March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019


            The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session March 19, 2019 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Roger Wentland, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, Voni Durant and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the agenda.  The minutes of the March 5th meeting were approved.  No one appeared for Public Comment.


            A plaque was presented to Lanny Klinkhammer by the Board of Commissioners.  The board thanked Lanny for his many years of service as Miner County Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff.


            It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Durant and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims:  SD Dept. of Revenue $552.44 HUMAN SERVICE CENTER PATIENTS; Century Link $112.45, Santel $55.12 911 CHARGES; FJM $97.50 COLLECTIONS FEE; ICAP $654.33 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Central Electric Coop $63.55, Xcel Energy $122.52 ELECTRICITY; Wingen’s Garage $1,654.55 FUEL; Kennedy, Pier, Loftus & Reynolds $155.00, , Lincoln Co $168.81, Yankton Co $120.00 MENTAL ILLNESS HEARING EXPENSE; Lake Co Sheriff $1,650.00 PRISONER CARE; Aramark $289.06 RENT; Office Peeps $167.78 REPAIRS; Spencer Quarries $8,471.05 ROAD MATERIALS; Butler Machinery $2,159.58, Custom Truck $35.24, Dawson Construction $68.68, Dust-Tex $314.70, Fox Print $25.00, Gall’s $138.40, Home Service Water $21.60, Howard Cold Storage $67.35, Kimball Midwest $114.00, Matheson Tri Gas $238.56, Mid-American Research $138.35, Office Peeps $1,267.67, Power Promotions $50.30, Public Safety Center $34.98, Stan Houston Equipment $53.58, Sturdevant’s $573.43, Titan Machinery $2,098.00, Tom’s Hardware $22.06, Wheelco $1,097.04, Wingen’s Garage $1.93 SUPPLIES; Verizon $94.68 TELEPHONE; Voni Durant $84.00, Garrett Gassman $44.10 TRAVEL.


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




            WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2019 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 to the Domestic Abuse Fund $65.  Voting aye:  Protsch, Reisch, Gassman, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 19th day of March 2019.

                                                                                    Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                    Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


            Auditor Susan Connor presented the 2018 Miner County Annual Report which was submitted to the SD Dept. of Legislative Audit in February.


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




            WHEREAS, Title 23, Section 151, United States Code and Title 23, Part 650, Subpart C, Code of Federal Regulations, requires initial inspection of all bridges and reinspection at intervals not to exceed two years with the exception of reinforced concrete box culverts that meet specific criteria.  These culverts are reinspected at intervals not to exceed four years.

            THEREFORE, Miner County is desirous of participating in the Bridge Inspection Program using Bridge Replacement funds.

            The County requests SDDOT to hire Ulteig Engineers, Inc. (Consulting Engineers) for the inspection work.  SDDOT will secure federal approvals, make payments to the Consulting Engineer for inspection services rendered, and bill the County for 20% of the cost.  The County will be responsible for the required 20% matching funds.

            Voting aye:  Protsch, Reisch, Gassman, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 19th day of March, 2019, at Howard, South Dakota.


                                                                                 Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                 Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


            Load limits will be placed on county oil roads beginning Thursday, March 21, 2019.


            Miner County Treasurer Pat Carmon joined the meeting as requested by Judy Shaw for a discussion to set up timely payments on the delinquent taxes associated with the Howard Hotel & Convention Center.  Ms. Shaw did not appear for the meeting, so therefore no action was taken.


            Jerry Adler representing Miner Recreation, Nick Koepsell representing HHS Club Baseball and Jerry Winker representing Miner Co. Youth Shooting Assoc. made requests for recreation funds provided for within the 2019 Miner County budget.  After discussion of past history of recreation grants disbursed by the county, it was decided to defer making any grants until Carthage and Canova recreation associations could also attend a meeting.  The matter will be considered at the April 2nd commission meeting.


            The board adjourned as a Board of Commissioners and reconvened as a Planning & Zoning Board.  Planning & Zoning Chairman Alex Protsch called the meeting to order.  Those present for the planning discussion included:  Executive Director Todd Kays of 1st District of Local Governments, Zoning Administrator Tami Severson, Kim Lewis, Joe Calmus, Dave Miller, Martin Connor, Jason Feldhaus and Joe Walter.  Kays informed those in attendance that the board is reviewing its current zoning ordinance and discussing possible changes.  During this meeting the Agricultural District, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, CAFO permit requirements, required setbacks, CAFO control requirements, Nutrient Management, and Manure Management were reviewed.  Further review will continue at the April 16th meeting.  The board adjourned as a Planning & Zoning Board and reconvened as a Board of Commissioners.


            Having no further business the meeting adjourned to April 2nd.  Dated this 19th day of March, 2019.


                                                                                     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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