New Underwood, South Dakota

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

minutes March 19, 2014




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center on March 19, 2014. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Council member’s: Rikka Buchtel, Larry Graham, Laurie Holloway, and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Finance Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Pub. Works Dir. John Bale, Ryan & Brent Nelson, Carol Jensen, Jim McKee, and Dianne Trullinger. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.



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



Moved by Holloway second by Buchtel to approve the March 5, 2014 minutes and the March 17, 2014 equalization minutes as presented. Councilor Graham wanted the March 5, 2014 minutes amended under spiking permits by striking “as long as all set backs are met”. Amended motion by Buchtel second by Holloway to approve the March 5, 2014 minutes with the above correction and approve the equalization minutes. Aye: all. Motion carried.



Motion by Graham second by Buchtel to approve the annual backhoe payment in the amount of $12,138.39. Aye: all. Motion carried.

The Finance Officer presented the governmental funds sheets.



The lids for the gray dumpsters came in, and new bottoms are being installed.

Two toilets in the community center have been replaced due to hairline cracks. The furnace blower motor and capacitor and restrictor were replaced. They will pull the pump annually and clean the screen in the geothermal wells.

The overhead door in ground storage building was discussed and best possible locations for the door and putting in more reinforcements. They will do this project next week while Mr. Wolf is still here.



Lifeguards and pool manager needed in order for the pool to open this summer. Notices have been hung at the school and an ad was put in the paper. None of the past lifeguards or the aquatic director are returning. Cris Anderson will help the new staff by staying on as a consultant and help get everything up and running and get the new employees trained in how to operate the entire system from back flushing to chemical feeds to federal and state laws that must be met.



DENR sent the consumer confidence water report for 2013. This report is posted on the website and is available at city hall. The Mayor has a call in to DENR to see if we can post the figures for 2013 instead of the 2009 figures they had enclosed.





Motion by Buchtel to hold the April City Council meetings on April 9 and 16, 2014. Aye: all. Motion carried.



Ordinance Number 14-02, Comprehensive Development Plan, received its second reading. Motion by Holloway second by Buchtel to approve Ordinance Number 14-02. Roll call vote. Aye: Buchtel, Graham, Holloway, and K. Trullinger. Nay: none. Motion carried. A copy of this ordinance is available on the website and at City Hall.



James McKee spoke to the Council about his curb stop. Public Works and he have not been able to find the curb stop to his house since he moved in and if there is ever a problem, then mains would have to be shut down affecting a lot of the other households along these mains. The Mayor will speak to Economic Development to get permission to start digging on their lot on Main Street, since the information obtained so far leads them to believe this house is hooked onto the water main on Main Street. The Council agreed this shut off needs to be found and since the previous administration said we would cost share this expense, we will abide by this agreement, but they left it open on the actual amount once we know the exact expense.



Ryan Nelson explained to the Council that he needs a project to obtain his eagle scout badge for Boy Scouts. He would like to fix the handicap ramp at city hall and the rain gutters. He will also repair the walk bridges and paint them. The Council likes his idea of painting them the school colors, but he may use whatever paint he likes within reason. Motion by Holloway second by Buchtel to approve this project and allow the boy scouts to work on city property. Aye: all. Motion carried. The Council will need a list of the names of all the scouts who are working on it to be filed at city hall, for insurance purposes and thanked him for offering his help.



Safety Benefits did an inspection of the community center, park, swimming pool, wells, lft station, dump, and offices. The report make suggestions on how to improve on the safety in each area and the city had to report back on when these suggestions will be implemented. This report is on file at city hall.



Carol Jensen asked the Council to reconsider charging for volume based garbage. She has no problem with the price, new truck, or totes, but feels it would be fairer to make citizens pay extra if they have additional totes. After lengthy discussion the Council still feels that if we charged extra for additional totes the garbage would blow around worse than it already does.









BP#14-03; Terry Silbernagal; 200 S. “D” Ave; remove shed

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

BP#14-04; Randy Nixon; 209 Janklow Ave.; fill retaining wall.

Councilor Buchtel stepped down from the council position during this discussion. Concerns were voiced on the amount of fill that is planned on being used, displacing of water on other property owners, location of the retaining wall. Motion by Graham second by K. Trullinger to table this permit until Mr. Nixon is present to answer questions. Aye: Graham, Holloway, and Trullinger. Abstain: Buchtel. Motion carried.

BP#14-05; Charles Berry; 202 E. Pine; ramp

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



  1. Clean Up Weekend April 26 & 27

  2. Pet Clinic April 26

  3. Drainage on Pine & B will be worked on once the staff speaks to the landowners.

  4. The district meeting is April 2, 2014 at Hot Springs. If a quorum of the Council is present this will be a special meeting with no official business acted on.


    Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 7:10 p.m.



    (Seal) Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer