New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes July 16, 2008




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on July 16, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Michael Green, John Torrey, and Jack Trullinger.  Absent:  Tyler Richter.  Also present:  Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Tralice Ellis, Cris & Robert Allen, Lt. Mueller, Officer McPherson, and Evonne Schumacher. 



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



Moved by Trullinger second by Green to approve the July 2, 2008 minutes with the following correction:  General Fund Elan – 1295.33 & Sewer Fund Elan – 44.67.    Aye:  all.  Motion carried.   



Cris Allen reported the pool will hold their first pool Olympics on July 25th.  Donations are being taken for the medals.

Getting a DVR & cameras set up at the pool was discussed.  We found one set up with monitor, camera, and continuous recording for $399.00.  The Sheriff’s Dept. will look at this set up and assess if it is adequate.



WRT has started their pilot study on the radiological treatment for well #2.



Tralice Ellis presented the list of sponsors so far and the amounts totaling $4,250.00.  Advertising on the radio was discussed by the Council.  The Council agreed to purchase a quarter page ad in the special centennial addition produced by Ravellette for $100.00. Using the logo in the centennial issue in other advertisements was deferred to the Centennial committee.



Motion by Trullinger second by Green to purchase the community center doors and installation to the lowest quote not to exceed $2,500.00, and the doors must include safety windows.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



SP#08-09; Evonne Schumacher; August 16, 2008 

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



A landowner requested placing a horse on commercial property temporarily.  The Council did not concur on allowing this.  No motions were made.



The Finance Officer prepared a cost analysis to find what amount of increase will be needed to cover current and future operations and presented the following report on the enterprise funds to the Council.


To pay for the initial radiological treatment facility over 10 years we must raise the minimum water bill by $10.00.  If we get half of this project paid by a grant then we would have to raise it $5.00 plus the 50 cents per 1,000 for treatment, so the minimum water bill would raise from $13.00 to $19.50. (This would take the radium out of the water thereby eliminating the radiological dangers.)


Operating costs over revenues in 2007 was 102% loss.  In order to raise the rate to cover operating costs plus 23% extra to cover expansions or break downs we need to raise sewer rates from $6.50 a month to $14.60 a month. (Sewer has not been raised since the early 80’s and the current state average is $17.00 a month.)


Operating costs over revenues in 2007 was 15% loss.  In order to raise the rate to cover operating costs plus 10% to cover break downs and upgrades we need to raise garbage rates from $12.00 to $15.00 a month plus tax, which would be $15.60.  (The increase in expenditures is the price of gas and dump fees.)

These suggested increases have nothing to do with building a new public works shop, the geothermal for the Community Center, running the swimming pool, or purchasing the new City Hall.  Those funds come from general fund which revenues come from property taxes.

The Council will look at these facts and will come up with ideas and other viable options at the next meeting, the Council also noted that public input is invited.

Councilman Torrey discussed cutting the Sheriff’s contract out of the budget, raising user fees at the pool, charging for garbage by volume.



  1. Nuisance Ordinance tabled.    
  2. City Hall signed ordered.    
  3. Curing the concrete at the Public Works shop, the Dir. of Public Works will ask the Contractor.    
  4. Budget hearing will be held on August 6 at 4:00 p.m. 



Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:05 p.m.



(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer