October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session October 20, 2020 in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present: Roger Wentland, Tom Reisch, Voni Durant, and Alex Protsch.  Garrett Gassman joined telephonically.  Absent: none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Protsch and carried to approve the agenda.

No conflict of interest was declared.  The minutes of the October 6th & 12th meetings were approved.

The following correspondence was received:  Veteran’s Service Officer September report; Miner County moisture report.

No one appeared for public comment.

It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Protsch and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims:  Sanford Medical Center $2,332.00 AUTOPSY; SD DOH Lab Service $40.00 BLOOD DRAW; Lammers, Kleibacker & Dawson $1,921.20 COURT APPT ATTY; Central Electric Coop $133.51 ELECTRICITY; Runnings $459.98, Stan Houston Equipment $539.98, Ultra $1,185.00 EQUIPMENT; Butler Machinery $2,068.72, HFCA $7,527.40, Wingen’s Garage $159.50 FUEL; Motorola $44,363.78 HOMELAND SECURITY RADIOS; Howard Auto Clinic $200.00 INVESTIGATION EXPENSE; Lincoln Co Auditor $182.15 MENTAL ILLNESS HEARING EXPENSE; Cardmember Services $333.00 POSTAGE; Lake Co Sheriff’s Office $510.00 PRISONER CARE; Lewis Drug $4.99 PRISONER MEDICATION; Madison Community Hospital $1,917.00 PRISONER PATIENT CARE; Miner County Pioneer $124.92 PUBLISHING; Aramark $133.49, Microfilm Imaging Systems $385.00 RENT; ES&S $4,282.50, Howard Auto Clinic $141.00, Office Peeps $104.76, Tom’s Hardware $3.98, Transource $1,134.00 REPAIRS; Bierschbach Equipment $24.00, Spencer Quarries $603.31, Truenorth Steel $7,684.54 ROAD MATERIALS; Bierschbach Equipment $8.40, Butler Machinery $594.29, Cardmember Services $229.95, Detco $956.22, Home Service Water Conditioning $28.60, HFCA $78.00, McLeod’s $47.97, Mid-American Research $151.03, Office Peeps $56.61, Runnings $94.99, Rusty’s $13.48, Stan Houston Equipment $113.40, Sturdevant’s $44.05, Sunset Law Enforcement $660.00, Tom’s Hardware $115.47, Transource $1,174.45, Ultra $270.00 SUPPLIES; Verizon $64.86 TELEPHONE; Mike Clary $31.92, Ramkota $216.00 TRAVEL; Factor360 $120.0 WEBSITE.

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

RESOLUTION 20-38

            WHEREAS, insufficient appropriation was made in the 2020 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 following departments:  Judicial $520; Court Appointed Attorney $200.00; Support of Poor $26,925.00; Ag Building $1,000; Urban/Rural Development $210; and Veterans Services $1455.

Voting aye:  Protsch, Reisch, Gassman, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution approved this 20th day of October, 2020. 

                                                                                   Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                    Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            It was moved by Durant, seconded by Reisch and carried to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement for the award of Homeland Security funds $29,363.78.

            The board considered the request to enact the Miner County burn ban.  Due to the moisture received and forecasted, no action was taken on the request. 

            Auditor Connor reported Miner County has been awarded a $5000 grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life.  These grant funds shall be used to assist in carrying out the 2020 General Election in the midst of the COVID outbreak.  Connor requested the pay for poll workers to be increased by $175 and on-call poll workers increased by $50.  This additional payment to the workers would be covered under the grant.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to increase the pay for poll workers (who serve) by $175 and for poll workers (on call) by $50, paid with the Center for Tech and Civic Life grant funds.  Connor also informed the commission of the hiring of Cindy Callies as an on-call deputy auditor for elections.  Callies salary will also be paid with the TCL grant funds. 

            Director of Equalization Tami Severson presented the following plat for consideration.  It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Durant to adopt the following resolution.

RESOLUTION 20-39

            BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of County commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota, that the plat of LOT 1 OF STEFFEN’S ADDITION IN GOVERNMENT LOT 4 IN THE SW ¼ OF SECTION 7, T 107 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:  Protsch, Gassman, Durant, Reisch and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 20th day of October 2020.

                                                                                             Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Auditor

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

 

            Lynn Bren of SDPAA, Curt Neises of Miner Insurance, and Daschle Larsen of McKinney Olson Insurance joined the meeting to present property & liability insurance quotes.  After reviewing the information presented, it was moved by Protsch, seconded by Reisch and carried unanimously to continue insurance coverage with Continental Insurance Group through Miner Insurance.   

            SD Dept. of Legislative Audit auditor, Maria Schwader met with the board to inform them of her presence and the scope of work she will be performing to audit financial information from 2018 & 2019.

            Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on several issues including the recently held surplus property sale; the progress of replacing the bridge located on 435th Avenue south of Howard; the placement of dust control on the detour road associated with the bridge replacement; mowing progress and other highway matters. 

            Custodian Colleen Arens joined the meeting.  The board reviewed the proposal from Architecture Inc. for the courthouse renovation project.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to proceed with Architecture Inc. for architectural assistance with the project. 

            Only one proposal was received for the Construction Manager at Risk as advertised.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Protsch and carried to employ Puetz Design + Build as the CMR for the courthouse renovation project. 

            Treasurer-elect Jessica Charles joined the meeting to make a request to advertise for a 35 hour per week position within the treasurer’s office to begin January 1, 2021.  The board instructed Charles to begin the process of advertising, accepting applications and interviewing for the position. 

            Having no further business, the board adjourned until Thursday, November 5th.  Dated this 20th day of October, 2020.

                                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:    Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

 

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