New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes June 6, 2007




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on June 6, 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:  Officer Pryzmus, Tralice Ellis, Mike Holloway & Greg Wierenga;  Cris Allen, Brian Johnson, Linda Foster, Laurie Holloway, Ron Racicky, DeLynn Willis, Berniece Arney, Marvin Rask, & David Flint.   



Moved by Green second by Dahlquist to approve the agenda.  Aye: all. Motion carried.



Moved by Dahlquist second by Richter to approve the May 15, 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 Richter to approve the financial reports and the following warrants as presented.  Aye:  all.  (Councilman Torrey did not vote, since he was not done looking at the vouchers.)  Motion carried.  

May bills payable June 6, 2007

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 5930.84; NU Post Office (Box Rent) –70.00; Purple Panther Printing (Lifeguard Shirts) —252.00; SDML (Munc. Clerk Cert.)—289.00Aflac (Ins.) – 157.46;  First Western Bank ( SS & FWT) – 1492.91; SD Retirement ( May) – 567.82; WREA (Service) – 942.63; Golden West ( Service) – 243.19;  SD State Treasurer ( Sales Tax) – 187.74; Rapid City Landfill ( Dump Fees) – 1958.96; Dakota Care ( Ins.) – 555.04; Steve’s (Fuel) – 364.83; ELAN (CC,CH, Shop, SP, Park) – 1957.34; Penn Co. Hwy Dept. ( Fuel Usage) – 328.15; Janice Jensen (CC Cleaning) – 84.00; Bev Taylor (CC Cleaning) – 108.00; Ace Steel & Recycling (CC Geo) – 8.53; Menards (CC Geo) – 245.04;  Dept. of Revenue (Malt Bev. Lic.) – 125.00; Schaeffer Electric (Geothermal Electric) – 624.68; Dennis Johnson (CC Geo.) – 586.80; SD Gvt. Human Resource Ass’n ( Reg. Fee) – 70.00; SD Gov’t Fin. Officer Ass’n ( Reg. Fee) – 150.00; Ron’s (Fuel) – 90.00; SD Fed. Prop. (Shop Supplies) – 175.00; Gerald Spolsky ( CPR Maniquins) – 77.86; NU Post ( Publishing) – 114.86.   TOTAL: $17757.68.

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 3553.91; Aflac ( Ins.) – 124.42; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 1032.48; SD Retirement System ( May) – 596.24; WREA (Service) – 662.32; Dakota Care (Ins.) –1577.17; DENR (Drinking Water Fee) – 220.00.  TOTAL: $7766.54. 

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

WREA ( Service) – 50.43; (Water Alarms) – 56.00; Alltel (Phones) – 115.78; FMG Feed & Seed ( Fallow Star) – 51.49.  TOTAL: $273.70.



The Dir. of Public Works reported that one of his personnel had quit.  He questioned the Council on hiring summer help or another full time person.  After discussion the Council felt he should advertise for summer help and a full time position.  Advertisements will be posted around the City.  



There are several citizens who would like the dumpsters removed from their property.  After a lengthy discussion the Council decided affected customers who share these dumpsters will receive letters stating that they will now put their garbage out on Tuesday mornings, unless they want to volunteer their land to place the dumpster on.



Greg Hall & Cris Allen explained that the pool had two leaks in the skimmers, these will be isolated, and the pool will open next week.  (They will be repaired in the fall after the pool closes.)  An ice machine, drinking fountain, and freezer have been installed.  Mannequins have been purchased for lifeguard recertification on CPR which will be taught by Cris Allen the Aquatic Director who has the credentials to recertify.



City Engineer Greg Wierenga  explained that he had gotten behind schedule on the original agreement with the City to do a rural water feasibility study for the City and did not get it complete before the grant deadline for submission arrived.  He requested the City again reapply for the grant to finish out this project for the original contract price with what the City has already paid being deducted.  He will try to get the first draft of the study to the Council by August. 

Brian Johnson & Linda Foster, representing Engelhart Estates, explained that since their area is included in this study, they cannot get a grant for a study of their own, since the City had already started the process.  This study would then allow them to continue with possible grant applications to help them with the infrastructure of their development, and know potential cost estimates for an entire water project. 

After discussion Resolution Number 07-03 was introduced.




WHEREAS the City of New Underwood is requesting a grant from DENR to help pay the costs of a feasibility study on expansion of the rural water system, and


WHEREAS a city official must be designated to sign any and all documents necessary to apply for this grant, and


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the New Underwood City Council that the Mayor, Benita R. White be designated to sign any and all documents necessary to obtain this grant.


Dated this 06th day of June, 2007



(seal)                                                                                        Benita R. White, Mayor



Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


Motion by Green second by Richter to accept resolution number 07-03.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, Richter, and Torrey.  Nay: none.  Motion carried



Ordinance Number 07-02 received its first reading.  This ordinance establishes a rural service district.  Motion by Green second by Torrey to approve the first reading of Ordinance Number 07-02.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Motion by Green second by Torrey to set the public hearing date for June 25, 2007 with a special meeting to consider Ordinance Number 07-02 immediately following.



Ordinance Number 07-03 received its first reading.  This ordinance amends the zoning map.  Motion by Green second by Torrey to approve the first reading of Ordinance Number 07-03.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Motion by Green second by Torrey to set the public hearing date for June 25, 2007 with a special meeting to consider Ordinance Number 07-03 immediately following.



School Board Members David Flint and DeLynn Willis spoke to the Council about the need to have Linn Street north of the School permanently one way traffic.  They felt flow charts and notifying parents would not be effective enough, it must be a habit forming rule.  After a much discussion Resolution Number 07-04 was introduced.




WHEREAS  the Common Council for the City of New Underwood  and the New Underwood School Board have determined that there is a definite threat to life and                           property and this threat exists during school hours, and


WHEREAS   the area of hazard has been determined to be Linn St. on the north side of the school.


WHEREAS  children running between parked cars and speeding vehicles have created a situation of extreme hazard, and


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of New Underwood that Linn St. be one way with traffic flowing to the east on this section of                            Linn St. from the west side of the alley to Madison Ave.  The City will install one sign on Madison Ave. that says one way do not enter.


Dated this 06th day of June, 2007


(seal)                                                                                        Benita R. White, Mayor



Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


Motion by Richter second by Torrey to approve Resolution Number 07-04.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Richter, and Torrey.  Nay:  Green.  Green voted nay since he felt most traffic enters from the north, which would increase traffic in front of the school and put a burden on the alley that is not designed for this amount of traffic.  The other Councilmembers voted aye because of the safety issue.



The Mayor reported that the County Commission had again delayed the conditional use permit on the Verizon Tower to the end of July.   She reported that Councilman Green had spoken to the County Commission and turned the reporting of the meeting over to him.  Councilman Green explained the questions asked of him and his responses.



The Mayor requested the approval of hiring a structural engineer to determine the stability of the present City Hall structure.  The Council again discussed old verses new with no motions being made for the Mayor’s request.

Councilman Richter will get cost estimates on taking the present structure down including possible asbestos removal. 



Motion by Torrey second by Green to allow St. John’s Church to temporarily block off Pine Street from the Alley at the Community Center to “A” Ave during the Community Picnic on June 16, 2007.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Building Permits 

     #07-07; Larry & Tera Hockenbary; 417 S. “B” Ave; (old Janis House) move on a mobile home (manufactured home) on a single lot; 28’ X 56”

     #07-08; Joe Whitney; 117 S. “B” Ave; deck

     #07-09; Tony Ascrizzi; 505 S. “B” Ave; fence replacement

     #07-10; Randy Lehmann; 306 S. “A” Ave; fence

     #07-11; Rod Crosbie; 212 S. “D” Ave.; fence

It was moved  by Torrey second by Dahlquist to approve 07-07 thru 07-11.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.  (Councilman Richter was not present for this vote.)



The Dir of Public Works will look at the drainage on Janklow and shoot the elevations on Linn St. from “A” Ave to “B” Ave and address any problems.



  1. Elected Officials Workshop in Pierre July 13, 2007.    
  2. The drains are installed on the geothermal.
  3. Street signs around the City.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:55 p.m.




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer