New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes March 20, 2019


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on March 20, 2019. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Councilmembers: Teresa Gossard, Larry Graham, Karin Shoemaker, and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Director, Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer, Dir. of Public Works Tim Hall, Serena and John Rice and Marvin Rask. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.


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


Moved by Gossard second by Graham to approve the March 6, 2019 Council meeting minutes and the March 18, 2019 Equalization minutes as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried.


They have been busy with snow removal.
The trash pump was used at the lift station for a few days. It is only needed 5-6 hours a day instead of 20 hours a day now.


Motion from Shoemaker second by Graham to purchase a back-up trash pump for up to $1,000.00 for the new pump and other required equipment such as hoses. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The Finance Director and Finance Officer attended a meeting where Senator Thune explained the need for new small cell towers to increase data speed. The Council will consider an Ordinance concerning the small cell towers that will be needed for 5G service.


A quote including meters, antennas, a laptop with reading software and equipment, shipping and no charge integration into the billing system was received. Equipment to read the meters will be in the garbage truck and meters will be read during the third week of the month so that bills can be delivered to residents by the first of the month. The meters can be read through basement walls but antennas are required for meters located in pits. This system will be installed by Public Works employees as soon as possible and hopefully will be a smooth transition. It was moved by K. Trullinger seconded by Shoemaker to purchase the equipment from Metron Farnier borrowing the money from the roof insurance fund in the amount of the quote for $49,960.00. Roll call vote. Aye: Gossard, Graham, Shoemaker and K. Trullinger. Nay: none. Motion carried.


The Finance Office had received a request from a resident to be on the Council Meeting Agenda. Mayor Trullinger explained that Chandler Cook had experienced sewer issues last summer and had filed a claim with the City insurance to get reimbursed for damages. The Insurance adjuster had contacted public works and the Mayor to ascertain if the City had done everything they possibly could to prevent sewer back-ups in residences. They felt there was no fault on the City’s part and that it was an act of God so it could not be covered.


The Council discussed that more attention should be paid to the Community Center repairs and cosmetic issues. The holes in the walls, bathroom floors, and other such repairs need to be done.
Gossard requested having a deep cleaning done either quarterly or twice a year. The Council agreed that it is needed. They mentioned the current cleaner will be given the option of doing it, if they would prefer not to, a professional cleaning company will be contacted.
The main floor needs repaired or replaced, the Finance Office will research different options for that and report to the Council.
Renters of the Community Center should be made aware that they must clean the same day as the event, if not they need to rent it for the following day also.


Mayor Trullinger introduced Resolution #19-04; self-insured health fund. After some discussion it was moved by Gossard seconded by Shoemaker to table this until the next meeting. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Ordinance #19-03 received its first reading. This Ordinance amends Article I Penalty Ordinance to exclude Article III Utility Ordinance as it has its own penalty clause. Motion by Gossard second by K. Trullinger that these changes are made to the Penalty Ordinance. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by Shoemaker seconded by Gossard to give the Mayor permission to fine a resident $100 for not covering or licensing a bus that is parked in their yard. They had been given a 30 day extension to the 10 day requirement to abate this nuisance. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Resolution # 19-05 was introduced.



WHEREAS the Good Samaritan Nursing Home is a very important part of the City of New Underwood, and

WHEREAS the City of New Underwood recognizes the need to have a fresh water supply furnished to the residents and staff of the Good Samaritan Center, and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that in the event of the loss of the City’s main water supply, the person in charge (at the time) at the New Underwood Good Samaritan Center will call the personnel at the City of New Underwood to make arrangements for the delivery of “potable” water to the Center. Whereupon the City of New Underwood will make every reasonable effort to supply potable water to the Good Samaritan Center.

City Hall – 754-6777; Public Works – 754-6773

(Example: When the City’s wells were not operating in May of 1997, the Center was able to have water delivered by the South Dakota National Guard. These arrangements were made through the City of New Underwood.)

Dated March 20, 2019

(seal) Jack W. Trullinger, Mayor

Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer

Motion by Gossard second by Graham to accept Resolution Number 19-05. Roll call vote. Aye: Gossard, Graham, Shoemaker and K. Trullinger. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Governmental fund sheets were presented.
The Council said no comment was needed on the rezoning of the Anderson land from Ag to Limited Ag for the County’s Planning Department. This land is within the City’s three mile jurisdiction.
Council member Graham mentioned that a gentleman had said the streets were cleaned very well after the last storm. The Mayor and Council complimented Public Works for a job well done.
Resolution #19-05 will be incorporated into the City’s Disaster Plan.

Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 6:38 P.M.

(Seal) Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer