New Underwood, South Dakota

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Minutes July 6, 2005

MINUTES OF THENEW UNDERWOOD CITY COUNCILA regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on July 5, 2005 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, Asst. Fin. Officer Teresa Gossard, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Officer Wardle, Christi Hendrickson, Russ Tiensvold, John Hall, and Al Ackerman.AGENDA Moved by Schumacher second by Green to approve the amended agenda. Aye: all. Motion carried.MINUTES Motion by Dahlquist second by Schumacher to approve the June 13, 2005 minutes. Aye: all. Motion carried. FINANCIAL REPORT & BILLIST The Finance Officer presented the financial reports, bill-list and vouchers. Motion by Schumacher second by Dahlquist to approve the financial reports and the following warrants as presented. Aye: all. Motion carried. June bills payable July 1, 2005 GENERAL FUND Salaries – 6468.21; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 1505.35; SD Retirement – 452.33; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 147.86; WREA (service) – 1033.34; Golden West (service) – 387.70; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 1494.00; NU Post (publishing) – 176.87; DakotaCare (ins) – 1466.46; Steve's (fuel) – 263.14; Elan (supplies) – 2049.43; CNH Capital (BH payment) - 958.66; McGas (pool) – 458.15; Porter’s Jack Repair (air lift) – 110.00; Pool & Spa (blanket) – 601.26; Great Western Tire (GT & autocar) – 162.00; Racicky Plumbing (privacy fence) – 47.70; Dakota Supply Group (Stover culvert) – 139.36; Dept. of Health (license SP) – 80.00; Dept. of Rev. (malt bev. Lic) – 125.00; Sam’s Club (pool) – 382.31. TOTAL: $18509.13. WATER FUND Salaries – 2570.31; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 766.90; SD Retirement – 386.38; WREA (service) – 582.37; Golden West (Water Alarm) – 47.00; Elan (supplies) – 53.98; Dakota Supply Group (meters & parts) – 452.26; Racicky Plumbing (supplies) – 131.67; Dakota Pump & Control (omnisite & supplies) – 196.00. TOTAL – $5186.87.SEWER FUND Salaries – 746.90; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 60.59; WREA (service) – 44.98; Elan (supplies) – 44.83; Cellular One (service) – 44.30; One Call (tickets) – 15.84; Steve’s (fuel) – 21.25. TOTAL – $962.85.LAW ENFORCEMENTOfficer Wardle presented his written monthly report. The fireworks were not a big problem this year. Most citizens knew City ordinance only allows shooting fireworks on the 4th. Reminders will be posted next year requesting everyone clean up after shooting off their fireworks. (Main Street was a disaster.)GOSSARD STATIONSomeone spoke to the Mayor about purchasing the Gossard Station. The property would have to be reappraised and readvertised, since it has been over 12 months that this was done. CITY HALL RENOVATIONRuss Tiensvold spoke to the Council about the City Hall renovation. His company could do a conceptual design and help give direction if necessary. If a committee is appointed for this project Mr. Tiensvold would be willing to be appointed to it.We are still waiting to hear on our application for the Old Governors Mansion.ADDRESS CHANGESThe Mayor sent out the letter on June 22 to about thirty residents for changing their addresses. 911 is having some problems finding a few of our addresses the way they are currently set up. Only one person has contacted City Hall about the address changes, the Mayor will try to speak to some of them in person. DRAINAGE PROBLEMThe City Engineer and Mr. Hall looked at the drainage problem on the west end of W. Box Elder Street. After the grades are shot, necessary fill will be put in, the culverts raised or lowered, and approaches repaired. If more than three foot of fill is required the trees will probably not survive. The Mayor contacted a tree moving company who could relocate some of these trees to the park or other locations. The mobilization fee is $165.00, so if we could get more people who would like to move trees in their yard we could cost share this fee. Anyone interested in having trees moved, please contact City Hall.DOG PROBLEMThe problem of the dogs running at large was discussed at length. Hiring an animal control officer and taking the animals to Rapid, a higher fine, no varying fines for each violation, uniformity in issuing tickets, were the topics. The Council agreed our current ordinance needs improvement ie higher fine and will be redrafted for the next meeting.To avoid having to take drastic measures to get this problem under control, animal owners should keep their pets in an enclosed yard or leashed at all times. No more letting the animals out early in the morning to run wild throughout the City.BUILDING PERMITSBP#05-20; Roxanna Kursave; 204 S. “C” Ave.; storage shedMoved by Dahlquist second by Schumacher to approve this permit. Aye: all. Motion carried.Chana Cudmore requested allowing a travel trailer to sit in her back yard this summer for her Mother to stay in.Motion by Green second by Dahlquist to grant this request with a time limit of Oct. 6, 2005. Aye: all. Motion carried. SALES TAX AMENDMENTIn order to comply with State law our current sales tax ordinance must be amended to include charging City tax for garbage and agricultural products. (The current ordinance exempts these.) Thereupon Ordinance Number 05-04 received its first reading. Moved by Schumacher second by Green to approve the first reading of ordinance number 05-04. Aye: all. Motion carried.OTHER ITEMS DISCUSSED THROUGHOUT MEETING1. The privacy fence at the park is complete. 2. Public Works is patching streets this week.3. Gross alpha violations have been hand delivered.4. Torrey waterline repair – no itemized bill received yet.Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:30 p.m. (Seal) Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer