August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session August 18, 2015, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Tom Resich, Alex Protsch, and Voni Durant.  Absent:  Garrett Gassman.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda as amended.

                The minutes of the August 4th meeting were approved. 

                Motion by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to enter into executive session (9:20) for personnel issues (SDCL 1-25-2 (1)).  Returned to regular session at 9:29. 

                The board reviewed the longevity benefit for county employees.  The auditor’s office is asking for clarification as to how many hours worked are required to be eligible for longevity.  The board will review this matter further at a future meeting.

                It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the 2015 State and Local Agreement with the SD Dept. of Public Safety for Emergency management support.

                Auditor Connor and Deputy Auditor Mommaerts presented information concerning county liens filed for various services paid on behalf of individuals.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the policy for the auditor’s office to contact those individuals who receive assistance from the county for various services and attempt to collect the amount owed or set up a payment plan.  It will be a requirement for the individual to contact the auditor’s office within 30 days to establish the payment plan.  If the individual does not make contact or defaults on the payment plan the lien will be turned over to a collection company. 

                Welfare Director Gibi Page requested that the following updates to the Miner County Welfare Policy be considered for approval.  APPENDIX F – Residency required for assistance-Establishment.  Any person in order to be entitled to assistance, shall have an established residency in the county where the application is made.  In determining the residency of an applicant the county may consider:  the mailing information received from the postal office, the applicant’s driver’s license address, an automobile registration, the enrollment of applicants children in a local school, or the applicant’s voter registration.  Residency shall be established by personal presence in a fixed and permanent residence and intent on to remain there with ability to show rent agreement (with monthly receipt) or any type of purchase agreement.  It was moved by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried approve APPENDIX F.  APPENDIX G Hospitalization for Childbirth.  County does not cover the costs of hospitalization for childbirth.  Even though childbirth constitutes an “emergency”, the parent has had nine months to prepare for the birth of the child and the county does not participate in the costs of delivery.  In addition, most of these cases qualify under programs offered by the Department of Social Services and the hospital and the county should refer the household to the Department of Social Services for purposes of applying for those particular programs.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve APPENDIX G.

                Commissioners briefly discussed the Miner County Rural Development Site Analysis that was completed by First District of Local Govts. and funded by the SD Value Added Agriculture Subfund. Commissioners will make copies of this study available for interested parties.  

                The agreement for the 911 tower land lease was reviewed.  Motion by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize Chairman Wentland to sign the updated lease agreement between Miner County and Barry Callies. 

                Custodian Zobel joined the meeting to review possible solutions for replacement of a lawn mower.  The board has included funds to replace the mower in the 2016 budget.

                Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on surplus items sold on the Wieman Land & Auction sale, completion of chip sealing, culvert repair projects and cleaning ditches. 

Claims allowed: Hodges Badge Co $66.00, National 4-H Supply Service $23.16 4-H awards; Anne Aamot $60.00, Norma Anderson $60.00, Colton Buus $175.00, Kerri Deats $45.00, Clair Lambert $30.00, John Madison $45.00, Sandra Namken $75.00, Barbara Page $45.00, Roselyn Sjolie $35.00, Lori Wehlander $54.00, Adam Wirt $150.00 4-H judges; Ray Genzlinger $200.00 ag building watchman; ICAP $603.08 community action payment; SD Dept of Rev & Reg $1,545.00 county health nurse payment; Philip R. Parent $608.00 court appt atty; Alliance $300.00 dispatch charges; SD Continuing Legal Education $500.00 Dakota Disc/Fastcase subscription; Avera Queen of Peace $109.80 drug testing; Central Electric Coop $70.21 electricity; HFCA $10,488.43, Sturdevant’s $48.03 fuel; First District Assn Local Govts $11,666.67 GIS services; SD Dept of Rev & Reg $1,211.63 human service center patients; SD Dept of Health Lab Service $35.00 investigation expense; Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health $160.00, Yankton Co $113.75 mental illness hearing expense; Miner Co Treasurer $60.50 postage; Aramark $53.90, Bierschbach Equip $316.00, Larry Holland $165.00 rent; HFCA $193.40, Office Peeps $125.23, S&S Contracting $180.20, Sturdevant’s $13.07, Ultra $782.80 repairs; HFCA $102.00 road materials; A-Ox Welding $280.00, Avera Home Medical Equip $26.00, Butler Machinery $73.29, County-Wide Directory $500.00, Dakotagas Propane $19.00, Dust-Tex $114.98, Emergency Medical Products $162.70, GCR Tire Centers $4,378.81, HFCA $244.32, Krug Products $107.36, Office Peeps $859.37, Sturdevant’s $54.10, Titan Machinery $105.75, Tom’s Hardware $23.31 supplies; Alliance $32.00 telephone; Bob Calmus $80.52, Debbie Eggert $57.12, SD Counties $1,485.00 travel

                The meeting adjourned to September 1, 2015 dated this 18th day of August, 2015. 

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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