January 6, 2015

January 6, 2015


              The Miner County Board of Commissioners held their reorganization meeting January 6, 2015, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present: Alex Protsch, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, LaVonne Durant and Roger Wentland.   Members absent:  none.

              Clerk of Courts Diane Keimig administered the oath of office to newly elected commissioners Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, Roger Wentland, and Alex Protsch 

County Auditor Susan Connor called the meeting to order.   It was moved by Protsch seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda as amended. 

              Connor asked for nominations for chairman for the 2015 year.  Roger Wentland was nominated by Protsch.  Having no further nominations it was moved by Durant seconded by Gassman and carried to elect Roger Wentland as Chairman.  Wentland took the chair.

Wentland asked for nominations for vice-chairman for the 2015 year.  Alex Protsch was nominated by Durant.  Having no further nominations it was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to elect Alex Protsch as Vice-Chairman.

                The minutes of the December 29th and December 31st meeting were approved. 

                The Miner County Pioneer was designated as official county newspaper, the Miner County Courthouse, Canova Community Hall, and Carthage Community Room as mortgage sale sites and the Miner County Bank at Howard, Miner County Bank at Canova, Farmers State Bank at Carthage, and the SD Public Funds Investment Trust as official depositories for the county for 2015.

                The following appointments were made Denise Gassman and Mike Connor to 3 year terms on the Ambulance Board.  Members and the year their term expires are as follows:                                     

                Kari Jo Carlson (SE area)    1-1-16   Valera Anderson (NW area)                        1-1-16

                Barb Genzlinger (EMT)      1-1-16    Lanny Klinkhammer (Law Enforcement)   1-1-17

                Barb Esser (Medical)           1-1-17    Jerry Johnson (City)                                    1-1-17

                Mike Connor (NE area)       1-1-18   Denise Gassman (SW area)                          1-1-18

                The roster for 2015 for the Miner County Ambulance Service volunteer attendants and drivers is as follows:  Jody Becker, Angela Beyer, Ashley Callies, Cathy Cavigielli, Barb Genzlinger, Jay Goldammer, Donna Klinkhammer, Lanny Klinkhammer, Kay Kramer, Amy Neises, Colleen Noid, Jill Eggert, Diane Stangohr.   Ambulance drivers:  Jerry Adler, Mike Clary, Rob Eggert, Nathan Kizer, Henry Rentschler, Ken Ruml, Mike Sebert, Josh Esser, Aaron Jeffrey and Jerry Sprecher.

              John Haak and Robert Peterson were appointed to serve another 3 year term on the weed board. Board members and the year their terms expire and area represented are as follows:

                 Dan Page (NW Area)      1-1-17                      Wally Jacobson (NE Area)           1-1-17

                 John Haak (SE Area)       1-1-18                      Robert Peterson (SW Area)         1-1-18

The following commissioners' appointments were made for 2015:

Entire board-Zoning, and Emergency Management Boards

Weed Board-Durant                                                       Dispatch Board/Law Enforcement-Protsch & Reisch

Community Action Board-Protsch                            Legislative Representative-Gassman

Ambulance Board-Durant                                            Farm-Protsch & Wentland

First District Board-Gassman                                       Courthouse-Wentland & Protsch             

Highway-Wentland & Reisch                                       Juvenile Detention Board-Durant                            

Vermillion Watershed Dist.-Wentland                    4-H Promotion & Expansion-Reisch

              The following persons serve as weather spotters:  Bob Calmus, Mike Clary, Rob Eggert, Kevin Feldhaus, Dave Hodges, Nathan Kizer, Ron Krempges, Chad Podhradsky, Mike Sebert, Francis Ruml, Nathan Ruml, Joe Calmus, Dave Esser, Mike Genzlinger, Sam Gosmire, Ron Miller, Matt Bornitz, Russ Dillion, Reginald Faber, David Hattervig, Dick Henn, Randy Lager, Norm Madison, Kris Magerko, Tim Nelson, Grant Stevens, Travis Stevens, Doyle Crane, Mike Hvam, Lee Lewis. 

It was moved by Durant and seconded by Gassman to approve the following resolution.


                WHEREAS, SDCL 12-15-11 provides that the Board of Commissioners shall by annual resolution at the first regular commission meeting establish the rate of compensation to be paid the judges and clerks of a necessary election;

                THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the rate of compensation for judges and clerks for any county-wide election in 2015 be established at $150.00 for a general election, $150.00 for a primary or special election, and $25.00 for attendance of election schools.

                Voting aye: Protsch, Reisch, Gassman, Durant and Wentland.  Nay: none.

Resolution approved this 6th day of January, 2015.

                                                                          Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                          Miner County Board of Commissioners

                                                                          Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

              It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Durant to pass the following resolution.


                WHEREAS, SDCL 7-7-25 states that the Board of County Commissioners, by resolution, may authorize county officials to attend “in-state” educational conferences, meetings, and conventions held and conducted within the state of South Dakota pertaining to the betterment and advancement of county government;

                THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the county commissioners, highway superintendent, auditor, treasurer, register of deeds, state's attorney, sheriff, assessing officer, coroner, and veterans service officer be authorized to attend “in-state” conferences, meetings, and conventions called for the purpose set forth in SDCL 7-7-25 and that the mileage and necessary expenses to attend such be allowed.  This resolution shall be in force for fiscal year 2015.

                Voting aye: Protsch, Reisch, Gassman, Durant and Wentland.  Nay: none.  Resolution approved this 6th day of January, 2015.

                                                                          Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                          Miner County Board of Commissioners

                                                                          Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

              It was moved by Gassman and seconded by Protsch to pass the following resolution.



                BE IT RESOLVED that the following wage scale for Miner County employees be in effect for fiscal year 2015 (annual salary unless otherwise specified).

Commissioners-Chairman                                                                                                                   $10,122

Vice-chairman                                                                                                                                          9,672

Commissioners                                                                                                                                         9,162

 Appointed boards                                                                                                25.00/ meeting

Auditor, Susan Connor                                                                                                                          46,224

Treasurer Debra Eggert, Register of Deeds Karla Neises,                                                                                44,328  

Director of Equalization Tami Severson                                                                                               41,649

State's Attorney Gregory Protsch                                                                                                          44,328

Sheriff Lanny Klinkhammer                                                                                                                 50,187

Deputy Sheriff Robert Eggert                                                                                                               42,747

Deputy Sheriff Mike Clary                                                                                                                   37,167

Part-time law enforcement                                                                                                                17.17/hr.

911 Coordinator Cora Schwader                                                                                                          38,175

                plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training


Guards-                                                                                                                ,                                               15.76/hr.


Level 1-                                                                                                                                              15.39/hr.

Level 2-Justina Hanson, Stacey McCoy                                                                                            15.62/hr.

Level 3- Joni Jacobsen, Joey Klinkhammer, Jennifer Bolden                                                            15.88/hr.

Level 4-                                                                                                                                               16.10/hr.

Level 5- Sara Rentschler, Randall Schwader                                                                                     16.32/hr.

Level 6- Jerald Sprecher                                                                                                                     16.54/hr.

Level 7-                                                                                                                                               16.76/hr.

Level 8-                                                                                                                                               16.98/hr.

plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training

Full-time clerical:

Level 1- Darcy Albert                                                                                                                            28,008

Level 2-                                                                                                                                                  28,428

Level 3- Rebecca Mommaerts                                                                                                               28,902

Level 4-                                                                                                                                                  29,301

Level 5-                                                                                                                                                  29,703

Level 6-                                                                                                                                                  30,102

Level 7-                                                                                                                                                  30,504

Level 8- Pat Carmon, Diane Rentz                                                                                                        30,903

Part-time clerical:

Level 1- Miranda Donahue                                                                                                                15.39/hr.

Level 2-                                                                                                                                              15.62/hr.

Level 3-                                                                                                                                              15.88/hr.

Level 4-,                                                                                                                                             16.10/hr.

Level 5-                                                                                                                                              16.32/hr.

Level 6- Cindy Foster                                                                                                                        16.54/hr.

Level 7-                                                                                                                                              16.76/hr.

Level 8- Deanne Krantz, Gibi Page                                                                                                   16.98/hr.

Temporary clerical                                                                                                                             15.39/hr.

Custodian-Colleen Zobel                                                                                                                   15.75/hr.

Emergency Management Director-Robert Calmus                                                                               28,878

Veterans Service Officer-Terry Lee                                                                                                        9,525

Ambulance Manager-Cora Schwader                                                                                                     9,321

Welfare Director-Gibi Page                                                                                                               17.50/hr.

Ambulance EMT-

Molly Steeneck, Erin Feldhaus                                                                                                             25,857

Kelli Smith                                                                                                                                            27,057

Ambulance Volunteers

                Weekday-24 hr shift                                                                                                           $48/day

                Weekend-24 hr shift                                                                                                           $78/day

                Holiday-24 hr shift                                                                                                           $100/day

                3rd Attendant                                                                                                                       $20/run

Weed Supervisor-Robert Calmus                                                                                                          9,837

Highway Department:

Superintendent-Ron Krempges                                                                                                            51,252

Level 8- Joe Erpenbach, Grant Stevens, Terry Carlson                                                                     16.98hr.

Level 7- Donald Eppe,                                                                                                                      16.48/hr.

Level 6-  Darwin Callies                                                                                                                   16.06/hr.

Level 5-                                                                                                                                             15.85/hr.

Level 4-                                                                                                                                             15.62/hr.

Level 3- Jeremy Beyer                                                                                                                      15.40/hr.

Level 2- Tom Glanzer, Logan Calmus                                                                                              15.18/hr.

Level 1-                                                                                                                                              14.39/hr.

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that longevity pay based on $25.00 per year of employment be paid in November for 2015.

                Voting aye:  Reisch, Gassman, Protsch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 6th day of January, 2015.

                                                                                         Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                         Miner County Board of Commissioners

                                                                                         Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to set the following holidays for 2015:  New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Native American Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and Christmas Day. 

Motion by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the rates charged for dispatching and 911 services as presented by the sheriff’s department in its 2015 budget.

Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to set the law enforcement uniform allowance at $200/yr./employee and $175/yr/employee for high visibility clothing for highway workers.

Miner County Treasurer Debbie Eggert presented an application for an elderly freeze that was received after that application deadline.  The application was previously approved by the Howard City Council.  Motion by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the abatement application.

Welfare Director Gibi Page presented the following poor relief cases for consideration.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to deny poor relief cases 14-02, 14-03, 14-04, 14-05, 14-06, 14-07 & 14-08 due to lack of information available to determine income and residency eligibility(SDCL 28-13-1).

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges discussed highway matters including a drafted public notice for destruction of highway grade or ditch SDCL 31-32-7.  This notice will be mailed to landowners of Miner County farm ground.  Krempges also reviewed the tentative statewide transportation improvement program (STIP) projects for Miner County. 

Kay Heimark of Risty Benefits presented the renewal for county sponsored dental, vision and life insurance.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the dental, vision and life insurance rates for 2015. 

Teresa Leighton was present to voice complaints against the Miner County State’s Attorney and Miner County law enforcement personnel.  Sheriff Klinkhammer was also present.  She voiced that the State’s Attorney is not being impartial when prosecuting individuals.  And she complained about how she and her family have been treated by law enforcement.  Commissioners thanked her for coming to the meeting and for publicly filing these complaints. 

Commissioner acknowledge receipt of the following correspondence:  Notice of Public Input Meetings Scheduled for Dakota Access Pipeline; Mark Meierhenry concerning issues with the Dakota Access Pipeline; Paradigm Liaison Services pipeline safety meetings; SD DOT STIP funding; and  Miner County Weed Superintendent 2014 annual report.

Motion by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the 2015 Davison County prisoner housing agreement.

Motion by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the 2015 Lake County prisoner housing agreement. 

Motion by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to appoint Terry Lee as Miner County Coroner until the next General Election. 

Cora Schwader joined the meeting to explain the request from Ted Rufledt, Jr., chairperson of the 9-1-1 Coordination Board to release GIS data currently being used by Miner County 911 center.  This information will be used to procure the SD Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) System.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried that the Miner County Commission authorizes the release of GIS data to GEO-Comm, Inc., acting as an agent of the South Dakota 9-1-1 Coordination Board, in support of the Next Generation 9-1-1 System. 

Commissioners reviewed the current personnel policy concerning personal and sick leave definitions.  This portion of the policy will be reviewed at the next commission meeting. 

Claims allowed: Road & Bridge $43,803.57, Wellmark $30,605.46, Reliance $1,301.73, Retirement $5,804.24, OASI $8,455.37, Commissioners $3,824.00, Auditor $6,164.59, Treasurer $6,737.36, States Attorney $3,563.75, Govt Building $2,440.00, Director of Equalization $6,312.13, Register of Deeds $5,560.13, Vet Service $1,053.54, Sheriff $11,600.30, Contract Law $3,260.00, Welfare $306.00, Co Nurse $1,903.44, Ambulance $8,100.99, WIC $140.08, Extension $1,235.87, Weed $843.28, Dispatch $8,819.89, Emergency Mgt $2,341.50 

Alliance Communications $300.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $169.53 911 charges; Dware $1,800.00 contracted maintenance; Miner Co Treasurer $8.50 domestic abuse administrative expense; Domestic Violence Network $650.00, Mitchell Area Safehouse $650.00 domestic abuse grants; Domestic Violence Network $38.25, Mitchell Area Safehouse $38.25 domestic abuse pay to others; SD Assn of Assessing Officers $110.00, SD Assn Co Commissioners $834.46, SD Assn Co Hwy Supts $225.00, SD Assn of Co Officials $692.23, SD Sheriff’s Assn $421.67, Tri-State Emergency Mgt Assn $10.00 dues; HFCA $2,334.39 fuel; Lincoln Co Auditor $80.00 mental illness hearing expense; Mitchell Clinic $216.00 other jail fees; Lake Co Auditor $2,015.00 prisoner care; Miner County Pioneer $258.46 publishing; Barry Callies $250.00, Judy Calmus $300.00 rent; HFCA $49.60, Sheehan Mack Sales & Equipment $167.00 repairs; Greg Protsch $900.00 state’s atty. off. exp. allow.; A-Ox Welding Supply $11.10, Dawson Construction $62.63, Mike Clary $62.79, Dakota Data Shred $55.43, Gillund Enterprises $197.76, HFCA $120.15, Mid-American Research $340.18, Office Peeps $31.36, Rusty’s $48.95, Sheehan Mack $157.44, Tom’s Hardware $113.39, True North Steel $106.29 supplies; Alliance Communications $800.45, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, Colleen Zobel $30.00 telephone; Don Bowman $41.44, Maria Feldhaus $280.00, Wallace Jacobson $18.00, SD Assn of Co Weed & Pest Brds $220.00 travel; City of Howard $1,708.01 utilities; Verizon $146.68 State’s Attorney telephone chgs.

                The meeting adjourned to January 20th.  Dated this 6th day of January 2015. 

                                                                                         Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                         Miner County Board of Commissioners

                                                                                         Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


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Miner County Courthouse

Park Ave. & Main St

401 N. Main St.

Howard, SD 57349


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