New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes January 16, 2007




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on January 16, 2007, at 6:00 p.m.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Tyler Richter, and John Torrey.  Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works Greg Hall, Mike Holloway, Rob & Angel Goodman, Tony Ascrizzi, Ron, Kammy, and Savannah Trullinger, Al Ackerman, and Chuck Dockter.   



Moved by Dahlquist second by Green to approve the agenda.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Sealed bids on the Gossard Station were opened and were as follows:

  1. Economic Development - $28,001.00 with building removed.
  2. Tony Ascrizzi - $25,500.00
  3. Kolor Me Kustoms - $22,500.00

During old business the title insurance report was presented to the Council showing this property has no liens and a warranty deed can be issued.

Discussion on the cost to remove the building followed and if the removal could be done for less than $2,500.00.  The Finance Officer reported Legislative Audit stated that the advertisement for bid stated with building, so the building was part of the sale.  The Mayor recommended the City accept the bid from Tony Ascrizzi in the amount of $25,500.00 as the highest bid.  Whereupon Resolution Number 07-01 was introduced.




WHEREAS the Common Council of the City of New Underwood determined there was a need to return some of their surplus property to the tax rolls, and

WHEREAS sealed bids were advertised, received and opened at the regular meeting, and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of New Underwood does hereby sale and transfer title of Lot 6 of Lot 3 of Outlot A and Lot 1 of Outlot A of North Underwood Addition to the Town of Underwood, now the City of New Underwood, Section 30, T2N, R11E, Pennington County, South Dakota to Anthony Ascrizzi for the amount of $25,500.00.                                                                                       

(seal)                                                                               Benita R. White, Mayor


Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


Moved by Dahlquist second by Torrey to approve Resolution Number 07-01.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, Richter, and Torrey.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.



Motion by Torrey second by Dahlquist to approve the January 2, 2007 minutes as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST                                                                                   

The Finance Officer presented the final governmental funds sheets for 2006. Councilman Dahlquist & Green questioned some of the receipts and expenditures for the year.  



Since this is a contract negotiation and legal advice will be presented, the Mayor recommended this item be moved to the bottom of the agenda and discussed in executive session.  Motion by Richter second by Green to approve this recommendation.  Aye: Dahlquist, Green, and Richter.  Nay: Torrey.  Motion carried.  Torrey felt we should have in open session even though contract negotiation, and the rest of the Council felt this could be a legal problem.



A quote was received from Kolor Me Kustom E.I.F.S. Applicators to repair the east side wall of the Community Center in the amount of $871.25.  Moved by Richter second by Green to hire Kolor Me Kustoms to fix the east wall at the quoted price.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.  A sign will be posted stating do not put grills on the sidewalk.



SP07-02; Don Warren, American Legion; February 4, 2007

Motion by Richter second by Green to grant this permit.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Motion by Dahlquist second by Richter to go into executive session at 6:38 p.m. to discuss legal matters and contract negotiations with a landowner.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, and Richter.  Nay: Torrey.  Motion carried.  Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to adjourn the executive session and return to regular session at 7:05 p.m.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Motion by Green second by Dahlquist to contact the City attorney to draw up paperwork on the contract discussed.  Aye:  Dahlquist and Green.  Nay:  Richter and Torrey.  The Mayor voted Aye breaking the tie.  Motion carried.  Torrey stated he doesn’t believe the landowner is dealing in good faith with the City.  Richter felt we are prolonging the inevitable.  Green sees progress is being made and doesn’t see any risk to the City.  Dahlquist says we started this course and in the best interest of the City we should try to continue the course for a successful resolution.  The attorney will be contacted and the new contract will be presented at the next meeting.



  1. The Dance Classes will be holding a recital January 21, 2007, and the Mayor encouraged the Council to attend.
  2. Municipal Government Day in Pierre is February 6, 2007.  Councilwoman Dahlquist will attend, also the Finance Staff.  The regular Council meeting will have to move to Monday February 5, 2007.
  3. The Public Works Staff will attend a Water Conference School Feb. 7 & 8, 2007.
  4. Building a new City Hall will be placed on the next agenda for discussion.
  5. Painting of the crosswalks by the school was discussed.  When weather allows the Public Works staff will repaint these crosswalks.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:20 p.m.


(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer