New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes August 16, 2006




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on August 16, 2006 at 5:30 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. Public Works Greg Hall, Officer Pryzmus, Public Works staff: Rob Goodman and Mike Holloway, Jack Trullinger, Al Ackerman, Kris & Jace Kroll, Ron Racicky, Laurie Holloway, and Arlen Carmichael.  Later: Amber Einren and her Father, Russ Tiensvold and Leona Oberlander.   



The Finance Officer presented proposed figures at a hearing on the 2007 budget at 5:30 p.m. with those present going through the budget by line items with questions answered and discussions about priorities and realities.  The hearing adjourned at 6:45 p.m.  The Council agreed that with the changes mentioned the budget appropriation ordinance would be ready to be presented at the first meeting in September.



Moved by Torrey second by Green to approve the agenda.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Motion by Torrey second by Richter to approve the August 2, 2006 minutes.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 



The Dir. of Public Works reported that the wells are now on the correct blending system and another radium sample will be taken the September 1. In the meantime the quarterly notice of violation letters will be sent this month.

Mr. Hall checked the draw down and the measurement was good, but he found a leak in the well head, so the pump will have to be pulled, to see if the leak is in the pipe or the pitless adapter.



The Mayor and Council congratulated Officer Przymus on his Outstanding Team Member Award for D.A.R.E. in Pierre. 

Officer Przymus will be teaching a bicycle safety course in the near future.  Discussion followed on whether to hold the class before or after school starts.  He may be using the Community Center for the class.

Officer Przymus requested a $100.00 donation to hold D.A.R.E. classes and the use of the Community Center for D.A.R.E. graduation.  Moved by Dahlquist second by Green to approve these requests.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.



    # 06-23; Amber Einrem; 110 E. Oak; revisit variance on set backs

    #06-32; NU School; 314 S. Monroe; temporary ticket booth; variance on set backs

Discussion on BP#06-23 followed.  The Council understood the problem with the fence, but explained that due to liability they cannot allow the fence to be placed in City Right of Way.  Motion by Torrey second by Dahlquist to uphold the denial of the variance on permit 06-23.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, and Torrey.  Nay:  Richter.  Motion carried.  Councilman Richer voted nay because he felt the previous owner always had stuff sitting in the right of way.  Mayor White explained that the difference is the City did not give permission for this stuff to be placed there.  Councilman Richter volunteered to pull out this fence for free so it can be placed the correct six inches in from the City Street.  Councilman Torrey agreed to help with the removal of the fence. 

Discussion on BP#06-32 was centered on the set backs.  According to City Ordinance a building must set back ten feet from the property line.  Where the property line exactly is was in question.  Some of the maps show that in that block Ash Street is 60 feet wide and on other maps it shows that it is 70 feet wide.  Motion by Torrey second by Green to approve the permit and grant the variance on this temporary ticket booth as long as it is set six inches inside the property line.  Aye:  All.  Motion carried.



Brad Menor, Western Communications, spoke to the Council about placing an antenna on the old water tower.  He stated,  in exchange for this request their company would do a lease or a trade.  They could pay a lease in the amount of $40.00 to $75.00 a month with a ten year commitment and a twenty year option.  Or they could negotiate to put a free standing tower there if the water tower is removed.  After more discussion, Mr. Menor, requested permission for their company to climb the tower and take a test to make sure this placement would be feasible.  The Finance Officer will check with the insurance company and see what type of a waiver is needed for Western Communications to climb the tower.  Then negotiations may proceed.



Arlen Carmichael addressed the sewer main problem in North Underwood addition.  Discussion bantered back and forth. Manholes are in the budget next year to correct the problem on the main.  Mr. Carmichael stated he understood that no manhole will be put in his service line, which is everything including the tap into the 8” main and the line which runs up and over to his house.

Russ Tiensvold and Leona Oberlander, who live in the same area stated they had not had a problem with their sewers being plugged.  They also expressed appreciation to the public works staff for going above and beyond the call of duty by working on the problem late into the night. 



Leona Oberlander requested the use of the Community Center on September 29 for the tailgate party.  Motion by Richter second by Green to grant this request if the Community Center is open.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



The security camera at the pool will be put up.

A chloramines sample was taken in this week and the sample was good.

A patron was found to have lice today at the pool and was sent home for treatment.  The pool, deck, and surrounding premises were disinfected.  The same standard precautions that the school takes when a student is found to have lice will be followed.



  1. The monthly governmental funds sheets were presented to the Council. 
  2. The bookkeeper position has been filled.
  3. The drainage problem at the corner of Pine and Janklow will be taken care of after chip sealing is completed.

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



(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer