April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017


The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session April 4, 2017 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 March 21st meeting were approved. 


The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed a March 31, 2017 balance of $5,913,175.86 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.


The board acknowledged receipt of the following correspondence:  East Dakota Water Development District March meeting minutes; Emergency Management Report.


The bid opening for the 2017 mowing and trimming of the Miner County 4-H grounds was held as advertised.  The following bids received reflect a per time basis:  Nick Kramer & John Eulberg $295.00; Todd Spader $310.00; Neises Mowing $310.00.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant to enter into a contract with Nick Kramer & John Eulberg for the mowing of the 4-H grounds $295/mowing & trimming. Voting aye:  Gassman, Durant, Protsch, Reisch and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  


Proposed changes to the personnel policy 4.7 Compensatory Time were reviewed.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to make the changes to compensatory time including limiting accumulation to 20 hours and the requirement to use compensatory time prior to using vacation leave.  Those employees who currently have more than 20 hours must use the compensatory time prior to June 1, 2017.  The adopted changes will be distributed to all county employees.


Commissioner Protsch reported in the recent ICAP meeting.  Currently, there is no 60’s Plus Dining or Star Card provider within Howard.  This matter will be discussed at the next Howard Golf Course Board meeting to hopefully encourage that establishment to provide these services to the Howard community. 


It was moved by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to enter into executive session to discuss personnel issues SDCL 1-25-2 (1) (9:45).  The board returned to regular session at 9:55. 

Director of Equalization Tami Severson met with the commission for the annual conference which is required by SDCL 10-3-14. 


Severson presented the following plat for consideration.  It was moved by Durant and seconded by Gassman to adopt the following resolution.







            BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota, that the plat of LOT 1 OF M. SCHULZ FIRST ADDITION IN THE NE ¼ OF SECTION 7, T 105 N, R 55 W OF THE 5TH P.M., MINER COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, which has been submitted for examination pursuant to law, is hereby approved and the County Auditor is hereby authorized and directed to endorse on such plat a copy of this Resolution and certify the same.

            Voting aye:  Durant, Protsch, Reisch, Gassman and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 4th day of April, 2017.

                                                                        Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


            Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on the county-wide signing project, Carthage and Canova’s annual spring cleanup dates, spring load limits, and specifications for fence replacement and repair.  Krempges also informed the board that employee Dan Zulk has submitted his 2-week notice and will be leaving the county’s employment.  Krempges will begin the process of advertising, interviewing and hiring for this open position.


            Clinton Township Clerk Vicki Vining, Fedora Community Development Corp. Chairman Shane Davids and Director of Equalization Tami Severson joined the meeting to discuss county owned lots located in Fedora.  Severson explained that these lots had been taken by tax deed many years ago and at that time were removed from the tax roll.  With the implementation of GIS in that department those properties are now being built back in.   Clinton Township would be interested in receiving these properties so that they may be sold by the township and placed back on the tax roll as taxable property.  The properties of interest include: 


            #5096 N ½ Lot 1, Block 1, Fedora Village OP 9-106-58

            #5100 Lots 4 & 5, Block 1, Kieffer’s Addition Fedora Village 10-106-58

            #5098 Lots 1, 2 & 3, Block 2, Kieffer’s Addition Fedora Village 10-106-58


            This matter will be placed on the April 18th meeting for consideration of declaring the above mentioned properties as surplus and transferring ownership to Clinton Township.


            Deputy Sheriff Robert Eggert joined the meeting to continue the discussion of Medical Leave of a Supervisor.  It was reported the auditor’s office received a phone call from John Karlen voicing his opposition to approving additional payment in regards to this policy.  Members of the board agreed that Eggert should receive additional compensation for assuming the duties of the sheriff while he was out on an extended medical leave.  But, due to the wording of the policy additional compensation cannot be granted as no “entry level rate of a Supervisor” has been set by the county.  If the rate set by SDCL 7-12-15 would be used as an entry level rate, Eggert’s rate of pay as a deputy would have been higher than the entry level of a sheriff.   It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Durant and carried unanimously to deny the request for additional compensation due to applying the policy as written.


            Community Health Nurse Kayla Miller presented the CHN quarterly report. 


            Miner County Soil Conservation Manager Tami Moore reviewed the annual report of the district which included grants received, activities, equipment rental, and grass & tree planting. 


            Pat Carmon, Miner County Treasurer reviewed interest rates with the commission.


            It was moved by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to grant a level raise to Rebecca Mommaerts from level 4 to level 5 . 


CLAIMS ALLOWED: Road & Bridge $36,122.63, Wellmark $35,989.57, MetLife $1,558.29, Retirement $5,664.56, OASI $8,154.10, Commissioners $4,140.00, Auditor $5,899.40, Treasurer $5,969.25, States Attorney $3,859.25, Govt Building $3,328.00, Director of Equalization $7,074.86, Register of Deeds $6,732.28, Vet Service $834.00, Sheriff $10,772.75, Contract Law $3,846.00, Welfare $441.36, Co Nurse $1,229.75, Ambulance $8,047.78, WIC $84.00, Extension $1,229.75, Weed $1,388.82, Dispatch $12,302.43, Emergency Mgt $2,198.75 MARCH PAYROLL; Jeremy Beyer $11.00, Darwin Callies $11.00, Logan Calmus $11.00, Terry Carlson $11.00, Don Eppe $11.00, Tom Glanzer $11.00, Ron Krempges $11.00, Grant Stevens $11.00, Dan Zulk $11.00 TRAVEL. SD Assn Co Commissioners $278.00 CATASTROPHIC POOR FUND; Jencks & Jencks $484.50 COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEYS; Emergency Safety Education $20.00 CPR TRAINING; Midstates Organized Crime Info Center $100.00, SD Assn Computer Equipment Services $15.00 DUES; Northwestern Energy $738.11 GAS SERVICE; Community Counseling Service $3,500.00 GRANTS; Emergency Safety Education $373.61 IN SERVICE EDUCATION; SD Public Assurance Alliance $241.72 INSURANCE; Relx Inc $273.72 LAW BOOKS; SD Assn Co Commissioners $2,101.44 LEGAL EXPENSE RELIEF FUND; SD BIT $27.00 NETWORK ACCESS FEES; Microfilm Imaging Systems $145.00 RENT; Al’s Service $216.56, Dakota Alignment & Frame $490.00, Graham Tire Co $217.70, Paul’s Towing $170.00, Vanguard Appraisals $1,550.00 REPAIRS; Michael Todd & Co $7.32 ROAD MATERIALS; Greg Protsch $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE; Corner Pantry $84.56, Dakota Alignment & Frame $705.64, Homestead Building Supply $56.99, James River Equipment Co $356.49, Kimball Midwest $860.50, Terry Klinkhammer $67.25, Michael Todd & Co $16.98, Mid-American Research $444.59, Office Peeps $100.85, Rockmount Research $162.33 SUPPLIES; Alliance Communications $788.77, Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $84.14, Century Link $14.81, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00, Verizon $122.60 TELEPHONE; Ron Krempges $22.00, Ramkota $494.95 TRAVEL; City of Howard $1,657.35 UTILITIES; Beadle Co Auditor $950.00 VICTIMS ADVOCATE.


            The meeting adjourned until April 11th’s Board of Equalization meeting.  Dated this 4th day of April, 2017.


                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners


Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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