New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes January 16, 2019


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on January 16, 2019. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Councilmembers: Teresa Gossard, Larry Graham, Karin Shoemaker, and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Director, Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer, Dir. of Public Works Tim Hall, Serena Rice, Tony Ascrizzi, Ronnie Racicky, Phillip and Quincy Norris. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.


A Public Hearing was held concerning the property at 501 S. B Ave. The prospective buyer, Phillip Norris, stated the existing structure would require too much work and expense, in his opinion, to make it livable. He would like to demolish it and replace it with either a manufactured home or a stick built home. Public hearing was adjourned at 6:10 p.m.


Motion by Gossard second by Shoemaker to approve the agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Moved by Graham second by K. Trullinger to approve the January 2, 2019 minutes as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The 2019 election, if needed, is set for April 9, 2019. The vacancy notice has been posted and will be published as required by SDCL. Councilors Graham and K. Trullinger terms are up and circulation of petitions may begin January 25th, 2019.


The director of public works stated the auto car has been repaired, they have burned the tree pile at the dump and have been working in the shop lately.


  • A letter was sent to the Office of Attorney General, Division of Consumer Protection. Mayor Trullinger received a phone call and was asked a few questions concerning the case against James Kopecky, such as how 100,000 gallons of water was charged in one month and whether the Council would accept a payment plan or not. He answered the questions and was told that as we are awaiting a court decision nothing further would be needed at this time.
  • Mayor Trullinger asked the Council if they had read the email from Yvonne Taylor pertaining to the new House Bill wording changes to the open meeting laws of the State of South Dakota. The Mayor feels this new wording is very clear and he encouraged them to respond to the Municipal League with their input on it also.


Motion by K. Trullinger second by Gossard to approve the second reading of Ordinance # 19-01; rewording of Utility Ordinance to specify the mobile home park owners are not responsible for payment of past due utility bills at each mobile home in the park. Roll call vote. Aye: Gossard, Graham, K. Trullinger and Shoemaker. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Motion by Graham second by Gossard to approve the second reading of Ordinance # 19-02; allowing the sale of alcohol on Christmas Day as state law allows. An objection was heard and it was explained that the Council feels that as the State allows the sale on Christmas Day there was no reason not to allow it in our community. Roll call vote. Aye: Gossard, Graham, K. Trullinger and Shoemaker. Nay: none. Motion carried.

501 S. B AVE.

Comments were heard from nearby property owners stating they would like to see a new structure at that property. It was agreed that as long as the new structure meets all requirements of the City Ordinances and a building permit was approved by the Council a new structure would be allowed.


Spiking permit #19-01; American Legion; Super Bowl party; February 3, 2019 was presented. It was moved by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to approve this permit. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to approve Special License #19-01: Community Center; wedding reception; Moe’s Bar and Grill; April 20, 2019. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to approve Building Permit #19-01; Utility shed at 800 S. A Ave.; DeLynn Willis. Aye: all. Motion carried.


  • Governmental fund sheets and yearly comparisons were presented.
  • Rooms are reserved at the Ramkota for the City officials attending Legislative Day in Pierre February 5-6, 2019.
  • After concerns about the smoking at the front door of the Community Center were voiced, Mayor Trullinger said he would look into other options such as putting up no smoking signs within a certain distance of the entrance. This will be addressed at a future meeting when he has researched the options.

Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 6:25 P.M.

(Seal) Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer