July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

   The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on July 20, 2021 in the Miner County 4-H Exhibit Hall.  Members present:  Alex Protsch, Garrett Gassman and Tom Reisch.  Absent:  Kathy Faber and Roger Wentland.  The flag pledge was recited.  Tami Severson & Karla Neises were also present.  Motion by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried to approve the agenda.  No Commissioner report of meetings attended was given.

            The minutes of the July 6th meeting were approved.

            No persons appeared for Public Comment. 

            The following correspondence was received:  June Moisture Report; SD Dept. of Transportation Rural Access Infrastructure Appropriation to Counties; SDSU Extension updated on 4-H Youth position.

            It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the following claims for payment:  Alliance $150.00, Santel $55.12 911 CHARGES; ICAP $691.67 COMMUNITY ACTION PAYMENT; Lammers, Kleibacker & Dawson $1,713.50 COURT APPT ATTY; Central Electric Coop $132.94 ELECTRICITY; Ulteig $7,658.71 ENGINEERING; Canova Service Center $91.96, HFCA $2,272.06 FUEL; Northwestern Energy $13.53 GAS SERVICE; Mark Neises $315.00 MOWING; Lake Co Sheriff’s Office $300.00 PRISONER CARE; Great Plains Psych Services $1,812.50, Horizon Health Care $57.00, Jackson Co Sheriff $65.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES; Aramark $101.32, Microfilm Imaging Systems $385.00, Miner Co Historical Society $2,000.00 RENT; A&B Pest Control $90.00, HFCA $45.82, James Valley Landscape $405.00, Office Peeps $163.08, Sturdevant’s $33.99, Ultra $1,162.25 REPAIRS; Jebro $4,626.98 ROAD MATERIALS; Canova Service Center $3.20, Cardmember Services $156.49, Dakota Data Shred $34.00, Home Service Water Conditioning $28.60, HFCA $20,960.00, IState Truck Center $35.88, John Deere Financial $96.11, Kimball Midwest $284.46, Office Peeps $38.06, Puthoff Repair $211.13, Redwood Toxicology $247.50, Rockmount Research $929.05, Rusty’s $93.42, Sturdevant’s $136.19, Thomson Reuters-West $894.03, Tom’s Hardware $48.65, Transource $407.52, Tyler Technologies $449.00, Ultra $78.00, Wheelco $39.59 SUPPLIES; Verizon $85.18 TELEPHONE; ND APCO Lake Region 911Center $250.00, SDAAO $770.00 TRAVEL. 

            The board reviewed the quote for metal shelving for the courthouse basement store room.  Commissioners approved the quote from Office Peeps ($4,471 plus installation costs).

            A quote from Factor 360 for upgrading the county’s website to mobile compatible was approved.

            Discussion was held concerning the Burn Ban that has been in place within all unincorporated parts of Miner County.  At this time no change to that ban will be made.  It will be placed on the August 10th agenda for further discussion.

    State’s Attorney Kristian Ellendorf and Treasurer Jessica Charles met with the board to review the tax deed process on the property described as:  Lot 5, 6 & 7 including vacated alley & S ½ Howard City OP owned by Judy Shaw Foundation Inc.  The board instructed Ellendorf & Charles to begin the preliminary work for taking tax deed to the property.

            Kyle Higgens & Chad Wieseler of Puetz Design + Build, Howard City Mayor Don Arens, Kody Dawson & Nick Kramer of the City of Howard, Erik Case of Brosz Engineering (Howard City Engineer) joined the meeting to review the placement of the flared culvert into the city park.  Case provided drawings indicating the elevations of the surrounding area and the designated flow area.  He stated that the roof drains did not change in diameter to increase the water output level.  Mayor Arens stated their discussion and concern revolved around the pooling of water in the park providing a favorable environment for mosquitoes.  The city would like to see the culvert outlet be moved to flow into the city street.  The board of commissioners agreed and will have the engineer design redirecting the outlet to the street. 

            Higgens presented the following change orders:

            Change Order #7-Aluminum Entrance Doors $10,643.87, Change Order #8-Additional Roof Patch Work $817.93, Change Order #9-Aluminum Wiremold $18,967.84.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried unanimously to approve change orders 7, 8 & 9. 

            Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges presented an amendment to agreement #716885 a funding agreement for bridge replacement and rehabilitation.  This amendment will extend the deadline for expending funds to December 31, 2025.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Reisch and carried unanimously to authorize Chairman Alex Protsch to sign Amendment #1 for Agreement #716885 on behalf of the County.

            Krempges informed the board that pavement markings on the new asphalt overlay on 435th Ave. is delayed due to the lack of availability of paint. 

            The board reviewed the 2022 provisional budget. Sheriff Eggert was also present.  Eggert will research specific costs within his budget and report back to the commission.

            Miner County Veterans Service Officer Tim Reisch presented information concerning his office.  Reisch has been appointed by Governor Kristi Noem to be the interim Secretary of Corrections.  Reisch would like to continue in his capacity as VSO through this interim period.  Commissioners approved his request.  VSO Reisch will be available any time to veterans via phone (605-772-4455).  A notice will be placed on his office door and an advertisement will be placed in the Miner County Pioneer.

            A resident inquired about a county wide household hazardous waste collection.  At this time the commission has no plans of offering this service.

            The board took a tour of the Veterans Service Office.  Having no further business, the meeting adjourned to August 10th.  The first meeting of the month of August has been moved from August 3rd to August 10th due to Achievement Days schedule.

            Dated this 20th day of July, 2021.

                                                                        Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                        Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor  

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