New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes April 20. 2021


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on April 20, 2021. Present were: Mayor Teresa Hall, Councilmembers: Larry Graham, Tera Hockenbary, Tara Richter and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Director, Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer, Public Works Director Tim Hall, Dale Boydston and Caleb Dustman. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Hall with the Pledge of Allegiance following.


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


Motion by Hockenbary second by Graham to approve the April 6, 2021 regular meeting minutes. Aye: all. Motion carried.


The chipper’s steering mechanism was leaking profusely last year so it is being replaced with a remanufactured one. Mr. Hall is not sure if it has a warranty.
Two loads of white goods have been hauled out of the dump and the rest will be hauled out after clean-up day. He will get the check for recycling once it’s all been hauled.
The manholes for the sewer at Cecilia Lane have been delivered.

Weeds. No owner or occupant shall allow any weeds or plants to grow that are declared to be dangerous or noxious weeds by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture or the State Weed Commission. Grass and weeds that are non-noxious shall not be allowed to grow to a height of more than eight (8) inches or which have gone or are about to go to seed. Fallen tree limbs, dead trees, and dead tree limbs which constitute a health, safety or fire hazard are declared a nuisance. This section does not prohibit the cultivation of crops or vegetation grown in a livestock pasture, wildflower display garden or undeveloped, unpopulated area.

The Director of Public Works, will at the beginning of or during the growing season, by public notice, require all weeds and tall grass on any lot within the city to be cut. Notice need not be given personally, but will be given generally by one publication in the official newspaper. Such notice shall provide that each owner, occupant or person in charge of any lot within the city shall cut and remove all noxious weeds, and keep grass and other weeds cut from alley to street even in the right of waysas to prevent aforementioned problems from occurring. Failure to keep such weeds and grass cut will cause the same to be cut and assess the costs thereof against the property benefited. One such notice shall be sufficient for each growing season.

If Public Works has to mow any private property, the minimum fee is $100.00 and $80.00/hour after the first hour and $50.00/ hour for each additional person required to complete the job. If said property has to be mowed a second time and the fee has been paid within 10 days of the bill the fee will remain the same. If the fee is not paid within 10 days of the bill the minimum fee will increase to $200.00 and $200.00/hour following the first hour. The fee will be $100.00/hour for each additional person required to complete the job. If the fee is not paid, the fee will be attached to the property and it must be paid prior to transfer of ownership.


A letter has been sent to a resident concerning abatement of an Ordinance.
A letter concerning the resident that has been charged with stealing water from the City of New Underwood has been received from a representative of the SD State Assembly.

Motion by Graham second by Richter to authorize the Mayor and all Council signature on the letter of support for Wall Meats meat processing plant that is planned to be built in New Underwood. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried.


Planter boxes will be placed by the Lions Club on the land owned by the Community Development Corp. at 424 S. A Ave. for local people to plant produce or flowers. After some discussion on whether the City would donate water, pay for hydrant, installation of water line, location of the shut off, and supplying a meter it was decided that it wouldn’t be necessary to do all of that as Meri Jo Anderson said that a hose could be hooked to The Hall spigot for watering. Mayor Hall and Councilor Graham volunteered to pay for the minimum water usage and radium removal for one month each as there shouldn’t be more than that used for five planter boxes this summer. Others are invited to help with this expense also. The total cost for the minimum water and radium removal is $24.00. This will be done on a trial basis to ensure that it will not be abused or cause any unforeseen problems.


A petition for Annexation for 146.05 acres east of the Cemetery and three lots and part of another lot north of the water tower for the Charles Boydston estate was discussed in depth. The size of the water lines, location of future plots, acreage, right of ways, access to lots, type of housing, perc tests required for septic, developer’s responsibility for installation of water mains etc. and much more was discussed. Motion by Hockenbary second by Richter to table these petitions until the water and sewer study is completed so we know what will need to be done to be able to service these proposed developments. Aye: all. Nay: none. Motion carried. Mayor Hall encouraged the Council to contact her or City Hall with any questions or concerns they had related to these annexations before the next consideration.


Governmental fund sheets and a corrected copy of the March revenues and savings sheets were presented.
Mayor Hall will contact AE2S to see where they are in the process of the water sewer study.
Being no further business Mayor Hall adjourned the meeting at 7:09 p.m.


Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer