New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes October 11, 2017



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on October 11, 2017. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Councilmembers: Larry Graham, Karin Shoemaker, and Kathy Trullinger. Absent: Teresa Gossard. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer, Kristi Pritzkau, Assistant Finance Officer, Dir. of Public Works Tim Hall, Deputy Jeff Jones, Sgt. Harkins, Ava Clark, and Dianne Trullinger. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.


Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to approve the agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.



Moved by K. Trullinger second by Shoemaker to approve the September 20, 2017 and October 3-6, 2017 special meeting minutes as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried. 


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILL LIST                                                                                  

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

September bills payable October 11, 2017

GENERAL FUND                                                                                                                

Merchant Bank (visa charges) – 35.00; City of Rapid City (dump fees) -2488.29; MG Oil (fuel) -255.45; Salaries – Mayor – 361.75; Swim Pool – 231.10; Cleaners – 255.82; SD Unemployment Inc. (employment insurance) – 144.06; HPSD (health ins.) – 2200.12; IRS (SS & FWT) –285.15; Mastercard (office, swim pool, office supplies) – 170.27; WREA (Service) – 1505.87; Golden West  (Service) – 291.27; NU Post (publishing) – 124.47; SD State Treasurer  (Sept. Sales Tax) – 384.12; BJ’s Store (CC and SP supplies) –26.34; Menards (steel for pool roof) – 3154.60; Kieffer Sanitation (roll- off dumps) – 160.00; Mid Continent Testing (pool testing) – 34.00; Little Print Shop (new water books) – 234.70; Knecht Home Center (paint for pool) – 365.82; A-1 Mechanical (testing pool water lines and patch kit) – 414.50; Northwest Pipe Fittings (SP repairs) – 42.07; Rockstarz (pool house floor sealer) – 2310.00; FMG Feed and Seed (mouse bait bars) – 9.30; Tree Pro Plus (tree removal and clean up) – 1350.00; McGas ( propane) – 169.60; City of Rapid City (dump fees) – 1453.17; Pennington Co. Sheriff’s Office (4th quarter law enforcement) – 11766.00; TOTAL: $30222.84


M.G. Oil Co. (fuel) – 465.79; Adams ISC (welding and repair chipper) – 123.00; TOTAL: $588.79

WATER FUND                                                                                                                     

WREA (Service) – 1001.01; WRT (radium removal charge) – 2142.00; Hawkins, Inc. (water treatment for September) – 1609.95; Core and Main (water main parts) – 724.45; Omni Site (alarms) – 25.00; TOTAL: $5502.41


Tim Thompson (refund deposit) – 150.00; TOTAL: $150.00


Finance Office – 5273.02; Public Works – 4988.66; Aflac (insurance) – 155.10; IRS-EFTPS (SS & FWT) – 2359.71; SDRS (September Retirement) – 1436.62; WREA (service) –91.20; Omni-Site, Inc. (alarm) – 25.00; TOTAL: $14329.31



The Council had time to look over the code red list and agreed it can be sent in to code red to add to their list.



  1. The Council agreed a new water heater would be purchased and installed next year prior to opening.

  2. Bill Tines will repair the crack in the pipe on the south side of the six foot.

  3. The winter cover is being shipped to get the exact size cover made for our pool. Discussion followed on how long it would take to get new cover back. The pros and cons of putting water in prior to receiving cover back.

  4. The Pool manager will get the covers on the floor drains and intake valves. Also they are putting on one more coat of paint.



  • Mr. Hall reported they hope to wrap up the last of the annual meter readings.

  • They will flush hydrants next week and start sewer jetting.

  • Fire in the garbage truck after picking up garbage last Friday, which he got extinguished.



    Deputy Jones presented his written monthly report.



    Travis Madsen requested an extension on getting part of his property to the north replatted and taken out of the rural service district. He is still trying to fine tune his ideas on what size lots he wants and how much to replat. Motion by Graham second by Shoemaker to give Mr. Madsen an extension of 180 days. Aye: all. Motion carried.



    A plat to the west of New Underwood was received at the County, about 20% of this plat is in the city’s jurisdiction. The Planning and Zoning Director, PJ Conover, asked the City how they wanted to handle this. Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to let the County handle this plat and authorize the Finance Officer’s signature on it if it is necessary. Aye: all. Motion carried.



    The swim pool handbook was presented to the Council last month, after looking it over it was moved by Shoemaker second by K. Trullinger to approve the 2017 revision of the Swim Pool Handbook. Aye: all. Motion carried.


    513 S. “A” AVE

    Several complaints on the property at the south end of main street have been received. Discussion followed about condemning it, declaring it a public nuisance, getting it cleaned up and secure, animals going in and out, whereupon it was moved by Shoemaker second by Graham to send a letter of abatement, giving him the usual 10 days to comply with the nuisance ordinance. Aye: all. Motion carried.






    The City Attorney looked over our nuisance ordinance and does not think a citation is the appropriate procedure for a nuisance violation. We are to continue to handle abatements as we have been. The Council can determine to pursue criminal action or civil action to abate a nuisance.




Supplemental Budget Ordinance Number 17-07 received its second reading.



BE IT ORDAINED by the New Underwood City Council that the following amounts be appropriated to the 2017 budget to meet the obligations of the municipality: 101/410/427 (General Govt.) - $3,800.00; 101/414/411,412,454.3 (Financial Administration) - $12,300.00; 101/420/421.5 (Code Red) - $1,500.00; 101/430/427 (Public Works) – $2,400.00;  101/454/411,412,425,454.1 (Swimming Pool) – $12,000.00; 601/433.3/425/426 (Water Purification) – $12,000.00. Means of finance: undesignated funds from 2016, Park Capitol Outlay, and reimbursement from pool fund raiser for building materials.


                                                                                    Jack W. Trullinger, Mayor



Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


First Reading: September 20, 2017

Second Reading: October 11, 2017

Publish date: October 19, 2017

Effective Date: November 8, 2017


Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to approve the second reading. Roll call vote. Aye: Graham, Shoemaker, and K. Trullinger. Nay: none.  Motion carried.



  1. The Council thanked the Wicksville Ladies & BJ’s for the food pantry donations.
  2. An abatement for obstruction in the right of way was sent and the citizens complied with the ordinance.



Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 6:45 p.m.



Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer