May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015


                The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session May 19, 2015, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Garrett Gassman, Roger Wentland, Voni Durant, Tom Reisch and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

                It was moved by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the agenda as amended.  The minutes of the May 5th commissioner meeting were approved.

                Commissioners acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  SD DENR revised phosphorus based nutrient mgt. plan for Steve Peterson; East Dakota Water Development District April 16th meeting minutes; and a letter from CHN secretary Gibi Page transferring her duties from CHN office to Register of Deeds office effective June 19th. 

                Motion by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the increase in State rates for travel and meals-.$.42/mile; breakfast $6.00; Lunch $11.00; and Dinner $15.00. 

                Motion by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the 2015-2017 agreement with the City of Howard for general law enforcement services. 

                Gibi Page joined the meeting to request additional furniture to be used for ambulance billing and welfare.  This request was made to assist with her move from the CHN office to the Register of Deeds office.  Motion by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize the purchase of the furniture with the cost being split evenly between the ambulance and welfare budgets. 

                It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Durant that the following resolution be approved. 


WHEREAS, Resolution 15-9 declared a fire danger emergency and banned open burning in the rural areas of Miner County, and

WHEREAS, recent rains have lessened the fire danger emergency,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Miner County Board of Commissioners that the ban on open burning pursuant to Resolution 15-09 is hereby rescinded.

Voting aye:  Protsch, Durant, Reisch, Gassman, and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 19th day of May, 2015.

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

                Commissioners had a brief discussion as to the possibility of creating a different procedure for setting the burn ban ordinance in place.  This will be placed on a future agenda for analysis. 

                Director of Equalization Tami Severson presented various options that she is pursuing for the reassessment of commercial property within Miner County.  Severson will keep the board informed and bring cost estimates for this project to a future meeting. 

                 The board considered the request from the City of Howard to remove from the taxes $614.53.  This amount is associated with the nuisance assessment on the parcel of Howard City-Hillcrest, Lot 5 of SW ¼ 2-106-56.  The Howard City Council at its May 11th meeting voted to abate the nuisance assessment associated with the above mentioned property.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize the auditor to remove the nuisance assessment from the parcel mentioned above. 

                With the adoption of Senate Bill 1 in the 2015 SD Legislature counties have been given the opportunity to raise additional revenue to construct, maintain, and improve public roads and bridges.  Counties will begin receiving additional revenue through increase in license plate fees.  Furthermore, counties may implement a wheel tax not to exceed $5 per wheel up to 12 wheels and may impose an additional levy not to exceed $1.20/thousand dollars of taxable valuation.  Commissioners reviewed SB 1 and will use this information when determine future years’ budgets. 

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


                WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2015 budget for the following department 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 $2000 to the Jail department.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Gassman, Reisch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 19th day of May 2015. 

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

Claims allowed: Century Link $99.81, Santel $55.12, SDN Communications $1,456.50, Triotel $171.53 911 charges; ICAP $603.08 community action payment; SD Dept of Revenue $1,545.00 county health nurse payment; Philip R. Parent $378.00 court appt atty; Racom Corp $76.00 equipment; HFCA $8,887.16, Wingen’s Garage $809.80 fuel; Minnehaha Co Regional $1,155.00 juvenile detention per diem; Dean Schaefer Court Reporting $30.00, Lewis & Clark Behav Health $160.00 mental illness hearing expense; Miner Co Treasurer $32.09 postage; SD Dept of Revenue $1,814.04 predatory animal control fund; Davison Co Jail $1,720.00, Lake Co Sheriff’s Office $3,900.00 prisoner care; Lewis Drug $61.99 prisoner medication; Christopher Perez Vazquez $64.40 professional services; Miner Co Pioneer $284.26 publishing; HFCA $21.95, Homestead Building Supply $18.79, Office Peeps $125.31, S&S Contracting $40.82, Ultra $170.25, Wingen’s Garage $37.50 repairs; Mitchell Concrete Products $429.00 road materials; Greg Protsch $1,000.00 state’s atty office expense allowance; Boyer Ford Trucks $4.55, Butler Machinery $289.28, Campbell Supply $17.54, Dawson Construction $29.58, Maria Feldhaus $99.88, Fleetpride $8.31, Interstate Power Systems $11.63, Kimball Midwest $221.19, McLeod’s Printing $40.00, Miner Co Treasurer $74.00, Office Peeps $2,152.41, Prostrollo Auto Mall $15.90, True North Steel $4,181.04, Wheelco $143.73 supplies; Alliance Communications $32.00, Verizon $69.09, Verizon Wireless World $29.99 telephone; Kim E. Callies $88.60 transcripts; Cardmember Services $328.96, Susan Connor $210.47, Voni Durant $74.00, Debra Eggert $12.00, Garrett Gassman $38.85, Lanny Klinkhammer $118.00, Karla Neises $127.44, Tami Severson $125.80 travel

The meeting adjourned to June 2, 2015.  Dated this 19th day of May, 2015.

                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                Miner County Auditor

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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Howard, SD 57349


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