New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes January 19, 2011





A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center on January 19, 2011.  Present were: Mayor Dahlquist; Councilmember’s: Rikka Buchtel, Michael Green, and Joe Whitney.   Also present: Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Public Works Supervisor John Bale, Finance Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Deputy McPherson, John Torrey, Rory Pisher, Deana Whitney, Cris Allen, Jack Trullinger, Tralice Ellis, Russ Tiensvold, and Wes Flint. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Dahlquist.



Moved by Green second by Whitney to approve the amended agenda.  Aye: all. Motion




Moved by Whitney second by Buchtel to approve the January 5, 2011 minutes. Aye: all.  Motion carried.



The Finance Officer presented the year end governmental fund sheet totals. The City spent $35,598.48 more than they took in this year, but they paid off the public works shop loan in the amount of $55,000.00 and still stayed within their overall budget projections.

The final financials on the SRF & CDBG radium removal project were presented to the Council.



Mr. Hall presented his written semi-monthly report.  Public works have been moving snow and ice off streets, signs, power outage at well #2, alarm, garbage, lift station, vehicle maintenance, and sanding using the old chips. 



Deputy McPherson reported DARE will start January 20, 2011.   



Mayor Dahlquist reported that the interview process for the vacancy would be held during the public meeting as long as silence from the audience was maintained.  The candidates were Tony Ascrizzi, Tralice Ellis, Russ Tiensvold, and Jack Trullinger. The interviews were held with the same three questions asked of each candidate. 

When the interviews concluded it was moved by Green second by Whitney to go into executive session as per SDCL 1-25-2 sec. 1 at 6:35 p.m.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.  Motion by Green second by Whitney to adjourn the executive session at 6:40 p.m. and return to regular session.

Motion by Green second by Buchtel to appoint Russ Tiensvold to fill the vacancy in ward 1 until the municipal election in April.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Buchtel, Green, and Whitney.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.  Whereupon Mayor Dahlquist administered the oath of office to newly appointed Councilman Tiensvold.  The Council thanked and congratulated all the applicants for their interest and fine interviews.




Motion by Green second by Buchtel to appoint Joe Whitney as Council Vice President.  Aye:  Buchtel, Green, and Tiensvold.  Abstain: Whitney.  Motion carried.



A signed water availability request and letter were received from Pennington County highway to obtain water south of the City on the land the County owns.  The Council wanted clarification on costs at the last meeting.  The finance officer reported she had spoken with County Highway Superintendent Heine Junge and he stated the County Highway is paying for all cost of materials for a six inch main at which they estimated to cost approximately $7,850.00. The man & machine hour costs to the City are approximately $6,480.00. The County will pay the availability and impact fees in the amount of $1,750.00. Councilman Tiensvold was given the background information on this request and the south water user’s contract and numbers. After more discussion it was moved by Green to approve this water availability request contingent on the City using man and machine only, to lay this six inch main starting at well # 1 and running south approximately 2,330 feet on the east side of 161st Ave., in county right of way, to the County property and the County paying for all material costs & boring associated with this project. Seconded by Tiensvold.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Buchtel, Green, Tiensvold and Whitney. Nay: none.  Motion carried.



Moved by Green second by Whitney that Connie Carmichael, Donna Rankin, and Kay McKee be appointed as the 2011 election board and that the City & School combine their elections to be held on April 12th, 2011.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.


Other items discussed:

  1. A meeting will be set up with a couple of the council to discuss a rural service district with Steve and Laurie Swanson.
  2. Legislative day in Pierre is February 1 & 2.  The finance officer, Mayor and Councilman Buchtel will try to attend.
  3. Building & spiking permits were tabled.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:25 p.m.





(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer