November 1, 2016

November 1, 2016


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session November 1, 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 the October 4 & 18th meetings were approved. 


The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed an October 31, 2016 balance of $7,545,162.54 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.


It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried unanimously to purchase ($17,000) from O’Keefe Implement  a 2014 Ford Escape to be used by the Miner County Director of Equalization’s office.   


It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to declare the Toshiba E-Studio 45 Copier as surplus & be destroyed as being no longer necessary, useful or suitable for the purpose for which it was acquired.


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


WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2016 budget for the following departments 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 to the following departments:  Juvenile Detention $3800; Ag Building $1000.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Gassman, Reisch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 1st day of November 2016. 

                                                            Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


Due to the closing of the Avera St. Joseph’s clinic the board of commissioners will need to specify a clinic for the collection of specimens in compliance with alcohol and drug testing of the county’s DOT drivers. A considerable increase in fees may be incurred due to this change.  More information will be obtained and will be placed on the November 15th agenda for consideration.   


The board considered the application of Miah Barnhart for a refund of a portion of the 2015 taxes assessed on Lot 1 of Lot 1 of Lot 28, 2-106-56 Howard City Acre Property SW ¼.  Ms. Barnhart’s request is for the assessed value of the structure that burned on 4/27/15 at which time the property was owned by Dennis Myers.  Barnhart purchased the property on 9/25/15 therefore asking for a refund of the taxes assessed on the burned structure.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the application for refund in the amount of $180.42 pending approval of the Howard City council.


Commissioner Wentland informed the commission on repairs that are currently being made to the 2006 Ford Ambulance.  The repairs include a fuel injector pump and all injectors replaced. 


Highway superintendent Ron Krempges informed the commission on the progress of the Dakota Access Pipeline project, box culvert concrete work, gravel crushing and mowing.  Krempges made a request for the board to consider constructing a “lean-to” on the existing highway storage shed located on the west edge of Howard.  The board instructed Krempges to get estimates and blue prints for the board to consider at a future meeting. 


CLAIMS ALLOWED: Road & Bridge $35,905.44, Wellmark $35,328.55, Reliance $1,649.39, Retirement $5,301.19, OASI $7,923.78, Commissioners $4,058.75, Auditor $6,433.00, Treasurer $6,441.75, States Attorney $3,783.50, Govt Building $2,659.80, Director of Equalization $6,421.93, Register of Deeds $5,922.22, Vet Service $817.75, Sheriff $10,598.00, Contract Law $3,777.50, Welfare $432.72, Co Nurse $1,203.50, Ambulance $10,409.89, WIC $82.00, Extension $1203.50, Weed $1,161.50, Dispatch $9,084.17, Emergency Mgt $2,157.00 OCTOBER PAYROLL; Tami Severson $11.00 TRAVEL;


Miner Co Treasurer $1,500.00 4-H AWARDS; SDSU Extension $11,460.00 4-H PAYMENT TO STATE; Century Link $101.25 911 CHARGES; Wilkinson & Wilkinson $483.00 COURT APPOINTED ATTYS; O’Keefe Implement $17,000.00 EQUIPMENT; Northwestern Energy $36.62 GAS SERVICE; Emergency Safety Education $113.61 IN-SERVICE EDUCATION; SDML Workers’ Comp Fund $27,254.00 INSURANCE; SD Bureau of Info & Tech $27.00 NETWORK ACCESS FEES; All-In-One Landscaping $50.00, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $61.22, Midwest Boiler Repair $13,500.00, Office Peeps $84.56, Pheasantland Industries $130.00, Zuercher Technologies $1,300.00 REPAIRS; Greg Protsch $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE; AED Superstore $169.00, Hillyard $105.30, James River Equipment $91.42, Kimball-Midwest $298.18, Lacal Equipment $506.20, Office Peeps $37.85, Quill Corporation $55.98, Rafferty-Robbins $10.86, Tami Severson $83.59 SUPPLIES; Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $80.92, Century Link $9.14, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00 TELEPHONE; Karla Neises $55.44, Ramkota Hotel $171.98, Cora Schwader $50.40, Tami Severson $167.58 TRAVEL; City of Howard $1,621.75 UTILITIES.


The meeting adjourned to November 10th, 2016.  Dated this 1st day of November, 2016.


                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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Physical Address: 

Miner County Courthouse

Park Ave. & Main St

401 N. Main St.

Howard, SD 57349


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