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Minutes August 17, 2011




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:05 p.m. in the Community Center on August 17, 2011.  Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger; Council member’s: Rikka Buchtel, Russ Tiensvold, John Torrey, and Joe Whitney.  Also present: Finance Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Public Works Supervisor John Bale, Deputy McPherson, Rob, Cris, Keira, Sydney, & Summer Allen, John Jensen, Wes Flint, Mike & Laurie Holloway, Jim & Kathy Harbert, John Jensen, Dena Whitney, Dianne Trullinger, Gene Matz, and Kelly Bessette. Due to the absence of the Mayor the meeting was called to order by Council President Buchtel.



5:30 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. The 2012 budget was discussed section by section, with the special projects the Council had requested at the last meeting.  Some more changes were made.



Moved by Whitney second by Buchtel to approve the amended agenda.  Aye: all. Motion carried.



Motion by Tiensvold second by Torrey to approve the July 20, 2011 minutes as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Mr. Bale had received quotes on new tires for the autocar: Great Western: $2,606.15; Great Western: $2,281.61; McWrench $1,896.00.  After discussion it was moved by Tiensvold second by Torrey to authorize the purchase of the tires spending up to $2,615.00 with a preference to be recapped tires if it is an option.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Public works will do the final spray for mosquitoes next Thursday.

The drainage ditches will be mowed again.



The pool will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays until September 4 when it will close for the season. (Unless cold weather closes it down.)



The Council then sat as the Board of Appraisal for the ground storage tank, set the price at $500.00 and signed and dated the appraisal sheet signifying this price. Motion by Tiensvold second by Torrey to appraise the 35,000 gallon ground storage tank at $500.00 with the stipulation that any damage done to the building has to be paid for and repaired for by the mover. Aye: all.  Motion carried. The Council discussed advertising for bids. The Council dropped the appraisal of the water tower off the agenda for now.








Mayor Trullinger reported that the attorney had been contacted about the interview and resignation process as requested by one of the Councilman.  Attorney Beesley said the way that we are handling it is very open government.  He also advised that the discussion on the prospective applicants should be done in executive session, as we have currently placed it on the agenda.

The Council then interviewed Kelly Bessette, Laurie Holloway, John Jensen, and Wes Flint for Council candidates for ward one.



When the interview process was completed it was moved by Buchtel second by Whitney to go into executive session as per SDCL 1-25-2 #1: Discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer, employee or prospective public officer or employee at 7:10 p.m. Aye:  Buchtel, Tiensvold, and Whitney.  Nay: Torrey. Motion carried. The Mayor adjourned the executive session and returned to regular session at 7:30 p.m.



Motion by Buchtel second by Whitney to accept Councilman Tiensvold’s resignation Aye: all.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Buchtel second by Whitney to appoint Laurie Holloway to fill the alderman vacancy in Ward One until the 2012 municipal election.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Mayor Trullinger administered the oath of office to newly appointed Councilor Holloway.



BP11-20; Travis Madsen; 702 S. “A” Ave; grain bin.

Moved by Whitney second by Torrey to approve this permit.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



SP#11-07; Meri Jo Anderson (Class of 91 – Heather Niederwerder); September 2, 2011.

Motion by Whitney second by Buchtel to approve this permit. Aye: all.  Motion carried.


Other items discussed:

  1. Municipal League conference in Sioux Falls October 4-7. The Finance Officer will attend.
  2. Mayor Trullinger thanked Council Pres. Buchtel for running the meeting in his absence.
  3. Removing dumpsters across from City Hall or enclosing dumpsters on three sides.
  4. Ditches on “B” Ave.


Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.





(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


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