New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes June 7, 2006




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on June 7, 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, Asst. Fin. Officer Teresa Gossard, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Lt. Mark Hughes, Al Ackerman, Kris Kroll, and Larry Graham.    



A hearing for a retail (on-off sale) Malt Beverage licenses for Steve’s General Store was held at 6:00 p.m. No one presented themselves to object to this malt beverage license. The Mayor adjourned the hearing at 6:05 p.m. and called the regular meeting to order.



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



Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to approve the May 17, 2006 minutes.  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.  

May bills payable June 7, 2006                                                                                  

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 5273.76; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 1253.25; SD Retirement – 468.09; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 215.04; WREA (service) – 821.11;  Golden West (service) – 256.27; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 2318.04; DakotaCare (ins) – 1752.30; NU Post (Publishing) – 827.70; Steve's (fuel) –282.99; Elan (shop, PU, SP, parts, CC supplies)  – 403.61; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) – 186.86; Dakota Business Center (office) – 77.15; Sam’s Club (SP) – 183.91; McKie Ford (PU options) – 922.00; NU Post Office (box rent) – 70.00; Div. of Motor Vehicles (Reg. & transfer) – 6.00; NU Grain (weed killer) – 45.00; NU School (library) – 1000.00; Janice Jensen (CC) – 52.00; Bev Taylor (CC) – 60.00; Adams Machine (GT) – 79.93; Penn. Co. Weed (mosquito briq) – 348.99; Pool & Spa (SP) – 559.89; Coca Cola (SP) – 350.00; Gillette Diary (SP) – 28.02.  TOTAL: $17841.91.         

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 2034.61; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 635.12; SD Retirement – 339.54; WREA (service) – 677.01; Elan (BP parts) – 58.15;  Energy Laboratories (radiological) – 200.00;  Sioux Pipe (BP parts) – 76.41; Dakota Supply Group (BP parts) – 297.47; SD DENR (water fee) – 220.00; (alarms) – 56.00.  TOTAL – $4594.31. 

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 650.50; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 187.66; SD Retirement – 110.14; WREA (service) – 42.40; Alltel Wireless (service) – 99.56. TOTAL –  $1090.26.


Christopher Courson (refund) – 50.00.  TOTAL:  $50.00



The Dir. of Public Works reported that they have started the drainage project on west 1416.  Discussion followed about the dirt in the ditch, trees, and culverts.



The booster pumps to the north have been installed.  We are waiting on the electrician to install the three phase and Dakota Pump for training.



The Dir. of Public Works reported that he had hired two new employees for the public works department.  They will be paid between $8.00 to $9.00 an hour depending upon the certifications they have. 



Councilwoman Dahlquist reported that she had received a complaint on the trash from the dumpsters by City Hall (that the rural customers use) blowing all over, when they are overfilled.  Since we have over a dozen rural users, we may need to add another dumpster to this area.  Some of the problem is that citizens within the City also use these dumpsters when they miss putting their garbage out.



Lt. Mark Hughes reported that Officer Przymus was on medical leave.  The area will be covered by other officers until his return.  Kurt Weber will be liaison for contract officers. 



The Mayor reported that Bob Hall’s contract with the State Dept. of Experience Works is up June 26, 2006.  Since the City does not have money in the budget to pay him from City funds he will continue as a volunteer at City Hall if the Council approves.  Moved by Richter second by Torrey to approve Bob Hall as a volunteer to help at City Hall.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.



The Mayor reported she had spoken with the land owner we are in negotiations with about purchasing property.  He assured her we will have a signed agreement as soon as he ties up some loose ends.









The swimming pool is going good with record attendance and the sell of passes is also up.  Adult swim is Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 13, 2006 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Dodge ball will be on Wednesdays evenings.  Lessons started this week and are going very well.



The City received a Notice of Violation and an Order for Compliance for the radium violation.  The order states that we must submit, for approval, by January 1, 2007 a written plan of corrective action for what the city will do to mitigate the radiological problem.  If we do not submit this written plan by the January 1, 2007 deadline we will be fined $1,351.00.

The Mayor suggested that in the mean time we start blending the old well (which is low in radium) and the new well (which is above acceptable limits in radium) tomorrow. Motion by Richter second by Green that we start blending these wells tomorrow and post notices around the City.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried. 

After we get the June sample reports we will have a public meeting to discuss our options and receive citizen input.

A quote to pull the pump at the new well and check the different aquifers for radium was received from Weston Engineering in the amount of $14,980.00.  The Dir. of Public Works will get clarification on this quote and speak to Taylor Drilling also.  



The Council gave their suggestions on what they would like inserted in the fence ordinance.  A height restriction, easement clarification, material and not more than thirty percent solid.  This ordinance will be prepared for the next meeting.



Some complaints on the loudness of the new siren were received at City Hall.  After discussion and some suggestions the Council agreed that these citizens should speak to the Fire Department Executive Board, since this is a separate taxing entity.



The Council agreed section 11 needs amended or taken out completely.  This amendment will be prepared for presentation at the next meeting.



Steve’s General Store; 510 E. Box Elder; Lots 1 & 2 AR Vieths Subdivision SE ¼ SE 1/4 T2NR11E BHM; retail on-off sale Malt Beverage.

Since no objections were received at the public hearing it was moved by Dahlquist second by Richter to approve this malt beverage license the 2006-2007 licensing period.  Aye: all. Motion carried.






Building Permits

     06-15; Trent Pulis; 201 S. Janklow; fence

     06-16; (Extension on 05-24); Dustin Graham; 220 Ash; Carport

     06-17; Megan Lapcinski; 104 S. “C” Ave; fence

     06-18; John Szymonski; 215 E. Bailey; Tear down garage & put up carport (2 car)

     06-19; James White Calf; 113 S. Janklow; fence & deck

     06-20; (Extension on 06-20); Danny & Treshelle Hall; 208 E. Ash; House

Motion by Richter second by Green to approve Building Permits 06-16, 06-17, and 06-20.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, and Richter. Nay:  Torrey.  After discussion about the fence location, being in a mobile home park Councilman Torrey changed his vote to Aye.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Moved by Richter second by Green to approve building permit 06-21.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Discussion on building permits 06-15 and 06-19 followed.  The City has a 20 foot utility easement on the west side of these properties and one of the fences is on top of the sewer line.  The City attorney advised that since this fence is in the easement area it is implied by the easement that the owner constructs at his own risk.  Motion by Torrey second by Dahlquist to approve these two permits with the understanding that the fence is erected at their own risk and if the City has a main break the fence will be removed and replaced at the landowner’s expense, and that 06-19 is also contingent on a new drawing showing property lines.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.



  1. Councilman Dahlquist reported she had met with the SDML Dist. Chairman, since she is vice chairman and went over the SDML executive board meeting with him. 
  2. A gentleman approached the City about painting the old water tower for $2,400.00.  The Council denied this proposal. 
  3. The public works staff will begin installing the meter pits out north.
  4. Finance Officers School & Human Resources Meetings are in Watertown next week.  Teresa & Meri Jo will both attend.


 Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m.




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer