New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes June 5, 2019


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on June 5, 2019. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Councilmembers: Teresa Gossard, Larry Graham, Karin Shoemaker, and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Director, Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer, Dir. Public Works, Tim Hall, Sergeant Harkins, Deputy Jones, Kevin and Melanie Tish, Josie Tish, Dub Vanneman, Randy Madsen, Wendy Philipsen, Heidi Scott, Darlene Miles, Justin Huntley, Cylee Kissack and Serena Rice. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger with the Pledge of Allegiance following.


Heidi Scott asked for the Council’s consideration of allowing tents at her house located at 513 S B Ave. during the 2 weeks of the rally. Adjacent property owners were notified per City Ordinance for use on review. One citizen voiced a concern about noise, bathrooms and garbage. Another citizen stated that it would not be a problem in their opinion. As there were no objections the hearing was adjourned at 6:06 p.m.


The Corner Bar would like to set up at the Rodeo Grounds for the Barrel Racing again this summer. As there were no objections the hearing was adjourned at 6:08 p.m.


Motion by Gossard second by Shoemaker to approve the agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Moved by K. Trullinger second by Gossard to approve the May 15, 2019 minutes as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The financial reports, bill-list, savings sheets and vouchers were presented. Moved by Graham second by K. Trullinger to approve the financial reports and the following warrants as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried.

May bills payable June 5, 2019


First Data (visa charges) – 38.30; Salaries – Mayor – 361.75; Cleaner – 183.32; Sam’s Club (radios) – 141.64; City of Rapid City (May Dump fees) –1760.56; US Postal Service (box rental) – 120.00; Melanie Tish (pool vacuum reimbursement) – 1200.00; Rapid City YMCA (lifeguard training) – 400.00; Sam’s Club (gas) – 90.69; SD Gov’t FO Assoc. (school) – 150.00; SD Gov’t HR Assoc. (school) – 100.00; Shawn Huss (lifeguard certification ) – 190.00; Menards (supplies, paint, misc. tools) – 352.08; Fastenal (pool rack parts) –156.90; Allstate Peterbilt (muffler) – 458.92; Golden West (phone svc.) –290.19; WREA (Service) –2119.06; SD State Treasurer (May Sales Tax) –349.83; Pennington County Courant (publishing) –164.38; Meri Jo Anderson (consulting fee) –506.00; EFTPS (SS- FWT) –176.50; Mastercard (pool chemicals, battery) –486.18 ; Kieffer (roll off) – 160.00; Hazel’s Sweet Treats (cake for Kindergarten Celebration) -45.00; Harvey’s Lock Shop (dump lock and keys) -33.18 ; North Central Supply (pool rack parts) – 86.00; Pennington County Courant (publication) – 93.65 TOTAL: $ 10,124.13


Timothy S. Hall (ins. deductible) – 81.80 TOTAL: $81.80


WREA (Service) – 1023.15; WRT (radium removal charge) – 2237.63; Hawkins, Inc. (water treatment chemicals) –1227.25; Omni Site (alarm) – 25.00; DSG (gaskets) – 194.80 SDAWRS (conference) – 100.00 TOTAL: $4,807.83


WREA (service) –173.34; Omni-Site, Inc. (alarm) – 25.00; Finance Office –3093.18; Public Works –4863.61; Michael Siegel (mileage) – 64.96; SDRS (retirement plan) –1071.42; EFTPS-IRS ( SS-FWT) –2574.25; HPSD – 1650.09; Aflac (ins.) – 114.66; TOTAL: $13,630.51


A list of the volunteers for the pool this summer includes: Brad and Amber Beer, Roger, Tammy, Keoni and Wyatt Bills, Josh and Karin Shoemaker, Tyler Walker, Kevin and Melanie Tish, Cylee Kissack, Mercedes Winegar, Emma Madsen, Trynyty Poss, Mikala Olic, Jaedyn Finkbiener, Ethan Tussing, Chad Tussing, Craig Thaler and Hayden and Billie Thornton. Motion by Gossard second by Graham to approve this list. Aye: all. Motion carried.
Melanie Tish thanked Tim Hall for all of his help this spring to get the pool ready.
They will have family swim day Sundays on a trial basis to see if there is enough interest to make it feasible to continue. The cost will be $10.00 per family. This fee will help cover some of the lifeguards wages and pool chemicals as the pool has not been in open 7 days a week in the past.
All lifeguards passed the certification and all positions have been filled.
The account at the bank that had been set up by the swimming pool committee, outside of the City’s account has been closed and the money will be collected by Melanie Tish to be used for the pool heater as previously agreed.
The drain cover screw holes are stripped out. They are working on a solution to that issue.
The pool has been painted where necessary and there is a crack that was sealed last year that has bubbled. The pool may need to be shut down to repair this if outside water causes a problem with the pool chemicals.


The pool rack was completed and A-1 Mechanical inspected it last week and asked for changes to it. They will wait for him to return so they can make those changes correctly according to his needs.

EZ Street has been ordered and will be here in approximately 2 weeks.

The lift station is starting to keep up; the pump has run constantly since it started raining.

There is some infiltration of ground water into the sewer system. Public works is trying to isolate the problem. A camera may be needed to find the exact source of this.

The park and pool area weeds will be sprayed this summer by R&R Trenching as other businesses contacted did not have the ability to take it on.

Mosquito spraying will be done when conditions allow. They also plan to spray around the 4th of July.

Mowing of the flood ditch will be done when conditions allow also.


Deputy Jones presented the written monthly report. The Council congratulated the whole track team on their successes at the state track meet and congratulated Deputy Jones on his daughter Cerrington’s being the state champ in the 400.


Mayor Trullinger thanked Larry Graham, Council President for presiding over the meeting on May 15, 2019.

The owner of the bus that was sent a letter concerning licensing of the bus has now become compliant.

He will be asking the Council to enforce the penalty at the next meeting if the owner of the property that needs to move the fence to meet setbacks doesn’t have it done by then.

Mayor Trullinger confirmed with the Council that the July 3rd meeting date was not interfering with any of their schedules. They all agreed it would work for all of them at this time.

The owner of the property at 513 S. A Ave. has said they will have the hole filled that was left by the demolition of the building by June 15, 2019.


Only one bid was received on the metal dumpsters. Mayor Trullinger opened the bid and presented it to the Council: Kieffer Sanitation bid for the 82 metal dumpsters in the amount of $4,101.01 which was above the appraised value. Motion by Gossard second by Shoemaker to award the bid to the highest and only bidder Kieffer Sanitation. Roll call vote. Aye: Gossard, Graham, Shoemaker and K. Trullinger. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Justin Huntley presented the Council with information on what services they offer. He explained how Public Works can utilize the system to keep track of what needs to be done to the sewer lines and water lines and when it is due for servicing. There is an interactive map that gets updated by the workers and there are different maps for different issues. The system can be accessed by a smart phone and can help locate different reference points using GPS. It was discussed by the Council and Mayor how this system would be very helpful to future public works employees. Mr. Huntley will get a proposal put together and submit it for consideration.


Heidi Scott explained that she is looking for people that like a calmer area to stay in and would be supplying porta-pots for the tent campers and requested a large garbage tote for their garbage. She would like to have up to 6 tents in her yard located at 513 S. B Ave. for the two weeks of the rally. She will require the tent campers to sign an agreement that will spell out specific rules on the noise control and clean-up of the garbage in the area. Motion by Gossard second by Shoemaker to allow this for the two weeks of the rally and to review it yearly to ensure this is not a problem in the future. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by Gossard second by Graham to approve SP#19-03; Anderson anniversary; June 22, 2019. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Motion by Gossard second by Shoemaker to approve SP#19-04; Kirstie Koester anniversary; July 13, 2019. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Spiking Permit SP#19-06 for the Stock Grower’s Association’s Street Dance on June 29, 2019 was unintentionally not submitted for publication with the minutes for the Council Meeting on May 1, 2019. It was moved by Gossard second by Shoemaker to approve this spiking permit. Aye: all. Motion carried


Motion by Shoemaker second by Gossard to approve BP #19-06; James Ludovissie; 210 S. C Ave.; deck. The trailer house owner signed approving the deck. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Motion by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to approve BP #19-07; Wendy Philipsen; 420 S. Bailey Ave.; door. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Motion by Graham second by Shoemaker to approve BP # 19-08; Dub Vanneman; 16000 Highway 1416; garage as it meets setbacks. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Motion by Graham second by K. Trullinger to approve BP #19-09; Darrel Baldwin; 204 E. Oak St.; parking spot. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Motion by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to table BP#19-10; Economic Development; 402 S. B Ave.; house as a variance is being requested and the adjacent property owners need to receive notice and a public hearing is held. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Motion by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to approve BP#19-11; Joey Winegar; 506 S. C Ave. 16x80 mobile home as the inspection was completed by two council members and passed with flying colors. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by K. Trullinger second by Gossard to approve SL#19-07; Corner Bar; Rodeo Grounds for barrel racing on June 10 & 24, 2019 as no objections were received and it went well last year. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Motion by K. Trullinger second by Gossard to approve SL#19-08: Moe’s Bar and Grill; Community Center; Wedding Reception on July 6, 2019. Aye: all. Motion carried.

SL#19-09 will be considered at the next meeting.


The complete Ordinance is available at City Hall for review by any interested citizen. Motion by Gossard second by Shoemaker to approve the first reading of Ordinance #19-05; City of New Underwood 5G cell phone facility regulations. Aye: all. Motion carried


Citizens will receive letters of abatement if they do not mow their yards in a timely manner as is required by City Ordinance for anything over 8 inches.
The Gov’t Finance Officer and HR School will be June 11-14, 2019. The Finance Director and the Finance Officer will be attending that in Pierre.
The Budget Training is June 25, 2019 in Pierre and there is a deadline of June 10th for anyone wanting to attend that.
The Elected Officials Training is July 17, 2019.
Gossard will not be at the next meeting.
Terry Westergaard the City Attorney will be at the July 3, 2019 meeting.

Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 6:58 p.m.


Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer