New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes July 1, 2020



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on July 1, 2020. Present were: Mayor Teresa Gossard, Councilmembers: Larry Graham, Tera Hockenbary, Tara Richter and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Director, Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer, Dir. of Public Works Tim Hall, Jaedyn Finkbeiner Pool Manager, Deputy Jones, Ronnie Racicky, Serena Rice, and Dolores Crosbie. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Gossard with the Pledge of Allegiance following.


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


Moved by Hockenbary second by Richter to approve the minutes for June 16, 2020. Aye: all. Motion carried.


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

June bills payable July 1, 2020


First Data (card fees) 53.12; Salaries – Mayor – 411.75; Council – 692.62; Election workers – 600.00; Lifeguards – 3220.10; Cleaner – 256.51; IRS EFTPS (SS & FWT) – 898.83; WREA (Service) – 941.95; Golden West (telephone) – 294.23; SD State Treasurer (June Sales Tax) – 279.31; Pennington County Courant (publishing fees) – 224.13; MasterCard (storage totes, office supplies) – 174.94; Menards (shop & pool supplies) 95.72; Meri Jo Anderson (consulting fees) – 621.00; City of Rapid City (June dump fees) – 2434.34; Kieffer Sanitation (May roll off) – 160.00; City of Rapid City (May dump fees) – 195.29; BJ’s (pool supp.) – 10.00; Kiefer Aquatics (backboard) – 375.00; McGas (propane) 138.10; Carquest (shop supp.) – 20.23; A-1 Mechanical (winterize pool 2019) – 410.00; A-1 Mechanical – 7000.00; Summit (fire ext. annual inspection) – 75.00; Fastenal (pool fence) – 212.57; Interstate Battery (core) – 97.65; Coca-Cola (soda) – 605.00; NAPA (a/c belt) – 26.99; SD Fed. Prop. Agency (post hole digger) – 175.00; Pool and Spa (chemical & test kit) – 334.85; Central Square (Asyst billing) – 362.83; HPSD (health ins.) – 579.73; New Underwood School (library donation) – 1000.00; Mr. G’s (distributor radiator) – 230.00; Black Hills Chemical (pool and CC supplies) – 231.90 TOTAL - $23438.69


Interstate Battery (core) – 136.70; Jenner Equipment (broom for bobcat) – 188.75 TOTAL: $325.45


Central Square (Asyst billing) – 362.84; WREA (Service) – 1782.43; WRT (radium removal charge) – 2275.88; Omni Site (alarm) – 25.00; Hawkins (chemicals) – 450.00; TOTAL: $4896.15


Finance Office – 3036.14; Public Works – 6016.20; SDRS (retirement plan) – 1090.56; IRS EFTPS (SS & FWT) – 2913.73; HPSD – 1739.19; Aflac (ins.) – 114.66; WREA (service) – 140.73; Omni-Site, Inc. (alarm) – 25.00; Central Square (Asyst billing) – 362.83 TOTAL: $



They are almost out of EZ Street so they will be getting approximately 15 tons of cold mix to finish patching the streets after they finish chip sealing what they have done with the EZ Street.

Isaac Malsom would like the 215-foot sewer project to begin as soon as possible on his property and the Director of Public works stated that they do not have time right now to get that done. Mr. Hall said that the property owner is responsible for any material required to do the sewer line but that the City is responsible for installation. He asked if the Council would approve hiring it out to be done. He was asked to get some estimates for them to consider at the next meeting.


Deputy Jones presented the monthly report. He said that per City Ordinance fireworks are allowed from June 27 through July 5. He asks that people be considerate of their neighbors during this time.


The pool manager presented a proposal that she had made up with help from the Finance Director. Lessons would be from 8-12 from July 13-18, 2020 with time in between to sanitize the equipment and area. The lifeguards will decide which classes they would be most comfortable teaching as they won’t all be teaching at the same time throughout the morning. Motion by Graham seconded by Hockenbary to approve the lifeguards teaching swim lessons with the same limits as during regular pool hours. Aye: all. Motion carried Motion by Hockenbary seconded by Richter to charge $20.00 per child for these lessons. Aye: all. Motion carried


The Council said that Building Permit #20-15 for a chicken coop is not necessary. Motion by Richter second by Hockenbary to approve Building Permit #20-16 for Amy Rivera at 119 Monroe for a fence in the back yard if permission is given by the property owner. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to approve closure of the street on A Ave. from Oak to Pine and open container for that same area for a street dance after the 4-H Rodeo July 25, 2020 from 3 p.m. to midnight. There is to be access for emergency vehicles and for residents who live in this area and wrist bands will be used. Aye: all. Motion carried.


It was explained that the sewer rates may need to be increased to prevent the sewer fund from going into the red next year. Also that there are items on the bill list that were approved last year but they didn’t get billed until now for the pool.
Ronnie Racicky thanked the Council and Mayor for allowing fireworks in the City limits as it is a dry year and it would not be good to have people going out to the country to shoot them and possibly start fires.
A question was asked concerning the solar project being considered in the area and Mayor Gossard said the conference call to answer questions about this project was to start at 6:30 and that she is interested in the project also.
Being no further business Mayor Gossard adjourned the meeting at 6:32 p.m.


Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer