New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes June 4, 2008




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on June 4, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Michael Green, Tyler Richter, John Torrey, and Jack Trullinger.  Also present:  Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Capt. Weber, Tralice Ellis, Cris Allen, Brian Johnson Charles Schaff, Ruth Ekern, Liz Johnson and George Langendorfer. 



A hearing for retail (on-off sale) Malt Beverage licenses for Steve’s General Store and The Hall was held at 6:00 p.m. No one presented themselves to voice and objections  to these malt beverage licenses. The Mayor adjourned the hearing at 6:05 p.m. and called the regular meeting to order.



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



Moved by Torrey second by Trullinger to approve the May 21, 2008 minutes as presented.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.   


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST                                                                                  

The Finance Officer presented the financial reports, bill-list and vouchers.  Motion by Trullinger second by Green to approve the financial reports and the following warrants as presented.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.  

May bills payable June 4, 2008

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 4758.85; Cristina Allen (mileage) – 161.00; Tralice A. Ellis (mileage) – 108.00; Tim Uhrig (freezer SP) – 125.00; First Western Bank ( SS, FWT) – 1247.08; SD Retirement (May) – 606.89; WREA (Service) – 1121.49; Golden West (Service) – 234.74; SD State Treasurer  ( Sales Tax) – 197.22; RC Landfill (Dump Fees) – 2081.84; Dakota Care ( Insurance) – 605.54; Penn. Co. Hwy Dept. ( Fuel Usage) – 139.76; ELAN (SP – paint, solar pills, concessions; lawnmower; office supplies) – 1440.58; New Underwood Post (Publishing) – 354.33; DSG (culverts) – 225.12; Ace Hardware (SP paint stripper, remover; air compressor rental) – 269.53; Great Western Tire (tires for blade) – 275.90; Sam’s Club (swimming pool concessions) – 364.45; JJ Engraving (council tags & nameplates) – 51.50; Menards (Countertop) – 24.93; Law Offices Nooney Solay, & VanNorman (legal fees) – 673.10; Coca Cola (SP) – 245.00; Keith Raymond (centennial magician) – 1200.00; Rick Borger (Centennial band) – 900.00;  Linda Kay Photography (centennial 1920 pictures) – 265.00; Paul’s Electric (PW shop – electrical) – 5108.32; US Postal Service (box rent) – 98.00; Dakota Business Center (office supplies) – 544.17; Sabrina Schmidt (CC cleaning) – 52.00; Steve’s (fuel) – 572.25; Paul’s Electric (PW Shop elec). -526.42.  TOTAL: $24578.01.


FWB (loan payment PWB) – 3756.88.  TOTAL:  $3756.88




WATER FUND                                                                                             

WREA (Service)– 921.05; DSG (clamp) – 285.78; Paul’s Electric (fuses well #1) -80.00; Hawkins (chemicals) – 1218.65; HD Supply Waterworks (supplies) – 132.33; Northwest Pipe Fittings (saddle, curb stop) – 220.75; DENR (drinking water fee) – 220.00; Omni-site (alarms) – 40.00.  TOTAL: $3118.56. 

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 4377.41; FWB (SS & FWT) – 1166.38; SD Retirement ( May) – 691.22; WREA (Service) – 53.88; Alltel (Service) – 115.79; One Call (F, M, A) – 16.00; Dakotacare (ins) – 1512.06;  Elan (bugs for lagoon) – 200.00.   TOTAL: $8132.74.



Capt. Weber presented the written monthly report.  He requested that when citizens see suspicious activity they call 911 to report it.  The schedule for officers in our area has been changed, so set days off are unknown to the general public.  The Sheriff’s Dept. has a schedule set up during the centennial celebration.



The pump went out at the lift station.  Motion by Torrey second by Richter to order the new pump for $2,871.00 and get it installed.  Roll call vote.  Aye: Green, Richter, Torrey, and Trullinger.  Motion carried.  A quote is being obtained to redo the electrical at the lift station.



Cris Allen reported they will finish the painting, since the new paint seems to be working.   The solar blanket is working well.  The pre-paid tabs for concessions have been a big success. 



Tralice reported that the schedule for the centennial is almost complete and will be advertised in the paper.  She requested permission to set the fireworks off on Sunday August 31, 2008.  Motion by Torrey second by Richter to allow these fireworks be shoot off on August 31, with concurrence from the Fire Chief.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 

Sponsorships have been going good.  A list of the sponsors and amounts will be prepared. 



BP#07-07; Larry Hockenbary; house, garage, and deck.  The deck is not meeting the set backs stated on the building permit that was approved.  After much debate, it was moved by Richter that the deck can go up to the property line.  This motion died for lack of a second.  Motion by Torrey to grant a five foot variance on the south side of his property.  This motion also died for lack of a second.  After more discussion, it was moved by Richter second by Trullinger to grant a four foot variance on the south.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

BP#08-12; Glenn Goodman; 308 S. “B” Ave; deck.  Motion by Richter second by Green to approve this permit, if it meets set backs.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Charles Shaff questioned the council about consideration of a building permit for the next meeting.  He wants to put two single wide mobile homes together, put new siding on them and put them under one peaked roof, making it a double wide.  The Council agreed this would fall within the City Ordinances.  At the next meeting the Council will have the public hearing and consider a resolution of annexation and then consider the building permit if this land is annexed.



SP#08-05; Elizabeth Johnson; June 21, 2008 

Moved by Green second by Tyler to approve this spiking permit.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.







WHEREAS,   the City of New Underwood, during our Centennial year, would like to give recognition to the State High School Rodeo Association, the impact it had on the Community of New Underwood, and


WHEREAS,   through the dedication of the members of the American Legion Sidney Lovejoy Post 256, the founders, and the New Underwood Roping Club, who donated their time & expertise to help make the State High School Rodeo a success and a continuing program, and  


WHEREAS,   these volunteer members made a large contribution to our Community that did not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated.  The City of New Underwood feels all the Citizens should acknowledge that these volunteers have given unselfishly and by their example have instilled a positive attitude for all of us, and   


NOW THEREFORE,  I,  Benita R. White, Mayor of the City of New Underwood, South Dakota, do hereby proclaim the month of June 2008 as Rodeo Month in New Underwood in honor of the positive influence rodeo had on the shaping of our Community.   


Dated June 4, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                           ______________________________________

(seal)                                               Benita R. White, Mayor



                                           Attest:  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


Motion by Richter second by Torrey to approve this proclamation.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried. 



Steve’s Superstore Inc.; 16098 Hwy 1416; Lots 1 & 2 AR Vieths Subdivision SE ¼ SE ¼; Sec. 30; T2NR11E BHM; retail on-off sale malt beverage.

The Hall; Daniel P. Hall; 412 S. “A” Ave; Block 1, Lots 3,4,5, Sec. 31, Original Twn, T2N R11E BHM; retail on-off sale malt beverage.

Since no objections were received at the public hearing it was moved by Richter second by Green to approve these malt beverage licenses the 2008-2009 licensing period.  Aye: all. Motion carried.




A letter of intent to join the municipal water system was received from the Englehart Homeowners Association.



George Langendorfer spoke to the Council about the drainage in front of his house.  He requested the City finish the project.  The Council thanked him for coming and stated he will be added to the list of things to get done this summer. 



  1. Equalization – one citizen has taken their appeal to the state. 
  2. Elected officials workshop is July 11, 2008 in Pierre.  The elected officials are encouraged to attend.
  3. Chad Feldman has moved on, the City will advertise.
  4. Lightening hit well #1 and a new pump, motor saver, and lightening arrestor has been ordered and will be installed.  This has been turned into the insurance company.
  5. Still waiting on pricing for the Community Center doors.
  6. Mayor White requested the Council come in early if they want to look at the vouchers, so the public is not waiting for the vote.
  7. The public is reminded that open fires are not permitted and signs are not allowed in right of way.
  8. A bulk mailing of the dog ordinance will be sent.
  9. The staff and members of the Community are invited to attend the New Underwood Ambulance EVOC course on June 28, 2008.



Motion by Green second by Tyler to go into executive session at 7:10 p.m. for correspondence from the attorney.  Moved by Green second by Richter to adjourn the executive session and return to regular session at 7:15 p.m.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.


Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:15 p.m.



(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer