New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes April 19, 2004



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on April 19, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Tyler Richter and John Torrey. Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Pub. Works Greg Hall, Galen Niederwerder, Jon & Irene Madsen, Carl Knuppe, Wes Flint, Chantel & Mrs. Schumacher, George Bills and Gale Bruns. Arriving later: Gus Aus, Roger Bills, Asst. Fin. Officer Teresa Gossard.


The governing board set as the official canvassing board for the election held on April 13, 2004. The Board signed the official canvass sheet concurring with the election workers results as follows:

Mayor (at Large)

Benita R. White – 89 votes

Doug Gimpel – 70 votes

Alderman (Ward 2)

LeeAnn Schumacher – 37

John Torrey – 34


Motion by Dahlquist second by Torrey to approve the amended agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by Torrey second by Richter to approve the minutes of the April 7, 2004 and accept the Feb. 16 & Mar. 8, 2004 Ambulance minutes as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Spiking Permits

SP04-04; Chantel Schumacher; June 12, 2004

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

SP04-05; Cora Wolken; May 8, 2004

Motion by Richter second by Green to approve this permit. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Roger Bills and Gus Aus, representing the Lions Club, approached the Council on getting monetary help from the City to put up a welcome sign off the interstate ramp by Boondocks. They also requested permission to place this sign. The Mayor and Council explained that a building permit would need filled out with a more detailed plan then they were describing i.e. where exactly would the sign sit on this lot, will it be metal or concrete, what size it will be ect. The governing board thanked the Lion’s Club for their interest in promoting the City.



Discussion on putting a water main to the west of the City followed. Discussion on if a main should be installed at the present time or if Jon Madsen should put in a 2 inch service line. The Mayor reported that after the last meeting she had looked the budget and funds over and there are monies available for this project. Jon Madsen again reiterated that he would pay $4,000.00 toward putting in a main. After a lengthy discussion, with good public participation, on the pros and cons of growth no motion on a service line versus main was made.

Motion by Torrey second by Richter that in the Jon Madsen service line agreement include a statement waiving future availability fees, user fees, and impact fees if a main is run out to them after he puts in his service line. Aye: Green, Richter, and Torrey. Nay: Dahlquist. Motion carried. Dahlquist voted nay since she feels it would be giving up the City’s right to assess the necessary money to pay for this expansion.


The finance officer reported that the water agreement with the South water line users has all been signed by the users. The south water users present reported they almost have their agreement finished and will present it to the Council when it is complete. They also requested the City consider putting a six-inch main to the south of the City, replacing their service line. No motions were made.


Motion by Richter second by Dahlquist to contact the City Engineer and request he get started on the feasibility study on water. Roll call vote. Aye: Dahlquist, Green, Richter, and Torrey. Nay: none. Motion carried.


#04-10; Jim Szymonski; 101 S. Monroe; garage with variance (approved in 2003 & one extension granted)

#04-11; Mike Olic; 502 S. Bailey; House (extension on #03-49)

#04-12; Jack Trullinger; 116 W. Pine; move on garage

#04-13; NU Dev. Corp.; 108 S. Janklow; House & garage

#04-14: Michael Green; 111 Madison; pole shed & retaining wall (extension on permit #02-36)

Moved by Torrey second by Richter to approve permits 04-10 through 04-14. Aye: all, with Green abstaining on 04-14. Motion carried.


Nell Boyd, representing elderly meals program, requested funds that were budgeted. Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to give $50.00 to elderly meals program restricting its use to New Underwood residents only. Aye: all. Motion carried.








  1. The Café plan potluck will be April 23.
  2. A copy of the letter that was sent to Chuck Gottschalk was presented.
  3. Radium still a little high on the radiological test, hopefully the next test will be low and average it out.
  4. Travis Madsen will speak to DM&E about the use of their water line.
  5. One of the employees was injured today. For added safety the Council discussed the need to purchase a trench box.
  6. Letter from concerned parent on vandalism at the school, the Mayor will forward it Officer Adrian.
  7. Alderman Torrey questioned on how to help a citizen with getting out of the floodplain. The Finance Officer reported that she had given this individual the information and person’s name and phone number to call to help her with this project.
  8. The Animal Clinic will be Sunday April 25, 2004
  9. The dump will be open on the first and third Saturdays starting April 3, 2004.
  10. Clean up week-end April 24th & 25th. The fee for tires for City residents will be waived this week-end.

Being no further business, the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.


(Seal) Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer