New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes February 5, 2007




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on February 5, 2007, at 6:00 p.m.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, and Tyler Richter.  Absent:  John Torrey.  Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works Greg Hall, Public Works Staff:  Goodman and Holloway, Officers Przymus and Weber, and Tony Ascrizzi.  Arriving later: Karen Julius, Al Ackerman, Jim & Janice Ackerman, Kris Kroll, Brandi Ballard, Leah Koneche, Jeff Barber, and Laura Barber.     



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



Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to approve the January 16, 2007 minutes as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST                                                                                  

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

January bills payable February 5, 2007                                                                                  

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 3597.86; Richard Ollila (quit claim deed) – 1.00; Michael Mushitz (quit claim deed) – 1.00; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 693.22; SD Retirement – 526.27; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 280.56; WREA (service) – 1002.45;  Golden West (service) – 228.61; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 1824.07; Dakota Care (ins) – 507.36; NU Post (Publishing) – 174.34; Steve's (fuel) – 300.28;  Ron’s (fuel) – 10.00; Elan (parts) – 808.13; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) – 185.01;  Janice Jensen (CC) – 76.00; Bev Taylor (CC) – 68.00; B & R Truck Repair (GT) – 685.64; Penn. Co. Sheriff (1st qtr) – 8689.75; Dakota Business Center (supplies & repairs) – 100.68; St. Paul Stamp Works (pet tags) – 50.10; FWB (checks) – 50.40; First American Title (Gossard Station) – 405.60; Avenet (reg. fee for .com) - 55.00.  TOTAL: $20321.33.

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 3155.31; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 617.11; SD Retirement – 516.55; WREA (service) – 791.95; DakotaCare (ins) – 1442.18; WREA (loan payment WS) – 26400.00; DENR (reg. fee) – 10.00; ; Midcontinent (water tests)  – 1368.00; Alltell (service) – 115.14; Energy Laboratories (water tests) – 295.00. TOTAL – $34711.24. 

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

WREA (service) – 49.96; (alarms) – 56.00.  TOTAL –  $105.96.



Officer Przymus presented his written monthly report and discussed some of the violations on it. 

Motion by Richter second by Dahlquist to approve a $100.00 donation for the DARE class. Aye:  all.  Motion carried.





The Mayor reported the dance instructor has quit, so we are looking for a new teacher.  The Community Center Committee is purchasing a DVD that teaches ballet, tap, and jazz and will continue the classes until an instructor is obtained.



The Mayor has spoke to Mr. Crosbie and he plans to return the earnest money, clear up the encumbrances, and resume negotiations when the paperwork is cleaned up. He planned on having the earnest money back to the City by the end of the week, but as yet we have not received it.



The Council went over the proposed contract and made some suggestions on what they would like in the contract.  A public hearing on this contract will be held on February 20, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.



The second quarter radiological test passed, so we have two more quarters to go, to get the waivers.



The Council discussed moving forward with the original building they were working on two years ago.  The building would be placed on the present City owned lots right beside the existing City Hall.  The current plan is to do the construction in stages, as money and time allows.  Doing the work in house, the first phase will be framing up the building this year.  Every phase of the project will have to be let out to bid.  Motion by Richter second by Green that the Director of Public Works get pricing on three different packages:  a standard premium pro-rib package, a standard premium pro-rib package with up graded windows, and  a standard premium pro-rib package with up graded windows and doors.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.  Pricing on electrical, heat & air, plumbing, and finish work all needs to be obtained.



Brandi Ballard, Kris Kroll, Leah Koneche, and Jeff Barber, representing the gym floor committee, explained to the Council their plan on raising the money necessary for wood floor in the school gym.  They are selling advertising blocks which will hopefully raise the majority of the money.  The School is behind this project, but with the bid restrictions they felt it was better that the money run through a separate group.  The Mayor and Council wished them luck and thanked them for the information.



The Nursing students will be here to do a community assessment again this year in March and April.



Laura Barber, representing the FFA, reported they will hold an Ag appreciation night in the Community Center February 17, 2007.  The rent will be the special rate set up for service clubs, which is $40.00.  Richter Bobcat volunteered to pay this fee for them.





1.      The Title insurance on the Gossard Station has been ordered and the appropriate quit claim deeds were filed.  Also the Warranty Deed was issued. 

2.      The people present celebrated Al Ackerman’s 90th birthday with cake.  Al has faithfully attended all our meetings since the 80’s.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:30 p.m.




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer