September 21, 2021

September 21, 2021

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on September 21, 2021 in the Miner County 4-H Exhibit Hall.  Members present:  Alex Protsch, Garrett Gassman, Kathy Faber, Roger Wentland and Tom Reisch.  Absent:  none.  The flag pledge was recited.  Tami Severson, Rob Eggert & Josh Hahn were also present.  Motion by Wentland, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the agenda.  No Commissioner report of meetings attended was given.

The minutes of the September 7 meeting were approved.

        No persons appeared for Public Comment. 

       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; SD Dept. of Health Lab Service $40.00 BLOOD ALCOHOL; Central Electric Coop $136.11 ELECTRICITY; Cardmember Services $45.90, HFCA $12,181.93, Miner Co Treasurer $11.05, Wingen’s Garage $4,005.21 FUEL; Co Employee $3,358.73 INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT; Mark Neises $315.00 MOWING; Miner Co Treasurer $63.52 POSTAGE; Aramark $113.97, Dust-Tex $140.78, Microfilm Imaging $385.00, Miner Co Historical Society $2,000.00 RENT; Dan’s Heating & Cooling $85.00, F&M Coop $20.00, HFCA $47.82, Office Peeps $112.14, Prostrollo Auto Mall $170.11, Stan Houston Equipment $653.52, Transource $1,056.00, Zabel Steel $401.25 REPAIRS; HFCA $640.00, Spencer Quarries $1,329.50 ROAD MATERIALS; Boyer Trucks $66.76, Butler Machinery $26.45, Dan’s Heating & Cooling $28.76, Diesel Machinery $1,276.20, F&M Coop $7.95, Graham Tire $2,848.96, Home Service Water $44.80, HFCA $11.92, John Deere Financial $1,085.16, Krug Products $33.08, MH Equipment $43.38, Kayla Miller $257.11, Miner Co Treasurer $37.34, Office Peeps $64.39, O’Keefe Implement $5.59, Pheasantland Industries $2,198.00, Pomp’s Tire Service $280.00, Prostrollo Auto Mall $78.93, RDO Equipment $1,659.38, Rusty’s $37.92, Cora Schwader $96.23, Shane’s Hardware $20.46, Stryker Sales $86.92, Sturdevant’s $71.69, Transource $603.45, Wheelco $31.36 SUPPLIES; AT&T $89.04, Verizon $80.16 TELEPHONE; Cardmember Services $75.00, Jessica Charles $319.00, Mike Clary $80.00, Doubletree $715.85, Kathy Faber $50.40, Garrett Gassman $26.46, Cora Schwader $311.68 TRAVEL; Dan’s Heating & Cooling $2.32 OTHER EXPENSES.

            The following correspondence was received:  SD DENR-Upland Hutterian Brethren Manure Management & Shannon Hutterian Brethren Nutrient Mgt. Plan; Miner County Moisture Reports. 

            Auditor Connor reported she had received a request from Pat Maroney.  Maroney requested that the cement ramp in the front of the building be looked at.  He stated the gray cement ramp is an eyesore that should be stained a color that blends more with the color of the courthouse.  After consideration of the request the board is not interested in changing the ramp due to additional cost and the timing of this matter.

            Auditor Connor gave an overview of the courthouse project including the moving of items from the storage PODS to the basement storeroom.  There will be items to be declared surplus which will be offered at a public auction (date to be determined).  A list of those items will be presented to the board at their October 5th meeting. 

            As the project will be completed on schedule, the Miner County Offices located at 217 S. Main will be closed on October 13, 14 & 15 to facilitate the move back to the courthouse.  Those offices will be open and ready for business on Monday, October 18th.  Department heads will be available the 13-15th for any questions or needs that may arise.  Those department heads may be reached by contacting Amie at the Miner County Highway Department. 

            It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Gassman and carried to enter into executive session at 9:17.  The board returned to regular session at 9:21.  Motion by Wentland, seconded by Faber and carried unanimously to accept with regret the resignation of Deputy Sheriff Mike Clary.  The commission thanks Deputy Clary for his 14 years of service to the residents of Miner County.  Sheriff Eggert was directed to advertise for a replacement of deputy sheriff at a starting wage of $40,000 (non-certified) or $41,000 (certified).  Eggert also informed the board of the costs that will be incurred for the new tasers that he ordered this week. 


For the year January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022

                                                                                    Tax Levy in                             Tax Levy in

                                                                                       Dollars                                    $’s/1,000


WITHIN LIMITED LEVY:              

County Purposes (SDCL 10-12-9)                 $3,025,134.00                                     4.128

(Includes $5,510 to be distributed to the cities.)

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



            WHEREAS, (7-21-5 through 13) SDCL provides that the Board of County Commissioners shall each year prepare a Provisional Budget of all contemplated expenditures and revenues of the County and all its institutions and agencies for such fiscal year, and

            WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners did prepare a Provisional Budget and cause same to be published by law, and

            WHEREAS, due and legal notice has been given to the meeting of the Board of County Commissioners for the consideration of such Provisional Budget and all changes, eliminations, and additions that have been made thereto;


REVENUE:                                                    FROM                         TO

General Fund

General Cash Applied                                     $   415,927.00             $   411,582.00

Tax Levy                                                        $3,025.000.00             $3,025,134.00


Sheriff                                                             $   289,690.00             $   286,356.00

Contract Law                                                  $   168,990.00             $   167,323.00

Day Care Centers                                            $      6,000.00             $       7,000.00


            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that such provisional budget as amended and all its purposes, schedules, appropriations, amounts, estimates, and all matters therein set forth SHALL BE APPROVED AND ADOPTED AS THE ANNUAL BUDGET OF THE APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURES FOR MINER COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, and all its institutions and agencies for calendar year beginning January 1, 2022, and ending December 31, 2022, and the same is hereby approved and adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota, this 21st day of September, 2021. 

            The Annual Budget so adopted is available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the county auditor, Miner County, South Dakota.  The accompanying taxes are levied by Miner County for the year January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.


             Alex Protsch, Chairman

            Tom Reisch, Commissioner

            Garrett Gassman, Commissioner

            Katherine Faber, Commissioner

            Roger Wentland, Commissioner

Attest: Susan Connor, County Auditor

            Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on employee matters, fall mowing, crop setbacks and gravel crushing in the Skoglund pit.  A meeting will be held today to explain the small structure inventory requirements for all Miner County townships.   

            Consideration of liability and property insurance quotes took place.  One quote was received from Miner Insurance.  Agent Curt Neises gave an overview of the coverage, costs and programs offered by Continental Western Group and Victor.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Gassman and carried to approve the quote received from Miner Insurance ($43,048).

            Kyle Higgens of Puetz Design + Build met to review the progress of the courthouse project.  The project is on schedule to be completed by the week of October 11th.  A few issues with thermostats were discovered, but this has not stopped the startup of the HVAC system.  It was moved by Gassman, seconded by Wentland and carried unanimously to approve Change Order #022-Additional Exterior Repairs $2545.13 and Change Order #023-Casework Installation $1615.19. 

            It was moved by Wentland, seconded by Gassman and carried to authorize the chairman to sign the updated agreement (clerical errors) with the SD Dept. of Health for WIC services. 

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


            BE IT RESOLVED that the PLAT OF LOTS 1, 2, 3, AND 4 OF HOSS ADDITION IN THE S ½ OF SECTION 35, T107N, R56W OF THE 5TH P.M., MINER COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, as described above and heron be approved an accepted and the Chairman is hereby instructed to endorse on such plat.

            Voting aye:  Wentland, Faber, Gassman, Reisch and Protsch.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 21st day of September 2021. 

                                                            Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

            Having no further business, the meeting adjourned to October 5th.  Dated this 21st day of September, 2021.

                                                            Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                            Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor



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