May 16, 2023

May 16, 2023

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on May 16, 2023 in the Miner County Courthouse Commission Room.  Members present:  Alex Protsch, Tom Reisch, Joe Bechen, Kathy Faber and Mike Clary.  Absent:  none.  Others present for portions of the meeting included Kaylee Langrell and Trevor Jones of Summit Carbon Solutions, Rob Eggert and Tami Severson.  The flag pledge was recited.  Motion by Faber, seconded by Bechen and carried to approve the agenda as amended.  No Commission report of meetings attended was given.  The minutes of the May 2nd meeting were approved.

            It was moved by Clary, seconded by Reisch and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims:  SD Dept. of Revenue $1,764.27 PREDATORY ANIMAL CONTROL FUND; Alliance $150.00, Santel $55.12, Triotel $171.53 911 CHARGES; FJM $2,935.86 COLLECTION FEE; ICAP $738.67 COMMUNITY ACTION PMT; SD Planners Assn $50.00 DUES; Elan Financial Services $319.27, HFCA $7,959.30, Sturdevant’s $102.20 FUEL; Co Employee $149.55, Co Employee $374.01 INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT; Mark Neises $564.00 MOWING; Miner Co Treasurer $5.70 POSTAGE; Davison Co Sheriff $100.00 PRISONER CARE; Office Ally $35.00 PROCESSING FEE; Avera Occupational Medicine $741.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES; Dust-Tex $133.24 RENT; Butler Machinery $592.00, HFCA $94.37, James Valley Landscape $986.37, Klinkhammer Plumbing $81.63, Office Peeps $376.92, Safe N Secure $262.50, Shane’s Hardware $254.22, Trane $4,069.00, Ultra $1,658.50, Wahltek $3,217.20 REPAIRS; HFCA $17.56, Lyle Signs $1,658.24, Shane’s Hardware $6.00, Sign Solutions USA $334.37, Stan Houston Equipment $51.75 ROAD MATERIALS; Relx, Inc. $149.00 SUBSCRIPTIONS; Bright Arrow Technologies $290.00, Butler Machinery $643.22, Dawson Construction $50.66, Diesel Machinery $1,173.38, Elan Financial Services $435.06, F&M Coop $37.20, Home Service Water $17.80, Homestead $1.40, McLeod’s $109.27, Miner Co Treasurer $128.31, Mitchell Iron & Supply $75.00, Office Peeps $644.43, RDO Equipment $395.49, Rockmount Research $296.44, Runnings Supply $779.97, Rusty’s $110.02, Shane’s Hardware $836.08, Sturdevant’s $1,121.95, Team Lab Chemical Corp $385.00, Ultra $149.30, Vander Haag’s $23.70 SUPPLIES; Joe Bechen $25.50, Mike Clary $312.54, Rob Eggert $140.00, Kathy Faber $42.84, Josh Hahn $120.00, HFCA $111.20, Alex Protsch $180.54, Ramkota $231.00, Tim Reisch $60.18, Tom Reisch $200.54, SDACC $100.00, The Lodge at Deadwood $564.00 TRAVEL; Central Electric $62.59, Xcel Energy $37.46 UTILITIES;

            No person appeared for Public Comment.

           The board acknowledge receipt of the following correspondence:   SD Dept. of Ag & Natural Resources-Windmill Ridge Manure Management System. 

It was moved by Faber, seconded by Bechen and carried to authorize the auditor to make an automatic supplement for grant funds received:  Emergency Management $3565.36.

It was moved by Bechen, seconded by Clary and carried to authorize the auditor to make the following operating transfer as provided for in the 2023 budget from General Fund to 911 $75,000 & Road & Bridge $500,000.

The board briefly discussed the upcoming 2024 budget planning.

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on the recent City of Carthage cleanup day, asphalt patching will begin within the next week, and other highway matters.  The traffic count on the Carthage oil has been delayed due to the inability of obtaining the equipment from SD LTAP.  Krempges anticipates this equipment should be available in the next couple of weeks.

The matter of appointing alternate planning & zoning members was tabled due to no candidates interested in the positions.  This will be placed on the June 6th meeting agenda.

            It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Clary and carried to rescind the motion passed on March 7, 2023 which removed the taxes associated with the tax deed property, Howard Hotel & Convention Center.  The amount of the taxes was recouped by the county from the sale and shall be apportioned to those taxing entities affected. 

An application for abatement of property taxes was received from Marlys Dawson for property which was destroyed during the 2022 derecho:  E 337’ of Lot 11 Exc N 17’ 3-106-56, Howard City Acre Prop SE4.  This application has been reviewed and approved by the Howard City council at their May meeting.    It was moved by Faber, seconded by Bechen and carried unanimously to abate the taxes ($136.31) associated with the above-mentioned property for the period of time the property was removed due to the storm. 

Representatives of Summit Carbon Solutions, Kaylee Langrell and Trevor Jones presented an update on the progress of the permitting process for the carbon pipeline.  Langrell reported that they have obtained 100% of the easements in Miner County.  She made a request the commission consider approving the road crossing permits prior to the SD PUC approval of their permit.  Commissioners said they would discuss the matter with Road Superintendent Ron Krempges but at this time would not make any changes to the timeline for considering those permits.  Trevor Jones provided samples of the 4” & 6” pipe that will be used during the project.  He also stated that during the construction 100% of the weld will be x-rayed. 

Having no further business, the meeting adjourned until June 6th.  Dated this 16th day of May, 2023.

                                                                                    Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                                    Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

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