New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes February 15, 2017



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center on February 15, 2017. Present were: Mayor Jack Trullinger, Councilmembers: Teresa Gossard, Larry Graham, Karin Shoemaker, and Kathy Trullinger. Also present: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer, Dir. of Public Works Tim Hall, Ione Wolf, Clerk, Deputy McPherson, Deputy Jeff Jones, Shirley & John Printz, Steve Swanson, and Dianne Trullinger. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Trullinger.


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



Moved by Shoemaker second by Gossard to approve the February 1, 2017 minutes as presented.   Aye: all. Motion carried. 



  • Mr. Holloway is taking class one wastewater treatment class and testing this week.

  • Mr. Hall went to DOT training today and is now a certified flagger.

  • Big Spike in water useage one day this month (like double useage), but has not occurred since. They will continue to monitor. (Clerk Wolf stated that one of the businesses had a high useage this month and felt this probably accounted for it.)

  • Both men attended a two day water seminar, but missed one day for snow removal.


    The Council and Staff thanked Deputy McPherson for his years of service to New Underwood and congratulated him on his retirement. Deputy Jones is ready to take over this vacancy.



    The Council invited the mobile home park owners to attend the meeting to give their input and recommendations on ways to achieve stricter guidelines for our ordinance. A lengthy discussion followed with audience participation. Ideas included: width restrictions (14-16 feet), year restrictions (nothing older than 10-20 years), set times to repair existing mobile homes to bring them up to code using the nuisance ordinance abatements and building permit process, checklist for building code officers, the Council physically looking at each mobile home prior to placement in our city, problems with insuring older mobile homes, put responsibility on mobile home park owners to keep a more aesthetically pleasing park, enforcing nuisance ordinance, pictures and written assurance contract of condition of mobile home, if the mobile homes change ownership and are older than 20 years they must be removed from the city limits, vacant boarded up mobile homes need removed within 10-30 days, not grandfathering in any mobile homes even those on single lots, peoples livelihoods at stake, just dealing with mobile home parks and new mobile homes entering the city right now and expanding on other areas later. The Council thanked the ones in attendance for coming stating this discussion will be continued at the March 1, 2017 meeting. The Council instructed the finance officer to send letters to the mobile home park owners that did not attend, requesting their input again.



Mayor Trullinger introduced Resolution Number 17-03.



WHEREAS the Power in Purple Black Hills Mayors Challenge is an activity of the American Cancer Society that gives power to the community to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and take action to eliminate cancer as a major health problem, and


WHEREAS money raised during Power In Purple Mayors Challenge by New Underwood Mayor Jack Trullinger supports the American Cancer Society’s efforts to help free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer by providing free information and support for people facing the disease today, educating people about how to reduce their risk for cancer or detect it early when it’s the easiest to treat, and funding cancer research that will help protect future generations, and


WHEREAS the Power In Purple Black Hills Mayors Challenge celebrates the nearly 14.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S., and


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Jack Trullinger, Mayor of New Underwood, do hereby proclaim February, 2017 as, “Power In Purple Mayors Challenge Month” in New Underwood and encourage citizens to help save lives from cancer by donating to the Power in Purple Black Hills Mayors Challenge at to participate in the Pennington County Relay for Life, which will take place on Friday, June 9 at 6 p.m. to midnight at St Thomas More High School.  


Dated February 15, 2017


                                                                        Jack W. Trullinger, Mayor





Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


Motion by Shoemaker second by Gossard to approve resolution #17-03. Roll call vote.  Aye: Gossard, Graham, Shoemaker, and Trullinger.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.



A notice of intent to take tax deed by County was issued on February 1 on 513 – 517 S. “A” Ave property. Discussion on getting an O & E report on the property to find out exactly how many liens are on this property followed. Motion by Gossard second by Graham to contact the title company and order the O & E report at an approximate cost of $270.00.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.

Starting condemnation proceedings on the building versus abating the nuisance and removing it ourselves and putting an assessment on the property for clean up (refer SDCL 21-10-06) was also discussed to avoid someone purchasing the tax deed and not cleaning up the property. Moved by Gossard second by Shoemaker to table this and put on the agenda for March 1, 2017 until more information on laws is obtained. Aye: all.  Motion carried.




SL#17-01; Moes; March 17, 2017; HS Rodeo Dance

SL#17-02; Moes; September 15, 2017’ Wedding Dance

Moved by Graham second by Gossard to approve these licenses. Aye: all. Motion carried.



Motion by Graham second by Gossard to remove the Boomsma permits from the agenda until more information and the permits are received. Aye: all. Motion carried.



  1. Governmental Funds sheets presented.
  2. The Finance Officer reported on the SDML Executive Board Meeting held February 7, 2017.
  3. Hiring Warren Chemical to weed treat the park.
  4. Mayors meeting in NU February 23, 2017 the Council and staff are invited to attend.
  5. They will begin advertising at the end of March for an assistant Finance Officer to take over as Finance Officer after the retirement of Meri Jo Anderson.
  6. The Council gave the report on legislative day and the committee meetings they attended.


Being no further business Mayor Trullinger adjourned the meeting at 9:05 P.M.



(Seal) Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer