New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes October 24, 2012





A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center on October 24, 2012.  Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Council member’s: Rikka Buchtel, Laurie Holloway, Sheila White, and Joe Whitney. Also present: Finance Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Cris Allen and Dianne Trullinger.  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 Holloway second by Buchtel to approve the October 10, 2012 minutes as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 



Mayor Trullinger presented Mr. Bale’s public works report. He reported the new pipe, pump, and veritable frequency controller has been installed at well #2 and there is not a water hammer anymore.  The Council will tour the system in the near future.

They will be sewer jetting next week, then flushing hydrants, and then starting on the alleys.

The south door at the community center has been repaired.



 A complaint was received about a street light on north “B” Ave that works occasionally. This will be turned over to WREA.  The Mayor wanted the public to know that when a street light is malfunctioning they should contact City Hall immediately and it will be reported to the repair unit at WREA.



The postal service responded to our correspondence about the meeting to reduce hours at the New Underwood Post Office.  They have not set the date to meet with the community, but when it is set, notices will be hand delivered to each household. The Council urges the citizens to fill out the surveys you will receive and return them to the postal authorities.



A letter was sent to the home owners along the alley in the North Underwood Addition between “A” and “B” Avenues to remove any obstructions they have placed in this 20 foot dedicated right of way.  The two property owners at the northern end of this alley requested that the alley not be developed along their property, since the north end stops at private property, not a street. The Council felt that no other action was necessary at this time, as long as the property owners remove the items they have parked or sat in this alley.





The Mayor reported that the insurance on the inflatables had several restrictions, which included that the bouncy toys must never have adults and children on them at the same time and that they must be attended by a responsible party 24/7 as long as they are inflated.  The cost of the insurance is $2400.00 a year.  After discussion, the Councilors concluded that this was too costly and that the city should surplus these items.  The Mayor will contact the insurance company that we are not interested in this policy.



Motion by Buchtel second by Whitney to table the rodeo grounds sewer until the elevation shots are taken and the Roping Club has a definite plan.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Moved by Buchtel second by Holloway to change the personnel policy as follows:

2.4 Performance Evaluations:

Due to the size of our staff, performance evaluations will not be required at this time.

Aye: all. Motion carried.



Motion by Buchtel second by Whitney to table these codes until the International Property Management Code Book is received.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



SP#12-13; Lions Club; November 16, 2012

Motion by Whitney second by Holloway to approve this permit.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.          


Other items discussed:

1. The Finance Officer presented the governmental funds sheets.

2. The Finance Officer reported that at the convention in Pierre, she had again been elected to serve as trustee on the executive board of the Municipal League.

3. At the next meeting the Council will consider a resolution to surplus the pipe and wire, and sit as an appraisal board.

4.  The dog trap was stolen and a new one has been purchased.  The City Council requests that whoever took the dog trap, please return it to City Hall, no questions asked.

5.  The Nov. 21 city council meeting is the day before Thanksgiving, the Councilor’s decided to leave it on this date.

6.  The city will start alternating fuel purchases between the two stations.


Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.


(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer