New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes August 20, 2014




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center on August 20, 2014.  Present were: Council member’s: Rikka Buchtel, Larry Graham, Laurie Holloway, and Kathy Trullinger. Absent: Mayor Jack Trullinger.  Also present: Finance Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works John Bale, Deputy McPherson, Amanda Pioche, and Dianne Trullinger.  The meeting was called to order by Council President Buchtel.



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



Moved by Holloway second by K. Trullinger to approve the August 6, 2014 minutes as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 



Discussion on the centerpiece, highlighting South Dakota’s 125th, that will be given away at the SDML conference, followed.  The Council would like to see the centennial logo used, and requests that we try to get Linda Graham to create and make the centerpiece.



  • Liquid Engineering cleaned water storage tank.

  • Pipes cut for fence, Daryl Anderson donated pipe and WREA donated the cable for the park fence. The Council thanked Mr. Anderson and WREA for these donations.

  • Brady Ness is returning to school.

  • Lead & copper tests.

  • Mud flap off garbage truck caused minor accident.



    Deputy McPherson reported that one of the citizens with dogs running at large will receive citations today. The deceased female at Sunny Haven died of natural causes.



    Mr. Bale reported on the pricing he has obtained so far on crushing the concrete at the lagoon. The different estimates and options will be presented to the Council at the next meeting.



    The Finance Officer reported the pool is closed for the season. Pool and Spa will be down this week to evaluate the best way to repair the leaks in the pool. The plan is that the repairs will be done this fall.



    The Council all attended the elected officials workshop in Pierre. The workshop covered ordinances, resolutions, risk management, leadership, state laws, work comp, etc. The Council also liked the suggestion that they have a planning retreat at least 50 miles away from the city to set short and long range goals for the city. This would be open to the public and would be an informal setting with open dialog between Mayor and Council and citizens in attendance. The Finance Officer will get one arranged for next year.



    Councilor Buchtel, head of the park committee, will get a date set to put together the park equipment and get it set up.

    The Modern Woodman grant for bushes and trees is still in the works.



    Councilor Graham was appointed to the Public Health, Safety, and Welfare. He reported they reviewed 911 laws and nuisance policies. The Council felt that letters need to be sent to the mobile home park owners to get their properties cleaned up and mowed. If they will not do so the City will go in and mow and bill these property owners. The Mayor will get the abatements sent.

    Mayor Trullinger is on the Public Works Committee and they had no changes in the policies, so no meeting was necessary.

    Finance Officer Anderson is on the Taxation and Revenue Committee they added support to bring the additional penny for sales tax for infrastructure projects. This additional of penny in sales tax would go to a vote of each individual city if they want to implement it.

    Work with Counties to get the laws clarified on adding utility bills to the taxes, joint equalization meetings, how property within rural service districts is accessed, and support counties efforts to secure a local option drink tax.



Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to take a favorable action the abatement for the William Paradis, since the same property has been assessed twice in the same year, and authorize the finance officer’s signature on this abatement.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Budget ordinance number 14-05 received its first reading.  Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to approve ordinance number 14-05.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Spiking Permit #14-08; Meri Jo Anderson; August 29, 2014

Moved by Holloway second by K. Trullinger to approve this permit.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



BP#14-18; Tory Amiotte; 212 S. “D” Ave; move on permit

Motion by K. Trullinger second by Holloway to approve this permit.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

BP#14-19; Slim McNaught; 110 S. Madison;  Window size change

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



  1. The governmental funds sheets revenues presented.

  1. The Finance Officer will have the book of Roberts Rules for the next meeting.
  2. Motion by Holloway second by Trullinger to table Gimpel plat and leave off agenda until he contacts us to be placed on the agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Being no further business Council President Buchtel adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.


(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer