New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes May 3, 2006




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on May 3, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Larry Graham, Michael Green, Tyler Richter, LeeAnn Schumacher and John Torrey.  Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Asst. Fin. Officer Teresa Gossard, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Asst. Dir. of Public Works Jack Trullinger, Officer Przymus, Al Ackerman, Gloria Smith, and Whitney Gilbert. 



The current Council: Dahlquist, Graham, Green, and Schumacher considered and acted upon old business.



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



Motion by Graham second by Schumacher to approve the April 17, 2006 minutes.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 



The City has been saving and budgeted for a new pick up to be purchased in 2006 with Water, Sewer, and Garbage funds, after the back hoe was paid off.  McKie Ford matched the State Bid Contract price for a 2006 pick up.  (The City did not need to go to bid, since it went with a State bid which had already met bidding requirements.)  Motion by Schumacher second by Dahlquist to purchase the 2006 Ford pick up for the contract price of $22,779.00 using designated budgeted funds.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Graham, Green, and Schumacher.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST                                                                                   

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

April bills payable May 3, 2006                                                                                 

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 3073.81; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 863.60; SD Retirement – 446.84; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 203.76; WREA (service) – 855.94;  Golden West (service) – 175.33; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 1616.40; DakotaCare (ins) – 508.53; NU Post (Publishing) – 39.09; Steve's (fuel) – 243.28; Elan (shop, CC, SP, parts, CC supplies)  – 339.18; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) – 227.88; Dakota Business Center (toner) – 113.53; Sams Club (trash can) – 49.76; FWB (checks) – 50.40; SD Work Comp Fund (ins) – 192.00; SDML (dist. Meeting) – 333.50; Western Senior Services (elderly meals donation) – 100.00; Jenny Printz (supplies for dist. Meeting) – 56.52; Penn. Co. Sheriff (2nd qtr of contract) – 8538.75; Racicky Plumbing (faucet CC) – 237.27; SD Fed. Property Agency (shop) – 26.25; SD Govt. Human Resources (reg. fee) – 50.00; SD Finance Officer’s (reg. fee) – 100.00; Janice Jensen (CC) – 60.00; Bev Taylor (CC) – 60.00; Superior Lamp (lightbulbs) – 247.34; Kayla Huether (replacement check) – 72.99; McKie Ford (53% 2006 Pick Up) – 12205.00.  TOTAL: $31086.95.           

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 2102.95; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 625.23; SD Retirement – 339.95; WREA (service) – 566.18; DakotaCare (ins) – 1154.08; Elan (BP parts) – 306.99;  Mid Continent (tests) – 48.00; Energy Laboratories (radiological) – 200.00; Dakota Pump (booster pumps) – 6276.68; Sioux Pipe (BP parts) – 2624.46; Dakota Supply Group (meter pies, pressure tanks) – 2386.04; Hawkins (chemicals) – 809.60; Alltel Wireless (phone service) – 67.24; Cetec Engineering (booster pump bid) – 330.00; McKie Ford (20% of 2006 City Pick Up) – 4574.00.  TOTAL – $22411.40.

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 650.50; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 187.66; SD Retirement – 110.14; WREA (service) – 37.84; (alarms) – 56.00; McKie Ford (27% 2006 Pick Up) – 6000.00. TOTAL –  $7042.14.



Motion by Schumacher second by Green to purchase a backflow preventer for $1,417.00 and continue to charge the meter rent for the customers who purchase water directly from a  hydrant.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Jeff Roberts, representing the Roping Club, requested use of the grader and a man to level off the arena at the Rodeo Grounds.  (This request came in after the last meeting and the Council present agreed to this request.)  Motion by Graham second by Dahlquist to officially grant this request.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.  The Roping Club thanked the Council for helping them out.



Officer Przymus presented his written monthly report.  He gave details of this report and presented the speed board report.  Speed Board placed April 20, on south edge of City from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 85 vehicles average speed 27.61 mph; April 21, on 1416 (by Gossard station) from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 512 vehicles average speed 22.24 mph.

Results will be posted around the City.



Jack Trullinger, Ambulance Chief, reported that the ambulance came close to preventing the closure of the ambulance service, but, with great sorrow, since they did not have enough crew members, they will have to proceed with the first responder service.  The ultimate goal will still be to reopen the ambulance service if they can get enough trained to be EMT’s.  The first responder course is 40 hours and will be taught right here in New Underwood.  Anyone interested in taking this class should contact the ambulance chief or one of the ambulance personnel.  The Mayor and Council thanked the volunteers for all their time and devotion, and stated they will assist where they can in accomplishing the reopening of the ambulance service.


Alderman Graham reported on his negotiations with a private land owner.  They have come to a gentleman’s agreement on the terms of the purchase and he explained them to the Council.  The Mayor explained to the citizens in attendance, that if they have not been reading the minutes, the City has been pursuing different ideas and avenues i.e. remodeling, building a post frame structure, even the governor’s mansion, over the last three years, but the costs of all the different ideas were prohibitive without a grant and loans.  Motion by Green second by Schumacher to authorize the Mayor’s signature on a purchase agreement, which will include the details of the purchase as discussed.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Graham, Green, and Schumacher.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.  The Mayor and Council thanked Alderman Graham for all his hard work in negotiating this purchase.  The Mayor will continue to work with the County on a joint endeavor.



Ordinance Number 06-05 received its second reading.





BE IT ORDAINED by the New Underwood City Council that the following amounts be appropriated to the 2006 budget to cover cost of the booster pumps: 601/433.1/436 - $11,000.00 - Means of finance:  undesignated water revenue.


                                                                                    Benita R. White, Mayor



Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


first reading:  April 17, 2006

second reading:  May 3, 2006

publish date:  May 11, 2006

effective date:  May 31, 2006


Moved by Schumacher second by Dahlquist to approve the second reading of Ordinance Number 06-05.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Graham, Green, and Schumacher.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.



Water Ordinance Number 06-03 and Sewer Ordinance Number 06-04 received their first readings with the changes the Council had requested at the last meeting.  Alderman Green felt that the amount put away for repairing and upgrading current lines needs to increase after January 1st, 2007 again.  This was inserted into the first reading.  Moved by Green second by Schumacher to accept the first reading on both Ordinance Numbers 06-03 and 06-04.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.




The Dir. of Public Works reported on the radiological test results.  Both tests were over the acceptable limit on the radiological.  Gross Alpha and 226 and 228 should be at 20 or below.  The test before the phosphates enter the system was 29.9 and test right after the phosphates enter the system is 23.8.  The City will continue trying to isolate where the problem begins.



06-06; Gloria Smith; May 27, 2006

Motion by Graham second by Green to approve this spiking permit.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



  1. The SDML district meeting in New Underwood went very well and was well attended by the seventeen Cities in our district.
  2. The Mayor will write a letter requesting the City and the other organizations in the city exchange minutes.
  3. The animal clinic was well attended by both rural & City animal owners.  Ms. Gossard reported that 31 City licenses were purchased.


The Mayor, Council, and Staff thanked Alderman Schumacher and Graham for their service and stated they will be missed.





The Finance Officer administered the oath of office to Mayor White as she begins her new term.

The Mayor administered the oath of office to newly elected Alderman Dahlquist, Richter, and Torrey. 



Motion by Green second by Dahlquist to nominate Alderman Richter as Council President.  No vote was taken before Alderman Torrey made a motion to nominate Alderman Dahlquist as Council President.  This motion died for lack of a second.  It was moved by Dahlquist second by Torrey that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Alderman Richter.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.  Motion by Torrey second by Richter to nominate Alderman Dahlquist for Council Vice President.   Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Motion by Richter second by Green to appoint the New Underwood Post as our legal newspaper.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.





The Mayor made the following recommendations for appointments & designations:

        1.   Dir. of Public Works – Gregory A. Hall

        2.   Finance Officer – Meri Jo Anderson

        3.   Attorney – Tamara Pier

        4.   City Engineer – Greg Wierenga

5.      Law Enforcement - contract Penn. Co.

6.      Aquatic Director – Cris Allen

7.      Community Center Committee – Cris Allen, Vanessa Green,  Kris Kroll & Leah Konechne, and other members.

8.      Swim Pool Advisory Committee (Tammy Bills, Leroy Rankin, Randy Madsen, Rick Scott, and Jackie Dahlquist.)

Moved by Richter second by Green to approve the Mayors recommendations for appointments and designations.  Aye: Dahlquist, Green, & Richter.  Nay:  Torrey.    Motion carried.  Councilman Torrey voted nay because he opposes the law enforcement contract with Pennington County.

The Mayor will administer the oath of office to the Finance Officer tomorrow.



Motion by Richter second by Green to designate First Western Bank and SD Public Funds Investment Trust as official depositories.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



BP#06-06; NU Com. Dev. Corp; 417 S. “B” Ave; remove structure

      06-07; Steve Ruff; 210 S. “B” Ave; fence

      06-08; Brent & Sarah Nelson; 110 S. Monroe; fence

      06-09; Amber & Daniel Thornton; 108 S. Janklow; deck

Councilman Torrey wants to make sure all the set backs are written on the permits and the citizens are placing the improvements where they say they are and are not doing anything illegal.  Moved by Richter second by Green to approve these permits.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Whitney Gilbert, representing the Senior Class, requested shooting off a fireworks display as the seniors exit the building after graduation.  She reported the Fire Chief will be in attendance and had no problem with this.  Motion by Richter second by Dahlquist to approve this request.  Aye: all. Motion carried.



  1. Jack Trullinger’s  resignation effective July 6, 2006 was presented.  The City is advertising for a maintenance man and is now accepting applications. 
  2. Getting the Sheriff Deputy an office in City Hall was discussed. 


 Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.


(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer