New Underwood, South Dakota

......a good place to be!

Minutes August 6, 2014



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Center on August 6, 2014.  Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Council member’s: Larry Graham, Laurie Holloway, and Kathy Trullinger. Absent:  Rikka Buchtel.  Also present: Finance Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works John Bale, Deputy McPherson, Ron Racicky, Wes Flint, and Dianne Trullinger.  The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.



The budget hearing was opened at 5:30 p.m. and the proposed 2015 budget was gone over by the Council and those in attendance. The budget hearing adjourned and the regular meeting was called to order.



Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to approve the agenda.  Aye: all. Motion carried.



Moved by Graham second by K. Trullinger to approve the July 16, 2014 minutes as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILL LIST                                                                                   

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

July bills payable August 6, 2014

GENERAL FUND                                                                                                                

Salaries – Mayor & Council– 1100.55; Finance Office – 3213.44; Public Works – 4888.99; Swimming Pool – 1019.40; Cleaners – 311.08; Aflac (May) – 113.78; Merchant Bank (visa charges) – 30.31; IRS (SS & FWT) – 2849.06; SD Retirement (June) – 908.98; NU School (library) – 1000.00; Wellmark (health ins) – 1427.31; Sam’s Club (concessions & member fees) – 626.47; Ione Wolf (mileage to school) – 209.44; Cardmember Services phone postage, box rent, pool supplies) – 1917.03; Sami Jo Pool start up monies) – 50.00; SDML (elected officials workshop) – 200.00; WREA (Service) – 1322.80;  Golden West  (Service) – 295.09; RC Landfill (dump fees) – 1817.79; Penn. Co. Highway (fuel)- 266.04; SD State Treasurer  (Sales Tax) – 299.40; NU Post (publishing) – 175.45; McGas (fuel) – 531.75; Keiffer Sanitation (tote dumps) – 160.00; Ace Hardware (SP supplies) – 32.44; BJ’s (fuel) – 30.81; Johnson Machine (mower parts) – 328.37; BH Chemical (CC supplies) – 59.59; Northwest pipe (SP parts) – 62.51; Jolly Lane Floral (flowers) – 47.00; Armstrong Extinguisher (maintenance) – 44.00; Harveys Lock Shop (mower keys) – 17.50; YMCA (lifeguard training) – 250.00; Sheehan Mack Sales (distributor parts) – 110.96; Regional Health Physicians (Hep shot) – 95.00; Pool & Spa (pool supplies) – 1009.39; Cedar Shore (room for FO School) – 189.90; Summit Signs (street signs) – 119.00. TOTAL: $27130.63


Pete Lien & Sons (chips) – 4015.03.

WATER FUND                                                                                                                     

WREA (Service) – 838.01;WRT (radium removal charge) – 1912.50; Omni Site (alarm) – 23.00; One call (locates) – 3.05; DENR (drinking water fee) – 220.00.  TOTAL: $2996.56


WREA (service) – 101.13; Omni-Site, Inc. (alarm) – 23.00.  TOTAL: $124.13.



  • Mowing all complete.

  • Jake Brake Prohibition Signs have been put up.

  • Community Center bathroom lights replaced.

  • Lead & copper tests.

  • Mud flap off garbage truck caused minor accident.



    Deputy McPherson presented his written monthly report. The black marks all around city, warnings and citations, unlicensed four wheelers were all discussed.



    The Mayor discussed the need to get quotes on a rock crusher to break up come of the concrete at the dump to use as rip rap to line cell two of the lagoon. Breaking up the concrete from the interstate was problematic with the large rebar in it, the Council felt. The Mayor will get quotes on renting crushing equipment and pricing of rip rap for the next meeting.



    The Finance Officer reported approx. 35 children took swim lessons last week and lessons will be given again next week. Adult swim might be discontinued, since the low attendance is not cost effective to allow us to continue to offer.



    Earthworks, Inc. has completed their contract. How to dissuade vehicular traffic in the closed alley behind the community center was discussed, with input from audience members, gates verses posts and cables. Daryl Anderson will be asked for some well pipe for posts. Motion by Holloway second by K. Trullinger to install cable fence instead of a gate, based on input from the Fire Chief stating this would not have an adverse effect on emergency vehicle assess. Roll call vote. Aye: Graham, Holloway, and K. Trullinger. Nay: none. Motion carried.

    Volunteers still needed to put up park equipment. The Council, Community Center Committee, and the Park Committee will all help. Date will be set when Councilor Buchtel is present since she is head of the park committee.



    Patricia Tutsch, with Modern Woodmen, has offered the City a $750.00 grant for the park to plant, bushes, trees, or flowers. The Council was very excited and thankful for this gift, whereupon it was moved by Holloway second by K. Trullinger to apply and accept the $750.00 grant from Modern Woodmen. Aye: all. Motion carried.



    Ron Racicky requested the use of the Community Center for September 1 for the Labor Day steam burger feed; back yard of City Hall for horseshoes; and to close “A” Ave from Oak to Elm from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and to allow open container from Oak to Elm and the horse pits in the back yard at City Hall, and the park. Motion by Holloway second by Graham to grant these requests. Aye: all. Motion carried.



  1. Elected official workshop report will be on the next agenda.

  1. The Finance Officer reported on the SD Public Assurance Alliance task force meeting in Pierre she has been appointed to. The group discussed retention and expansion of the insurance members and promoting risk management. She will be attending four meetings a year with this group. Mileage, motels, and perdium are paid by the SDPAA, with no cost to the city.
  2. The Mayor sent out abatement on dogs at large and mowing yards.
  3. Doug Gimpel preliminary plat tabled.
  4. Deadline for registering for the annual Conference is September 16 in Spearfish.
  5. The Council agreed the mulch by the public works shop can be given away to the citizens.
  6. A citizen concern was a complaint on the train being parked in the city limits and running for hours. The Mayor will contact the railroad with this complaint.


Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.


(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer