New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes July 18, 2007




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on July 18, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Tyler Richter, and John Torrey.  Also present:  Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works Greg Hall, City Staff:  Officer Pryzmus, Tralice Ellis, and Mike Holloway;  Al Ackerman and Laurie Holloway. 



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



Moved by Richter second by Dahlquist to approve the July 5, 2007 minutes as presented.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.    



The Finance Officer presented the governmental funds statements through June, and the 2008 Preliminary Budget.  The Mayor & Department Heads will sit down and work on getting some preliminary budget figures and then set up a budget hearing with the Council and public to go over the budget line item by line item. 

Tralice Ellis went over her written report on her first year of Municipal Clerks School at Vermillion.  She attended sessions on presentation skills, parliamentary procedure, geographic information, budgeting, public service ethics, law & individual rights, getting along with elected officials, minutes, leadership, management, etc.   She thanked the Council for the opportunity they have given her and looks forward to the next two years of schooling.  The Finance Officer also thanked the Council for having the vision to realize the benefits of continuing education and providing it to all the City staff. 



Mr. Hall reported that the 4th quarter for the radiological had failed.  DENR suggested we get a new software designed that would blend the two wells more consistently and get the pump pulled and camera the casing & test the aquifers coming into the well to see if the offending aquifer can be isolated.  Much discussion followed about costs, time schedules, concrete data, software becoming obsolete, software interfacing, putting an agitator in the water storage tank, alarms, and filtering.   Motion by Richter second by Dahlquist to leave it up to the Dir. of Public Works best judgment and get a software designed.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, & Richter.  Nay:  Torrey.  Motion carried.  Councilman Torrey felt he could not vote on this for certain until he knew for sure that the software would interface.

Moved by Torrey second by Richter that the City Engineer, Greg Wierenga, write a plan and get quotes on checking zones and taking a camera down the well.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Mr. Hall reported the water from the old well is smelling worse because the chlorine pump went out and he repaired it today.



Motion by Richter second by Torrey to accept the first reading of Supplemental Budget Ordinance Number 07-04.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.




The Sami Jo Memorial Pool opened on Friday and has been very busy.  Discussion followed on why it took so long to find the leaks.  The staff explained that it was leaking in several areas and took time to isolate the problems and fix each leak.  The Mayor explained that with each problem we are learning how to better cope with them in the future.



The Mayor gave an update on the Centennial Committee progress.  Moved by Richter second by Green that a subtitle fund called Centennial be created on the City Financial sheets and all monies will run through this City Fund and to transfer $3000.00 to this fund.  The Council will take the top ten suggestions the Committee came up with for activities and incorporate them into the Centennial Celebration Schedule.  The Council also suggested Brad Sorenson do the tickets for the rifle raffle.



We will close on the Kids Kastle property at the end of June.  Motion by Green second by Dahlquist to approve the $500.00 check for earnest money.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 

The bid package for the cold storage is still being prepared.  The Finance Officer questioned whether we could decrease the building size to reduce the cost and still accommodate the equipment. The Council felt that if it did not reduce the price estimate enough it would not be feasible.   



The insurance company did not feel we are liable for peoples actions when shooting off fireworks, if we put on a fireworks display or designated where fireworks are to be shot off then the City does take on the liability.  The Council felt common sense should prevail and individuals are responsible for the preventive measures to protect their own property.



The Council agreed we should move forward with other rural service districts. 

Hard figures will be obtained for the secondary main water line.



  1. Policy & Safety Manuals – Committee will meet Wednesday.    
  2. Putting water in the traps at the Community Center. 
  3. Councilman Torrey requested two letters be sent to landowners on Janklow Avenue notifying them they need a building permit.
  4. We are still waiting on the feasibility study.
  5. County Commissioners meeting on the Verizon Tower is July 24th.
  6. The secondary drainage channel will be mowed. 


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer