New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes December 5, 2007




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on December 5, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Tyler Richter, and John Torrey.  Also present:  Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works Greg Hall, Officer Johnstone, Capt. Mueller, Tralice Ellis, Chad Feldman, Cris Allen, Al Ackerman, Dean Hackens, Sheila & Casey White, Randy Madsen, Jim Hall, Kim Scott, and Nell Boyd.      



A public hearing on liquor licenses for R.K’s;  Randall & Kathryn Madsen; 415 S. “A” Ave.; Package & Retail Liquor (on & off sale), Rumors; BMW Enterprises, Inc.; 524 S.  “A” Ave; Package & Retail Liquor (on & off sale), and for Steve Brandsted; Steve’s Superstore, Inc. – 22797 161st Ave.; Retail (on sale).  No one presented themselves to voice any objections to these licenses. One question from the audience was why Rumors opens at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.  They explained that people come in to watch sports and that they then close at midnight on that day.  The Sheriff’s Dept. reported that a compliance test had been performed and all the license holders had passed.  The hearing adjourned at 6:06 p.m.



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



Moved by Dahlquist second by Richter to approve the November 19,  2007 minutes as presented.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.   


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST                                                                                  

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

November bills payable December 5, 2007

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 3076.08; First Western Bank ( Checks) – 66.35; WREA (Service) – 881.19; Golden West ( Service) – 232.64; First Western Bank (SS, FWT) – 515.10; SD State Treasurer  ( Sales Tax) – 197.58; Uncle Monkey’s Melodrama (Centennial Melodrama) – 800.00; Bruce Johnstone (Chairs for CC) – 100.00; Rapid City Landfill ( Dump Fees) – 1531.73; Dakota Care ( Ins.) – 556.23; Rons (Fuel) – 357.53; ELAN (Office Supplies, Shop, CC, Park) – 673.65; Penn Co. Hwy Dept. ( Fuel Usage) – 874.53; NU Post (Publishing) – 281.11; Aflac (Salary Ins.) – 33.04; Wall Health Services (Hep Vaccine MJ) – 45.00; SD Municipal League (2008 Dues) – 571.46; SD Human Resource Assoc. (2008 Dues) – 25.00; SD Finance Officers Assoc. (2008 Dues) – 70.00; SD Code Enforcement (2008 Dues) – 40.00; SD Street Maintenance Assoc. (2008 Dues) – 35.00;  Holiday Inn Mitchell (Safety Benefits Conference Rooms) – 180.00; Adams Machining & Welding (Garbage Truck Repairs) – 266.96; Whisler Bearing Co. (Autocar Repairs) – 47.42; Gregory A Hall (Vacation Cash Out) – 1390.80; Dakota Builders (Sheriff Office & Windows) – 1815.60. TOTAL: $14631.00.


WATER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 3578.35; WREA (Service) – 735.98; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 1031.53; SD Retirement (November) – 588.18; MidContinent (Water Test) – 273.00; Hawkins (Chemicals) – 99.25; Dakota Care (Insurance) – 1345.45; Omni-site (Water Alarm) – 40.00; Aflac (Salary Ins.) – 124.42; ELAN (Laptop) – 348.00; Alltel (Service) – 115.68.  TOTAL: $8279.84. 

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 3548.13; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 1037.70; SD Retirement System (November) – 583.73; WREA ( Service) – 44.70; Aflac ( Salary Ins.) – 124.42.

TOTAL: $5338.68.



The next regular City Council meeting will be on Tuesday December 18 at the Community Center instead of Wednesday December 19, 2007, due to a conflict with the School Board meeting.



The Dir. of Public Works reported that it was going to take three weeks to get a new water salesman, so he bought a new internal mechanism and fixed the old one, so it is again up and running.  The Council agreed to wait on purchasing the new one, and to continue to shop around, since the old one is from the early 80’s, and does need to be updated.



Mike Holloway & Chad Feldman attended wastewater school (Lagoons & stabilization ponds) in Spearfish.  Mr. Feldman explained to the Council that it was a very good school with a lot of information in a short period of time, and hopefully he passed the final test.  He will have three more classes to pass before he will be completely certified.



The dump will close on Saturdays until this spring.  A key can still be obtained at City Hall during regular office hours.



Capt. Mueller gave the written monthly report.  Discussion followed on the new officer who will start this spring.  The Council stated they are still not in favor of the change.  Capt. Mueller said if issues come up, solutions will be found to keep the City happy, and that growing pains are to be expected. 



The office for the Sheriff’s Dept. is done and City Staff painted the interior walls today.  Moving will start next week.



The Council will go over the policy manual again and bring forth their suggested changes prior to the next meeting.



PB#07-33; Gene Pearson; deck (extension on BP#07-12). 

Motion by Torrey second by Green to approve this extension. Aye: all.  Motion carried.


R.K’s;  Randall & Kathryn Madsen; 415 S. “A” Ave.; Lots 5-7; Blk 2; Org; Package & Retail Liquor (on & off sale)

Rumors; BMW Enterprises, Inc.; 415 S. “A” Ave.; Lots 10, 11, 12 Blk 6 Org.;  Package & Retail Liquor (on & off sale)

Steve’s Superstore, Inc. – 22797 161st Ave.; Lot 1 of SE ¼ and Lot 2 AR Vieths Subdivision; Retail (on sale)

Since no one presented themselves to voice any objections it was moved by Richter second by Torrey to approve these liquor licenses for the year 2008.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



  1. The Baptist Church again requested putting a tent in the Park in September and they will also rent the Community Center.  The Council agreed this was fine.          
  2. The fence for well # 2  will be installed this month.    
  3. The Council agreed a letter be sent to the City Attorney on changing attorneys. 
  4. The Public Works Dept will help the Legion take down the flags this year, and will coordinate with the Legion in coming years. 


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




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer