New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes February 20, 2013



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center on February 20, 2013.  Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Council member’s: Rikka Buchtel, Laurie Holloway, Kathy Trullinger, and Joe Whitney. Also present: Finance Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works John Bale, Dianne Trullinger, Deputy McPherson, and Monte Sandal.  The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.


Motion by Buchtel second by Whitney to approve the amended agenda.  Aye: all. Motion carried.


Moved by Buchtel second by Trullinger to approve the February 4, 5, & 6 minutes as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 


Deputy McPherson requested $200.00 for funding CORE, which will be held on April 24, 2013 at Douglas.  Motion by Buchtel second by Holloway to grant this request.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.


The health insurance contract from Blue Cross has been received and the cost went up 6%.  Motion by Holloway second by Whitney to approve this contract for another year.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.


A special meeting will be held on February 27, 2013 to consider Special Liquor Licenses at the Community Center for Moes; March 2 & April 17, 2013.  The Council all agreed council salaries will be waived for this meeting.


BP#13-04; Kent Joy; 506 S. “C” Ave; Move on Mobile Home

The Council had concerns if this double wide could fit on the lot and meet set backs.

Motion by Whitney second by Buchtel to approve this permit as long as it meets all set- backs and requirements of the ordinance.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.


The finance officer presented the expenditures and revenues of the solid waste fund from 2003 thru 2012.  After much discussion resolution number 13-02 was introduced.


WHEREAS, the City of New Underwood has evaluated the rising costs of providing garbage to its citizens, and


WHEREAS, upgrading of the solid waste department was found to be necessary by purchasing a newer truck and plastic dumpsters, and


WHEREAS, the City of New Underwood has determined that to meet these rising costs and the upgrades of the system a rate increase is necessary, and


WHEREAS, the City of New Underwood presently has ordinances which govern the operation of the municipally owned enterprise funds and these ordinance provide for changes by resolution as may be necessary, as determined by the Council, and


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following rates will be effective on September 1, 2013, which are due and payable October 1, 2013:


Garbage: (prices include sales tax)

Residential (family domestic unit) - $20.00 a month

Commercial - $44.00 a month per dumpster; and $24.00 for special commercial rate

Rural – $27.00 a month residential; dumpsters - $60.00 a month

Dated February 20, 2013




Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer                                  Jack W. Trullinger, Mayor


Motion by Holloway second by Buchtel to approve Resolution Number 13-02. Roll call vote.  Aye: Buchtel, Holloway, Trullinger, and Whitney.  Nay: none.  Motion carried. 

The prices of the plastic dumpsters are $244.00 for 300 gallon and $330.00 for 450 gallon.  The Mayor had met with Mr. Bale and they agreed that we should order 20 of the 300 gallon plastic dumpsters, since we are not sure if the newer truck we purchase can handle the 450 gallon dumpsters. Motion by Whitney second by
Trullinger to order 20 of the 300 gallon dumpsters for approximately $5,500.00 with shipping.  Roll call vote.  Aye: Buchtel, Holloway, Trullinger, and Whitney.  Nay: none.  Motion carried. 

 The old metal dumpsters will be declared surplus at the second meeting in March. The monies from the sale of these dumpsters will be used for the purchase of more plastic dumpsters.

Other items discussed:

1. The finance officer presented the yearly comparisons, which run from 2000 to present. These are for water, sewer, garbage, sales tax, community center, property evaluations, and total expenditures and revenues.

2. A resolution to incorporate social security disabled citizens under the senior citizen rate will be considered at the next meeting.

4.  A student at the school would like to start a recycling program for their senior project.  The Council is in favor of recycling if she can come up with some solutions to the obstacles that the transport of these materials entail.

5.  The Mayor will call a citizen about the approximate time she will get a tote.

6.  The saw has been ordered.

7.  Public works went to a water seminar and defensive driving classes this week.

8.  Lift station vent cap replaced.   

9.  House and senate bills presented. The Mayor & Council attended municipal legislative day at Pierre. Which they felt was very informative.

10.  Letters were sent to consumers using business dumpsters informing them of where they are to place their garbage.



Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 7:15 p.m.


(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer