New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes May 19, 2004



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on May 19, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, and LeeAnn Schumacher. Absent: Tyler Richter. Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. of Pub. Works Greg Hall, Asst. Dir. of Pub. Works Jack Trullinger, Asst. Finance Officer Teresa Gossard, Officer Adrian, Casey Knuppe, Bev Olafson, Randy Madsen, Burl Barber, Chuck Gottschalk, Laurie & Mike Holloway, Al Ackerman, Wes Flint, John Torrey, Jon Madsen, Ron Racicky, and Dwight Flatt.


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


Chuck Gottschalk explained to the Council that he had some personal stuff to straighten out and he would start on the roofing next week. The Mayor explained that the Council wants the roof done by May 30th as the extension allowed or the $12,000.00 penalty would be invoked.


Burl Barber spoke to the Council about the desperate need for volunteers for the Ambulance Department. They need some help trying to recruit people to take the three to four month course to become EMT’s and work with the New Underwood Volunteer Ambulance Dept. He reported that the Ambulance Department will need individuals to sign up for the September course if the ambulance department is to continue here in New Underwood. If more volunteers are not found we will have to rely on Rapid City for emergency services. The response time will be greatly diminished if this happens. Anyone interested on volunteering and who has some ideas or solutions to this problem should contact the Ambulance Dept. or City Hall.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the Ambulance Department was presented to the Council for their perusal. They will look it over and give it to the City Attorney.


SP#04-06; Casey Knuppe; May 22

Moved by Schumacher second by Dahlquist to approve permit 04-06 pending payment. Aye: all. Motion carried.

#04-07; Teresa Gossard; June 19

Motion by Schumacher second by Green to approve permit 04-07. Aye: all. Motion carried.







Dwight Flatt, representing Golden West Telecommunications, spoke to the Council about the cable TV franchise agreement. This agreement is in the form of an ordinance and replaces ordinance Article III –Utilities – Section D. Motion by Schumacher second by Dahlquist to approve the first reading of Ordinance Number 04-03. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Motion by Dahlquist second by Schumacher to approve the minutes of the May 5, 2004 and accept the April 12, 2004 Ambulance minutes as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried.


Officer Adrian reported he had been in a minor accident, no one was seriously injured, and the problem has been resolved.

He also reported the horses up north of the City are being fed and watered and have been checked by a vet. The corral is used as a holding pen not as pasture and there is no abuse evident.


Discussion on putting a water main to the west of the City followed. Jon Madsen again reiterated that he would pay $4,000.00 toward putting in a main. A lengthy discussion on the pros and cons with this land contiguous to the City was held. Motion by Green second by Schumacher to partnership with Jon Madsen and put in a water main. More discussion followed. The vote was called. Roll call vote. Aye: Green and Schumacher. Nay: Dahlquist. Motion carried. Green and Schumacher voted aye because they felt it to be a good opportunity for City growth, water expansion has been top on the priority list the last several years, water is a successful business for us, and the money & time we expend will be recouped. Dahlquist voted nay because the property owner who benefits should pay up front for this expansion and that the City is giving up our right to do assessment to the property owner. Mr. Madsen stated he will bring in a check when the City starts the project.


Mr. Hall has taken his certification test to administer chemicals to aid in the prevention of spreading West Nile virus. The Mosquito traps are here and are being put out in the near future.


#04-16; Roland Trullinger; 200 S. Madison; move off garage & install cement pad.

04-17; Leona Oberlander; 121 N. "C" Ave; Storage Shed.

04-18; Jack Trullinger; 116 W. Pine St.; install new windows.

04-19; Chuck Gottschalk; 303 S. Bailey; tear down house.

Moved by Dahlquist second by Schumacher to approve permits 04-16 through 04-19. Aye: all. Motion carried.

Bev Olafson spoke to the Council about her fence. The Mayor and Council said they were sorry but they could not give permission to place anything in City right of way due to the liability problems it would create for the City.


The pool is drained and has been repainted. We have four YMCA guards and one red cross guard. More lifeguards are needed, another course is starting June 1st for anyone interested. We also need more Experience Works workers. Please apply at City Hall. Also discussed was enlarging the concession stand and placing the overhead door between the pool area and the concession area.


A letter from experience works requesting a donation for the year 2004 was presented. Motion by Dahlquist second by Schumacher to donate $350.00 to this program, the same amount as last year. Aye: all. Motion carried.


After discussion it was moved by Schumacher second by Green to approve the following prioritization list for 2004. Aye: all. Motion carried.



1. Extend & Replace Water Mains water revenue, cost share, user 2004-2007

2. Extend & Replace Sewer Mains sewer revenue, cost share, user 2004-2007

3. Upgrading Streets property taxes, HRB 2004-2007

4. City Beautification Property Taxes, cost share 2004-2007

5. Upgrading or Replacing City Hall 2nd penny & property taxes 2004-2007

6. Rural Water Study grant , water revenue 2003-2005


  1. The water storage tank inspection will be postponed until the fall.
  2. The City Engineer will meet with us on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. on the feasibility study on rural water development.
  3. The sidewalk repair on Ash St. was approved and agreed upon by the Council over a year ago. The City tore up the sidewalk looking for shut offs and paid for their share of repairs and the property owners paid for their share of repairs.
  4. Landfill report from DENR was presented.

Being no further business, the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.


(Seal) Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer