August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session August 16, 2016 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Tom Reisch, Garrett Gassman, Voni Durant, and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the agenda as amended.

The minutes of August 2nd meeting were approved.

Commissioners acknowledge receipt of the following correspondence:  East Dakota Water Development July Meeting minutes; Miner County Weed & Emergency Management reports.

The board discussed removing the burn ban that is place within the unincorporated portions of Miner County.  Several commissioners reported they had been contacted by members of the community requesting that it be removed.  It was moved by Protsch and seconded by Reisch to adopt the following resolution. 


WHEREAS, Resolution 16-13 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by the Miner County Board of Commissioners that the ban on open burning pursuant to Resolution 16-13 is hereby rescinded.

Voting aye:  Reisch, Protsch, Gassman, and Wentland.  Voting nay:  Durant.  Resolution approved this 16th day of August, 2016.

                                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Vice-Chairman

                                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor


The board requested that the burn ban be placed on future meeting agendas for consideration according to moisture conditions.

A request for release of county liens was received from the Law Office of Thomas M. Issenhuth associated with the following property:  Lot 1 of Lot 4 of Lot 7 of the Southwest Quarter (SW 1/4) of Section 2, Township 106 North, Range 56 West of the 5th P.M., Miner County, South Dakota.  Mr. Issenhuth is representing his client who has an interest in purchasing the property on the condition that the liens be released.  The county liens total $17,027.51 with additional judgements.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried to deny the request for release of liens associated with the above mentioned property.

It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize the auditor to make an operating transfer as provided for in the 2016 budget from the General fund to the Emergency Management fund $25,000.00.

Correspondence was received from SDACC requesting the commission’s support to encourage the USDOT to expand South Dakota’s National Multimodal Freight Network.  It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Durant to adopt the following resolution and submit to SDACC. 


                WHEREAS, The Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy (Under Secretary) is to establish a National Multimodal Freight Network (NMFN) to assist states and achieve freight policy goals; and

                WHEREAS, the routes should meet at least one of the many conditions like:  being a rural principal arterial; access energy areas, grain elevators; agricultural, mining, forestry, or intermodal facilities; access significant freight facilities; or be important to the economy and the efficient movement of freight as determined by the State; and

                WHEREAS, the national multimodal freight policy should strengthen the contribution of the National Multimodal Freight Network to the economic competitiveness of the United States and

                WHEREAS, the policy should increase productivity, particularly for domestic industries and businesses that create high-value jobs, improve the safety, security, efficiency, and resiliency of multimodal freight transportation; and

                WHEREAS, the policy should improve the economic efficiency and productivity of the National Multimodal Freight Network and improve the reliability of freight transportation and

                WHEREAS, the policy should improve the short- and long-distance movement of goods that travel across rural areas between population centers; that travel between rural areas and population centers; and that travel from the Nation’s ports, airports, and gateways to the National Multimodal Freight Network and

                WHEREAS, the policy should improve the flexibility of States to support multi-State corridor planning and the creation of multi-State organizations to increase the ability of States to address multimodal freight connectivity and pursue these and other goals in a manner that is not burdensome to State and local governments; and

                WHEREAS, Miner County considers the Interim NMFN to be very important to connect cities, support rural areas, enhance agricultural expansion, provide for job creation, and enhance its economic future but currently too limited to accomplish those purposes

                NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by Miner County, that the county supports the efforts of the SDDOT to expand the Interim NMFN in South Dakota as proposed in its comments to the USDOT Under Secretary for Policy.

                Voting aye:  Wentland, Protsch, Durant, Reisch and Gassman.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 16th day of August, 2016.

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


                Custodian Colleen Arens and Colby Tolk joined the meeting to discuss the project to refinish the courtroom benches.  Commissioners moved to the 3rd floor courtroom to view the areas in need of repair.  The board returned to the commission room.  Several voiced concern as to possible overspray and damage to the newly installed carpet and therefore instructed Ms. Arens to try to do touch up work to the areas needed. 

                Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges gave an overview of several highway matters including chip sealing, mowing and culvert replacement.  Krempges also handed out his proposed 7 year highway plan for the board to review. 

Two representatives from RDO Equipment joined the meeting to review the existing Motor Grader bids.  The following were reviewed:  RDO Equipment – Minnesota State Bid 2017 John Deere 772GP with new snow equipment and 17.5 x 25 Michelin Sno-Plus radials $314,104.00 and  2017 John Deere 772GP No new snow equipment with labor to repurpose existing snow equipment 17.5 x 25 Bridgestone radials $295,300.00; Butler Cat – Centerville Township Bid 2016 Caterpillar 140M with no snow equipment $310,227.00.  Krempges reported the John Deere Models are equipped with hand controls (no steering wheel) and the Cat machine is equipped with a steering wheel.  The blade operators along with Krempges would prefer the steering wheel option as all currently owned machines are operated in this manner.  After much discussion it was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried unanimously to purchase the 2016 Caterpillar 140M from Butler Machinery $310,227.00 for delivery in 2017. 

                Emergency Management Director Bob Calmus presented the requirements associated with the 2017 State and Local Agreement with the SD Dept. of Public Safety.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the 2017 SLA agreement for preparedness for natural and man-made disasters within Miner County.

                Welfare Director Gibi Page presented Poor Relief Case 16-10 for consideration.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to approve application 16-10 as the applicant meets the requirements for assistance-payment to be made to Willoughby Funeral Home, $1875.00.

                Tami Severson, Director of Equalization gave an overview of activities being undertaken within her office.  The GIS project is getting close to completion; cleanup of parcel & owner descriptions; and tax exempt 5 year long form application due November 1st.  With the passage of SB 3 by the 2016 legislature there will be a revision in the income criteria for determining if property is classified as agricultural land for property tax purposes.  Severson presented information on the interpretation for determining ag classification associated with the change to SDCL 10-6-31.3 due to SB 3.

CLAIMS ALLOWED: Norma Anderson $60.00, DJ Buseman $150.00, Kerri Deats $25.00, Mary Henkel $25.00, Mary Hoffman $45.00, Karen Hueners $25.00, Clair Lambert $30.00, John Madison $45.00, Sandra Namken $75.00, Barbara Page $45.00, Charlene Schmit $35.00, Ken Splett $75.00, Adam Wirt $175.00 4-H JUDGES; Alliance $300.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $172.13 911 CHARGES; ICAP $609.08 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; SD Dept of Transportation $362.28 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Central Electric Coop $125.54, Xcel Energy $12.43 ELECTRICITY; Marshall & Swift $349.95 EQUIPMENT; HFCA $9,405.60, Sturdevant’s $133.66 FUEL; Lutheran Social Services $1,113.12 JUVENILE DETENTION; Todd Spader $330.00 MOWING; Willoughby Funeral Home $1,875.00 POOR RELIEF; Miner Co Treasurer $105.09 POSTAGE; Lake Co Sheriff’s Office $2,015.00 PRISONER CARE; Miner Co Pioneer $164.71 PUBLISHING; Auca $129.82, Microfilm Imaging Systems $145.00 RENT; HFCA $34.00, Office Peeps $75.03, Precision Diesel Services $647.06, Sioux Falls Two Way Radio $78.98 REPAIRS; Boyer Ford Trucks $358.18, Dakota Data Shred $15.00, Dakota Fluid Power $932.58, Diamond Mowers $35.07, Dust-Tex $114.98, Gillund Enterprises $197.76, James River Equipment $862.95, Leader Printing $90.00, Miner Co Treasurer $27.43, National 4-H Supply Service $51.85, Office Peeps $270.26, Rafferty-Robbins $11.44, Rusty’s $148.00, Sheehan Mack $583.43, Sturdevant’s $250.28, Tom’s Hardware $104.05, Vistaprint $92.94, Wheelco $92.58 SUPPLIES; Alliance $31.90, Verizon $75.67 TELEPHONE; Miranda Donahue $20.16, Voni Durant $33.60, Garrett Gassman $17.64, Alex Protsch $50.40, SD Asphalt Conference $100.00 TRAVEL

The meeting adjourned to September 6, 2016.  Dated this 16th day of August, 2016. 

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor 







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