New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes December 6, 2006




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on December 6, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Tyler Richter, and John Torrey.  Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works Greg Hall, Officers Przymus & Weber, Rob & Angel Goodman, Tony Ascrizzi, Jody Roundsville, and Steve & Laurie Swanson.    



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



Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to approve the November 15, 2006 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.  

November bills payable December 6, 2006                                                                           

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 6121.53; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 1383.31; SD Retirement – 499.11; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 210.84; WREA (service) – 970.72;  Golden West (service) – 226.59; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 1763.91; Dakota Care (ins) – 1949.54; NU Post (Publishing) – 195.03; Steve's (fuel) – 101.77;  Ron’s (fuel) – 264.56; Elan (valve & transmission work; Towels & door bottom CC; sandblasting coal; straw bales; filters; oil change Ford PU) – 1674.84; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) – 358.46; Janice Jensen (CC) – 52.00; Bev Taylor (CC) – 64.00; Jenner (filters) – 142.27; SD Fed. Property (air compressor, balancer) – 135.00; FWB (safety dep. Box) – 23.00; Dakota Business Center (toner & USB) – 182.32; Display Sales (bulbs) – 88.00; GovOffice (domain renewal) – 55.00; SDML (dues) – 554.45; SD Fin. Off. Ass’n. (dues) – 70.00; SD Human Resource Ass’n (dues) – 25.00; Munc. Str. Maint. Ass’n. (dues) – 35.00; SD Ass/n of Code Enforcement (dues) – 40.00; Safety Benefits, Inc. (reg. fee) 150.00.  TOTAL: $17336.25.

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 1961.30; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 603.39; SD Retirement – 320.30; WREA (service) – 596.31; Elan (parts & cement) – 52.16;  Hawkins (chemicals) – 396.79; Dakota Supply Group (meter parts) – 197.46; (alarms) – 56.00; Midcontinent (water tests) – 1722.60; Taylor Drilling (change pitless adapter NW) – 762.56. TOTAL – $6668.87. 

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 1065.98; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 259.96; SD Retirement – 174.24; WREA (service) – 93.38; Steve's (fuel) – 93.21; Alltell (cell) – 114.83.  TOTAL – $1801.60.


April Robertson (refund) – 14.52.






Officer Przymus presented his written monthly report and also the speed trailer report.  The speed trailer report will be posted around the City.  Officer Przymus reported on a program they offer at Christmas time. He also discussed items from his written report.  Officer Weber explained that the vehicle thefts were turned over to another investigator, since Officer Przymus case load is too heavy at the current time.  Officer Przymus will still be involved and kept apprized of this investigation. If you report a crime and have questions on the progress of the investigation, just call the Sheriff’s Dept. 

Jody Roundsville spoke about the vehicle thefts, since he is one of the victims.  He suggested we have more patrolling during the midnight to five a.m. range, citizens call the Sheriff’s Office when suspicious activity occurs,  and a neighborhood watch program.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Dept. will get information on forming a neighborhood watch. Officer Przymus reiterated that you should not make yourself an easy victim ie lock your vehicle, do not leave valuables in plain site, etc.  

Officer Weber reported he had spoken with Cris Allen of the NU Post and the Sheriff’s Dept. will be giving a monthly summary of their activities to be published in the paper, if it is agreeable.  The Mayor & Council agreed it was a very good idea and will help to keep people informed and on alert of criminal activities going on.



The Mayor brought up consideration of bonuses for the five permanent employees.  This policy is to be reviewed yearly.  Motion by Dahlquist second by Richter to approve paying a Christmas bonus of $10.00 per year of service to each permanent employee, not to exceed $100.00 per employee.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



There has been some interest expressed in purchasing the old Gossard Station from the City.  Resolution Number 06-05 was introduced.




WHEREAS the Common Council of the City of New Underwood determined there was interest from persons in purchasing 16070 Hwy. 1416 from the City, and


WHEREAS the New Underwood City Council determined there was a need to return this land to the tax rolls, and


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the New Underwood City Council that the following property be declared surplus to be sold:  Lot 6 of Lot 3 of Outlot A and Lot 1 of Outlot A of North Underwood Addition to the Town of Underwood, now City of New Underwood, Section 30, T2N, R11E, Pennington County, South Dakota.


Dated December 6, 2006


                                                                                  Benita R. White, Mayor

Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer

Motion by Torrey second by Richter to approve Resolution Number 06-05.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, Richter, and Torrey.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.  The Council will sit as the appraisal board at the next meeting, after sells ratios obtained.




The Director of Public Works reported that the dump will no longer be open on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays until spring.  You can still obtain a key at City Hall during regular hours or contact one of the City staff.



Dogs running at large are increasing, which is against City Ordinance.  The City will start setting out the dog trap starting immediately.  Any animals caught, even if the staff knows the owner or the dog has a City license, will be taken to the animal shelter in Rapid City where the owner can retrieve them.  (The City does not have adequate facilities to hold these animals and the RC Shelter does.)



Steve & Laurie Swanson spoke to the Council about a proposed annexation.  After discussion the Council agreed they would be willing to annex and work with them.  A copy of the subdivision ordinance will be given to the Swanson’s.



The existing mobile home park ordinance was perused by the Council.  The question of whether the existing parks would have to meet the current code on set backs if a mobile home moves out was brought up.  The Mayor will speak to the Mobile Home Park owner in question and report back.



The Council instructed the Director of Public Works to get new tires on the garbage truck and not wait for the 2007 Budget year.



1.      The geothermal was tabled until a couple of more quotes on drilling are obtained.

2.      The form sent to DENR closing the gallery well was presented to the Council.

3.      The starter on the pick up went out, but is still under warranty.

4.      A damage claim was turned over to the insurance company.


The Mayor called a recess at 7:25 p.m. and reconvened the Council at 7:36 p.m.


Motion by Richter second by Torrey to go into executive session at 7:36 p.m. to discuss legal matters and contract negotiations. 


Moved by Dahlquist second by Green to return to adjourn the executive session and return to regular session.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer