New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes January 25, 2018


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on January 25, 2018. 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, Wes Flint, Randy Madsen, George Seiler, Rick McPherson, and James Bialota. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.


A public hearing to receive input on an appeal for an abatement notice; clean up property; 513 S. A Ave. Mr. Bialota informed the Council that he plans on either refurbishing or demolishing the building and cleaning it up. This will be determined once he is allowed on the property after the 60 day waiting period, which should start January 31, 2018. It was recommended by some that the building be demolished as it is an eyesore.


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


Moved by K. Trullinger second by Shoemaker to approve the January 3, 2018 minutes with the following corrections; Add:


Due to one of the Councilors having a scheduling conflict it was moved by Gossard second by Shoemaker to change the Council meeting dates to Thursdays through April 5, 2018, and to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting; The City Christmas party was held in Deadwood January 14, 2018, no city business was discussed.

Aye: all. Motion carried.


George Seiler was present to inform the Council the school plans to resurface the basketball court with a 40 x 80 concrete surface as it is going to be such a great deal, with labor donated by Bill Tines and discounted cement. The Lions Club plans to donate $2,000 which will lower the amount the City will need to donate. The Council did not feel a special meeting with the School Board was necessary as they had made a motion stating the City will match whatever the school puts into the project, up to $3,500. The concrete from the basketball court cannot be taken to the dump. Graham has a place to put the rubble and Tim Hall has volunteered to haul it. Moved by Gossard second by Shoemaker to allow the use of the City truck to haul this material. Aye: all. Motion carried. Moved by Shoemaker second by Gossard to donate EZ Street to the school to fill jagged edges. Aye: all. Motion carried.


There have been four water meters replaced recently due to frozen lines, which the City will cover the cost of, but if a second meter needs to be replaced, the property owner is responsible for the cost.
Two fan motors in the Community Center furnace and a pipe that was leaking were replaced. Dennis Johnson, who originally installed the units, found a red substance in the pipe and has sent it for testing to determine the origin. Those results are not in yet. They may need to run some chemical through the lines to clean them. The pump in the geothermal well was pulled and cleaned as the unit showed low pressure warning, further repairs are being considered.


Municipal Legislative Day will be in Pierre February 6 & 7, 2018. All of the Councilor’s except Gossard, plan on attending, so this will be considered a special meeting, with no official city business being conducted.


After receiving citizen input at the hearing it was moved by Graham second by Gossard to wait 60 days to decide what action to take on the property at 513 A Ave. Aye: Graham, K. Trullinger, Nay: Gossard, Shoemaker, Mayor Trullinger broke the tie voting Nay, motion did not pass. Moved by Gossard second by Shoemaker to wait 90 days from Mr. Bialota’s date of possession January 31, 2018 to review what action to take if any. Aye: all. Motion carried. It was clarified that this is a commercial property and will not be rezoned residential.


The 2018 election, if needed, is set for April 10, 2018. The vacancy notice has been posted and will be published as required by SDCL. Mayor Trullinger, Councilors Gossard and Shoemaker terms are up. Circulating of petitions may begin January 26th, 2018.


The question was put to the Council on whether to allow campers on mobile home lots during the week of the rally. Moved by Graham second by K. Trullinger to deny this as the City Ordinances do not allow this. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Resolution #18-02 was introduced.


WHEREAS, the City of New Underwood has evaluated the rising costs of providing garbage to its citizens, and

WHEREAS, the City Council sees the need to establish a price rate for 300 gallon totes and 450 gallon totes, and

WHEREAS, the Common Council may make rate changes to the ordinance by resolution, and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following rates will be effective on March 1, 2018, which are due and payable April 1, 2018:

Garbage: (prices include sales tax)

Commercial – $44.00 a month per 300 gallon tote and $66.00 a month per 450 gallon tote

Dated January 25, 2018

(seal) Jack W. Trullinger, Mayor

Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer

Moved by Gossard, second by Shoemaker to approve Resolution Number 18-02. Roll call vote. Aye: Gossard, Graham, Shoemaker, and Trullinger. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Rick McPherson requested volunteers and a donation for C.O.R.E. (freshman impact) program. The program will be at the Douglas school May 19, 2018. Some of the Council volunteered to help. Moved by Graham, second by K. Trullinger to donate $200.00. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Spiking permit #18-01; American Legion; Super Bowl party; February 4, 2018. Moved by Gossard, second by Shoemaker to approve this permit. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Special License #18-01; Moe’s; Rodeo Club Steak Dinner and Dance; March 16, 2018. Moved by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to approve this license. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Governmental fund sheets were presented.
Rooms are reserved at Americinn for all attending Legislative Day in Pierre February 6, 2018.
Street light at Hwy 1416 and Madison is working properly.
The Mayor and Council would like to be added to the Legislative Update email list.
A complaint was received about a barking dog. This will be researched and a letter of abatement will be sent out.
A letter was sent informing a landowner that a curb stop on the property needs to be repaired/replaced. If not completed within 7 days the City will repair/replace and bill the property owner at the current City rate.
The City staff has found a floor scrubber for the Community Center as it is hard to keep help that is able to mop the whole floor. The purchase of the floor scrubber will be on the agenda for the next meeting.

Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 6:53 P.M.

(Seal) Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer