New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes May 3, 2017



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on May 3, 2017. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Councilmembers: Teresa Gossard, Larry Graham, Karin Shoemaker, and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer, Asst. Finance Officer Kristi Pritzkau, Dir. of Public Works Tim Hall, Sgt. Harkins, Randy Madsen, Ava & Taylor Clark, Melanie & Josie Tish, and Dianne Trullinger. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.


Motion by Shoemaker second by Graham to approve the agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.



Moved by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to approve the April 12, 2017 with the following correction: they should say Alderman Ward 1 instead of Mayor for the election canvass & April 19, 2017 minutes as presented.  Aye: all. Motion carried. 


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILL LIST                                                                                  

The financial reports, bill-list and vouchers were presented. Moved by Graham second by K. Trullinger to approve the financial reports and the following warrants as presented.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.  

March bills payable April 4, 2017

GENERAL FUND                                                                                                                

Salaries – Mayor & Council – 1,562.29; IRS (SS & FWT) – 455.83; Merchant Bank (visa charges) – 59.15; WREA (Service) 1495.42; Golden West  (Service) – 291.90; SD State Treasurer  (April Sales Tax) – 301.81; NU Post (publishing) – 270.57; BJ’s Store (coffee for community center) - 10.48; RC Landfill (dump fees) -2018.44; Kristi Merchen-Lemke (cleaning community center) - 210.55; Diane Trullinger (cleaning City Hall & PSB) -148.23; Teresa Gossard (mileage to Hot Springs) -82.39; SD Employment Ins. -159.94; Connie Carmichael (election worker) -150.00; Kay McKee (election worker) -150.00; Jim Mckee (election worker) -150.00; Timothy S. Hall (toner) -151.97; Michael R. Holloway (Fuel GT) -75.00; SODACE (reg. fees for Code Enforcement training) -90.00; Keiffer Sanitation (roll-off dumps) -320.00; Fastenal (lock nuts & screws for totes) -29.42; BH Chemical (toilet paper and paper towels) -91.52; Warne Chemical (spraying park for weeds) -550.00; Pennington Co. Sheriff (2nd qtr. Law enforcement contract) -11,766.00; Bangs McCullen Law Firm (legal services- White property) -244.95 JJ’s Engraving (name plates and name tags) -42.50; Mastercard (CC, shop supplies) -147.22.TOTAL: $21,025.58   


71 Construction (33.99 ton and freight for EZ Street) 6,513.61 TOTAL $6,513.61

WATER FUND                                                                                                                     

First National Bank (SRF Loan radium removal) -1693.16; WREA (Service) – 712.79; WRT (radium removal charge) – 2142.00; Hawkins Inc. (chemicals) – 408.51; Omni Site (alarms) – 25.00; Mid Continent Testing (1st qtr Water testing) -57.00; Mastercard (CC, shop supplies) -34.30.  TOTAL: $5072.76


Cheryl Dunbar (meter refund) 50.00 TOTAL $50.00


Salaries –Finance Office – 3551.00 Public Works – 4267.06; IRS (SS & FWT) – 2535.44; SDRS (April Retirement) – 1068.48; HPSD (health ins.) – 1626.12; WREA (service) – 85.47; One call (location fees) -4.20; MARC (bugs lagoon) – 19.48; Omni-Site, Inc. (alarm) – 25.00. TOTAL: $13,182.25



The new assistant finance officer, Kristi Pritzkau started today. Her starting wage is $15.00/hour, and as increases happen it will be reported in the minutes.



  • Clean up weekend went well. Approximately 97 tires were dropped off and will be disposed of tomorrow.
  • With the wind blowing and the pump aerating the sewer lagoon the smell is reduced.
  • Liquid Engineering cleaned the water storage tank and Mr. Hall presented the written report and reported the cleaning is also available on DVD at the public works shop. We received a clean report.
  • The repair on the sand filter will be completed tomorrow and public works will start draining and cleaning the pool next week.



Sgt. Harkins presented the written monthly report.



Motion by K. Trullinger second by Gossard to authorize the finance officer’s signature on the health insurance renewal with SDHP at 1.5% increase. Roll call vote:  Gossard, Graham, Shoemaker, and K. Trullinger.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.



Mayor Trullinger administered the oath of office to Councilors Graham and K. Trullinger.



The Mayor read the duties of the Council President and Vice President. For Council President Councilor Trullinger nominated Larry Graham. Councilor Graham nominated Councilor Gossard.  Moved by Graham second by Shoemaker to elect Councilor Gossard as Council President.  Aye:  Graham and Shoemaker.  Nay: Gossard & K. Trullinger.  The Mayor broke the tie by voting aye. Motion carried. Whereupon Councilor Gossard was elected Council President. Motion by Gossard second by Shoemaker to appoint Graham as Council Vice President. Aye: Gossard, Shoemaker, and K. Trullinger. Nay: Graham. Motion carried.



The Mayor made the following recommendations for appointments & designations: Finance Officer – Meri Jo Anderson; City Attorney – Terry Westergaard.

Motion by Graham second by Gossard to approve these appointments. Aye: all. Motion carried.  Mayor Trullinger administered the oath of office to Meri Jo Anderson. The City Attorney will take his oath at the first meeting in June.

Dir. Of Public Works – Tim Hall.

City Engineer –AE2 Engineering

City volunteers Ruth Ekern.

No park or community center committee needs appointed as this time.

Moved by K. Trullinger second by Shoemaker to approve these Mayor recommendations. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Designate Legal Newspaper – NU Post. Moved by K. Trullinger second by Gossard to approve the Mayor’s recommendation of the Post. Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Motion by Shoemaker second by Graham to approve the following license renewals:

*The Hall; Timothy S. Hall; 412 S. “A” Ave; Block 1, Lots 3,4,5,6,7 Sec. 31, Original Twn, T2N R11E BHM; retail on-off sale malt beverage & SD Farm Wine.

*Corner Bar; Randy Madsen & Wendy Phillipsen; 524 S. “A” Ave.; Blk 6 Lot 12, Sec. 31 T2NR11EBHM; retail off sale malt beverage

*Harry’s Hideaway; 16092 Hwy 1416 Lots 2BR of Lot 2 AR Vieths Subdivision Sec. 30; T2NR11E BHM; retail on-off sale malt beverage & SD Farm Wine.

Aye: all. Motion carried on approval of all licenses.



BP#17-05; Bridled for Christ Cowboy Church; 16104 Hwy. 1416; move addition and add addition (previously approved 7/6/16) Motion by K. Trullinger second by Graham to approve this permit. Aye: all.  Motion carried.

BP#17-06; Daene Boomsma; 109 S. “C” Ave; move on permit

Mayor Trullinger inspected this mobile home today and reported it meets our ordinances. Moved by K. Trullinger second by Shoemaker to approve this permit.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

BP#17-07; Rob Schmidt; 217 S. “A” Ave; shed & fence

Motion by K. Trullinger second by Shoemaker to table this permit until all the paperwork is received. Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Pool Manager Melanie Tish reported that three people will be taking the lifeguard certification at Philip. They plan on opening Memorial week-end.



Councilor Gossard helped with the freshman impact program today at Douglas. She reported that New Underwood students represented the Community well. She also stated it was a very good program that she will continue to recommend the City support with dollars and volunteers.


Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 6:30 p.m.




(Seal) Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer