New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes February 1, 2006




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on February 1, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Larry Graham, Michael Green, and LeeAnn Schumacher.   Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Asst. Fin. Officer Teresa Gossard, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Officer Przymus & Wardle, Lt. Weber, Kathy & Michael Maguire, Kerry Bowman, and Al Ackerman.   



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



Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to approve the January 18, 2005 minutes. Aye: all.  Motion carried. 


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST                                                                                  

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

January bills payable February 1, 2006                                                                                  

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 3013.12; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 848.65; SD Retirement – 439.38; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 158.64; WREA (service) – 867.22;  Golden West (service) – 168.80; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 1636.65; DakotaCare (ins) – 396.29; Janice Jensen (CC Jan.) – 68.00;  Bev Taylor (CCJan.) – 68.00;  NU Post (Publishing) – 123.46; Steve's (fuel) – 215.60; Elan (CC supplies, GT parts)  – 263.53; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) – 85.39; SDML (reg. fee) – 60.00; A & H Truck (fuel tank) – 75.00; Ron’s (CC) – 100.00; Rennington County Sheriff’s Officer (contract) – 8538.75; BHAGOA (registration fee) – 50.00; Inland Truck (GT) – 931.22; Sam’s Club (CC) – 45.96.  TOTAL: $18153.66.     

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 1829.25; WREA (water storage payment) – 26400.00;  First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 576.41; SD Retirement – 306.68; WREA (service) – 547.78; DakotaCare (ins) – 1070.17; Dakota Supply Group (restraints) – 706.84; Mid Continent Testing (tests) – 48.00; Hawkins (chemicals) – 1599.80.  TOTAL – $33084.93.

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 650.50; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 187.66; SD Retirement – 110.14; WREA (service) – 38.53; Cellular One (service) – 58.01; Elan (float) – 36.04; EDM Equipment (sewer jet repair) – 80.44; (alarms) – 56.00. TOTAL –  $1217.32.






Kathy Maguire, Black Hills Agency, responded to questions from the Mayor and Council on our insurance coverage.  It was found that the new water storage tank is not listed on the insurance.  Ms. Maguire will come down and physically look at all City properties to make sure everything is on the policy.  She reminded the Council to always report to her any losses or breakdowns.



One of the office computers crashed, so another one is needed. Councilman Green investigated the problem and found that the mother board and the processor crashed.    Motion by Schumacher second by Green to purchase another computer.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 



The Director of Public Works asked the State to check out the success rate of the Company that he has been in contact with on removing the radium from our water.  Mr. Hall will keep the Council updated on the progress of this possible solution.  He reported that this company would come down free of charge to evaluate the situation.



Officer Przymus presented his written monthly report and reported on each item.   He also reported that the Speed Board data will be forthcoming.



Mr. Kerry Bowman wondered when the city would proceed with work on the drainage in front of his house.  The Mayor reported the minutes from October stated the work would be done over time when dirt became available.  During that meeting the Council agreed there were drainage problems throughout the City and how did you decide which one was more important than another to work on.  The price that Gossard quoted in August to fix the drainage on west 1416 has since gone up.  The Mayor reiterated that the City is not neglecting his drainage and will work on this problem when dirt becomes available.  Mr. Bowman stated he does not want to be forgotten and wants to be on the list for his drainage repair.



The Boydston Addendum with changes Mr. Boydston requested was presented.  Councilman Graham reported one other change Mr. Boydston wanted inserted.  Moved by Schumacher second by Graham to authorize the Mayor’s signature on this addendum and to order the booster pumps after the instrument is executed.  Roll call vote.  Aye: Dahlquist, Graham, Green, and Schumacher.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.



The Finance Staff attended local government day in Pierre Tuesday and Wednesday.  They reported on the Committee meetings they had attended and the results.




Officer Wardle reported that the DARE graduation will be March 23, 2006 at the Community Center.  Moved by Schumacher second by Green to waive the rent on the Community Center and donate $50.00 for this celebration.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



  1. The street lights on Janklow up and running. 
  2. The sewer plug yesterday was caused by a big boulder that someone threw in a manhole, which lodged in the sewer main.  The public works staff had to dig up the main, expose it, and remove the boulder.
  3. City Hall renovation was tabled.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8 :10 p.m.



(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer