New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes February 2, 2021


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on February 2, 2021. Present were: Mayor Teresa Hall, Council members: Larry Graham, Tera Hockenbary, Kathy Trullinger and Tara Richter by telephone. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Director, Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer, Deputy Jones, Sgt. Harkins and Larry Gossard. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance following.


Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to approve the agenda. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Moved by Hockenbary second by Graham to approve the minutes for January19, 2020. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.


The bill-list, savings sheet, monthly revenues and savings sheets were presented. Moved by K. Trullinger seconded by Hockenbary to approve the financial reports with a correction to the Mastercard total on the bill list and the following warrants as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried.

January bills payable February 2, 2021


First Data (card fees) – 217.05; Salaries: Mayor – 411.75; Cleaner – 81.58; City of Rapid City (Dec dump fee) – 192.93; Kieffer Sanitation (Dec. roll off) – 160.00; WREA (Jan. Service) – 2073.63; Golden West (telephone) – 301.47; SD State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 383.44; Pennington County Courant (publishing fees) – 290.01; City of Rapid City (Jan. dump fees) – 1729.88; HPSD (ins.) – 598.86; IRS EFTPS (SS, FWT) – 126.50; Kieffer Sanitation (roll off) – 160.00; GOVOFFICE (gov office web site) - 570.00; Pennington County Sheriff (1st Quarter) - 12987.00; Fastenal Co. (shop supp.) – 8.23; Conrad’s Big C (excise tax) – 19.80; Napa (misc. shop supp.) – 144.92; SD Federal Property (misc. tools) – 32.50; Butler Cat ( Wabco batteries) – 398.18; JJ’S Engraving (Gavel/badge/nameplate) - 60.00; Meri Jo Anderson (consulting fee) – 460.00; Sam’s Club (ink cart.) – 76.98; Menards (bulb) – 18.99; Mastercard (CH, shop, CC supplies) – 117.55; Dakota Battery (Wabco repair) – 278.06 TOTAL $21899.31


US Bank (SRF) -1693.16; WREA (Jan. Service) – 897.55; WRT (Base treatment) 2275.88; Omni Site (alarm) – 25.00; Hawkins (chemicals) – 520.40; DENR (water certification) – 12.00; TOTAL $5423.99


Salaries: Finance Office – 3130.24; Public Works – 4813.04; SDRS (retirement) - 1123.36; AFLAC (insurance) - 114.66; IRS-EFTPS (SS, FWT) – 2577.40; HPSD – 1796.58; WREA (Jan. service) – 110.67; Omni-Site, Inc. (alarm) – 25.00; DENR (wastewater cert.) – 12.00 TOTAL: $13702.95


Mayor Hall stated that the Director of Public Works had a prior engagement so could not attend this meeting. He had been in contact with someone who was in charge of the Christmas lights at the Community Center and they will get them taken down. Public Works employees have taken down the Nativity Scene.
Mr. Hall had contacted the Public Works Directors of Wall and Sturgis to inquire as to any additional measures that need to be taken to maintain the sewer lagoons when there is a meat processing plant in town. Both said that none were necessary.


Deputy Jones presented the monthly report.


3 letters were sent for various Ordinance violations
The Legislative Day on February 3, 2021 is to be held virtually.
The District 9 meeting will be held by ZOOM on Wednesday March 31, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
The Equalization meeting will be held at the Community Center at 3 p.m. on March 15, 2021 and the Mayor and all Council plan to be in attendance.

After much conversation it was moved by Hockenbary seconded by Graham to approve the Director of Public works hiring an engineer to do an Impact Study to evaluate the water and sewer system needs in the three-mile radius of New Underwood to prepare for future developments, and to authorize at the discretion of the Director of Public Works hiring a separate engineer for each if necessary. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.


It was moved by Graham seconded by Hockenbary to approve Special License #21-01 for Moe’s Bar and Grill at the Community Center on March 16 and 22, 2021 for the Wall Meats meetings. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Motion by K. Trullinger seconded by Graham to approve BP #20-01 for Sara Hansen to move off the mobile home at 207 E. Oak St. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.

After some discussion it was decided that the setbacks in the Zoning Ordinance were meant to be to the wall, not the overhang, of buildings. Therefore, a variance is not necessary for BP #21-02 for the Economic Development 24’ x 50’ Governors house and a 22’ x 22’ garage to be put at 515 Cecilia Lane. It was moved by Hockenbary seconded by K. Trullinger to approve this building permit as drawn in the example provided. Aye: Hockenbary, Richter and K. Trullinger. Graham abstained. Nay: none. Motion carried. It was mentioned that a change should be made to the Ordinance to make this more definitive for future Council’s.


Larry Gossard explained to the Mayor and Council that he plans to slope the roadway to the east from the yards on Cecilia Lane to the existing ditch. It will then drain to the flood ditch. Motion by Graham seconded by Hockenbary to approve the contractor’s recommendations and being built to Ordinance requirements. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Discussion on this Resolution was tabled as the bill has not be received yet.


If the future developments would have septic systems the Council may need to consider adding to the Ordinances a requirement for perc tests etc. for the properties.
Mr. Gossard said there had been consideration in the past of joining the Viewfield and New Underwood water systems controlled by valves in the event of an emergency.
Any new development of properties that are not along an existing water main will not be able to get City water until a plan is approved by the Council. The current Ordinance states that all mains to new developments will be done at the developer’s expense.
The contractor that is doing the sewer line at Cecilia Lane should be able to start working on it next week.
The Pennington County Courant had sent a letter asking if the Council wanted to spend $150.00 to sponsor 10 events in support of the local achievers and athletes. The Council liked the idea of it but didn’t feel comfortable using tax payer’s money to do so.
The Mayor and Council again expressed their support for Wall Meats starting a meat processing plant and educational center in New Underwood. Local sentiment that has been heard has been positive so far.
Being no further business Mayor Hall adjourned the meeting at 6:49 p.m.


Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer