New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes August 18, 2004




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on Aug. 18, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Tyler Richter and LeeAnn Schumacher. Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Pub. Works Greg Hall, Asst. Finance Officer Teresa Gossard, Officers Adrian, Wortel, and Anderson, John Torrey, Al Ackerman, Ron Racicky, Deb Eberly, and Tammy & Wyatt Bills. Arriving later: Doug Gimpel.


A budget hearing on the 2005 Budget was held at 5:00 p.m. The Mayor, Council and Staff went over the budget line item by line item. Others in attendance: John Torrey, Ron Racicky, and Deb Eberly. The hearing adjourned at 6:00 p.m. with the regular meeting being called to order immediately following.


Motion by Schumacher second by Green to approve the amended agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to approve the Aug. 4, 2004 minutes. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The governmental funds sheets to date were presented to the Council.


SP#04-11; Deb. Eberly; Sept. 18, 2004.

Motion by Schumacher second by Green to approve spiking permit #04-11. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The chip seal has been placed on East Ash and Madison. There has been a problem with people going through the cones and driving in the tar. Citizens should take an alternate route when chip sealing is being done. The Public Works Dept. will continue to chip seal streets as money allows. Hopefully there will be enough money to do half the City this year and the other half next year.

John Torrey asked about oiling the east end of Ash for dust. He will contact someone he knows in Meade County for pricing. He said he is willing to pay for this oil himself. The Dir. of Public Works said to question the contractor on whether this will affect the cohesiveness of the chip seal.

The front of the Fire Hall was also discussed.





The Mayor reported that she had received a complaint on the dumpsters being unsightly. After discussion the Council agreed the dumpsters are no more unsightly than garbage cans sitting around.


Tammy Bills reported that the swimming pool committee had a meeting. They wanted Council input on what type of door to install. The Council agreed they would prefer one door instead of two, but left it to the Pool Committees discretion. The priority needs of the pool, as determined by the committee are: roll up pool cover holder, turtle pool cleaner, and additional storage or expansion of the concession stand. The pool committee offered to help with closing of the pool.


Officer Adrian introduced Officer Dan Wortel and Lt. Anderson with Pennington County Sheriff’s Dept. Officer Wortel will be taking over the New Underwood area from Officer Adrian. The Mayor and Council gave Officer Wortel their perspective of how to patrol & fit into the community. The Council welcomed him to our community.


The Council and Mr. Gimpel discussed the proposed plat and the need for dedicated right of way. The Council said bring the final plat to the next meeting with the 70 foot of dedicated right of way on it.


A map of the master street plan was presented. Ordinance Number 04-06, incorporating this map into the subdivision ordinance received its first reading. Motion by Schumacher second by Richter to approve the first reading of Ordinance Number 04-06. Aye: all. Motion carried.


#04-31; NU Ec. Dev.; 204 S. Janklow; House & Garage

#04-32; Kathy Trullinger; 205 S. "C" Ave; storage shed

#04-33; David Henrikson; 207 S. "C" Ave; move off

Motion by Richter second by Schumacher to approve permits number 04-31 through 04-33. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The private drive on the east end of Pine Street was discussed. For now the City will continue to do snow removal as set by the snow removal policy. Repairs to the drive will be paid for by the landowners when they request it. This will be presented to the current landowners for their input.


The Labor Day Committee requested free use of the Community Center on Sept. 5 & 6 and blocking off main street from Oak to Elm with open container in this area. Moved by Schumacher second by Green to grant these requests. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The PTO, Booster Club, Hospitality Committee, and Community Development Corporation will be holding a welcome supper on September 17th before the homecoming game. Invitations will be sent to new people that have moved to our Community inviting them to the supper free of charge. This supper meets with the criteria of the Café Plan. Since the Hospitality Committee is involved, it was moved by Dahlquist second by Green that the fee for renting the Community Center be waived. Aye: all. Motion carried.


  1. Municipal League Convention Oct. 7 & 8 in Rapid City.
  2. Tires are still being taken at the City dump.
  3. A picture of the City Hall sign with an attached Marquee was presented. The Council said to go ahead and get prices.
  4. The Fire Dept. will be hosting a fire extinguisher maintenance day on Sept. 11th at the Fire Hall. If you need your fire extinguishers recharged or new ones you should attend.

Being no further business, the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.



(Seal) Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer