New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes July 17, 2019


A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center on July 17, 2019. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Councilmembers: Teresa Gossard, Larry Graham, Karin Shoemaker and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Finance Director Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer Kristi Pritzkau, Dir. of Public Works Tim Hall, Justin Huntley, Ali DeMersseman, Lori Frederick, Marvin Rask and Melanie and Josie Tish. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger with the Pledge of Allegiance following.


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


It was moved by Gossard second by K. Trullinger to approve the July 3, 2019 Council meeting minutes. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Mosquitoes were sprayed again this week, and he has ordered more spray.
Mike Siegel may be out for 4 months following shoulder surgery so it is uncertain whether chip sealing will be done this year.


A letter was sent to a residence concerning not parking in the right of way.
Letters were sent to all residents on the East side of Janklow Ave. to clean the right of way so the City can mow better.
The SDPAA is having an election October 9, 2019. If a member of the Council chooses to run for that board the Mayor will work on a Resolution to allow that. There are four people up for reelection.
The property taxes at 100 S. C Ave. have been paid by Mr. Cooper a mortgage company. They were sent a return receipt letter informing them of the bill owed to the City for mowing this year and last year. No response has been received since we have gotten the receipt.
The vacant property on N. A Ave. owner was also sent a letter concerning mowing and charges. No response or receipt has been received.


Justin Huntley with AE2S explained that the amounts quoted on the proposal were based on the actual area of the City. Some adjustment to numbers will be made to the overall cost based on what the City decides they will require. For example he could help Public Works set up the water GIS and then Public Works could set up the sewer GIS. Mr. Huntley will do the training and will be the contact person. He will be available to help with minor questions and issues in the future, although if the issues become more in depth there will be a charge. The GIS system can be used on Android, IPhones, and many other cell phones, tablets and computers. The fee would be $600.00 a year for maintenance and the subscription that allows a second person to see the data. The Council thanked Mr. Huntley for his time and said they will get back with him on what they decide based on the new information.


Mayor Trullinger read aloud Ordinance #17-05 which says that a notice can be published once a year stating that the City will mow anything over 8 inches if property owners don’t do it themselves. No additional notice is necessary. The property owners will be charged for each time. A copy of the Ordinance will be posted on the City’s website. Discussion followed that included small claims court and judgements, notifying title companies of amounts owed the City, and special assessments and the process and notices involved. It was suggested by Graham that the fee for mowing a yard the first time should be a minimum of $100.00 and that anything over 1 hour be $80.00/hour with $50.00/hour for each additional person required to get the job done. The second time the City is required to mow the fees will stay the same unless the property owners have not paid that fee. If it is not paid, he suggested that the fee double to $200.00/hour with a minimum of $200.00. A draft of an Ordinance with this wording will be made for the next meeting.


Ali DeMersseman introduced Lori Frederick with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. She then described the services the BH Area Council of Local Governments provides that are available because Pennington County has become a member again. For instance, they can help with Community Development, Economic Development, Project Development and Funding and Mapping and GIS Analysis. She also said she can help new businesses get funding through West River Business Service Center. The Council expressed their appreciation for her time and the information.


Mayor Trullinger’s family expressed their gratitude for the behavior of the citizens of New Underwood last year while they held a four day wake for Larry Thompson. To show their appreciation they presented a beautiful star quilt to the City of New Underwood. Mayor Trullinger thanked Councilor Gossard for accepting this honor.


Governmental fund sheets and the preliminary Budget with the 2016, 2017 and 2018 figures and the first 6 months of 2019 were presented by the Finance Officer.
As the City is only allowed to spray for mosquitoes a certain amount in a year the Council would like to inform people they are welcome to spray their own yards to help with controlling the mosquito numbers this year.
Mayor Trullinger complimented Tim Hall for all he has done to control the mosquito population.
Anyone interested in mowing privately owned yards is encouraged to call City Hall and give your name and number for referrals.

Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 6:58 P.M.


Kristi Pritzkau, Finance Officer