10,815.00 4-H payment to state; Interlakes Community Action $534.42 community action payment; SD Dept of Transportation $2,230.01, bridge inspections; DeCastro Law Office $788.70, Philip R. Parent $191.90 court-appointed attorneys; Miner Co Treasurer $26.00 domestic abuse administrative expense; Domestic Violence Network $117.00, Mitchell Area Safehouse $117.00 domestic abuse pay to others; Community Counseling Service $1,750.00 drug abuse grant to others; Canova C.A.R.E. Center $75.00, City of Carthage $50.00, Fedora Fire Department $50.00 election rent; Jacki Austerman $189.80, Kay Becker $200.16, Mary Clark $177.22, Deb Dawson $175.00, Marlys Dawson $175.00, Beverly Donahue $189.80, Connie Eliason $175.00, Julie Feldhaus $194.24, Debra Haak $191.65, Kay Hageman $175.00, Mary Holland, $175.00, Larry Holland $175.00, Jane Hoyer $200.53, Jean Johnson $185.36, Kathryn Kothe $175.00, Cindy Lewis $201.64, Linda Parry $175.00, Paul Pater $175.00, Denise Pederson $195.72, Lea Selken $197.20, Susan Sibson $195.72, Joan Spader $175.00, Betty Wettlaufer $187.58, Ardys Wingen $206.08 election salaries; Xcel Energy $10.68 electric service; Mobile Electronic Service $190.13, SD Continuing Legal Education $150.00, Ultra $185.00 equipment below capitalization; HFCA $20,670.65 fuel; Northwestern Energy $105.27 gas service; LeadsOnline $1,188.00 investigation expense; Mitchell Clinic $108.00 jail other fees; SD Assn Co Commissioners $1,009.08 judicial legal expense relief fund; Community Counseling Service $1,750.00 mental health center grant; Lincoln Co Auditor $18.00 mental illness hearing expense; Bob’s Electric $4,962.11 other-homeland security; Miner Co Treasurer $261.75 postage; Miner Co Pioneer $1,129.18 publishing; Aramark $53.90 rent; Butler Machinery $20.00, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $244.90, James Valley Nursery $106.13, Microfilm Imaging Systems $105.00, Wingen’s Garage $226.00 repairs; Greg Protsch $900.00 state’s atty office expense allowance; Boyer Ford Trucks $566.47, Butler Machinery $1,107.21, Chief $60.49, Diamond Mowers $57.09, Homestead Building Supply $57.80, HFCA $390.44, James River Equipment $75.69, Krug Products $167.59, Lake Co International $8.11, McCleod’s $401.26, Mid-American Research $51.45, Neve’s $825.96, Office Peeps $579.52, O’Keefe Implement $132.89, Rafferty-Robbins $23.06, Rusty’s $39.82, Safety Kleen $384.34, SD Dept of Health $625.00, Tom’s Hardware Hank $45.89, Wheelco $405.23 supplies; Alliance $832.38, AT&T $78.97, Century Link $7.56, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, Verizon Wireless $68.92, Colleen Zobel $30.00 telephone; Darcy Albert $9.00, Bob Calmus $35.89, Susan Connor $40.70, Ron Krempges $18.00, Ramkota $167.98, Safety Benefits $130.00, Tami Severson $9.00, Colleen Zobel $25.90 travel; City of Howard $1,631.95 utilities; Horizon Health Care $45.00 other expense

                The meeting adjourned to November 18, 2014.  Dated this 6th day of November, 2014.

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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