New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes May 1, 2007




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on May 1, 2007, at 6:00 p.m.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Tyler Richter, and John Torrey.  Also present:  Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works Greg Hall, City Staff:  Tralice Ellis, Mike Holloway, & Lt. Weber;  Tony Ascrizzi, Linda Foster, Brian Johnson, Lori Holloway, & Cris Allen.   



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



After a question on the minutes it was moved by Torrey second by Richter to approve the April 17, 2007 minutes as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST                                                                                  

The Finance Officer presented the financial reports, bill-list and vouchers.  Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to approve the financial reports and the following warrants as presented.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.  

March bills payable April 3, 2007                                                                              

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries –384.80; Dennis Johnson (Geothermal Units) – 12631.00; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 257.70; WREA (service) – 957.15;  Golden West (service) – 237.00; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 1957.08; Dakota Care (ins) – 2132.21; Ron’s (fuel) – 326.04;  Elan (CC, CH, Shop) – 1001.07; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) – 140.11; Janice Jensen (CC) – 72.00; Bev Taylor (CC) – 88.00; Dakota Supply Group (CC Geothermal Supplies) – 123.39; Pennington County Sheriff (2nd Qtr Contract) – 8689.75; Law Office of Erin Osborn (Services) – 1053.38; Black Hills Insurance ( Premium for Notary Bond) – 65.00; Black Hills Insurance ( Notary Filing Fee) – 25.00; Pete Lien and Sons ( Gravel CC) – 116.02;  American Red Cross (Lifeguard Mgmt. Manual) – 26.00; Ace Steel & Recycling, Inc. ( Iron for CC Racks) – 38.03.   TOTAL: $30320.73

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 3495.83; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 988.10; SD Retirement – 567.92; WREA (service) – 714.35; Alltel (service) – 115.78; (alarms) – 56.00; Energy Lab., Inc. (Water Test)  – 295.00; Mid Continent Testing (1st Qtr Water Test) – 1700.00. TOTAL: $7932.98. 

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 3589.71; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 1016.70; SD Retirement – 583.88; WREA (service) – 46.39; One Call Systems (1st Qtr Request Tkts) – 14.00.  TOTAL: $5250.68.



The Finance Officer requested that Finance Staffer Tralice Ellis go to Municipal Clerk certification school June 25th thru 29th in Vermillion.  This is a three year program.  Moved by Green second by Dahlquist to grant this request.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.  



Lt. Webber discussed the written monthly report. 



The Mayor reported on the last Centennial meeting.  The melodrama will be presented.  The next meeting is scheduled for May 23rd. 



The lab reran the radiological and will send the results to the State, which were lower,  and explain that they made an error on the first test.         



The geothermal is being installed next week. 

Mr. G. Hall requested $900.00 to purchase a storage shed for the Community Center. Discussion on purchasing a shed for the stage, roller skates, etc. followed.  Councilman Torrey will speak to a friend to see if we can get a discount.  Moved by Richter second by Torrey to expend up the $1,600.00 on a shed, so a larger one could be purchased.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.



The County Commissioners meeting CD & the Planning & Zoning Audio are now available for the Citizens to listen to.  The Finance Officer is to continue attending meetings. 



Starting in June the City Council meetings will go back to Wednesday evenings.  Councilman Torrey thanked everyone for changing to Tuesdays the last several months, so he could attend school. 



Tralice Ellis reported on the Pet Clinic held Sunday, 21 City Licenses were sold and 36 pets were given shots by the Veterinary. 



The School wrote to the Council and stated that they would like to have the portion of Linn Street north of the School be one way going west from Madison Ave.  The Council agreed the school should try this.  The Council did not make any motions to make this a permanent situation, the school can try it by notifying the parents of their decision to try one way traffic on this street.



The Mayor administered the oath of office to the newly elected two year term incumbents Green and Richter. 

The Council took nominations for President of the Council with nominations coming from within the Council.  They were Dahlquist and Green.  The Council then voted, the winner would be President and the second place winner would be vice president.  The vote was Green for Council President and Dahlquist for Council Vice President.



Linda Foster and Brian Johnson, representing Engelhart Estates, spoke to the Council about the availability of City Water to their development.  The dialog opened with the pros and cons of accomplishing this.  Rural water revenues, availability fees, impact fees, annexation, capability, expenses, engineering studies, capacities, and needs were all discussed.  Each Councilman gave input on their own concerns on what is best for the citizens of New Underwood.  They will take the cost analysis and other information the City came up with back to the Homeowners association and return with more input. 



The Mayor made the following recommendations for appointments & designations:

        1.   Dir. of Public Works – Gregory A. Hall

        2.   Finance Officer – Meri Jo Anderson

        3.   Attorney – Tamara Pier & Erin Osborn

        4.   City Engineer – Greg Wierenga

5.      Law Enforcement - contract Penn. Co.

6.      Aquatic Director – Cris Allen

7.      Community Center Committee – Cris Allen, Vanessa Green, Kris Kroll, and other members.

8.      Swim Pool Advisory Committee (Tammy Bills and a list of others will be obtained and put in the minutes.)

After some discussion on the City Attorney nominations it was moved by Torrey second by Dahlquist to approve the Mayors recommendations for appointments and designations.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 

The Mayor will administer the oath of office to the Finance Officer tomorrow.



Motion by Richter second by Torrey to appoint the New Underwood Post as our legal newspaper.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Motion by Richter second by Torrey to designate First Western Bank and SD Public Funds Investment Trust as official depositories.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



The final plat on Sunset Ranch was sent from the County for comment from the City.  The City Council did not voice any objections or concerns. 

The Council agreed that a permit was not necessary for a citizen who was reshingling, residing, and reskirting his mobile home.

#07-06; Tony Ascrizzi; 16070 Hwy. 1416; remove fill

Motion by Torrey second by Richter to approve 07-06 if reseeded and doesn’t affect other property owners.  Aye: all. Motion carried.



  1. The Wall Centennial Parade July 14, 2007.  The Council agreed the City will participate with an entry. 
  2. The letters sent on dormant vehicles were taken care of amicably by all parties. 
  3. The low water pressure over the week-end was resolved.
  4. Painting the dumpsters for the Centennial – paint available right now.
  5. A letter will be sent to DM&E on the closing of crossing without notification to emergency departments and citizens.

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




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer