New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes of March 18, 2011





A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center on May 18, 2011.  Present were: Mayor Trullinger, Council member’s: Rikka Buchtel, Russ Tiensvold, John Torrey, and Joe Whitney.  Also present: Finance Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. Of Public Works John Bale, Dep. McPherson, Dianne Trullinger, Cris Allen, and Tristan Raudabough.  The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.



Moved by Buchtel second by Tiensvold to approve the amended agenda.  Aye: all. Motion carried.



Moved by Whitney second by Buchtel to approve the May 4, 2011 minutes. Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Mayor Trullinger then administered the oath of office to Finance Officer Anderson. 



Mr. Bale reported the donated chips from Birdsall were put in the sand filter at the pool; rebuilt old pump at swimming pool, so we now have a backup; meters are all put in, so every building in New Underwood is now metered; DENR inspected the landfill today; alternator on the garbage truck has been replaced; and trickle charger has been placed at the lift station pump.



The tri-county program is completed and was a success.  The Bike Rodeo will be held May 28, 2011 at the Community Center. This class teaches children bicycle safety. Sign-up sheets are available at City Hall and the Bank. 



The Mayor reported that there were 17 kindergarten students this year and requested permission to sponsor the celebration in 2012.  Motion by Tiensvold second by Torrey to grant this request.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Mayor Trullinger has contacted three property owners about dormant vehicles.  One is already removed, one is to be removed shortly, and one was not dormant, but licensed.  He will continue pursuing the beautification effort. 



The concrete work on the Community Center is scheduled for the end of June.  Councilman Torrey would like the specifications on this work. The sidewalk on the south side of the City Hall will be done at the same time. 

The Council would like the ramp by the bank repaired with easy street.



Instead of fencing around the dumpsters the Mayor has instructed the public works staff, to do daily clean up around it and dump the dumpsters again on Wednesday or Thursday, prior to the week-end. 



The Mayor and Finance Officer had met with Samantha Wangsgard, Community Forester, about the workshop, grants, and Tree City USA program they have available.  Mayor Trullinger will keep the Council informed of the progress on these programs.



Mayor Trullinger reported that after speaking to the Rapid City landfill it became apparent that it would not be cost effective for us to start a recycling program at this time. But when we take our garbage truck to the Murf twice a week they do sort out the recyclable materials.



The aquatic director reported that the swimming pool is filling with water right now. The staff is scheduled to come in starting the week of the 24th to start training and recertification.  Swim lessons are June 20-25; July 11-15; July 25-29, with the registration forms available at City Hall or on line at



SP#11-04; Meri Jo Anderson (Leo & Rosalie Stangle); June 4, 2011

SP#11-05; Tristin Raudabough; June 11, 2011

Moved by Torrey second by Whitney to approve these spiking permits.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Mayor Trullinger requested tabling the annexation to the south and taking it off the agenda until all the information is received from the staff and all the property owners are contacted. The Council agreed with this request.



The Council was given copies of the subdivision ordinance and copies of the Matz petition of annexation that was granted by the City in 2007.  Ralph Matz and Mary Ann Price will attend the June 1st meeting to discuss the land division and development with the Council, reported Mayor Trullinger.  He requested they familiarize themselves with the ordinances, so they are better prepared to answer any questions that may arise.



Mayor Trullinger requested the Council consider passing resolution number 11-02 declaring the water tower and ground storage tank on North “C” Ave surplus property to be disposed of.  After much discussion which included, selling, scrapping, utilizing the tower & tank, and expansion of C” Ave, it was moved by Buchtel second by Torrey to table until the staff obtains more information.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.






The Council requested the finance officer bring forth some options for the Council to consider trying to clear up some of the delinquent utility bills the City has, and have this information for the June 1, 2011 meeting.



Motion by Buchtel second by Whitney to have the blood drive June 8 at the Community Center.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



BP#11-11; Twizted Tavern; 524 S. “A” Ave; Awning

BP#11-12; Mark Veley; 217 S. “A” Ave; demolish house & garage and move on governors house and build a garage.

Moved by Torrey second by Buchtel to approve 11 & 12 as long as they met set-backs, ordinances, and pending payment.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

A property owner had questions on if he met the guidelines of a caretakership.  The Council was in agreement that he currently is.  The Council would like to amend this section of the ordinance at the next meeting putting in some guidelines for a caretakership.


Other items discussed:

  1. The Council instructed the Finance Officer to bill the school for half of the election costs.
  2. The elementary students did their City cleanup day. Punch and cookies were served to them at City Hall.
  3. The walk bridges need inspected and fixed.
  4. Two contractors will be contacted about paying the commercial garbage rate instead of the residential rate.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:50 p.m.





(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer