New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes February 2, 2011





A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center on February 2, 2011.  Present were: Mayor Dahlquist, Councilmember’s: Rikka Buchtel, Michael Green, and Russ Tiensvold.  Absent:  Joe Whitney. Also present: Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Public Works Supervisor John Bale, Finance Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Deputy McPherson, John Torrey, Jack & Dianne Trullinger and Cris Allen.  The meeting was called to order by Mayor Dahlquist.



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




Moved by Tiensvold second by Buchtel to approve the January 19, 2011 minutes. Aye: all.  Motion carried.


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILL LIST                                                                                  

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

January bills payable February 2, 2011

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – Finance -1336.88, Public Works – 2850.17, Council – 363.12; Merchant Bank (visa charges) – 19.74; First Interstate (checks) – 94.75; SD Retirement (SPP enrollment) – 45.00; SD Unemployment (4th qtr) – 30.50; Wellmark (Health Ins) – 488.18; SDML (legislative day – reg fee & dues) – 78.11;  IRS – EFTPS (Jan) – 1145.99; SD Retirement (Jan) – 626.07; WREA (Service) – 1738.86; Golden West  (Service) – 148.17; RC Landfill (dump fees) – 2057.13; SD State Treasurer  ( Sales Tax) – 314.63; Steve’s (fuel) – 493.91; ELAN (CC, cleaning, shop, office supplies,) – 1103.52; NU Post (publishing) – 322.30; Penn. Co. Highway (fuel) – 217.07; Penn. Co. Sheriff (1st quarter law enforcement) – 9372.25; JJ’s Engraving (badges & name plates) – 55.00; Kristi Merchen (clean CC) – 90.00.  TOTAL: $22991.35.

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries - Finance – 1387.48, Public Works – 2935.27; IRS – EFTPS (SS & FWT) – 1139.20; SD Retirement (Jan) – 629.22; WREA (water storage payment) – 26400.00; WREA (Service) – 375.33;  WRT (monthly radium removal charge) – 1912.50; Hawkins (chemicals) – 451.10; MidContinent Testing (water testing) – 51.00; Omni Site (alarm) – 23.00; Alltell (service) – 111.02.  TOTAL: $35415.12


Wellmark (ins.) 1952.72; WREA (service) – 68.88; Omni-Site, Inc. (alarm) – 23.00; Elan (tape & hose) – 149.62; SD One Call (locate tickets) – 1.05; Northwest Pipe Fittings (parts) – 97.37.  TOTAL: $2292.64



A certificate of completion was received from DENR on the radiological treatment plant.  An open house for the public to tour the new plant will be held in April.                 



Mr. Bale presented his written semi-monthly report.  He reported that he and Chris Beesley had both passed the class 1 water treatment test.

Mosquito briquettes are approximately $670.00 a case and a case will last 3-5 years.  The spray mist is $161.15 a gallon and will last approximately 4 years.  Moved by Tiensvold second by Green to purchase the mosquito briquettes and the mist.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.  Mr. Bale will get pesticide certification before April. 

Since the garbage truck jelled up during the cold weather the Council instructed public works to purchase a case of 911. 



Deputy McPherson presented written monthly report.  He will not need to request funds for DARE since a private individual gave a large donation. 

Motion by Green second by Tiensvold to donate $200.00 to the Tri County Program.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Deputy McPherson reported that the rumor that law enforcement had shut down exit and entrance into the City Saturday night was untrue.



Mayor Dahlquist reported that she and the finance officer had attended committee and legislative sessions at the capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday.  They also attended a supper with the legislators on Tuesday night.  Bills, those days, of interest to the City were SB 97 revising the membership of certain local boards of equalization; SB112 repeal of the provision that requires county treasurers to collect the oldest delinquent property tax first; SB 144 to establish dates to begin absentee voting; SB 103 dealing with issuing special liquor licenses; HB 119 renewing liquor license without a hearing if there is no criminal penalty or suspension within the last year; and the defeat of local option to publish on the internet.

Mayor Dahlquist attended the Black Hills Mayor’s meeting last week.

She toured all the facilities the city owns and invited the rest of the Council to take the tour when time allows them.



Motion by Green second by Buchtel to table the spiking permits, building permits and executive session, since they were not needed.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.


Other items discussed:

  1. Shelter Training will be at the Community Center Saturday February 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  2. The Pet Clinic will be held Sunday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Public Works Shop.
  3. Clean Up Week-end will be April 16 & 17.  The dump will be open and manned on both Saturday and Sunday, citizens are responsible for transporting their own items to the rubble site. Senior Citizens and disabled citizens should contact City Hall in advance if they need items picked up.
  4. A meeting has been set up between the Mayor, council president, and finance officer with the Swanson’s to discuss possible annexation of a rural service district.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 6:40 p.m.





(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer