New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes December 3, 2008

                            MINUTES OF THE



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center on December 3, 2008.  Present were: Mayor Benita R. White, Councilmember’s: Michael Green, Tyler Richter, John Torrey, and Jack Trullinger; Also present:  Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson,  Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Lt. Weber, and Steve Brandsted.    



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



Moved by Green second by Richter to approve the November 19, 2008 minutes as presented with the following correction:  Rumors is 524 instead of 415 S. “A” Ave.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST                                                                                  

The financial reports, bill-list and vouchers were presented.  Motion by Trullinger second by Richter to approve the financial reports and the following warrants as presented.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.  

November bills payable December 3, 2008

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 3942.99;  First Western Bank ( SS, FWT) – 899.09; SD Retirement (Nov) – 421.25; SDML (dues) – 589.26; WREA (Service) – 1088.97; Golden West Service) – 221.85; SD State Treasurer  ( Sales Tax) – 222.78; RC Landfill (Dump Fees) – 1714.55; Dakota Care ( Insurance) – 605.54; ELAN (T. bags, bolts, office supplies) – 278.1; NU Post (publishing) – ; Steve’s (fuel) – 287.02; SD Fed. Property (Buick Regal) – 500.00; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) 392.32; Tony Ascrizzi (signs) – 60.00; Great Western Tire (tube & tire repair) – 67.80; Penn. Co. Treas. (real Estate Taxes on new City Hall) – 1296.84;  Dept. of Rev.  ((title, plates & mailing) – 14.00; SD Govt. Fin. Off. Assn. (dues) – 70.00; SD Govt. Human Resource Assn. (dues) – 25.00; SD Mun. Street Maint. Assn. (dues) – 35.00; Hagen Glass (repair CC window) – 542.06; Kristi Lemke (clean CC) – 184.34.  TOTAL: $13458.76.


FWB (loan payment PWB) – 1878.44; Elan (PW supplies) – 805.78; Pete Lien & Sons (asphalt) – 8.86.  TOTAL:  $2693.08

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 3934.77; First Western Bank ( SS, FWT) – 1014.10; SD Retirement (Nov) – 523.07; WREA (Service) – 1088.97; Dakota Care (Ins) – 1512.06; Energy Laboratories (tests) – 1512.00;  Alltell (service ) – 117.17; One call (locate tickets) – 5.00.  TOTAL: $9707.14. 

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

WREA (Service) – 49.74; Omni-site (alarms) – 40.00.   TOTAL: $89.74.



Originally RK’s applied for their liquor license at Boondocks, due to unforeseen circumstances, Randy Madsen is now requesting the 2009 liquor licenses that were approved for RK’s be moved back to the old address and legal description.   The hearing on this change will be held Dec. 17, 2008.  Motion by Green second by Richter that  RK’s waive the transfer fee and just charge for the publishing costs.



Steve Brandsted spoke to the Council about a reader sign he would like to place on his property.  After much discussion the Council agreed that if it is on his property they would consider a permit when it comes before them.

Steve also spoke to the Council about the sign indicating you go south to enter NU when you exit interstate from the west bound lane.  No solutions were readily available.



Lt. Weber presented the written monthly report. 

He explained that Pennington County Sheriff’s Dept. will take animals that are running at large into the animal shelter for the City, even though, it is not part of the contract, since they do it for the other municipalities.  The City will not house the dogs at City Hall for the twenty four hour period, since Mayor White stated she would keep them kenneled at her house.

Deputy McPherson attended the Community Policing Academy last week.



Nuisance Ordinance #08-06 received its first reading again.  Motion by Green second by Trullinger to approve the first reading of Ordinance Number 08-06.  Aye:  Green, Richter, and Trullinger.  Nay:  Torrey.   Motion carried.



Ordinance Number 08-07 received its first reading.  This ordinance put some changes into the building permit form.  Motion by Trullinger second by Green to approve the first reading of ordinance number 08-07.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



BP#08-30; Doug Gimpel; 203 North “C” Ave.; House addition

      08-31; David Bintliff; 103 S. “B” Ave; House addition

      08-32; Steve Brandsted; 16098 Hwy. 1416; reader sign

Motion by Torrey second by Richter to approve permit #08-30 pending set backs, payment, and signature.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Moved by Torrey second by Richter to approve permits #08-31 & 32 pending payment and set backs.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Discussion followed on setting penalties in motion, when ordinances are not followed correctly, the Council agreed this should be done.  The Council went back and forth on the Hockenbary permit.  After much discussion Trullinger moved that the discussion on this permit stop now and the Council move forward, admitting a mistake may have been made.  Seconded by Green.  Aye:  Green, Richter, & Trullinger.  Nay: Torrey.  Motion carried.  Councilman Torrey still feels the deck in question is on City property.



  1. The Dir. of Public Works put a by-pass on the geothermal at the Community Center and it is working fine. 
  2. The Mayor reported that the Geothermal at the Community Center costs less than $40.00 a month to operate.
  3. The ceiling is almost complete in Public Works building.  A letter to the contractor on the leaks was sent.   
  4. The pilot study on Rads is completed.  Should be getting a report back from WRT. 
  5. The increase on water, sewer, and garbage that was discussed previously will be on the agenda next meeting.
  6. Sanding streets – getting the sand from the state or county was discussed.  The Mayor will contact the Hwy Superintendent.   
  7. The incinerator at Steve’s Super store – if pollution becomes a problem he will work with the City, but he feels he has it under control.
  8. The year in review will be at the next meeting.  Cost increases and cuts will be discussed.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer