New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes May 19, 2020


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on May 19, 2020. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Councilmembers: Teresa Gossard, Larry Graham, Tara Richter and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Director, Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer, Tim Hall, Director of Public Works, Jaedyn Finkbeiner, Chad and Ethan Tussing, Tera Hockenbary, Melanie and Josie Tish, John Hall, Monte and Shari Sandal and Serena Rice. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger with the Pledge of Allegiance following.


A public hearing was held for the Corner Bar; Special License #20-05; June 1 & 15, 2020; Special License #20-07; June 29 & July 13, 2020; and Special License #20-08; July 27 & August 3, 2020 for Barrel Racing at the Rodeo Grounds. With no negative input the hearing was adjourned at 6:03 p.m.


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


Moved by K. Trullinger second by Graham to approve the May 6, 2020 minutes with the addition of Roll call vote. Aye: Gossard, Richter, K. Trullinger, Graham. Nay: none. Motion carried. (for Resolution #20-03) and changing Tem-Tech payment of $276.10 from the sewer fund to the water fund. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The pool is being drained in preparation for cleaning and painting.
They will begin working on the fence around the solar panels.
The tires have been baled that were taken out to the dump site on Clean-Up day.

Jaedyn Finkbeiner stated she and Ethan Tussing will be cleaning and painting the pool. The paint takes 2 weeks to cure. She stated they will maintain the chemicals in the pool all summer whether it opens or not.


A complaint was received and a letter was sent to a resident concerning refuse in the alley right of way.


One more 1” water meter needs to be purchased along with 8 antennas and 8 registers to complete the meter installation project. Motion by Richter second by Graham to approve $1,300.00 to purchase the required equipment. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The proposal Jaedyn Finkbeiner and Ethan Tussing had put together was given to the Council, Mayor and staff. It addressed many issues such as sanitizing everything on a regular basis, checking the pool chemical 3 times daily, entering and exiting through separate places, time and number of patrons limited tracking by using a sign in and out sheet, only allowing people from Box Elder and New Underwood, checking ID’s, having permission slips signed by parents before allowing anyone under 18 years of age, one bathroom available for use by only one person at a time, the other bathroom only used by staff, no toys being available, concessions being only allowed through the outside window, and a sign outside stating the time occupancy would be available if the limit of 15 is met. If anyone refuses to cooperate with the enforcement of these rules they will be asked to leave. The Finance Officer presented the recommendations of the CDC and the waiver of liability forms provided by the SDPAA who is the City’s insurance provider. After much discussion between the Council and those present it was moved by Gossard and seconded by Richter to open the pool with the understanding that all of the precautions outlined in the proposal with a limit of 15 patrons and that the CDC guidelines will be followed as closely as possible. Roll call. Aye: Gossard, Richter and K. Trullinger. Nay: Graham. Motion carried.


Motion by Gossard seconded by Graham to approve Special Licenses #20-05 on June 1 & 15, #20-07 on June 29 & July 13, 2020, and #20-08 on July 27 and August 3, 2020 for the Corner Bar for Barrel Racing at the Rodeo Grounds. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The Stock Growers Assoc. will be hosting a street dance that will be open to the public June 27, 2020. Wristbands will be worn by those that are of legal age to consume alcohol and the live band will not play past midnight. Motion by Graham to close A Ave. from Oak St. to Elm St. with no second this motion failed. Graham changed the motion to closure of A Ave. from Oak St. to Pine St. seconded by Gossard to approve the closure of A Ave. from Oak St. to Pine St. starting at 3 p.m. on June 27, 2020 to all but emergency vehicles, and to allow open container in this area. Moe’s Bar and Grill will look into getting signs stating no alcohol beyond the closure and they will set up and tear down the barricade. Aye all. Motion carried.


A discussion was had about the advantages of using the ePrint option versus having City staff stuffing envelopes and mailing bills. It was moved by Gossard seconded by Graham to approve $1388.50 for the set-up fee that includes $148.50 for the annual fee. This will be to send 4 x 6 postcards with a processing fee of .10 each and postage at .30 each with back printing if necessary, for any special messages at .05 each. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Governmental fund sheets were presented.
The Safety Benefits recommendations and the staff’s responses were presented to the Mayor and Council.
Matt Larson will start to install the floor trim on Friday May 22, 2020.
All postings on the Sami Jo Memorial Facebook page must be approved by the Mayor, Finance Director or Finance Officer. The administrators of this page will be the Finance Officer and the Pool Manager.
Members of the Council and the Mayor thanked Jaedyn Finkbeiner and Ethan Tussing for their well put together presentation.

Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 7:04 p.m.


Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer