February 4, 2014

February 4, 2014

                The Miner County Board of Commissioners met in regular session February 4, 2014, in the Miner County Courthouse.  Members present:  Garrett Gassman, Roger Wentland, Voni Durant, Don Bowman and Alex Protsch.  Absent:  none.  Chairman Wentland called the meeting to order.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

                The Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer showed a January 31, 2014 balance of $4,305,378.87 in all state, county, civil, school, and trust accounts.

Motion by Bowman, seconded by Durant and carried to approve the agenda as amended.

                The minutes of the January 13th were approved.  Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to amend the January 21st minutes to add the following motion.  It was moved by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to increase the allowance from $125/year to $175/yr/employee for high-reflective clothing for highway workers.  The minutes of the January 21st meeting were approved as amended.

                Larry Kieffer of Kieffer Oil and Welfare Director Gibi Page joined the meeting to review the process for individuals who could qualify for county assistance.

                Todd Kays of First District of Local Governments presented the district’s annual financial report and activities that have been completed within Miner County.  Kays also reviewed GIS services that are provided by First District.  A meeting will be scheduled to allow First District personnel to demonstrate GIS services to the board.

                Highway Superintendent Ron Krempges reported that Harvey Schrank has resigned his position as highway worker effective February 4th

                Motion by Durant and seconded by Protsch to adopt the following resolution. 

RESOLUTION 14-05

                WHEREAS, Title 23, Section 151, United States Code and Title 23, Part 650, Subpart C, Code of Federal Regulations, requires initial inspection of all bridges and re-inspection at intervals not to exceed two years with the exception of reinforced concrete box culverts that meet specific criteria.  These culverts are re-inspected at intervals not to exceed four years.

                THEREFORE, Miner County is desirous of participating in the Bridge Inspection Program using Bridge Replacement funds.

                The County requests SDDOT to hire Ulteig for the inspection work.  SDDOT will secure federal approvals, make payments to the Consulting Engineer for inspection services rendered, and bill the County for 20% of the cost.  The County will be responsible for the required 20% matching funds.

                Voting aye:  Bowman, Gassman, Protsch, Durant and Wentland.  Dated this 4th day of February, 2014, at Howard, South Dakota.

                                                                                                               Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                               Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

                Motion by Bowman and seconded by Durant to adopt the following resolution.

RESOLUTION 14-06

                WHEREAS, seasonal climatic changes can be detrimental to our highways, and

                WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of County commissioners desires to protect existing Miner County highways, ultimately saving tax dollars, and

                WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of County Commissioners desire the enforcement of weight limitations on Miner County Roads as set forth and posted by the Miner County Highway Superintendent.

                NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the limits on Miner County Highways shall be set at 7 ton per axle/40 ton gross vehicle weight, with the exception of county road 17 (425th Ave.) from Carthage south to SD Hwy 34 and County Road 22 (242 St.) from Canova East to US Hwy #81 shall be 40 ton gross vehicle weight, during spring thaw period and when weight limit signs are in place and that the South Dakota Highway Patrol be and hereby is authorized and requested to enforce weight limitations on Miner County roads. 

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the penalty for the violation of the load restrictions shall be set forth in SDCL 32-22-55.

                Voting aye:  Bowman, Gassman, Protsch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none. 

                Dated this 4th day of February, 2014 at Howard, South Dakota.

                                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:   Susan Connor, Miner County Auditor

                Motion by Protsch and seconded by Gassman to adopt the following resolution.

RESOLUTION 14-07

                WHEREAS, excessive loads can be detrimental to our highways, and

                WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of Commissioners desires to protect existing Miner County highways, ultimately saving tax dollars, and

                WHEREAS, the Miner County Board of County Commissioners, desire the enforcement of weight limitations on Miner County roads as set forth and posted by the Miner County Highway Superintendent.

                NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the limits on Miner County highways shall be set with South Dakota weight limitations, with the exception of 425th Avenue (County Road #17) between 220th Street and 233rd Street (SD Hwy 34) and 421st Avenue (County Road #21 between 233rd Street (SD Hwy 34) and 244th Street will be set as 80,000 pounds gross weight for any vehicle or combination of vehicles and that the seasonal spring thaw weight limitations will preside over such weight limitations when signs are in place and displayed and that the South Dakota Highway patrol be and hereby is authorized and requested to enforce weight limitations on Miner County roads.

                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the penalty for the violation of the load restrictions shall be set forth in SDCL 32-22-55.

                Voting aye:  Bowman, Gassman, Protsch, Durant and Wentland.  Voting nay:  none.  Resolution adopted this 4th day of February, 2014 at Howard, South Dakota.

                                                                                                                 Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                                                                 Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

                Motion by Durant, seconded by Bowman and carried to authorize the SD Highway Patrol to enforce weight limitations on Miner County roads. 

                Motion by Durant, seconded by Gassman and carried to purchase a 2013 140M2 motorgrader utilizing the Union County, South Dakota bid, $226,666.00

                Kay Heimark of Risty Benefits reviewed the renewal rates for employee dental, vision and life plans.  Motion by Protsch, seconded by Durant and carried to offer dental, vision and life coverage through Reliance Standard.  Other options for voluntary insurance coverage will also be offered at the employee’s expense through Risty Benefits. 

                Brad Stangohr of Ulteig presented the preliminary plans for the parking lot project. Final plans and bid documents will be presented at a future meeting.  

                Miner County State’s Attorney Greg Protsch arrived at the meeting.  James Stainbrook made a request concerning the property described as “Roswell Village Outlots All that portion N of Hi-way 34 of NE ¼ 8 106 57” of which he holds the tax certificate.  It was Mr. Stainbrook’s understanding that he needed a surveyor to complete a survey of the property in order to place the property in his name.  State’s Attorney Protsch informed Mr. Stainbrook to obtain legal counsel to assist him in this matter. 

                The commission approved the annual rate for services rendered to Sanborn County for 911 & dispatching services which will remain at the 2013 amount. 

                The board recognized the receipt of correspondence concerning the Rural Attorney Recruitment Program from the SD Supreme Court and non-renewal of the contract with Hagan Benefits from SDPAA .

Claims allowed: Road & Bridge $30,410.72, Wellmark $30,271.27, Guardian $1,480.65, Retirement $4,845.84, OASI $7,337.60, Commissioners $3,513.22, Auditor $6,058.75, Treasurer $6,107.00, States Attorney $3,563.75, Govt Building $3,370.47, Director of Equalization $4,020.00, Register of Deeds $5,683.84, Vet Service $770.50, Sheriff $9,998.25, Contract Law $3,260.00, Welfare $187.00 (includes Gibi Page at $17.00/hr), Co Nurse $2,531.60 (includes Gibi Page at $16.48/hr), Ambulance $8,872.85 (includes Gibi Page at $16.48/hr), WIC $96.60 (includes Gibi Page at $16.48/hr), Extension $595.60 (includes Miranda Donahue at $14.89/hr) Weed $798.00, Dispatch $10,854.39 (includes Stacey McCoy at $15.12/hr), Emergency Mgt $2,341.50 SD Emergency Management Assn $70.00 dues; Xcel Energy $34.87 electric service; James River Equipment $146.28, Sheehan Mack $9.78 fuel; Northwestern Energy $2,084.70 gas service; California Contractors Supplier $330.00 LEPC amounts held for others; Lincoln Co Auditor $266.25, Yankton Co $106.25 mental illness hearing expense; Greg Protsch $900.00 off. exp. allow.; SD Dept of Health Lab Service $35.00 other expense; Lewis Drug $105.40 other jail fees; Geotek Engineering $145.00 other professional service; Miner Co Treasurer $78.05 postage; Miner County Pioneer $328.74 publishing; Aramark Uniform Services $36.38 rent; Audio Electronics $180.00, F&M Coop $64.00, Howard Auto Clinic $87.99, Klinkhammer Plumbing $54.39, Sheehan Mack $1,540.20, Sturdevant’s $107.30, Ultra, Inc. $86.25 repairs; Boyer Ford Trucks $253.18, Butler Machinery $203.16, Maria Feldhaus $21.25, Gall’s Inc. $159.80, Homestead $3.98, James River Equipment $316.37, Kimball Midwest $314.89, Mid-American Research $119.46, Miner County Pioneer $165.00, Miner Co Treasurer $9.28, Northern Truck Equipment $428.34, Office Peeps $12.08, Prostrollo Auto Mall $121.51, Rafferty-Robbins $42.93, Rusty’s $140.93, Cora Schwader $129.56, Sheehan Mack $1,639.66, Sturdevant’s $87.18, Ultra $107.00, Wheelco $55.38 supplies; Alliance Communications $791.00, AT&T Mobility $136.46, Century Link $6.33, Mike Clary $30.00, Rob Eggert $30.00, Lanny Klinkhammer $30.00 telephone; State Radio Communications $2,250.00 teletype; Patricia Hartsel, RPR $53.20 transcripts; Susan Connor $95.46, Tami Severson $75.60, Molly Steeneck $282.40 travel; City of Howard $1,902.50 utilities.

The meeting adjourned to February 18, 2014.  Dated this 4th day of February 2014.

                                                                Roger Wentland, Chairman

                                                                Miner County Board of Commissioners

Attest:  Susan R. Connor, Miner County Auditor

 

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