New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes October 17, 2007




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on October 17, 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, Officer Johnston, Tralice Ellis, Chad Feldman, Cris Allen, and Jenny Printz.    



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



Moved by Dahlquist second by Richter to approve the October 9,  2007 minutes as presented.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.    



The Finance Officer reported one resident, who has been out of town, had a toilet running and over 900,000 gallons had run through the meter. After a lengthy discussion the Council agreed that she could pay on this bill monthly. 

Cost projections for installing automated readers & the necessary software for billing will be obtained and presented to the Council at the next meeting.



Councilman Richter reported that the bank would donate $75.00 for some new chairs at the Community Center.  Motion by Richter second by Dahlquist the City purchase new chairs and a new chair rack, not to exceed the budgeted amount of $2,000.00.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

The Mayor and Council thanked Lavonne Moffitt for planting and taking care of the flowers around the Community Center and in the park.



The radiological on the well this quarter was low and at an acceptable level. The City has a waiver on the letters and will continue to monitor quarterly and report the results to the public.



Omni-site analog technology is becoming obsolete and digital will have to be installed on the alarms for the wells and the lift station by February of 2008.  The Dir. of Public Works showed the Council the new alarms and reported the costs are $800.00 for Sewer and $1,800.00 for Water.  Motion by Richter second by Torrey to purchase these alarm systems.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, Richter, and Torrey.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.



Tuesday the public works dept. returned Spearfish’s garbage truck and picked up the repaired City garbage truck.  The City garbage truck was not running right and is back in the shop.  The City Staff is pricing side dump garbage trucks.



Officer Johnston reported things are going well and he is enjoying his job here in New Underwood.  The Council expressed satisfaction with his job performance and would like him to remain here instead of having to change officers this coming spring.  A letter will be sent to Capt. Mueller & Lt. Webber requesting this.



The Mayor and Council expressed appreciation to the following volunteers at the swimming pool this year that helped with lessons and in the concession stand:  Andrew Hanson, Chris Cline, Keeley Thompson, Tony Hall, Keyo Peterson, Travis Printz, and Keira Allen.

The Council also gave a big pat on the back to the whole pool crew.



A letter from the City Engineer to the Bureau of Reclamation responding to their questions, so our application for assistance can go forward, was presented to the Council.    



The Equalization Staff called and said the GIS people wanted the legal description for the annexation in June clarified excluding the Matz Lot 1.  Resolution Number 07-09 was introduced wording it as requested by the Equalization Dept.



            BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of New Underwood, Pennington, South Dakota, that the following described territory that was annexed on June 25, 2007 by Resolution Number 07-05 be described, per GIS request, as:


1) NE ¼ ; E ½ SW ¼ Less E 201’ of NE ¼ SE ¼ SW ¼ & Less SE ¼ SE ¼ SW ¼; N ½ SE ¼ ; GL 3; GL 4 less lot 1 of Matz Sub, including all right of way; Section 30, T2N, R11E, BHM, Pennington County, South Dakota. (341.37 acres of land, more or less)

2) Utility Lot 1, Boydston Heights Subdivision, Section 29, T2N, R11E, BHM, Pennington County, South Dakota.

(2.65 acres of land, more or less)


Dated this 17th day of October, 2007.


                                                                           CITY OF NEW UNDERWOOD


                                                                            By:  __________________________

                                                                                    Benita R. White, Mayor



Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


Motion by Green second by Richter to approve Resolution Number 07-09.  Roll call vote. Aye: Dahlquist, Richter, Green, and Torrey.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.  Whereupon Resolution Number 07-05 was declared duly passed & adopted.



Ordinance Number 07-06 received its first reading.  This Ordinance amends the current ordinance by adding the City pay for training sessions and mileage.  Moved by Green second by Dahlquist to approve the first reading of Ordinance 07-06.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Supplemental Budget Ordinance #07-07 received its first reading.  Motion by Richter second by Green to approve the first reading.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Legal description addition to the current annexation Ordinance was introduced. Ordinance Number 07-08 received its first reading.  Moved by Richter second by Torrey to accept the first reading of Ord. #07-08.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



BP#07-29; Martin Printz; 310 Linn St; Move on Mobile Home

     #07-30; Charles Griffin; 204 S. Janklow Ave; fill & retaining wall & shed

     #07-31; Larry Clifford; 315 S. Bailey; carport

Motion by Richter second by Torrey to approve these permits if they meet set backs (retaining wall must be six inches east of property line).  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



  1. The monthly governmental funds sheets were presented to the Council.      
  2. Hydrants were flushed.
  3. Fall Sewer Jetting is underway.
  4. Seriously look for a City Attorney.
  5. Councilman Richter requested we look into some federal monies available through the County.



Motion by Richter second by Dahlquist to go into executive session at 7:20 p.m. to discuss personnel matters.  Everyone, but the Mayor and Council, left the building.  Motion by Green second by Richter to adjourn the executive session and return to regular session at 8:15 p.m.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer