New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes March 5, 2007




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on March 5, 2007, at 6:00 p.m.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Tyler Richter, and John Torrey.  Also present:  Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Public Works Greg Hall, City Staff:  Tralice Ellis & Mike Holloway, Todd Bushie, Dr. Julie Ertz, and Pam Cox.  Arriving later: Tony Ascrizzi.  



Moved by Green second by Dahlquist to approve the amended agenda.  Aye: Dahlquist, Green, and Richter.  Councilman Torrey would not vote, since he stated he had not had time to look at the agenda.  Motion carried.



Motion by Dahlquist second by Green to approve the February 20, 2007 minutes as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 



Dr. Julie Ertz, NU School, addressed the Council about the possibility of making Linn Street, on the north side of the school, a one way street.  Discussion followed on traffic flow going east or west, barricades, signs, hours of restrictions, etc.  A letter will be sent to affected landowners and a public hearing to receive citizen input will be scheduled for March 20, 2007.


FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST                                                                                   

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

February bills payable March 5, 2007                                                                        

GENERAL FUND                                                                                        

Salaries – 3758.41; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 1018.57; SD Retirement – 550.58; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 204.60; WREA (service) – 994.82;  Golden West (service) – 230.80; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 1338.09; Dakota Care (ins) – 507.36; NU Post (Publishing) – 74.62; Steve's (fuel) – 52.12;  Ron’s (fuel) – 178.30; Elan (parts) – 653.98; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) – 182.10;  Am. Red Cross (Lifeguard Manuals) – 249.50; Janice Jensen (CC) – 32.00; Bev Taylor (CC) – 48.00; NU DARE (donation) – 100.00; SDML (Legislative Day) – 60.00; Adams Machining (hydraulics – autocar) – 1826.05; SD Fed. Property Agency (paper, shovels, phones, fountain) – 125.00.  TOTAL: $12184.90

WATER FUND                                                                                             

Greg Hall (reimbursement water school) – 110.00; WREA (service) – 683.85; Hawkins (Chemicals) – 978.40; (alarms) – 56.00. TOTAL: $1828.25. 

SEWER FUND                                                                                             

Salaries – 2920.88; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 847.89; SD Retirement – 473.66; WREA (service) – 73.18; Dakotacare (ins.) – 1442.18; Clark Printing (envelopes) – 267.50; Alltell (service) – 115.04.  TOTAL: $6140.33.


Jamie Rathe (dep. Ref.) – 13.52; Joe Lapcinski (dep. ref.) – 18.02.  TOTAL: $31.54.




Spiking Permit – SP#07-03; Pam Cox; April 14, 2007

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



Copies of the 2006 water quality report are available at City Hall.  Motion by Dahlquist second by Richter to authorize the Director of Public Works signature on the certification of distribution sheet.  Aye: all.  Motion carried. 



Clean Up Week-end is April 21st & 22nd  and the Pet Clinic will be held April 29th from 1-3.  The Council agreed a notice for both should be placed in the paper. 



 The Finance officer presented the 2006 annual report the first meeting in March as required by State law.  Motion by Torrey second by Dahlquist to accept the 2006 annual report as presented.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



The Dir. of Public Works presented the drawings for a new city hall, and the blueprints should be ready for the next meeting.  Discussion on doing the work in phases:  the shell, electrical, concrete, plumbing, heating & cooling, insulation, etc. followed.   The Mayor and Finance Officer spoke about needing the actual figures on costs for the entire project, even if it is done in phases.  Councilor Dahlquist would like a special meeting to just discuss the building.  The first thing they need to agree on is what type of construction  design & the interior layouts.  A date for this special meeting will be made at the next regular council meeting. 



Mr. Hall reported that they will be drilling the test wells this week for the geothermal at the Community Center.  After that is completed Dennis Johnson will come and explain the actual process of geothermal and the costs, so the Council can decide which way to go – new furnace & air conditioning units or geothermal.  



BP#07-02; Tony Ascrizzi; 505 S. “B” Ave; garage

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



  1. The notice of the cancellation of the municipal election was presented.  Councilmen Green & Richter will receive their oaths of office the first meeting in May.
  2. The local board of equalization will meet March 19, 2007.   According to state law appointments must be made by March 15, 2007. 
  3. Councilman Richter thanked Meri Jo for always having goodies available.  These are provided at her expense and the Council appreciates them.
  4. Councilman Torrey voiced dissatisfaction over the fact that he had not been called about the meeting changing from Tuesday to Monday until this morning.  The Mayor explained that she had tried to call him twice on Sunday, but no one answered and he did not have an answer machine.  Since we would not have had a quorum, due to the Boys Basketball team making it to Regionals, she had to change the meeting date, and this is the date a quorum could get together. According to state law she had to get the notice posted at City Hall by six Sunday night, and she did.


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




(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer




(see annual report attached)