January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

The Miner County Board of Commissioners held their reorganization meeting January 5, 2021, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present: Alex Protsch, Garrett Gassman, Tom Reisch, Kathy Faber and Roger Wentland.   Members absent:  none.   Also, present included Jessica Charles, Kathleen Weidler, Greg Protsch, Kristian Ellendorf, and Rob Eggert.

County Auditor Susan Connor called the meeting to order.   The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Newly elected and appointed officials Kathy Faber, Commissioner; Jessica Charles, Treasurer; Kathleen Weidler Deputy Treasurer; Greg Protsch, Deputy State’s Attorney and Kristian Ellendorf, State’s Attorney took their oaths of office.   

The auditor’s account with the county treasurer showed a December 31, 2021 balance of $7,532,754.30 in all state, county, civil, school and trust accounts.

Wentland nominated Alex Protsch to serve as Miner County Commission Chairman.  Having no other nominations, Protsch was elected as chairman.  Protsch took the chair.

Reisch nominated Garrett Gassman to serve as Vice-Chairman.  Having no other nominations, Gassman was elected as vice-chairman.

It was moved by Wentland seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the agenda.  The minutes of the December 29th meeting were approved.  No person appeared for public comment.

The board acknowledge receipt of the following correspondence:  Miner County Veteran’s Service Officer December Report. 

The Miner County Pioneer was designated as official county newspaper, the Miner County Courthouse, Canova Community Hall, and Carthage Community Room as mortgage sale sites and the River’s Edge Bank at Howard, River’s Edge Bank at Canova, American Bank & Trust at Carthage, and the SD Public Funds Investment Trust as official depositories for the county for 2021.  Authorized signers on all accounts:  Auditor Susan Connor, Deputy Auditor Rebecca Mommaerts, Treasurer Jessica Charles and Deputy Treasurer Kathleen Weidler.

The following appointments were made:  Mike Connor (NE area), and Denise Gassman (SW area) to 3-year terms on the Ambulance Board.  Members and the year their term expires are as follows      

Jody Becker (EMT)                1-1-22             Kari Jo Carlson (SE area)                    1-1-22

Gibi Page (NW area)              1-1-22             Jerry Johnson (City)                            1-1-23 

Jody Becker (Medical)           1-1-23              Lanny Klinkhammer (Law Enforcement)1-1-23

Mike Connor (NE area)          1-1-24              Denise Gassman (SW area)                            1-1-24 

The following appointments were made:  John Haak (SE Area) Wyatt Walter (SW area) to 3-year terms on the Weed board.  Members and their year their terms expire and area represented are as follows:

Dan Page (NW Area)  1-1-23                          Wally Jacobson (NE Area)                 1-1-23

John Haak (SE Area)  1-1-24                          Wyatt Walter (SW Area)                    1-1-24

The following commissioners' appointments were made for 2021:

Entire board-Zoning, and Emergency Management Boards

Weed Board-Faber                                          Dispatch Board/Law Enforcement-Protsch &Reisch

Community Action Board-Protsch                 Legislative Representative-Gassman

Ambulance Board-Faber                                Farm-Protsch & Wentland

First District Board-Gassman                         Courthouse-Wentland & Protsch       

Highway-Wentland & Reisch                         Juvenile Detention Board-Faber                    

The following persons serve as weather spotters:  Mike Clary, Rob Eggert, Kevin Feldhaus, Dave Hodges, Aaron Jeffries, Nathan Kizer, Ron Krempges, Chad Podhradsky, Mike Sebert, Nathan Ruml, Joe Calmus, Dave Esser, Mike Genzlinger, Sam Gosmire, Matt Bornitz, Reginald Faber, David Hattervig, Dick Henn, Randy Lager, Zack Maznio, Tim Nelson, Grant Stevens, Travis Steven, Mike Hvam, Lee Lewis, Gary Nutter, Dan Page, Gibi Page. 

The following persons serve as Volunteer Ambulance Attendants:    Jody Becker Ashley Callies, Cathy Cavigielli, Aaron Jeffrey, Amber Kramer.  Volunteer Ambulance drivers:   Mike Clary, Hunter Eggert, Rob Eggert, Josh Esser, Kevin Feldhaus, Josh Hahn, Amie Kidd, Nathan Kizer, Nick Kramer, Ron Krempges, Evan Meyer, Adam North, Chad Podhradsky, Alex Protsch, Eric Rentschler, Nathan Ruml, Brandon Schwader, Rick Senner, Tim Sherman, Scott Stanghor and Drew Yanish.

The following serve as EOC Volunteers:  John Mengenhausen, Connie Eliason, Rick Olson and Teresa Abrahamson. 

It was moved by Wentland and seconded by Gassman to approve the following resolution.


            WHEREAS, SDCL 12-15-11 provides that the Board of Commissioners shall by annual resolution at the first regular commission meeting establish the rate of compensation to be paid the judges and clerks of a necessary election;

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the rate of compensation for judges and clerks for any county-wide election in 2021 be established at $175.00 for a general election, $175.00 for a primary or special election, on call election board workers $50, for attendance of election schools $30 and resolution board workers $75.

            Voting aye: Gassman, Wentland, Reisch, Faber and Protsch.  Nay: none.

Resolution approved this 5th day of January, 2021.

                                                                                      Alex Protsch, Chairman                     

Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor


It was moved by Reisch and seconded by Wentland to pass the following resolution.


            WHEREAS, SDCL 7-7-25 states that the Board of County Commissioners, by resolution, may authorize county officials to attend educational conferences, meetings, and conventions held and conducted within the state of South Dakota pertaining to the betterment and advancement of county government;

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the county commissioners, highway superintendent, auditor, treasurer, register of deeds, state's attorney, sheriff, assessing officer, coroner, and veterans service officer be authorized to attend conferences, meetings, and conventions (within SD) called for the purpose set forth in SDCL 7-7-25 and that the mileage and necessary expenses to attend such be allowed.  This resolution shall be in force for fiscal year 2021.      

Voting aye: Wentland, Gassman, Reisch, Faber and Protsch.  Nay: none. 

Resolution approved this 5th day of January, 2021.

Alex Protsch, Chairman

Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

It was moved by Wentland and seconded by Faber to pass the following resolution.



            BE IT RESOLVED that the following wage scale for Miner County employees be in effect for fiscal year 2021 (annual salary unless otherwise specified).


Commissioners-Chairman                                                                                            $11,388

Vice-chairman                                                                                                                 10,875

Commissioners                                                                                                               10,302



Appointed boards                                                                                               25.00/ meeting


Auditor, Susan Connor                                                                                                   53,481


Treasurer Jessica Charles                                                                                               44,001


Register of Deeds Karla Neises,                                                                                     51,582                                                             

Director of Equalization Tami Severson                                                                         48,903


State's Attorney Kristian Ellendorf                                                                                 45,201

Deputy State’s Attorney Greg Protsch                                                                            20,001


Sheriff Robert Eggert                                                                                                     54,000


Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Clary                                                                                   46,479


Deputy Sheriff Josh Hahn                                                                                              40,500


Part-time law enforcement                                                                                             19.37/hr.


Director of 911 & Dispatch Services Cora Schwader                                                     43,980

            plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training


Guards-                                                                                    ,                                   17.96/hr.



Level 1-                                                                                                                        17.59/hr.

Level 2- Sandra Roy, Grace Waters                                                                             17.82/hr.

            Level 3- Deborah Gibson                                                                                 18.08/hr.

            Level 4- Jennifer Bolden, Stacey McCoy, Joni Jacobsen                                 18.30/hr.

            Level 5-                                                                                                            18.52/hr.

            Level 6- Randall Schwader                                                                              18.74/hr.

            Level 7-                                                                                                            18.96/hr.

            Level 8-                                                                                                            19.18/hr.

plus a $1.00 per hour bonus for providing dispatcher training


Full-time clerical:

Level 1- Kathy Weidler                                                                                        32,016

Level 2-                                                                                                                32,433

Level 3- Brittany Yanish                                                                                      32,907

Level 4-                                                                                                                33,306

Level 5-                                                                                                                33,708

Level 6- Amie Kidd                                                                                             34,107

Level 7- Rebecca Mommaerts, Darcy Albert                                                      34,509

Level 8-                                                                                                                34,908

Part-time clerical:

Level 1-                                                                                                            17.59/hr.

Level 2-                                                                                                            17.82/hr.

Level 3-                                                                                                            18.08/hr.

Level 4-                                                                                                           18.30/hr.

Level 5-                                                                                                            18.52/hr.

Level 6-                                                                                                            18.74/hr.

Level 7-                                                                                                            18.96/hr.

Level 8- Gibi Page, Cindy Foster                                                                    19.18/hr.


Temporary clerical                                                                                                         17.59/hr.


Custodian-Colleen Arens                                                                                               17.95/hr.


Emergency Management Director-Kent Terwilliger                                                       27,300


Veterans Service Officer-Tim Reisch                                                                              10,716


Ambulance Manager-Cora Schwader                                                                              10,491


Welfare Director-Gibi Page                                                                                            19.70/hr.


Ambulance EMT-

Molly Steeneck, Erin Feldhaus                                                                                       29,088

Ambulance Volunteers

            Weekday-12 hr shift                                                                                             $48

            Weekend-12 hr shift                                                                                             $78

            Holiday-24 hr shift                                                                                             $100

            3rd Attendant/Driver                                                                                           $20/run


Weed Supervisor-Kent Terwilliger                                                                                14,700


Highway Department:

Superintendent-Ron Krempges                                                                                      60,705


Level 8- Terry Carlson                                                                                                   19.18hr.

Level 7- Donald Eppe, Darwin Callies, Jeremy Beyer, Logan Calmus                        18.68/hr.

Level 6-                                                                                                                         18.26/hr.

Level 5- Eric Smith                                                                                                         18.05/hr.

Level 4- Adam Mentele                                                                                                 17.82/hr.

Level 3-                                                                                                                          17.60/hr.

Level 2- Brian Dold                                                                                                       17.38/hr.

Level 1-                                                                                                                          16.59/hr.


            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that longevity pay based on $25.00 per year of employment be paid in November for 2021.

Voting aye: Wentland, Gassman, Reisch, Faber and Protsch.  Nay: none. 

Resolution approved this 5th day of January, 2021.

Alex Protsch, Chairman

Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

It was moved by Faber, seconded by Wentland and carried to set the 2021 holidays as follows:  All County offices (excluding 911 call center employees) New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Native American Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day (December 24) & 2022 New Year’s Day observed December 31st ; 911 call center employees all shifts unless otherwise noted New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday (5 PM to 1 PM), Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Native American Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (5 PM-1AM shift), Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve (5 PM-1 AM shift).

It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the rates charged for dispatching and 911 services which were used to prepare the 2021 budget.  

It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the following clothing allowances:  law enforcement $250/yr/employee for law enforcement clothing and highway workers $225/yr./employee for highly visibility clothing.

It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Wentland and carried to appoint Tim Reisch to serve the remaining portion of the 4-year term (term ending on 12/31/21) as the Miner County Veteran’s Services Officer.

It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims:  Santel $55.12, Triotel $167.53 911 CHARGES; IAAO $220.00, Midstate Organized Crime $100.00, SDAAO $150.00, SD State’s Atty Assn $662.00, SDACO $692.23, SDACC $1,308.00, SD Assn of Co Weed & Pest Boards $150.00, SD Assn of Weed Supervisors $50.00, SD Sheriff’s Assn $571.67 DUES; Xcel Energy $56.66 ELECTRIC SERVICE; Lincoln Co Auditor $75.00 MENTAL ILLNESS HEARING EXPENSE; Stamp Fulfillment Services $1,315.05 POSTAGE; Mumford Protsch $292.00 PROFESSIONAL FEES; Miner County Pioneer $298.28 PUBLISHING; Barry Callies $1,351.40, Judy Calmus $350.00 RENT; Dware $4,350.00, First District $3,500.00, Prostrollo Auto Mall $292.50, Tritech Software Systems $1,300.00 REPAIRS; Kristian Ellendorf $900.00 STATE’S ATTY OFFICE ALLOWANCE; Relx Inc $149.00 SUBSCRIPTION; Boyer Trucks $818.95, County Wide Directory $524.00, Dust-Tex Service $188.97, Tami Severson $20.00, US Postal Service $46.00, Brittany Yanish $170.85 SUPPLIES; Alliance $885.02, Colleen Arens $30.00, AT&T $196.07, Tami Severson $30.00 TELEPHONE; First District $8,867.39 URBAN/RURAL DEVELOPMENT; City of Howard $1,777.24 UTILITIES; Beadle Co Auditor $1,175.00 VICTIMS ADVOCATE;

Treasurer Jessica Charles presented, as required by SDCL 10-22-31, a list of delinquent buildings on leased site.  She will now proceed with statute requirements for collection.  Charles also requested permission to set up on-line banking for accounts held at American Bank and Trust.  It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Faber and carried to allow the treasurer’s office to utilize on-line banking offered by American Bank & Trust. 

Welfare Director Gibi Page presented the following poor relief case for consideration.  It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Gassman and carried unanimously to approve Poor Relief Case 2021-01 to Avera Queen of Peace for $742.48 as client meets all requirements for assistance. 

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on equipment purchases and progress on the bridge work located on 435th Ave. (Canova Oil).  Krempges is estimating the bridge work will be completed within the next 2 weeks.  The highway shop’s furnace is in need of replacement.  The board instructed Krempges to contact local contractors to obtain estimates for radiant tube heater and installation. 

Brittany Yanish made a formal request for funds obtained through the pop machine to be used to purchase a new Christmas tree for the courthouse.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Faber to allow the purchase of a new Christmas tree utilizing pop machine proceeds (not to exceed $250). 

Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned to January 19th.  Dated this 5th day of January, 2021.

                                                            Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:   Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor







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