New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes August 17, 2021


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on August 17, 2021. Present were: Acting Mayor Larry Graham, Councilmembers: Tera Hockenbary, Tara Richter and Kathy Trullinger. Absent: Mayor Teresa Hall. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Director, Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer, Director of Public Works, Tim Hall, Randy Miller, Shawn and Kelly Dahl, Caleb Dustman and Ronnie Racicky. The meeting was called to order by Acting Mayor Graham with the Pledge of Allegiance following.


Motion by Hockenbary second by Richter to approve the agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by Richter second by K. Trullinger to approve the August 3, 2021 regular meeting minutes.Aye: all. Motion carried.


The finance officer reported that in June the payment to AE2S was incorrectly posted to the Special Revenue Fund in the amount of $6,732.00. It has been corrected by posting instead to the

Water Fund for $3,366.00 and the Sewer Fund for $3,366.00. Motion by Hockenbary second by Richter to approve these corrections. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The aerator for the lagoon has been ordered and should be here within 4-8 weeks. Mr. Hall explained that when the lagoon freezes the aerator automatically stops and will not run until it is thawed out again so it will not be necessary to pull the unit out in the fall.
There is one day of chip sealing to be done in order to finish for the year. There will be less chip sealing necessary next year.
The water was temporarily turned off to the west side of town as there was a water line break on B Ave. that Jesse Willis and crew fixed.
The pool will need to be treated with chemical twice a week until A-1 Mechanical can come in to winterize it.
They are having trouble with the garbage truck but so far have been able to deal with it.


Motion by Hockenbary second by Richter to approve the first reading of Budget Ordinance #21-05. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by Richter second by Hockenbary to approve Building Permit #21-21 for Mary Reyes at 104 S. D Ave. to build an addition onto the north side of the home and to enclose the existing back porch if it meets all setbacks. Permission was given by the property owner for this permit. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by K. Trullinger second by Richter to approve Special License #21-17 for Moe’s Bar and Grill to serve at a fundraiser for Alicia Madsen-Albers at the Community Center on September 11, 2021. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The Council was asked if the electricity at the Community Center could be used for a transient merchant that will be selling kettle corn and fresh squeezed lemonade during the Labor Day Celebration. Motion by Hockenbary second by K. Trullinger to allow this if he pays for the Transient Merchant license as it will be the first time that something like this has been tried and the sales tax money that the city will earn should cover the cost of it. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Shawn Dahl asked the Council what he would need to do to get water available to his property along 227th St. and he was given a copy of the requirements listed in the Ordinance book. He was also informed that he would need to contact Pennington County and the DANR if he decided to put a well in instead.


Motion by Richter second by Hockenbary to allow the fire department to close the Ash St. from C Ave. to D Ave. so they can practice loading and unloading the large diameter hose from the truck on September 2, 2021 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. It was initially requested to do this on Ash St. between the school and the New Underwood Community Church but there is going to be a volley ball game that night. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Randy Miller presented more information for the Council to consider and requested that he added to the agenda for the next meeting September 7, 2021. He also mentioned that he would like to add the majority of the lots to the city sewer system as well as the water system.


Governmental fund sheets were presented.
The finance officer was directed to find out if temperature changes affect the material of the solar pool cover and report the information at the next meeting so it can be decided if the cover should be ordered now or wait until spring.
The road on the east side of Sunny Haven is owned by Pennington County and is a private drive. It is not part of the City’s Street system. The Public Works Department again filled some of the large holes this year as they get many complaints on them.

Being no further business Acting Mayor Graham adjourned the meeting at 7:11 p.m.


Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer