New Underwood, South Dakota

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

Minutes November 2, 2005



A regular meeting of the New Underwood City Council was held on November 2, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. Present were: Mayor Benita White, Councilmembers: Jackie Dahlquist, Michael Green, Larry Graham, and LeeAnn Schumacher. Also present: The Fin. Officer Meri Jo Anderson, Asst. Fin. Officer Teresa Gossard, Dir. Public Works Greg Hall, Officer Przmus, Shad Dahlquist, Danny & Treshelle Hall, and Christi Hendrickson.


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


Motion by Dahlquist second by Schumacher to approve the October 19, 2005 minutes. Aye: all. Motion carried.


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.

October bills payable November 2, 2005


Salaries – 3457.25; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 919.30 & (checks) – 47.95; SD Retirement – 459.38; State Treasurer (Sales Tax) – 143.12; WREA (service) –793.05; Golden West (service) – 139.53; Rapid City Landfill (dump fees) – 1416.15; DakotaCare (ins) – 1466.46; NU Post (Publishing) – 261.64; Steve's (fuel) – 299.26; Meri Jo Anderson (mileage convention & reimburse filing fees) – 320.00; Sam’s Club (marquee) – 167.52; Elan (supplies) – 1163.16; CNH Capital (BH payment) - 958.66; Penn. Co. Hwy. (fuel) – 118.20; Penn. Co. Weed Dept. (Chemical) - 106.96; Penn. Co. Sheriff’s Dept. (4th qtr) – 8225.25; Dakota Supply Group (culvert) – 304.20; Pool & Spa (winterize) – 338.01; Jenner (Parts) – 522.19; Pete Lien (chips) – 43.70; McGas (propane) – 32.50; Dakota Business Center (minute book & usb) – 208.86; Adams Machine (autocar) – 468.16; SDML Work comp fund (2006 ins.) – 2025.00; Pacicky Plumbing & Ditching (plumbing supplies) – 88.19; Midcontinent (SP tests) – 16.00. TOTAL: $24509.65.


Salaries – 1861.09; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 566.40; SD Retirement – 309.07; WREA (service) – 667.96; Dakota Supply Group (meters & cplg) – 403.14; Midcontinent (tests) – 253.00; Dakota Pump (omni-site) – 56.00; Hawkins, Inc (tubing) – 76.40; Energy Laboratories (tests) – 200.00. TOTAL – $4393.06.


Salaries – 626.44; First Western Bank (SS & FWT) – 171.54; SD Retirement – 104.86; WREA (service) – 39.39; Steve’s (fuel) – 68.25; Elan (filters) – 41.02; Cellular One (service) – 44.06. TOTAL – $1095.56.


Refunds: Bev Olafson – 50.00; Gordon Standart – 50.00; Greg Jensen – 50.00. TOTAL: $150.00


A lengthy discussion on the radium problem with the water followed. The Dir. of Public Works would like to try blending the old well and the new well to try to get the radium level down. The new well is over acceptable limits and the old well has 0, so blending may work. He will talk to DENR and see if this will work and how to find the correct proportions. If blending is viable the Mayor and Council would like the public notified when we start to use both wells. The old well has very hard water and the change will be noticeable.


Officer Przmus presented his written monthly report. Officer Przmus is still working on the I-90 interstate sign that is missing. Other items discussed: drug stops, marijuana found, theft, vandalism, & injury accident.

Officer Przmus was a presenter at the Boy Scout meeting. He thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the kids.

He reported he has been accepted on the Dive Rescue Team, and will have his scuba equipment with him at all times, helping to speed response time at this end of the County.

No problems on Halloween, the kids were great.


The Renovation Committee will have their first meeting on Monday Nov. 14, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. to do some brainstorming. Anyone interested in being on this Committee should contact City Hall.


Senior Health Information and Insurance Education requested the use of a City computer once a month. This will allow our citizenry to be informed about Medicare Part D and help them enroll in the best plan for them. A new computer is in the budget for City Hall so the old one will be place in the meeting room for their use and ours.


There will be a community potluck to honor all volunteers on Nov. 19th at the Community Center. Linda Cudmore requested the City proclaim the week of Nov. 13 – 19 as volunteer week, whereupon the Mayor introduced the following proclamation.



WHEREAS, the City of New Underwood would like to thank the dedicated volunteers of our Community, and

WHEREAS, these volunteers, donate their time & expertise to help assist and aid the citizens of our Community, and

WHEREAS, these volunteers make a large contribution to our Community that does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. The City of New Underwood feels all the Citizens should acknowledge that these volunteers have given unselfishly and by their example have instilled a positive attitude for all of us, and

NOW THEREFORE, I, Benita R. White, Mayor of the City of New Underwood, South Dakota, do hereby proclaim the week of November 13 through November 19, 2005 as Volunteer Week in New Underwood in honor of the fine contributions given by these outstanding individuals to the citizens of our community. We encourage all residents of this community to recognize these volunteers and pay them the homage they are due at the Volunteer Pot Luck on November 19, 2005 at the New Underwood Community Center.

Dated November 2, 2005


Benita R. White, Mayor _____________________________

Attest: Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer

Moved by Green second Schumacher to authorize the Mayor’s signature on this proclamation. Aye: all. Motion carried.


BP #05-25; Danny & Treshelle Hall; 208 E. Ash; house.

Motion by Green second by Dahlquist to approve permit #05-25. Aye: all. Motion carried.


  1. A thank you note from the PTO for use of the Community Center for the tailgate party was presented to the Council, who appreciated receiving it.
  2. No word on the engine for the distributor.
  3. The need of more lighting on Janklow Ave. The Dir. of Pub. Works will speak to WREA about it.
  4. The Bonfire was held at the rodeo grounds.
  5. The Drama Club will not need the Community Center now, since they will have the School play at the School this year. They thanked the Council for all their help.
  6. The Nov. 16th meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. due to an auction at 6:00 p.m.

Being no further business the Mayor adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.


(Seal) Meri Jo Anderson, Finance Officer