September 19, 2023

September 19, 2023

The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on September 19, 2023 in the Miner County Courthouse Commission Room.  Members present:  Alex Protsch, Tom Reisch, Kathy Faber, Mike Clary and Joe Bechen.  Absent:  none.  Others present for portions of the meeting included Brittany Yanish, Jessica Charles and Jill Calmus.  The flag pledge was recited.  Motion by Faber, seconded by Bechen and carried to approve the agenda.  No Commission report of meetings attended was given.  The minutes of the September 5th meeting were approved. 

It was moved by Bechen, seconded by Reisch and carried to authorize the auditor to pay the following claims:  Verizon $93.92 TELEPHONE; Willoughby Funeral Home $1,595.00 POOR RELIEF BURIAL EXPENSES; SDSU Extension $10,213.00 4-H PMT TO STATE; Alliance $150.00, Santel $55.12 911 CHARGES; ICAP $738.67 COMMUNITY ACTION PMT; Ulteig $24,318.00 CONTRACTED MAINTENANCE; Lammers, Kleibacker, Dawson & Miller $417.30 COURT APPT ATTYS; K&M Tire $4,585.80, Sanitation Products Inc. $119,783.00 EQUIPMENT; Elan Financial Services $308.88, HFCA $19,304.36, Shane’s Hardware $15.99, Sturdevant’s $14.99 FUEL; Mark Neises $282.00 MOWING; Miner Co Treasurer $72.69 POSTAGE; Lake Co Sheriff $962.50 PRISONER CARE; Madison Community Hospital $388.49 PRISONER MEDICAL; Office Ally $35.45 PROCESSING FEE; Miner County Pioneer $859.08 PUBLISHING; Dust-Tex $133.24 RENT; Elan Financial Services $1,026.21, Howard Auto Clinic $557.66, HFCA $286.54, Office Peeps $283.95, OMC Stump Grinding $300.00, Transource $3,267.00, Two Way Solutions $2,556.93, Ultra $1,727.50 REPAIRS; Jebro $200.00, Shane’s Hardware $35.97 ROAD MATERIALS; Relx Inc $149.00 SUBSCRIPTION; Butler Machinery $653.00, Diesel Machinery $259.34, Driveline Service $14.68, Dust-Tex $171.90, Gall’s Inc $46.96, Gillund Enterprises $276.00, Home Service Water Conditioning $127.20, HFCA $94.56 iState Truck Center $138.91, John Deere Financial $364.85, John Green Art Studio $200.00, K&M Tire $810.28, Mac’s Inc. $13.98, Miner Co Treasurer $33.15, North Central Int’l $92.37, Northern Truck Equipment $3,101.10, Office Peeps $1,111.39, O’Keefe Implement $43.85, RDO Equipment $4,580.89, Rusty’s $5.49, Shane’s Hardware $729.47, Sirchie $243.31, Sturdevant’s $1,336.34, CNH Industrial Retail $602.72, Transource $945.36, Ultra $327.30, Wheelco $47.03, White Cap L.P. $820.29 SUPPLIES; Alliance $942.25 TELEPHONE; Patricia Hartsel, RPR $166.60 TRANSCRIPTS; Joe Bechen $38.25, Jill Calmus $725.56, Jessica Charles $118.83, Susan Connor $20.00, Kathy Faber $64.26, HFCA $48.63, Karla Neises $87.32, Tim Reisch $246.96 TRAVEL; Central Electric Coop $144.92 UTILITIES.

Ambulance Manager Cora Schwader appeared during public comment informing the board of electrical issues with the 1999 ambulance.

The board acknowledged receipt of a letter from Millennium Print Group (a subsidiary of the Pokémon Company International).  The letter served as a 60-Day Notice of Permanent Plant Closure Pursuant to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.  Millennium Print Group has decided to permanently close its facility located at 604 West Highway 34, Howard SD.  The expected date of the closure is November 17, 2023. 

No further information has been received from the SD Dept. of Health concerning the Community Health Nurse 2023 contract.  No action was taken. 

Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported on receiving the 2023 truck with snow equipment installed; truck T-5 will be taken to Vander Haag’s for disposal; township requests for partial payment from the Rural Infrastructure fund have been received-auditor will process; gravel crushing is complete and mowing of county road ditches is continuing.

Poor Relief Case 2023-01 was reviewed.  It was moved by Faber, seconded by Clary and carried unanimously to approve case 2023-01 and forward payment $1595 to Willoughby Funeral Home, Inc. for services rendered. 

Sheriff Rob Eggert and State’s Attorney Kristian Ellendorf joined the meeting to update the board on security installations and grant proposals.  It was moved by Reisch, seconded by Bechen and carried unanimously to authorize the security committee to proceed with the additional work associated with the security system installation up to $1,509.41.  This shall be submitted for reimbursement to the UJS Security Grant Program.

Custodian Lori Kiehl provided information on sealing of the sidewalks on the courthouse property.  With the use of salt during the winter season, the sidewalks have started to flake.  Sealing of the walks should slow the progression of flaking.  The board instructed Kiehl to proceed with the project.

It was moved by Bechen, seconded by Faber and carried to enter into executive session (SDCL 1-25-2 (3)) at 10:42 to discuss legal matters.  The board returned to regular session at 10:45.



For the year January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024

                                                                                    Tax Levy in                             Tax Levy in

                                                                                       Dollars                                    $’s/1,000


WITHIN LIMITED LEVY:              

County Purposes (SDCL 10-12-9)                             $3,268,782                              3.949

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

         It was moved by Reisch seconded by Clary 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

Cash Applied                                                 $1,555,670                  $1,560,288

Tax Levy                                                        $3.273.400                  $3,268,782




            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, 2024, and ending December 31, 2024, and the same is hereby approved and adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Miner County, South Dakota, this 19th day of September, 2023. 

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, 2024, through December 31, 2024.



    Alex Protsch, Chairman

            Tom Reisch, Commissioner

            Joe Bechen, Commissioner

            Kathy Faber, Commissioner

    Mike Clary, Commissioner


Attest: Susan Connor, County Auditor


Adoption of the Miner County HazMat Plan was scheduled to be discussed.  Just prior to the meeting, Emergency Management Director, Kent Terwilliger, sent an email informing the commission that the plan had yet to be reviewed by the Local Emergency Planning Commission.  So therefore, it was moved by Bechen, seconded by Faber and carried to table adoption of the Miner County HazMat Plan until Terwilliger meets with the LEPC for their review.

The public hearing for the Miner County 5 Year Highway Plan was held as advertised at 11:00 a.m. in the commission room of the Miner County courthouse.  Those present for the hearing included:  Commissioners Faber, Reisch, Clary, Bechen and Protsch; Auditor Connor; Roswell Township Officer Bob Calmus.   Krempges reviewed the 5 year plan projects.  No questions or comments were made.  Information will be forwarded to First District of Local Govts. for the final plan that will be considered at the October 3rd meeting. 

Having no further business, the meeting adjourned until October 3rd.  Dated this 19th day of September, 2023. 


                                                                                                Alex Protsch, Chairman

                                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest: Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

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Physical Address: 

Miner County Courthouse

Park Ave. & Main St

401 N. Main St.

Howard, SD 57349


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7:30am-12:00pm & 12:30pm-4:00pm

Monday - Friday

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