New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes June 21, 2006




A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on June 21, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.  Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Tyler Richter, and John Torrey.  Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Officer Pryzmus, Rob Goodman, Kris Kroll,  Al Ackerman, and George Langendorfer.  Arriving Later:  Ron Parsons.     



Moved by Dahlquist second by Torrey to approve the agenda.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.



Motion by Dahlquist second by Green & carried to approve the June 7, 2006 minutes with the following correction:  Under building permits add:  Motion by Richter second by Green to approve building permit #06-18.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.  BP#O6-21; Charles Griffen; 204 Janklow; concrete & deck.  Moved by Torrey second by Green to approve permit 06-21.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.


FINANCE OFFICER REPORT                                                                                   

The Finance Officer presented the governmental funds report.

The assistant finance officer quit June 8, 2006.  Her sick leave, vacation, and second quarter mileage check has been made out and the monies will come out of absent compensated salaries.  A job description will be prepared for a bookkeeper and this position will be advertised and interviews set up sometime in July.  In the meantime Jack Trullinger is filling in, on a volunteer basis,  until his sick leave and vacation time run out,  since he is already a City Employee.  



Someone requested a dumpster, but the property is not within the City limits.  The Council all agreed that due to insurance problems we cannot allow this.  They can pay rural garbage, but we will only take household garbage, not pick up loads of debris from the old residence they are cleaning up.



A property owner was contacted by the Mayor about the trees that had been placed in their yard from the drainage project on west 1416.  Mr. Langendorfer explained that he was going to try and save these trees. 



Officer Pryzmus gave his written monthly report.  He reported he had received a complaint on the painting on the water tower.



The Mayor reported that since Cris Allen is a certified lifeguard instructor (this accreditation was obtained at her own expense) for both Red Cross and YMCA the City saved $750.00 in recertifying the lifeguards this year.



The Mayor reported that she had again spoke, last week,  to the property owner we are in negotiations with about purchasing property.  He assured her we will have a signed agreement in the near future as soon as he ties up some loose ends.



SP#06-10; Ron Parsons; June 30.

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



The first reading of Ordinance Number 06-05 received its first reading.  Discussion followed on the height restrictions and some verbiage.  Moved by Green second by Richer to approve the first reading of ordinance number 06-05 with the wordage changes.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, and Richter.  Nay:  Torrey.  Motion carried.  Torrey voted nay because he felt the height restrictions were too constraining the way it was worded.



The booster pumps to the north have been installed and the electrician will be here soon.  The pumps should be on line in the next two weeks.  Two meter pits have been installed and two more will be put in.



The Dir. of Public Works reported that he worked all week-end and got the blending done and the radiological test taken.  He is researching if it is possible to put the wells on a timer instead of a demand basis for this blending.  A letter on the radiological violation will be sent to consumers next week. 



Ordinance Number 06-06 received its first reading.  This ordinance amends section 11 of the water ordinance stated this section is only used if the Mayor or Council decrees an emergency.  Motion by Torrey second by Richter to accept the first reading of Ordinance Number 06-06.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.



Resolution Number 06-01 was presented.








WHEREAS SDCL Chapter 3-13A offers qualified employees of special pay program employer units of the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) the opportunity of receiving a tax advantage and a Social Security advantage when terminating active service in SDRS by having special termination payments transmitted to the Special Pay Program;


WHEREAS SDCL Chapter 3-13A offers such qualified members’ employers a corresponding Social Security advantage;


WHEREAS, the City of New Underwood agrees to transmit all special pay data by electronic media and understands that reporting final compensation data electronically is a condition which must be met in order to participate;


WHEREAS, the City of New Underwood understands and agrees to the following points:  Only special, lump-sum payments made to an employee at the time of the employee’s termination are transmitted to the special pay program; only terminated employees who  qualify pursuant to SDCL 3-13-A-2(8) to have such special pay transmitted to the special pay program will participate; If the employee qualifies, transmission of such special pay to the special pay program is mandatory; and the City of New Underwood shall pay to SDRS an initial, one-time fee based on a percentage of such special pay or a flat fee, whichever is greater.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,  that the City of New Underwood shall become a special pay program unit of the South Dakota Retirement System with an effective date of August 1, 2004 as originally passed, under the terms and conditions of SDCL Chapter 3-13A. 


Dated June 21, 2006


(seal)                                                                                Benita R. White, Mayor


Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer


Moved by Green second by Torrey to approve resolution number 06-01.  Roll call vote.  Aye:  Dahlquist, Green, Richter, and Torrey.  Nay: none.  Motion carried.



     BP#06-22; Donna Morey; 16064 Hwy 1416; tear down shed - put up storage shed

     BP#06-23; Amber Einrem; 110 E. Oak; Fence & deck; request variance on set back of the fence from Oak street.  (He’s 11 feet into right of way)

Motion by Richter second by Green to approve Building Permit #06-22.  Aye:  all.  Motion carried.

The Council recessed at 6:54 p.m. to physically look at the fence for permit 06-23 and reconvened at 7:02 p.m.  Motion by Torrey second by Richter to approve permit #06-23 as long as fence is placed six inches into the property from city right of way as the ordinance requires and to deny the variance.  Aye: all.  Motion carried.


 Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:10 p.m.


(Seal)  Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer