New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes May 4, 2016



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on May 4, 2016. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Councilmembers: Larry Graham, Laurie Holloway, and Kathy Trullinger. Absent: Rikka Buchtel. With Councilors Gossard and Shoemaker taking over for Graham & Buchtel after old business. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer, Tim Hall, Dir. of Public Works, Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Randy Harkins, Randy Madsen, Teresa Gossard, Adrienne Gossard, Karin Shoemaker, Larry Gossard, Marvin Rask, Ronnie Racicky, and Dianne Trullinger.



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



Moved by Graham second by Holloway to approve the April 20, 2016, minutes as presented.  Aye: all. Motion carried. 


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILL LIST                                                                                  

The financial reports, bill-list and vouchers were presented. Motion by Holloway second by K. Trullinger to approve the financial reports and the following warrants as presented.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.  

April bills payable May 4, 2016

GENERAL FUND                                                                                                                

Salaries – Mayor & Council 1285.24; Merchant Bank (visa charges) – 43.52; Kristi Merchen (cleaning CC) – 83.11; Election Workers – 450.00; IRS (SS & FWT) – 343.27; WREA (Service) – 1442.17; Golden West  (Service) – 290.90; RC Landfill (dump fees) – 1579.95; SD State Treasurer  (Sales Tax) – 322.37; NU Post (publishing) – 208.61; ATT (phone) – 120.36; SD Fed. Prop (buckets & sockets) – 14.00; Penn. Co. Sheriff (2nd qtr) – 11732.25; Grimm’s Pump (oil & filter) – 40.87 Menard’s (nails, tarp, hose clamp, faucet)  – 121.80; DSG (CC) – 249.06; Great Western Tire (auto car) – 28.00; BH Chemical (CC) – 127.27; Snyder Industries (totes and parts) – 2659.45; BJ’s (Mayors Meeting) – 15.73;  SD Unemployment (1st qtr) – 152.60; Sanitation products (GT parts) – 331.73; Mastercard (fuel, copies & phone cards) – 553.61; Kieffer (roll off dump) – 160.00. TOTAL: $22355.87


71 Construction (asphalt) – 11316.00

WATER FUND                                                                                                                     

WREA (Service) – 922.65; WRT (radium removal charge) – 2103.75; Mid Continent (testing) 57.00; Omni Site (alarm) – 25.00; SD One Call (locator fees) – 6.30.  TOTAL: $3114.70


Salaries - Finance Office – 3351.69; Public Works – 4296.84; Wellmark (health ins) – 1384.23; IRS (SS & FWT) – 2632.93; SD Retirement (Mar.) – 1044.42; WREA (service) – 102.34; Omni-Site, Inc. (alarm) – 25.00. TOTAL: $12837.45


SENIOR PROJECT Adrienne Gossard presented her senior give back project to the Council.  She took pictures of different areas of the Community and displayed them.  The Council agreed these pictures could be hung at the Community Center.  As part of the project she also took pictures of the Council and Staff to update the website  The Council expressed appreciation.



  • Clean up week-end was well attended and two roll offs were filled.

  • The new larger dumpsters have been installed and so the City will no longer have Thursday pick up for these businesses.

  • Water Expo in RC last week. He learned a lot about the new technology that is available, and we can’t afford.

  • Pool drained and the lifeguards will start deep cleaning this week-end.



    Larry Gossard explained his plan for the street project of North “C’ Ave. He did some variations to the Engineering plan with culverts. He questioned the Council about using limestone. The Mayor and Council agreed he should use what he feels would work the best. The project should not disrupt the flow of traffic for more than two hours at a time.

    Marvin Rask questioned the policy that landowners must pay for their own culverts.



The Mayor and Council thanked outgoing Councilors Buchtel & Graham for their service.

The Finance Officer administered the oath of office to reelected Mayor Trullinger.

Mayor Trullinger administered the oath of office to Councilors Gossard and Shoemaker.



The Mayor read the duties of the Council President and Vice President. Moved by Gossard to appoint Councilor Holloway as Council President. K. Trullinger seconded.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.  Moved by K. Trullinger second by Shoemaker to appoint Gossard as Council Vice President. Aye: all. Motion carried.



The Mayor made the following recommendations for appointments & designations: Finance Officer – Meri Jo Anderson; City Attorney – Chris Beesley

Motion by Holloway second by Gossard to approve these appointments. Aye: all. Motion carried.  Mayor Trullinger administered the oath of office to Meri Jo Anderson. The City Attorney will take his oath next meeting.

Dir. Of Public Works – Tim Hall.

City Engineer – Greg Wierenga AEZs

City volunteers Bob Hall and Ruth Ekern.

No park or community center committee needs appointed as this time.

Moved by Gossard second by Holloway to approve these Mayor recommendations. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Designate Legal Newspaper – NU Post. Moved by Holloway second by K. Trullinger to approve the Mayor’s recommendation of the Post. Aye: all.  Motion carried.






Moved by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to approve the following license renewals:

*The Hall; Timothy S. Hall; 412 S. “A” Ave; Block 1, Lots 3,4,5,6,7 Sec. 31, Original Twn, T2N R11E BHM; retail on-off sale malt beverage & SD Farm Wine.

*Corner Bar; Randy Madsen & Wendy Phillipsen; 524 S. “A” Ave.; Blk 6 Lot 12, Sec. 31 T2NR11EBHM; retail on-off sale malt beverage

*Harry’s Hideaway; 16092 Hwy 1416 Lots 2BR of Lot 2 AR Vieths Subdivision Sec. 30; T2NR11E BHM; retail on-off sale malt beverage & SD Farm Wine.

Aye: all. Motion carried on all licenses.



BP#16-08; George & Kim Langendorfer; 16042 Hwy. 1416; deck

Motion by L. Holloway second by Shoemaker to approve this permit. Aye: all.  Motion carried.



#16-03; Karina Wolken; May 14, 2016;

Motion by Shoemaker second by Holloway to approve this permit. Aye: all.  Motion carried



SL#16-03; Corner Bar; June 18, 2016; Wedding Reception

Motion by K. Trullinger second by Gossard to approve this license. Aye: all.  Motion carried.



The Mayor questioned the Council on if they wanted to raise the garbage rate to pay the half cent sales tax increase. After discussion the Council agreed to not increase the rate and just absorb the cost with City funds. Roll call vote.  Aye: Gossard, Holloway, Shoemaker, Trullinger. Nay: none. Motion carried.



  1. Sgt. Harkins presented the written monthly report. (Deputy McPherson was at Freshman Impact.)

  2. The Pet Clinic went well also, and about 40 pets were given shots.

  3. Mayor Trullinger sent a letter to Pennington County on the 513 S. “A” Ave project which entails the removal of the mobile home.

  4. Supplemental budget ordinance 16-01 tabled until May 18 meeting.

  5. Booster Club takes care of tiger sign.


    Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 6:44 P.M.



    (Seal) Ione Wolf, Clerk