New Underwood, South Dakota

......a good place to be!

Minutes February 16, 2021


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on February 16, 2021. Present were: Mayor Teresa Hall, Councilmembers: Larry Graham, Tera Hockenbary, Tara Richter and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Director, Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer, Public Works Director Tim Hall and Brian Johnson. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance following.


Motion by Richter seconded by Hockenbary to approve the agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to approve the January 19, 2021 minutes. Aye: all. Motion carried.


· The hydraulics on the garbage truck do not work well in cold temperatures.

The sewer at City Hall was slightly frozen today.

Letters were sent to the residents impacted by the water service line on the east side of Janklow informing the residents of the amount due to pay for the repairs done to this line.


Motion by Graham seconded by Richter to authorize Mayor Hall’s signature on the AE2S Contract to do an impact study within the 3-mile radius of the City of New Underwood’s water and sewer system at a cost of $16,830.00 split equally to both.


Motion by Graham seconded by Hockenbary to approve the first reading of Supplemental Budget Ordinance #20-01 to approve the transfer of funds from the unappropriated 2020 second penny tax funds to cover the expenses for the Impact Study. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Motion by K. Trullinger seconded by Richter to approve Building Permit #21-03 to tear down the mobile home and garage at 201 W. Elm St. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.

Motion by Hockenbary seconded by Richter to approve Building Permit #21-04; move on permit for a 26x72 manufactured home at 201 W. Elm St. with the stipulation that it must meet setbacks. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Brian Johnson asked the Council if there was any interest in extending the rural water to the east of the City of New Underwood. He has spoken to a number of residents up to 3 miles to the east that are interested in getting City water to their properties. Mayor Hall stated that the City residents are the City’s priority but if the impact study that has been approved showed that it would be feasible to expand it could be considered. Mr. Johnson suggested that the City look into obtaining grants through the State or other various organizations. It was pointed out by the Finance Director that in order for the City to be considered for grants the water rates would have to be raised to almost double the current rate. The Mayor and Council expressed an unwillingness to put this burden on the residents in order to supply water to the Rural residents. Mr. Johnson stated that this was brought to the Council just to confirm if there was a willingness to consider the possibility of further expansion and that he will continue to research funding, interest etc. for this potential project.


Consideration of an alternate meeting date or location for March 16, 2021 was tabled until confirmation that the Community Center is rented for that date is received.


Motion by Richter seconded by K. Trullinger to approve the first reading of Ordinance #21-02 for the addition of setbacks definition to the Zoning Ordinance. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Governmental fund sheets were presented.
The Equalization meeting will be held March 15, 2021 at the Community Center at 3 p.m.
Thank you to Garret Clapp and Brett Hansen for helping to distribute the Feeding SD food boxes on February 8th, 2021. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.
Being no further business Mayor Hall adjourned the meeting at 6:47 p.m.


Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer