New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes May 4, 2005


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on May 4, 2005 at 7:05 p.m. Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, and LeeAnn Schumacher. Absent: Tyler Richter. Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Asst. Finance Officer Teresa Gossard, Officer Wardle, Officer Wilhelm, and Al Ackerman.


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


Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to approve the April 19, 2005 minutes and acknowledge the April School Board minutes. Aye: all. Motion carried.


 The Finance Officer presented the financial reports, bill-list and vouchers. Motion by Schumacher second by Dahlquist to approve the financial reports and the following warrants as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried. April bills payable May 4, 2005 GENERAL FUND Salaries – 2775.94; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 729.56; SD Retirement – 360.60; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 143.52; WREA (service) – 861.35; Golden West (service) – 175.64; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 1386.00; Rapid City Journal (publishing) – 433.90; DakotaCare (ins) – 1466.46; Steve's (fuel) – 223.28; Elan (supplies) – 168.22; CNH Capital (BH payment) - 958.66; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) – 233.84; FWB (dep. slips) – 18.30; BH Fin. Ass’n. (Vandergeest) – 50.00; Connie Carmichael (election) – 87.75; Sarah Deal (election) – 87.75; Donna Rankin (election) – 87.75; SDML ( – 110.00; NU School (library) – 1000.00; Pioneer Review (ad) – 36.90; Penn. Co. Sheriff (2nd qtr) – 8225.25; Sam’s Club (CC supplies) – 78.32; Curtis Stangle (stairs for stage) – 250.00; Karen Julius (CC cleaning) – 285.00; Bev Taylor (CC cleaning) – 240.00; Ericka Price (CC cleaning) – 85.00; Ace Steel (metal – stage) – 143.81. TOTAL: $20702.80. WATER FUND Salaries – 1910.63; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 583.50; SD Retirement – 317.39; WREA (service) – 552.92; Golden West (Water Alarm) – 23.50; Northwest Pipe (supplies) – 12.91; Midcontinent (tests) – 48.00; Hawkins Chemical (chemicals) – 1061.00; Dakota Pump (omni-site) – 56.00; Energy Labs (rad test) – 180.00. TOTAL – $4745.85.SEWER FUND WREA (service) – 39.74; Elan (posts) – 63.80; Cellular One (service) – 44.30. TOTAL – $147.84.


Garbage will not be picked up May 9th & 10th – pick up will be May 12th.


The City will request the use of the stage for the Kindergarten celebration on May 27, 2005. Only a couple of sections will be needed, and Mr. G. Hall will put them up and take them down.The stage committee reported the money for the drapes and skirting has been collected and so they have been ordered. Also the money for the backdrops and PA system is currently being raised.


The radiological test for this quarter came back good, so hopefully we are on track, and can get the three positive reports the next three quarters.The check valves still need replaced, only one has been replaced.


Mr. Hall reported he has hired two young adults to work this summer. Public Works will start Chip Sealing the streets in June.


Officer Wardle introduced his trainee – Carissa Wilhelm.The sign painting is under investigation with some good leads. Officer Wardle reported that he applied for and received an investigator position. This is a promotion and the Council congratulated him. He will be here another six months.


A Special meeting will be set up to receive public input on this renovation. A letter will be sent to the State this week.


The Mayor administered the oath of office to Alderman Green. Alderman Richter will take his oath of office at the next meeting.


Schumacher nominated Dahlquist for President. Green nominated Richter for President. After discussion, it was moved by Schumacher to nominate Dahlquist for Council President and Richter for Council Vice President. Motion seconded by Dahlquist. Aye: all. Motion carried.


BP#05-13; Vaughn Stover; 214 S. Monroe; garage & driveway.Moved by Schumacher second by Dahlquist to approve this permit. 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. Ambulance Chief & EMT’S & Personnel – Linda Cudmore, Chief; EMT’s: Linda Cudmore, Channa Cudmore, Donna Niederwerder, Jack Trullinger, Jack Dustman, Dena Whitney, Melissa Ammons, Jeremy Deuter, Dave Jeffries, and Irene Madsen. Personnel: Rod Crosbie, Lance Graham, Larry Graham, Brett Hansen, Joe Whitney, John Torrey, and Mike Holloway.
  • 8. Community Center Committee – Cris Allen, Vanessa Green, & Lynetta Hess, and other members
  • 9. Swim Pool Advisory Committee (Tammy Bills, Leroy Rankin, Madsen, Rick Scott, Bev Olafson, and Jackie Dahlquist.)
  • 10. Designate Legal Newspaper – NU Post
  • 11. Official Depository – First Western Bank and SD Public Funds Investment Trust

Moved by Dahlquist second by Schumacher to approve the Mayors recommendations for appointments and designations. Aye: all. Motion carried.The Mayor will administer the oath of office to the Finance Officer tomorrow.


Ron Racicky requested a reduction in the rent for the Community Center for the Rhonda Thompson Benefit. The Council does not want to set a precedence of lowering the rent for benefits. The Mayor, Council, and Staff will donate money to pay the rent cost.


The Mayor will be sending out letter to some of the residents for changing their addresses. 911 is having some problems finding a few of our addresses the way they are currently set up.


  • The Dir. of Public Works reported that the tires have been removed from the landfill, so all tire disposal will now cost.
  •  The district meeting will be in Keystone April 20, the staff, Mayor, and some of the Council attended.
  • The Community Center received its spring-cleaning.
  • The animal clinic was held on April 24, 2005 with 25 licenses being sold and over fifty animals vaccinated. Wasta will hold their animal clinic on May 15th.

Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m. (Seal) Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer