New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes August 20, 2009




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on August 20, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center.  Present were: Councilmembers: Michael Green, Tyler Richter, John Torrey, and Jack Trullinger.  Also present:  Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Cris Allen, Deputy McPherson, and Keira & Summer Allen. 



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



Moved by Richter second by Torrey to approve the August 6, 2008 minutes with the following correction:  Richter abstained on building permit 08-20.   Aye:  all.  Motion carried.   



Centennial preparations are going forward.  The ambulance dept. may not be able to cover both the 1st aid station and the rodeo grounds.  Ambulance Chief will get with City Hall and work out schedule.

Their will be two deputies on during the celebration.

The museum has the electricity on now.

Motion by Richter second by Torrey to pay up to $250.00 toward the American Legion Meal during the centennial.  Aye:  Green, Richter, and Torrey.  Abstain:  Trullinger.  Motion carried.



2009 Budget ordinance number 08-03 received its first reading.  Motion by Trullinger second by Richter to approve the first reading of Ordinance Number 08-03.  Aye:  Green, Richter, and Trullinger.  Nay:  Torrey.  Motion carried.  (Torrey still would like to cut law enforcement out of the budget and reduce the expenses at the swimming pool or raise user fees at the pool.)



Resolution Number 08-09 was introduced.




Whereas Initiated Measure #10 would prohibit any city from paying dues to any association that lobbies, and


Whereas, it is far more efficient and cost effective to join together with our fellow cities through the SD Municipal League for coordinated communication with the Legislature than to have each city stand alone, and


Whereas the costs to the taxpayers of having each city monitor, report, and travel to Pierre to participate in the Legislative Session would be much greater than any dues to the SD Municipal League, and

Whereas coordinated communication with Legislators leads to more efficiency in the Legislative process and has saved millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, and


Whereas restricting the ability of SD to support candidates and communicate with their elected public officials is a violation of their right to freedom of speech, and


Whereas the measure will be challenged in court and will most likely be found to be unconstitutional, costing millions of dollars in taxpayer money, and


Whereas Initiate Measure #10 does not limit State government-paid lobbyists, out-of-state lobbyists, or corporate lobbyists, but only stifles coordinated voices for local control, and


Whereas the City of New Underwood finds that municipal officials throughout South Dakota are dedicated, honest, and ethical people with the best interest of their cities in mind and that cities take great pride in providing open, honest government to our citizens, and


Whereas the thousands and thousands of South Dakotans who do business with the State, Cities, Counties, and other governmental entities should not be penalized for providing such service, and


Whereas civic groups who work to better their community, and often require local funding to provide their services should not be prohibited from communicating their needs to local public servants, and


Whereas the forces supporting Initiated Measure #10 will not reveal the source of their funding, leaving a reasonable assumption that out of state special interests are once again attempting to hijack the South Dakota ballot and abuse our initiative process, and


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the New Underwood City Council that the City of New Underwood strongly opposes Initiate Measure #10 and urges the citizens of South Dakota to vote “NO” on the measure.


Dated August 6, 2008                                                    Benita R. White, Mayor



Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


Moved by Trullinger second by Richter to approve resolution number 08-09.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Green, Richter, Torrey, and Trullinger.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.



Motion by Richter second by Trullinger that the Council President be on the signature card at the Bank to sign for the Mayor and someone else from the finance office be on the signature card to sign for the Finance Officer in case of emergencies.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.





In order to start the grant process the City must first perform a survey to determine the benefit to low and moderate income people.  We must have 200 completed surveys with 51% being low to moderate income people.



Motion by Richter second by Torrey to approve the special event license for the City of New Underwood to sale malt beverages (on sale) at the tent during the Labor Day Celebration and to purchase the liquor liability insurance.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Moved by Richter second by Trullinger to authorize the finance officer’s signature on the forestry grant papers.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



An ordinance to amend to frequency of the Council pay from semi annually to every two months was introduced.   Moved by Torrey second by Trullinger to approve the first reading of Ordinance Number 08-04.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



BP#08-21; Scott & Rikka Buchtel; 213 S. Janklow; shed

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



Dave Ralph and DeLynn Willis requested the City surplus the old city hall lot.  After discussion of putting it back on the tax rolls, other vacant lots available, keeping the land for a parking lot,  it was moved by Trullinger second by Richter to not surplus this land.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



  1. The Finance Officer reported she would be on vacation the next meeting.  The Council packets will be prepared and ready for the meeting.
  2. The Finance Officer will be attending a public health, safety & welfare policy meeting in Pierre tomorrow.
  3. Nuisance Ordinance tabled.    
  4. Public Works is moving into the new shop and getting old City Hall ready for the food court during the centennial.
  5. Councilman Torrey requested citizens clean and mow their property along the east secondary channel that is outside of their fences.
  6. Meri Jo Anderson attended the Rapid City Council meeting to request the bleacher agreement liability insurance be lowered to one million.  The City of Rapid City granted this request.
  7. The contract price for propane was lowered to $2.19 and no ceiling price for the City.
  8. The restricted use permit inspection report from DENR was presented to the Council.


Being no further business Council President Green  adjourned the meeting at 6:37 p.m.


(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer